Most people (and virtually all girls) like the idea of horseback riding.
A lot of males like the idea of riding horses; but, due to inexperience and poor technique, may find the sport a trifle painful (for obvious reasons).
It is a simple fact that females are, on average, much better riders than males. All little girls want a horse. Little boys, want a motorcycle. (And males are usually better motorbike riders as a result).
There are several riding stables in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) but since they are located in semi-rural areas they are difficult to reach by public transport. And the scenery in these areas is often less than spectacular.
Four of us rented a car and drove 1.5 hours north of the city to a ranch near Waubashene in the lower Georgian Bay Area. This is the picturesque Muskoka Region of Ontario. The car rental worked out to around $120 or $30 per person.
As it turns out, that is less than the cost of a one-hour trail ride. That cost $40 per person but the ride was through some pretty interesting and picturesque countryside.
The riders were Sherri (from Newfoundland), Tracy and Samantha (from Texarkana, U.S.A.), and Davey (a physician from New York City).
Sherri has had some past experience on a horse and our three Americans were all experienced riders. In fact, Sam and Davey would be rated expert riders.
HIGHVIEW FARMS is a 100 acre equestrian facility which boasts excellenty facilities and champion stock. It is owned and operated by Treena Mclelland a former nurse and champion rider. Treena can do it all from show-jumping to dressage to western barrell racing. She is equally at home on an English saddle, Western saddle or bareback.
All of our guests who went on this excursion felt the experience was well worth the cost.
For visitors to our hostel who enjoy riding, Highview Farms is a first-class facility. Here is the link to their website: http://www.highviewfarms.ca/
We highly recommend this fine facility. But call ahead. Advance booking is a must. As are long pants and preferably running shoes.
l. to r: Davey, Sam(antha), Sherri, and Tracy.