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Our Black Beauty Percheron Mares: Sadie and Tanya

We are pleased to offer horse drawn wagon and sleigh rides for the Winter season and beyond!

Come, join us for a chance to step back in time and experience what was once common, as you ride behind our team of Black Beauty Percheron Mares in a wagon or sleigh, complete with sleigh bells (snow conditions permitting). You'll marvel at the strength and size of these magnificent horses and notice How well they work together as they trot along on the journey down country roads and meadows.

When it is cold out we will have the camp fire going and hot chocolate and Smore's will be available. Children 4 & under may ride on parent's laps at no extra charge. We will have our rides during the months of January through June, and resume again in September. The weather and footing will be the factor as to which our rides will be, wagon rides or sleigh rides. To schedule a ride, see pricing and check availability please see our reservations page.

Make Reservations for our Trail Rides, Riding Camps or Wagon/Sleigh Rides!

"We'll be there with bells on!"

Years ago, once snow had a good covering on the ground, people used horse drawn sleds and sleighs. The rural roads were not plowed and the runners of these vehicles left ruts to be followed in the deep snow cover. Many folks walked to their destinations and used the ruts as "the path of least resistance" to follow. Since these pedestrians were bundled up from head to toe against the cold, it was impossible for them to hear a sleigh coming until it was on top of them. The snow cushioned the hoof beats and made the runners almost silent. Drivers and riders in these open vehicles got the full brunt of the wind and cold in their faces, making visibility dicey at best; nonexistent in the dark. Consequently, the foot traveler was at great risk of mortal injury. Bells, hand wrought by local blacksmiths, were attached to the harnesses and leather trappings so the walkers heard them coming and could quickly "get out of their rut", before being run over.

Since each bell was slightly different in shape and size, it had its own sound. Putting a set together meant that each person's horse harness had its own distinctive sound and rhythm with the horses movements. People would know long before seeing them, who was coming down the lane. Inhabitants living in roadside homes could tell who was passing and in what direction they were going without looking. They also knew when there was a stranger in the vicinity or someone was using new harnesses. "Yah, I heard Jake going to town midafternoon today, he was in no hurry". And if company was coming, they would say "We'll be there with bells on" so you knew, even in the dark, when they were coming down the lane and could meet them at the door with a smile and hug.

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