Trail Rides

With great thanks, The Marriott Family and Corporation is willing to share their breathtaking private property with the public. Because this is private property, horses owned by The Natural Connection INC. are the only horses permitted to live and work on the property.

Guided western horseback riding is available for many different levels of riders. We cater to majority first time or beginner riders, but are happy to offer options for riders to advance in their skills, or provide a great ride for more experienced guests!
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***SPRING/SUMMER/FALL*** UPDATED 2021-2022
(April through October)

SEMI-PRIVATE TRAIL RIDES
Tuesday-Sunday 10am and 2pm

PRIVATE TRAIL RIDES
Tuesday-Friday 10am, 12pm, and 2pm

**Occasionally, the trail barn closes to haul horses to the Pavilion to participate in Special Events at the B&B.**

***WINTER SCHEDULE CHANGES DUE TO DEER HUNTING PROGRAM***

(Deer Hunting occurs November and December ONLY)

CLOSED EVERY MONDAY

TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY - 12pm ride only, Semi-Private or Private

SATURDAYS - 12PM and 2PM rides only, Semi-Private or Private

SUNDAYS - 12PM AND 2PM rides only, Semi-Private or Private

(January through March)

SEMI PRIVATE & PRIVATE TRAIL RIDES
6 days per week Hours can be 10am, 12pm, 2pm and special requests via email
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***IMPORTANT-ALL RIDERS, REGARDLESS OF AGE OR EXPERIENCE LEVEL, ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR ASTM-SEI SAFETY APPROVED EQUINE RIDING HELMETS.*** (The trail barn does supply helmets or you may bring your own equine riding helmet. If you are looking to ride without a helmet, please do not book a reservation with us. We must do our best to protect our customers and our business and gently remind our customers that although we are able to control alot of factors, we cannot control mother nature. No bicycle or other helmets are permitted.)

Option 1:
SEMI-PRIVATE TRAIL RIDE - $70 PER PERSON

The Semi-Private Trail Ride is open to any level of rider. The process is 90
minutes, which includes mounting, instruction, the trail ride and
dismount. These trail rides are open to up to 10 riders per ride. These
rides are ALL WALK ONLY due to the lowest level of rider being
beginners. We also want to keep all riders walking when riding in large groups for safety reasons.



Option 2:
PRIVATE RIDE - $100 PER PERSON

The Private Ride caters to small groups, as few as one (1) and up to eight (8). The ride time under-saddle is 90 minutes so we ask that riders arrive early. This allows private ride time to be used appropriately for warm-up at the walk, trotting, cantering and cool down at the walk.

**IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT PRIVATE TRAIL RIDES:**

**PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT SINCE THESE HORSES ARE PRIVATELY OWNED, WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN THEIR CARE AND WELL-BEING. THAT SAID, ALL PRIVATE RIDE PARTICIPANTS WILL BE TAUGHT HOW TO POST AND TROT, OR GLIDE, IF NECESSARY, IN ORDER TO KEEP THE RIDER BALANCED. AFTER AT LEAST 2 TROT SETS, IF ALL PRIVATE RIDE PARTICIPANTS ARE STILL NOT SHOWING BALANCE AT THE TROT, THE WRANGLER LEADING THE RIDE MAY INFORM THE RIDERS THAT CANTER IS NOT ADVISEABLE. REMEMBER, AN IMBALANCED RIDER BOUNCING ON THE HORSES BACK IS PAINFUL FOR NOT JUST THE RIDER. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US PUT OUR HORSES AND RIDERS SAFETY FIRST.**

Private rides can be a great option for numerous reasons:



a) PRIVACY @ A WALK: You want private time with a Wrangler for yourself and/or your party of people and simply don't want to ride with the public. This option provides more one on one and the option of just walking the whole time at a leisurely pace to enjoy the scenery. When you select this option, we will assume you want the all walk pace during this private ride.

b) EDUCATION: You want to further your riding skills and would like tutelage on the trails. What a great way to learn to ride, out on trails experiencing real life scenarios! Riders can opt to be taught about
horsemanship, including, but not limited to, proper form, contact,
gaits, horse body language, terrain, etc. Trotting will be a primary
focus for riders learning on the trail and once the Wrangler feels the rider is proficient, cantering may be introduced. For newer riders, keep in mind that cantering NOT be taught in the first few sessions. It is also suggested for riders looking to further their education sign up for trail ride lessons on a weekly basis for more optimal results. New riders must learn how to balance themselves on a horse using their legs in the stirrups, not balancing on the horses mouth or the reins. Safety for both horse and rider are the priority at all times. **For private riders wanting to do any riding faster than a walk, the maximum weight limit is 200lbs. When horses are moving faster on uneven terrain, they need to be balanced and comfortable. Inexperienced riders onboard can often be imbalanced, causing the horses to be imbalanced, leading to stumbling, tripping, falling or other unexpected issues due to traveling at higher speeds. Therefore, a lower weight limit is a precaution taken for both the horse and rider, with the goal being safety and an enjoyable ride for all.**


c) YOU ARE A RIDER!: You are looking to trail ride at a place where you can put your skills to work! If you are already a proficient rider, the Wrangler will recognize this immediately and trot sets will move into canter sets halfway through the ride. This is a great option for riders that want to enjoy our horses with gorgeous scenery! **For private riders wanting to do any riding faster than a walk, the maximum weight limit is 200lbs. When horses are moving faster on uneven terrain, they need to be balanced and comfortable. Inexperienced riders onboard can often be imbalanced, causing the horses to be imbalanced, leading to stumbling, tripping, falling or other unexpected issues due to traveling at higher speeds. Therefore, a lower weight limit is a precaution taken for both the horse and rider, with the goal being safety and an enjoyable ride for all. Riders, please know that our terrain limits us greatly. There are only 3 designated spots to trot and canter.**



Option 3:
WESTERN TOWN EXPERIENCE - $150.00 PER PERSON
Email to book please-naturalconnectionprogram@gmail.com

Western Town Experience rides are offered occasionally throughout the fall and are open to up to 10 riders. These unique experiences can include grilled food, hot drinks, bonfire, music, and of course, horses in the corral, all gathered in one place, Western Town. Guests will enjoy a trail ride from the trail barn to Western Town, where they will dismount and go enjoy a relaxing meal, dessert by the fire, story telling, roping a cow dummy and then mount up and ride back to the trail barn as the sun is setting. Open to adult beginner riders, this is an all walk trail ride and is particularly popular for couples and groups of friends looking for a memorable experience.


SPECIALTY RIDE OPTION 3:
TRAIL RIDING IN THE SNOW - $55.00 PER PERSON



Virginia often blesses us with a mild winter and we want to encourage our riders to enjoy the beautiful views that wintertime offers! Even though these rides are essentially a Semi-Private All Walk Trail Ride, they are special in that the scenery is unforgettable! Keep us in mind when you feel a little cabin fever is setting in!

A special price for a special time of year!