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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May. 21, 2011

    Default Riding near Hilton Head, SC

    Going to Hilton Head over Thanksgiving.

    Any recommendations about places to do horse-related things?

    I've already contacted Lawton Stables and may do a dressage lesson there.

    Is there any place where you can actually hack out on trails? I'm not looking for a walk-only pokey trail ride on western tack.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug. 9, 2007


    Lawton Stables does trail rides still, I think. my friend no longer works there so I don't know about it.

    If you bring your own horses, you can go to Hunting Island State Park nearby.

    Otherwise, check out Lawton Stables for rentals.

    There are a lot of good barns around HHI and Bluffton. Most of them are boarding stables. Former jockey Maples runs one or two of them. Most don't allow rentals (most will do lessons), but Lawton does trail rides.

    HHI is the most beuatiful island around. We always drove over there daily, rather than use our old Tybee Island each summer.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep. 2, 2008
    Edge of Nowhere, Colorado


    Lawton does trail rides and will do private rides but they are pricey (last I knew $100 per person). You're not allow to trot/canter "technically" but if the guide knows you can ride, they'll allow you to.

    Other than that there's no real barns that will allow hacks/trail rides to the public, although there are some great lesson barns.

    Please PM me with any questions. I lived there for 21 years

    ETA- I used to work at Lawton several years ago and still know some employees and the owner there so I can get you some more information if you're interested.
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    My equine soulmate
    Mischief Managed (Tully)- JC Priceless Jewel 2002 TB Gelding

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan. 24, 2000
    Out of the loop


    I believe Spring Island has a hack string:
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    In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was in me invincible summer.
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  5. #5


    I may know of a few options for a more "advanced rider friendly" trail situation. Shoot me an e-mail. I think the key is to get in with a barn via lessons rather than through advertised trail rides. My take on the HHI area is that it caters to the one time out-of-towner types that are only looking for the usual walk nose to tail ride. There is extraordinary countryside in the area and lots of awesome wildlife that is much better viewed by horseback.
    Claire Pelton
    The Pelton Equestrian Experience
    Precision Training and Management of Horse and Rider Teams

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