We did not stay at the Inn but went only for a family horseback ride at Saddle Soar. We were staying at nearby Smith Mountain Lake and it was a quick drive over to Bedford. We have some experience with horses so we just expected a standard trail ride but it is much more than that! The staff is gruff at first, yes, but it is because they are teaching you things you will need later. And they spend the first part of the ride correcting you but we liked that. It was cool to learn the right way to ride instead of just bumping along and being sore later.
We took our 2 young daughters with us (ages 7 & 8) and they were very kind to the kids. The other party of 4 showed up 45 minutes late and to the credit of the owners they went off to look for them at the Inn rather than leave without them. And we had originally scheduled our visit for Easter Sunday but it rained. So I called 3 hours before our schedule time. We made a plan to talk 1 hour later hoping the rain would stop. It didn't so they graciously moved us to the next day. The driving instructions they provide via e-mail and e-mail confirmations are great!
Along the ride they teach you how to maneuver the horses properly, how to communicate with them and about the horses. They have a natural pecking order so they put us on horses that would stick with the horses our children we on. The man and woman who are the owners were very friendly to chat with once instructions were done and we were out on the trail. They were very informative about horses and I could tell they loved what they do. Nate, the intern/worker who also rode with us, was high school aged and kept a great eye on my kiddos when we were single file or when the pack split up a bit.
It was a very cold, windy day when we went but we had so much fun we forgot about the cold until the ride was done. Totally will go back in warmer weather. The views along the ride are gorgeous! Wonderful experience for the whole family!!
- Also Known As:
- Reba Farm Hotel Bedford