I haven’t yet been horseback riding in the snow, but there’s a first time for everything. Hatfield Farm, located in Hammonds Plains, a quick half-hour jaunt from downtown Halifax, offers trail rides for ages eight and up. Everything from group and private guided rides to lessons and riding camp is available here, along with a petting pen, rubber rodeo, and a bunch of other fun stuff that the entire family can enjoy.
Brian Hatfield greeted us at the rental building, describing the hour or so trail we’d be taking, then fitted us with helmets and packed our water bottles into velcro-fastened bottle holders. Outside, two of the gentlest horses awaited our arrival.
Once we were up on the horses (mine, a gorgeous Quarter Horse named Faith), we were briefed on how to hold the harness and direct our horse. Soon enough, we were slowly trotting on the snow-covered trail, making our way around the property’s fifth-generation family run property.
The scenery was close to magical as snow gently began to fall. The horses are all well-trained and are gentle with their riders. Following the experience, we were treat to a steamy cup of hot cocoa. The morning proved an unexpected pleasure; I highly recommend looking into a Hatfield Farm ride when in the area for a convenient city break.
As the horses are not selfie stick fans (they apparently consider it a sort of pain-inducing weapon and can become agitated!), I strapped My GoPro to the Chesty mount to capture some of our ride.
Hatfield Farm can also arrange corporate, holiday, and birthday parties, weddings and weekend adventure packages. Trail rides start at $37 on weekends and $52 during the week (plus tax). Visit the website for more info.
My Hatfield Farm trail ride was courtesy of Destination Halifax for the purpose of this feature. Opinions, as always, are my own.