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    Default Trail Riding in NoVA?

    Hey Guys,

    A non-horsey co-worker of mine has expressed interest in doing some trail riding, and I am not aware of any places [that I'd recommend] in MD. Are there any safe, reputable 'rental' stables in Northern VA that you guys could suggest? (He lives in Alexandria, if that helps any)

    Thanks in advance!
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    I have heard great things about Hunter's Rest, and I believe she posts here, too (http://www.huntersrest.net/)



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    It depends on where you want to go, what you are willing to spend, and what you want to do as far as a trail ride goes. If you're thinking about just you and him going riding alone, forget it. Not gonna happen. For liability purposes, everyone does guided trail rides along the W&OD, the back 40, the various battlefields, and wherever else is safe enough to ride around here. If this is a date-type thing you are doing, you will want to pick a place that is relatively close to somewhere that you can go to have a meal such as Leesburg. Personally, if I were taking a regular lady out for a trail ride, I'd do the Marriott Ranch because we could eat there, enjoy some wine or whatever, and then retire for the evening if need be. But I think somewhere around Leesburg would be great because you have decent restaurants there and I know there are trail riding setups there. If you are willing to go the distance past The Plains and Middlburg to Flint Hill, Hunter's Rest can accommodate you and your friend if you can work out the arrangements. It's as scenic as it gets out there so if you want to wow him, that's a very good place to go.
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    Thanks for all the info so far guys

    Lex, this is definitely not a date scenario, and I'm not going to be with him.

    He wants to take a family friend who is coming to town out on the trails as a nice activity during the visit.

    I already gave him a heads up about the liability aspect, that nowhere is going to let him go out alone, so he is aware of that; and is really just looking for a safe place that isn't too terribly far of a drive from Alexandria.

    I'll definitely pass along all the information though (and file it away, in case I need it for future reference ).
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    ...But I don't want to sit helmetless on my horse while he lies on the ground kicking a ball around without a bridle while Leatherface does an interpretive dance with his chainsaw around us.



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    I think I have just the place in Leesburg that might fit his needs but I have to do some further digging to confirm some things.
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    LEX, you are the best.

    Thank you
    Quote Originally Posted by Martha Drum View Post
    ...But I don't want to sit helmetless on my horse while he lies on the ground kicking a ball around without a bridle while Leatherface does an interpretive dance with his chainsaw around us.



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    I had a good experience at Kelly's Ford in Remington.
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    I believe you mean to say that you went riding at a place in Kelly's Ford which is a locality just south of Remington.
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    The Inn at Kelly's Ford has an equestrian center that offers trail rides. I usually recommend Marriott Ranch, it's not a bad drive out to Hume and I've heard good things from people who have taken newbies there for the scenery and decent horses to ride.
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    I love the long drives. Just open the sunroof and relax while taking in the scenery. I just wish more people were interested in going. It's kinda awkward to go by yourself.
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    I second (or is it third?) the Marriott Ranch. Rappahannock Cellars is just down the road if they want to go wine tasting after the ride.



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    Thanks so much for the continuing responses and suggestions (keep 'em coming )... you guys are awesome!
    Quote Originally Posted by Martha Drum View Post
    ...But I don't want to sit helmetless on my horse while he lies on the ground kicking a ball around without a bridle while Leatherface does an interpretive dance with his chainsaw around us.



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    Take a look at Gettysburg National Battlefield...trailrides through the historic district with guides who can tell you what you're looking at...History and a nice ride. There's a barn bordering the battlefield that does rentals.
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