Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm

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Photo: riding a country roadThere is probably no better introduction to the remarkable Icelandic Horse than our daily trail rides. We'll match a horse to your level of experience, and we'll travel at a pace that suits you so that you can experience the horse's gentle temperament and smooth gaits. You won't believe how much action is possible underneath you while you feel the sensation, as Icelanders describe it, of "riding in an easy chair."

Our seasoned guide will lead you out along the quaint back roads of the Mad River Valley and, in season, across meadows and into the woods on the slopes of the Green Mountains. Along the way, we love to talk about the unique characteristics and history of Icelandic Horses and point out the natural features, wildlife, and spectacular scenery of the countryside. By the end of the ride, you're likely to have made a fast friend of the horse that has just taken you on a most memorable journey.

Photo: picturesque countrysideYou can savor our trail rides in any season, from the fresh greenery of springtime through the lazy country days of summer and the breathtaking foliage and crisp air of autumn. In winter, the Icelandic Horse is at its best, growing a shaggy coat and reveling in the snow that makes the Mad River Valley a hub of every kind of outdoor winter activity.

We accommodate all levels of riding skill, including novices, on Day Rides. Children over 10 years old with riding experience are welcome. Groups usually number from four to eight.


Day Rides

Available every day, year-round, weather and trail conditions permitting.
Please call ahead for reservations.
All levels of riding experience, including novices.

1-hour ride $60
1½-hour ride $80
2-hour ride $90
3-hour ride $120
Full-day ride $220 (includes lunch)


Photo, riding a mountain meadowOur Day Ride prices include ride with guide. The full-day ride includes a picnic lunch at the farm.

Day Rides are by advance reservation, but no deposit or advance payment is necessary. We welcome Visa, MasterCard, and, of course, cash on the day of the ride.

Taxes: Rates are subject to 6% state sales tax.

Gratuities: Staff gratuities are pooled and left to your discretion. A gratuity of 12% to 18% is customary if our staff serves you well.

Check-in: It's important that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of your ride. There's paperwork, of course, and we'll fit you with a helmet, adjust your stirrups, and such.

Riders must weigh 200 pounds or less. Children over 10 years old with riding experience are welcome if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

For reservations, please contact us by phone, mail, or fax. We can confirm your reservation by phone, mail or email.

 Mail: Vermont Icelandic Horse Farm, P.O. Box 577, Waitsfield, VT 05673 

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