There's no need to go south to ride horseback on the beaches or go deep into the woods of Wyoming for a scenic ride. You can do all that and more in Worcester County, Maryland. Home to pristine wilderness, open meadows and preserved beaches, it's no wonder why equestrian enthusiasts flock to the region to indulge in their favorite outdoor activities on horseback. This guide will lead you to the best trails, stables and supply shops in the area. Here are the best equestrian options in Worcester County.
Several stables are available in the region. Castle Farm Inc. in Snow Hill provides high-end equestrian training where guests can ride on purebred Spanish and Andalusia horses. Riders that will be traveling with their children may want to swing by Autumn Grove Stables in Berlin where lessons are given to people of all ages and skill levels. With several of their own trails Black Acre Farms has been inn operation for over 35 years, and is located in Berlin just 20 minutes from Ocean City, Assateague and Iron Furnace Trails. Some stables will offer a guided horse ride through scenic landscapes, while others will assist you in honing your equestrian skills. All of the stables such as Windy Way Farm teach riders how to properly care for horses like combing, bathing and saddling.
Other stables in the region: Endeavor Farm, Inc. and Bay Point Equestrian Center.
Spend one day riding on the beach and the next day in the heart of the woods just because you can in Worcester County. Home to several horse-friendly trails, the county provides a wide range of scenery to explore, from beaches to meadows. Consider Assateague Island. The world-famous island devoid of hotels and condos is home to a group of free-roaming horses (one of the few wild breeds left in the country). Smithsonian Magazine named the island among the best places to see wild horses in North America. Of course you don't ride the wild horses, but you can take a ride on a friendlier, trained horse from nearby stables to ride through the wilderness. From early October to mid May, riders are encouraged to bring their own horses to enjoy Assateague Island National Seashore on the island. The Milburn Landing Trail in Pocomoke River State Park has a 3.7-mile horse trail through pine forests and cypress bottomlands. Without venturing too far into the city, you can ride in Ocean City and admire the skyline and beaches of the area. However, riding in Ocean City is only available from November to March from the inlet to 27th Street so plan accordingly.
Other riding trails in the area: Algonquin Cross County Trail, Chandler-Colburne Trail, Pusey Branch Trail and Hudson-Tarr Trail.
Are you a seasoned horse-rider who wants to provide your own riding gear? Whether it's looking for horse-riding outfits, riding boots, or care-packages for your horse, there are three outfitters in the county to stock up the essentials. The Berlin Farm and Home Center will have everything at your convenience from top-of-the-line helmets, to riding boots, to reins. Equipment like horse feeders and horseshoe-repair kits will be available to horse-owners to supply their stables. The other two locations worth checking out are Pocomoke City Tractor Supply and Berlin Tractor Supply.