For my birthday, I really wanted to go horseback riding. I had never officially been horseback riding, although I’ve sat on and been around horses before. So I found a Groupon for a place called Pure Horse Play, which was the closest to my house.
My birthday was on a Thursday, so I wanted to go on Friday or Saturday, but since it was Mother’s Day weekend, they weren’t taking Groupons. Instead, I made a reservation for me and the hubby on Monday afternoon.
As expected, the place was located out in the country. Skies were blue, the sun was shining, and the weather was warm. I was ready to get my ride on. When we pulled up, I saw the horses right away, along with a few dogs and even a kitty. Pure Horse Play has acres and acres of land for trail rides and for the animals to roam.
Our guide was Angel, who was really friendly and gave us lots of details about the horses we would be riding and how to manage them. Set up was quick and we were on the trail in no time.
There were a couple of things that made this activity so special. First of all, it was a private ride with just me, my husband and the trainer. I don’t know if every ride is private or if different people get grouped together based on time slots and availability. I mean, we did book our ride for Monday afternoon – most people are at work or school.
Secondly, almost as soon as we started our ride, one of the other horses came along with us. She seriously just walked along the trail with us for the entire time (more on that later). A couple of the dogs ran along with us as well. It was so cute! For the first time in a long time, I felt at one with nature. I felt at peace.
Since the extra horse came along and didn’t have a rider to keep her in check, as we came to an open field, our trainer, Angel, warned us that she could take off running and our horses may want to run, too. Before the ride started, he gave us some tips on how to slow the horses, needed.
Well, sure enough, hubby’s horse took off running along with the other one. Angel was trying to yell directions for how to slow, Prince, but to no avail. They took off through the trees, all the way back to the starting point. The whole way he was yelling “WHOOOOAAAA, WHOOOOAAAA, WHHHOOOOOAAAAAA!!!”
I was terrified for him. Trying to push back visions of him falling off and breaking his neck. We don’t have insurance, so the thought of him getting hurt is even scarier.
Thankfully, he held on for dear life and made it back to the stables with just a few scratches from the branches they ran through, and rope burn on his wrist from holding on so tight. Angel expressed how impressive it was the hubby was able to hold on and go with flow. I’m just happy it was him and not me. I don’t think that I would have been as composed as he was. And surprisingly, he still had a good time. Yay!
If you’re in the Atlanta area and are looking for a place to go horseback riding, I recommend Pure Horse Play. We had a great time, and we’re considering opting in to their membership plan so that we can learn how to ride better and get more time with the horses.
Pure Horse Play / 1350 Blanton Mill Rd. / Griffin, GA 30224