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USA Horseback Riding Adventure

This ain't no pony ride! For experienced riders only. Come stay on the Martin Family Ranch for a memorable adventure deep in the woods of beautiful New Hampshire, USA. Experience living with the land during one of the four seasons, whether it's the birthing season of spring, the live green summer season, the leaf-peeping fall season with New England's array of colors, or the beginning of the winter season with the build up to Thanksgiving. They offer an all-inclusive stay including cowboy-cooked meals using locally sourced produce, cowboy camping in teepees and cabins, great personally-owned Martin Family Ranch horses, full western tack, on-ranch intermediate and advanced trails, miles of advanced public trails, walk, trot, lope, and gallop challenging the best of riders.

Key information

  • Tack Type: Western Tack
  • Horses range from 15 to 16.5 hands in height
  • Rider weight limit: 300lb pounds. However, the ability and safety are not always weight factors. Riders must be able to mount the horse from the ground.
  • Breed: Martin Family Ranch LLC use their own horses, American Quarter horses, Kentucky Mountain Horse, Arabian, and Arabian quarter horse mix.

Meet the instructors

Jessica & David
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Highlights

  • Enjoy a horseback riding and horsemanship program with Western tack
  • Ride trails from 5 - 20 miles
  • Lots of challenging fast trails and miles of intermediate and advanced trails
  • Private and secluded experience with great food cooked over fire pits
  • Great horses that need an intermediate to advanced rider
  • All meals, drinks, and snacks are served daily
  • 2 nights' accommodation in a family-run and operated ranch

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer available:
Logan International Airport (US$ 200 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (US$ 100 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Shopping
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Parking lot
  • Outdoor shower

Stay on a Western-style boutique horse ranch that includes rustic cabin and/or teepee-style glamping, barbecue cowboy lunch, cowboy firepit dinner, evening entertainment when available, cowboy breakfast, and includes all bedding, soft drinks, coffee, tea, and snacks.

Martin Family Ranch is a "back to basics" cowboy ranch with converted rustic cabins and teepee yurt tents, all decorated in the true western tradition. The cabins and teepees are lit by lanterns, the outdoor shower is heated by propane, and the camp area is solar lit and they cook over wood pits. The camp area is located on the edge of the woods looking onto the trails, close to the ranch house.

There is a hot tub powered from the ranch house located under the trees, close to the gazebo where you eat and break bread. It is an amazing experience of living with the land and not on it.

Program

Put your boots on, things just got cowboy in Chester, New Hampshire! Designed for experienced horseback riders only, who want to get off the grid for a few nights, live with the land, not on it, and ride some challenging trails in Southern New Hampshire. Maximum party groups of 4, stay in the ranch cabin and teepees, eat great food cooked over an open fire pit, and experience the outdoor shower everyone loves.

Ride trails from 5 to 20 miles, cross water, walk, trot, and gallop through forests, across green meadows. All-inclusive, meals, accommodation, arrive Monday afternoon and meet the cowboys and cowgirls, ranch hands, etc., meet the horses, get fed. During the evening, they have ax throwing, roping dummy steers, corn hole, fire pit, etc.

Next day, wake up to breakfast, horsemanship to get your horse ready and tacked up, warm up and get to know the horse in the arena, then hit the trails. Back to the ranch for lunch then back out on the trails. Late afternoon get back to the ranch and relax, shower, play games, and eat dinner.

Wednesday after breakfast, grab water, and a snack for the ride and head out on the trails. The itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions, rider ability, and other unforeseen issues when dealing with livestock. All check-in times are 4 p.m. but advertised as arrivals from 12 noon are accepted. All check-outs are 4 p.m. but later check-out or additional nights are allowed with a request.

All of the horses are best suited to experienced riders, they're all strong-willed and need a confident rider with a solid seat. Guests must dress for horse riding. You'll ride western; with boots with heels, appropriate pants, and long sleeve shirts, cowboy hats, or helmets; and rainwear as you ride in the rain or shine.

New Hampshire weather is crazy and it changes in a heartbeat! So please send an inquiry if you have concerns about the weather and you can try to reschedule for a different day if needed.

Ranch rules

  • In the event of inclement weather or hazardous road conditions, they withhold to cancel or reschedule any rides, or horsemanship sessions scheduled. Events hosted at the Martin Ranch will be planned with seasonal weather in mind, but extreme conditions may lead to cancellation.
  • Although safety is a priority, guests need to understand there is an inherent risk in participating in any activity, event, or attraction. They expect guest(s) to exercise good judgment and act in a responsible manner. Guests must also obey all oral and written warnings. Guests who do not comply may be required to leave the ranch without a refund.
  • Food, beverages, or coolers may be brought into the ranch. The ranch does have picnic areas available for guests.​
  • Please do not bring your animals to the ranch without prior warning.
  • Please close the gates behind you as you go, the horses will take any chance for a run around the property!
  • Guests at the ranch will be required to sign a liability waiver and requested to sign a photo/video release.
  • No children under 10 years old without prior approval. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a legal guardian over 18 years of age.

Instructors

Jessica Martin

David Martin

Location

Chester is a farming and horse community, along with neighboring towns of Candia and Deerfield. The ranch offers a "Western Style Cowboy Experience" right here on the east coast, with easy access from all eastern states and Europe with most having direct flights into Boston Airport. The ranch offers a boutique experience, real horses, real trails, and real cowboys and cowgirls.

Distances

  • Logan International Airport (BOS) - 1 hour
  • Manchester Regional Airport (MHT) - 20 minutes
  • Derry - 20 minutes
  • I93 - 20 minutes
  • Log Cabin Tack Store - 20 minutes
  • Post Office Restaurant - 10 minutes

Food

Any particular dietary requirements must be requested in advance. Vegan and vegetarian options can be made available with notice. Your safety is of the utmost importance to Martin Family Ranch. Please be aware that they cook on grills, both gas, wood, and charcoal, and involve shared cooking and preparation areas.

The possibility exists for food items to come in contact with other food products. Due to these circumstances, they are unable to guarantee that any item can be free of common food allergens.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Tack store
  • Restaurants
  • Hiking
  • Beach
  • Lakes

Spa treatments

Massages are available at extra costs.

What's included

  • Horseback riding and horsemanship program with a Western tack
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals, drinks, and snacks daily
  • Use of sheets, blankets, towels

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Any transport to and from the ranch
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Helmets (helmets are not required or provided, guests can bring their own)
  • Bug spray
  • Sunblock
  • Wet weather cloths

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Logan International Airport Airport transfer available: Logan International Airport (US$ 200 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Portsmouth International Airport at Pease Airport transfer available: Portsmouth International Airport at Pease (US$ 100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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