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Rhody Pets: Where to Saddle Up Across South County

10+ South County destinations for the equine obsessed

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Who didn’t at some point beg their parents for a pony growing up? While the idea of having a horse as a pet might’ve struck our fancy as kids, it’s safe to say they’re far more majestic than domestic and for many of us, a day at the stables is much more doable than taking on ownership. Your average horse is 16 hands tall (that’s roughly five foot, three inches), weighs between 900 and 2,000 pounds (depending on the breed), and gallops at speeds around 30 miles per hour (whoa, Nelly!). Horses are also incredibly gentle creatures, often used in animal therapy for those with anxiety, ADD, autism, and developmental disabilities. Whether you’re interested in the mental and physical health benefits of riding or simply the fun, here are some ranches, farms, and stables where you can get up close and personal with these beautiful broncos. 

 

Carolina Equestrian

With plenty of green pastures and miles of riding trails, this farm is a rider’s dream. Find horse training and riding clinics, boarding, gorgeous horse barn, and even an AirBnB overlooking the property. Carolina

 

Cherry Croft Horsemanship

Skilled horsewoman Cindy Worden runs this full facility horse farm where she trains both horses and riders. Worden and her team of educated equestrians specialize in horsemanship, desensitization, behavioral issues, and lessons. Richmond

 

Faith Hill Care Farm

For owner Pam Maloof, this is more than just a horse farm. In addition to training, lessons, boarding, sales, special events, and summer camps, it’s also home to the FHF Foundation, a nonprofit supporting the community through equine assisted learning and psychotherapy. East Greenwich

 

Horseshoe Farm

Family comes first at this boarding and riding facility, which sits on 20 acres of pastoral property. Find boarding, training, and lessons for all ages and skill levels, whether you’re into showing or weekend trail riding. Exeter

 

Hunter Ridge

Since 1992, this equestrian center has specialized in lessons for hunters, jumpers, and horsemanship for kids and adults alike, plus hosting shows and seasonal programs. Fun fact: The URI Equestrian Team trains here! Ashaway

 

Old Coach Farm

When owner Donna Gardiner moved here from Maine, she was looking to recreate the magic of riding at her grandfather’s farm. Today, she runs this horse stable offering boarding, personalized riding lessons, and even birthday parties. Charlestown

 

Rustic Rides Horse Farm

If you’re in Block Island, chances are you’re there for the beaches – and this horse farm on the scenic west side of the island offers guided trail rides on both the beach and nature preserve, even at sunset. Block Island

 

Sentinel Sport Horse Farm

Find consignment horses, training, board, shows, and lessons for riders beginning through advanced. Special kiddo programs include bareback riding, camp crafts with horseshoes, and pony painting! Charlestown

 

Smithbridge Stable

Founded in 1979 by Bonnie Smith, the South Kingstown stable offers lessons, coaching, shows, stall and pasture boarding, summer campus, horses for sale, pony parties, and more. Wakefield

 

Stepping Stone Ranch

This landmark property was established in 1957 and encompasses 118 acres, hosts special events like weddings and notable music performances, and, of course, boasts a full lesson program, clinics, camps, and boarding. West Greenwich

 

Sugarland Stables

Known as a pretty “sweet” place to be, this family-friendly stable leads beginner through advanced riding lessons, competes in the local show circuit, offers boarding, and has a 4-H club to bring friends together. Richmond

 

Washington County Stables

Offering the full gamut of services: boarding, training, trail riding, lessons, and opportunities to show in a scenic setting off South County Trail. Richmond

 

Rhody Pets is sponsored by:

Camp Bow Wow • 3 Keyes Way, West Warwick • 401-250-3595 

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