With summer on its way, there are many places in the greater Seattle area where individuals can ride a horse on a woodland trail. These horseback-riding venues offer a wide variety of services for all riding abilities and styles. Many stables and farms offer horse lease programs, horse boarding, classes and trail rides. Their instructors have a vast amount of years as horse people, training and teaching classes. Each focuses on safety and skills, though they come from different philosophies in their methods. There are many programs for children, though some stables offer adult classes and trail riding. Read on for some of the best horseback riding spots near Seattle.

Deerfield Farm
11432 Upper Preston Road S.E.
Issaquah, WA 98027
(425) 222-7639

Deerfield Farm is about an hour east of Seattle. It offers a premier program with classes for all levels of riding and ages. Its classes cover four different riding styles: Western, Equitation, Hunt Seat and Dressage. Deerfield provides classes for both pleasure riders and those who wish to compete in horse shows. The farm’s philosophy is to build extraordinary people who excel in all areas of their lives. Its show teams successfully compete at the local, national and international levels, winning many awards and honors.

SonRise Stables, LLC
22015 Yeager Road
Monroe, WA 98272

SonRise Stables recently relocated to a property closer to the Monroe Fairgrounds, and is about 50 minutes northeast of Seattle. This is a family-owned barn that offers lessons, opportunities to earn Boy Scout and Girl Scout badges and more. It provides classes and summer horse-riding workshops for those interested in the sport. All horses used in the classes have been well trained and are gentle.

Vashon Westside Stables
21200 Westside Highway S.W.
Vashon, WA 98070
(206) 463-9828

Vashon Westside Stables is a ferry ride from Seattle via the Seattle-Bremerton or Fauntleroy-Vashon Island ferries. This stable specializes in teaching children. Its focus is on English Riding style for beginners through show training. Summer camps for ages six to 14 are offered in July and August. Trail rides are offered throughout the year and are guided by one of the stable staff members. In addition to riding skills, students learn horse grooming and safety. The stables are available for birthday parties and other special events as well.

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Mone Farms
24222 131st Ave. S.E.
Snohomish, WA 98296
(425) 737-0647

Mone Farms is located about an hour northeast of Seattle in the town of Snohomish. Farm owner and instructor Danielle Miller is well versed in the horse world. She teaches all levels of horsemanship for ages two to adult. Skills learned in the classes include riding, balance, grooming and safety. The Farm offers trail rides and charges are per hour per person. This farm mainly works with Arabians and Hanoverian horses, which are trained to be calm, gentle and patient with riders.

Black Horse
2843 238th Ave S.E.
Sammamish, WA 98075
(206) 979-0757

Black Horse is an art and riding school. Owner and instructor Maureen O’Connell Doherty is a trained artist and experienced horsewoman. Private and semi-private lessons are offered throughout the year, and students learn in a nurturing environment. Throughout the summer, the school offers Art & Horse Camp weekly from the end of June through August. Camps are offered in the winter too. These camps are designed for children and teach natural horsemanship.

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Karen Ulvestad is a mother and professional writer/photographer, who lives in the greater Seattle area. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in English Composition. Her background is in fitness, travel, photography and writing. She continually researches locations to visit, and/or entertainment opportunities for family outings and/or photo shoots. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.