Due to damage sustained during the storm on 11/11, the trail access from the equine center is temporarily closed. Stay tuned for updates on clean-up efforts. Thank you!
Horseback Day Riders and Guided Horseback Trail Rides Permitted by Reservation.
Enjoy the amazing beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains from Horseback Riding NC!
Ride seasoned trail horses or mules and experience the outdoors in a relaxed, unhurried manner. Beginner horseback riders are always welcome. Young or old, experienced or not, practically everyone can ride one of our horses or mules. Riders for our guided trail rides must be at least 8 years old & weigh less than 225 lbs. All NC horseback riders receive personalized attention and instruction from our friendly Wranglers. Helmets are required & provided.
Our sure-footed horses & mules are gentle enough for beginners, so take
advantage of this opportunity to horseback ride NC and see Leatherwood’s pristine trails
under safe, supervised conditions.
YOU MUST CALL AHEAD TO SCHEDULE RESERVATIONS
NEW RULES STARTING SPRING 2020:
- HELMETS ARE REQUIRED & PROVIDED
- RESERVATIONS MUST BE PRE-PAID – 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE
- STAFF SANITIZES EQUIPMENT BETWEEN USAGE
- 225 WEIGHT LIMIT
- WE OPERATE OUR RIDING PROGRAM WITH HORSES & MULES! YOU MAY BE PAIRED WITH EITHER EQUINE BASED ON AVAILABILITY & EXPERIENCE LEVELS. REQUESTS ARE CONSIDERED BUT NOT ALWAYS AN OPTION.
Call for Daily Schedule!
Currently booking Wednesday – Sunday
2 + mile mountain trail ride – approximately 1 hour long $50
YOU MUST CALL AHEAD FOR RESERVATIONS – DUE TO LIMITED AVAILABILITY
We are pleased to offer a new Riding Lesson Program at Leatherwood. Our Friendly Instructors are eager to help you reach your equine goals. Whether you want to simply learn the basics and feel more comfortable around a horse or build on skills that you already have, we are here to help. Lessons are offered “RAIN OR SHINE” as they are conducted in our show arena or under the covered riding pavilion.
- 1 Hour Private Horsemanship Lesson
- Tailored to individual needs and experience levels
- Wednesday – Sunday
New for 2020 – Leatherwood Trail Ride Lessons
Leatherwood Mountains is pleased to offer 2-hour trail ride lessons for children ages 8-15. The lessons will cover grooming, saddling, trail riding safety, and trail navigation, and much more. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for your children to enjoy leatherwood mountains on horseback!
Trail Lesson will include –
- Mount and dismount on trail
- Creek crossings
- Group riding safety
- Up and down inclines
- Proper trail etiquette
- Terrain navigation
- $125/2 hour session
- Helmets provided or bring your own
- Drinks and snacks are not provided
- Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended
LEAD LINE RIDES
For the younger kids (ages 2 & up) and timid adults, we now offer a lead-line rides. This one-on-one ride will be given by a trained handler in a controlled environment on a well seasoned docile horse. Bring the kids for a great first experience that will last a lifetime.
- 15 minutes $20
- 30 minutes $40
- 45 minutes $60
- 60 minutes $80
The horses are led by a wrangler of Leatherwood Mountains. We can accommodate as many children during these sessions as time will permit.
The horses are led by a wrangler of Leatherwood Mountains. We can accommodate as many children during these sessions as time will permit