Nature Trail Ride
Low Tide Beach Ride
Two Hour Introduction to Riding
Book of Rides
4-H Riding Club
Horse Apprentice Volunteer
Summer Horse Camp
Perennial favorite: Nature Trail $75 per rider
Welcome each New England season as nature transforms and surrounds you into a world of color, sound and smell. Experience timeless quiet and peace. Feel your horse carerfuly cover soft ground on the old railroad track now a tranquil bridle path and recreation haven. The trails are groomed and maintained year around by the NH Ski mobile club – Thank You! Most of these rides take 50 to 120 minutes to complete.
You will always have an experienced adult guide either on horseback mounted, on foot or mountain bike. You may ride independently if you are safe and resaonably skilled. Or, you horse’s halter may be tethered by a long lead to your human guide. Or you may have a side – lead walker on the ground for extra safety. You can ride on the Rail –Trail to many detonations depending on how much time and stamina you have!
Horses and riders always enjoy the rails-to-trails conservancy in Rockingham County NH. An eight minute hack down North Road gives us quick access to one of the state’s longest rail-trails: the 26.5-mile Rockingham Recreational Trail (a.k.a. Portsmouth Branch). The rustic trail is rich in railroad structures left over from a time when the extensive Boston & Maine Railroad network flourished with the growth of New England mill towns. The Rockingham Recreational Trail follows the Portsmouth Branch. Hurt by the mid-20th-century decline in local manufacturing, the railroad faltered, and in 1988, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation purchased the Portsmouth Branch for conversion into a rail-trail. We ride mainly in the Fremont, Epping, Raymond sections.
Motor cycles and ATV are banned on our rail-trail bridle paths. We walk and ride two abreast, enjoying the scenery, wild life, bonding, grounding and companionship. It is flat, good footing with minimal rocks, fairly straight with minimal sharp turns, includes bridges, tunnel, ditch, water, fallen timber obstacles. For more advanced riders, we cover the trails at a walk, trot/jog, canter/lope, hand-gallop. There are many road and foot trails off-shoots to add variety to our rides.
Our favorite is the 3.5 mile loop trail that takes you down bucolic Martin Road to the Peterson Farm, Brookvale Pines horse show grounds, Tack Shack retail shop and to the Rail – Trail network intersection. We will see grass fed beef, wild turkeys, geese, ducks, free range chickens and eggs. Visit their Farm Store after your ride.
From here we take the trail towards North Road and cover a lovely section behind the Brookvale Pines Peterson Farm. Entering over a sparkling brook where the old clay brick factory once stood, we cross a rail bridge into the cool woods and forest always beckoning. Once settled, we will trot, canter or gallop this section for fun, competency and thrills! Note: safe riding always comes first. At the intersection of North Road, we continue further on the trail or cut back to the farm sharing North Road with cars, practicing control on horseback.
If we continue south on the Rail – Trial, it takes us to Rte 107, the Fremont Library and Gravel Pit Pond for wading and splashing on horseback. There are many secondary trails to consider for variety of terrain and scenery. Or, heading north towards Epping and Raymond and the Lamprey River, you can ride for miles on a sandy straight wide trail running parallel to Rte 101 west. Passing through wetlands, woods, residential mix we arrive to traverse over the imposing old iron rail bridge and then along the river. Sometimes we pack a picnic lunch and sit by the water for a break while the horses munch on leaves. Continuing towards Raymond Center and beyond to Manchester where the rail spur originated is available for the ambitious.
There’s the run to Starbucks Coffee and the O’Neil Movie Theater as the trail takes us past the Brickyard Square Mall to the “EppiCenter” under Rte 101 through the “scary” snowmobile tunnel painted with graffiti while invisible cars zoom overhead! We pop out on the other side and enjoy the metropolis of Epping with lots of buildings and houses as the trail weaves us around and takes us over Rte 125 towards Star Speedway, NE Dragway or back the farm through the woods. There’s also a section here excellent for practicing trot, canter and gallop! Again, safe riding always comes first.
Trail rides are by reservation only and available during the day, after school. Saturday afternoon, Sunday. Equipment and helmet included (or wear your own bicycle helmet) We are not a dude ranch where you just show up and everything is done for you. Your clothing choices should be weather appropriate for the day’s forecast. A sturdy shoe or boot is a must. No sneakers or sandals. Long pants no shorts. If weather turns inhospitable, we will reschedule your trail ride at no additional cost. We do go out in most weather (including light drizzle rain – the horses actually like it – cool temperature, no dust and bugs!) unless extremely cold or windy. $75 per rider. Lead – side walker additional $35. To reserve or pay at store. For more information call/text Jan at 603-303-1584 or email Jan.
How about the weather?
If you are riding after school or work in the evening and it’s dark, the outdoor arena is well lit and peaceful. Sometimes the sun is setting or the moon is rising and that’s always an inspiring backdrop.
We ride in most weather unless extremely cold, rain or windy. The horses are happiest with cool weather and no bugs. If the weather turns inhospitable or the ground freezes up, we will reschedule your ride at no additional cost.
Your clothing choices should be weather appropriate for the day’s forecast. A sturdy shoe or boot is a must. Thermal insulated tops, jackets, long pants are appreciated by your body to start warm, stay warm and be most comfortable. Glove are recommened.
Bucket list: Low Tide Beach Ride $185 per person
Everyone loves riding surf break on glistening wet sand at Hampton Beach, NH . Feel sun and wind against your face spraying off the water. See diamond sparkles in tidal water gently swirling around your horse’s feet as we cover the entire beach at low tide. Celebrate the time and forget your concerns. Absorb sheer inspiration each moment. You will ride the beach 1-2 hours.
Bring your camera and Jan will take pictures and videos to share and review your memory with all. Here’s your holiday greeting card photo! Invite friends or family to walk the beach with us too!
Your clothing choices should be weather appropriate for the day’s forecast at the beach. A sturdy shoe or boot is a must. No sneakers or sandals. Long pants, no shorts. It’s always a bit colder and windier than expected. If the weather turns inhospitable, we will reschedule your beach ride at no additional cost. We go out in most weather unless extremely cold or windy. That’s not too much fun.
Transportation of the horses to and from the beach is included. We do not ride the horses to the beach. That would take too long. The whole adventure takes approximately 4 hours total. You do not have to return to North Road Farm at the conclusion. You can continue to your next destination.
You will arrive first at North Road Farm to riding release then we will match you up with an appropriate horse or pony and English or western equipment. We all groom the horses together and have a little bonding time. Your equipment will be adjusted to make sure your stirrups are good and the girth is tight before and after you mount.
You will be instructed with a basic set of cues of how to direct your horse while riding the beach. Note: this is not a riding lesson. It is techniques for your safety and to control the horse should your horse turn or run away from the group for some unanticipated reason. A nervous or anxious rider may opt for a lead – side walker for security.
$185.00 for each rider. Four riders maximum. Equipment, helmet (you can wear your bicycle helmet), transportation included. Lead – side walker available for $35 additional. Available October 1 through April 30 only. Dates are limited so if there is a specific event you want to coordinate, reserve early or wait till next season. On-line payment or reservation available on our Store. Contact Jan for Low Tide dates and times call/text 603-303-1584 email Jan
A Favorite: Two Hour Introduction to Riding $110
Complete submersion! Dive in, saddle up in the tack room and we’ll break down the mechanics of how your body and mind communicate intuitively with the horse and equipment to make riding happen like magic. Here you will learn how the horse thinks and why it reacts certain ways to you as handler on the ground or rider on its back. You will receive one-on-one guidance from Jan or Ray Hackett. You will work at your own speed with no rush or hurry. We will cover how to mount and dismount from the saddle, your posture in the saddle, holding the reins, cueing the horse from the saddle and lots more that will make total sense to you. You will definitely feel more safe and assured as you engage with your mount. We’ll work through common bad habits primarily due to lack of instruction or a difficult situation. Take the time to learn the theory, history, evolution and application of natural horsemanship methods from which all disciplines: in-hand, bareback, dressage, jumping, western, gymkhana, driving originate. You will have a fresh foundation to expand your current base from a “hack” rider to an equestrian sitting tall in the saddle with pride 😉
If you are nervous, anxious, cautious, apprehensive around horses and want the time to ask questions and feel more confident and relaxed, this is a good session to take. Parents, relative, friends, family members are welcome to sit in on this learning session at no extra charge so everyone can participate.
This lesson is great for youth to adult who have had little to no formal training yet might have experiences with other instructors, trainers, vacation rides, dude ranch or access to a horse. You many have owned horses used to ride and want to get re-started or try a different discipline or technique – or type of horse. Or, you may have a particular vacation destination or disability and horses are part of the mix. You could be the lucky holder of a gift certificate.
Once the theory makes sense, this lesson moves to the riding arena where we will put all the good stuff you learned to use with an actual horse or pony. We’ll cover how to halter and lead the horse onto the grooming cross-ties spot in the barn. We groom the horse with a variety of brushes, comb out the mane & tail, check each hoof for starters. We put the horse’s equipment on together so you learn how to do it yourself. Once mounted, you will repeat the same exercises and concepts with the horse as your live partner and see what results you get! Successful sessions here are a good springboard to advance to going outside the safety of the ring to the wide open trail. You greatest skill will be to survive a “horse spook” due to a startled Blue Heron or duck flapping away while out on the trail.
As you learn the basics, you will move from being an rider needing an assist to an independent rider capable of executing all aspects of the ride. You will be ready to transition to the single lesson where you are expected do a lot of this by yourself or with minimal assistance. Either way, a skilled person is always around to support you. We don’t want you to feel lost, discouraged or confused.
A Single: One Hour Ride $55 per person
Many riders already know what they want and are ready to climb into the saddle and go! Or, you may have a particular goal and horses are part of it. You could be lucky holder of a gift certificate. Once you have cleared our safety and skill standards, you will have a lot of opportunity to take charge of your ride time. Our goal is to have you in the saddle for 40-60 minutes. Then you have additional 20 minutes before and after your ride to cool down, bath your horse if appropriate, clean-up your gear, put stuff away or just take your time. We are never in a rush.
This lesson is great for youth to adult who have had little to no formal training yet might have experience from other instructors, trainers, vacation rides, dude ranch or access to a horse. You many have owned horses or used to ride and want to keep up or get re-started or try a different discipline or technique. Learn horse behavior, communicate with horses, feel safe and confident. One on one guidance, work at your own speed. Reserve and pay online at the store.
Nirvana is here on horseback. Disabilities or not, you will absorb the sun and earth energy through the horse and feel chakras open and expand breathing deeply grounding yourself while mounted on your magnificent creature’s back. Jan will lead you through classic yoga poses guaranteed to make you feel good especially the spine, hips, chest, shoulders, neck areas. More smile therapy! Yoga on horseback is done directly on the horse’s back, with a bareback pad with stirrups or the saddle. You decide. Poses and stretches are done standing, walk, trot and canter depending on skill and desire. You may be on a lunge-line, a long tether from the horse to the instructor to ensure control and safety.
Check out YouTube horseback riding yoga stretches you can do at home before or after riding.
Jan supports parents and community service agencies, NH Special Olympics to provide specialized experiences to those in need. She has extensive experience and training with ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Elderly, Hospice, Multiple Sclerosis, obesity, anxiety, depression. Jan can help you engage with horses as much as safely possible based on what you want to do. Lead and side walkers are available depending on support needed. Additional fee may apply. Contact Jan directly if you wish to share more detailed information, set up a visit – evaluation to the farm or schedule a ride.
A Book: Multiple One Hour Ride, $45 per person, paid in advance
You know how to ride and want to do it! You like to ride once per week (or more!) for a season or over a period of time. You like to purchase a book of lessons and schedule your rides in advance. Once you have meet the safety and skill standards, you are welcome to practice all disciplines: in-hand, bareback, dressage, jumping, western, gymkhana, driving in the ring or out on the trail. Trail rides must always have Jan or a skilled adult present. No one can ride off the property unsupervised.
|Two ride book||$90|
|Three ride book||$135|
|Four ride book||$180|
|Five ride book||$225|
|Six ride book||$270|
|Seven ride book||$315|
|Eight ride book||$360|
|Nine ride book||$405|
|Ten ride book||$450|
We ride in most weather unless extremely cold or windy. We ride in the evening under the sunset, moon rise and by the two big outdoor lamps on the barn lighting up the entire riding arena. Your clothing choices should be weather appropriate for the day’s forecast. A sturdy shoe or boot is a must. No sneakers or sandals. Long pants – no shorts. If the weather turns inhospitable, we will reschedule your ride at no additional charge. Riding by appointment only. Reserve, gift certificates and payment available at store.
Youth Program: Two hour 4-H Riding Club, $35-30 per rider
Kids and adults meet at North Road Farm for Riding Club each Saturday 10-noon. This is an adult instructor supervised group lesson with one to six kids participating at a session. Beginners and experienced riders work with assistance or as independently as possible. Youth are encouraged to learn as many disciplines as their interest takes them: in-hand, bareback, dressage, jumping, western, gymkhana, driving in the ring or out on the trail. Participation in Horse Apprentice Volunteer or 4-H Club meeting or The Peppermint Ponies 4-H Horse Clubor activities is recommended.
Kids work in teams helping each other out in the 4-H Learn by Doing motto. Two youngster may share a pony and take turns riding or leading each other. Or they may work side-by-side leading a mini-horse together, learning from and sharing with each other. More advanced independent children will move along to the faster gaits: trot and canter and more difficult arena obstacles such as trail course, barrel racing or jumping. Some kids are drawn to the competition of demonstrating their skills at a show, others are more informal, simply happy just being around the barn helping and riding more at their leisure. There is no pressure or requirement to show. Horses Shows & Events Album
We ride in most weather unless extremely cold or windy. We ride in the evening under the sunset, moon rise and by the two big outdoor lamps on the barn lighting up the entire riding arena. Your clothing choices should be weather appropriate for the day’s forecast. A sturdy shoe or boot is a must. No sneakers or sandals. Long pants – no shorts. If the weather turns inhospitable, we will reschedule your ride at no additional fee. Riding by appointment only. Reserve, gift certificates and payment available on our Store.
Volunteer Open to All: Horse Apprentice Volunteer, no fee
Kids and adults meet at North Road Farm to participate in Horse Apprentice Volunteer each Saturday 8-10 am. Rain or snow, hot or cold, the horses need our care every day. Kids get so excited, they’ll get parents up early on Saturday to be here on time 🙂 They sign-in arrival on their time sheet and check off tasks completed on the Horse Apprentice Check List. Each hour completed earns 1 hour credit that is saved towards horse activities like camp, beach ride, private lesson. They learn to be accountable, measure work completed and time earned turns into a treasured reward. This sweat equity shows parents children’s responsibility towards possible horse ownership in the future, participating in horse shows or becoming a summer camp counselor. Children learn to build a resume of experience which can be used for academic, job or personal qualifications.
This is an adult supervised hands-on group participation with one to 12 or more kids working as a team. Newbies must first watch, observe and train by pairing up with experienced mentors or adults to learn-by-doing. Once skills are learned, than credits can be earned. The goals is to become knowledgeable, skilled, confident, independent.
- Who? Students, 4-H members, special groups. Participants must complete a Volunteer Release before starting
- Why? Gain experience around horses. Reduce cost of riding. Improve health and fitness.
- What? Feed, hay, water horses; clean stalls, use pitch fork, broom, muck bucket. Work independently or group teamwork. Some interaction with horses. Learn to track your time and earn horse activities.
- When? Saturday mornings, 8-10 am. Sunday, week or vacation days by appointment. Sign-up with Jan required
|1 hour work = 1 credit||Plus cash||Horse Activity|
|5 credits||Plus $35||Private lesson|
|7 credits||Plus $45||Private trail ride|
|17 credits||Plus $100||Beach ride|
|10 credits||Plus $100||4-H horse show|
|20 credits||Plus $150||Horse event|
|2o credits||Plus $225||5 camp ½ days|
|30 credits||Plus $500||5 camp full days|
Everyone’s Favorite: Summer Camp, mid-June, July, mid-August