Looking for a new hobby like horseback riding in Chicago, or hoping to get back into an old passion? Maybe it’s not you, but a budding equestrian in your life, dying to be on a saddle for the first time? I get it completely. Being in the presence of a horse just wakes your senses. Riding one makes you feel even more alive. I remember dreaming of owning my own horse when I was a little girl. My Grandpa owned horses, and I absolutely loved to be with them. Memories I will cherish it forever. I know others have similar wishes, so I rounded up some great places for others to make great memories of horseback riding near Chicago to cherish.
With access to miles of forest preserve trails, this farm has been connecting people and horses since the 1950s. They offer boarding, trail rides, pony rides, group events, birthday parties, a petting zoo, Fall Festival, and of course, English and Western styles of riding, driving, and training. You can enjoy their heated barn and heated indoor arena for year-round Chicago horseback riding and two outdoor arenas as well. You can find them at 16717 Lockwood Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477.
Family owned and operated for over 50 years and only 10 minutes outside Chicago lives a beautiful horseback riding farm. They have trail rides, pony rides, pony parties, events, boarding, and lessons-including basic health care and how to saddle a horse. They are located at 8290 S Kean Ave, Willow Springs, IL 60480.
Family-owned for over 22 years and just minutes from Downtown Chicago, Freedom Woods has training programs for riders and therapy for horses. You will find they have a heated 80-stall barn, 1 large outdoor arena, 3 heated indoor arenas, 1 large round pen, Horse Gym treadmill, Horse Therapy, and grazing area, all close to a stretch of scenic forest preserve trail and more. Their viewing room also has Wifi and workstations. Their guests and horses are well accommodated here. With 4 excellent trainers, they can help beginners and more.
In addition to traditional Chicago horseback riding, Freedom Woods also offers boarding for your equine friend. They will care for your horse just as their own. But one of their greatest joys has become their Therapeutic Riding Program. Here, they use specially trained horses to assist in therapy for riders of all ages. Many physical, mental, and emotional challenges benefit from the bond created between horses and humans. Some examples include but are not limited to ADD/ADHD, PTSD, spinal cord injuries, and so much more!
Visit them at 9501 Austin Ave, Morton Grove, IL 60053, or view them online for more information.
That connection between you and a horse when you ride is something I loved as a kid. I think some of you just might love it too. Whether looking for yourself, a loved one, or the family, don’t miss out on these locations and start your Chicago horseback riding adventure.
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