What you'll do
Your experience begins with a 10 minute introductory lesson on how to behave around a horse, how mount a horse, and how to ride. We then embark on an exclusive access 90 minute trail ride to the Lake Proctor Wilderness area and a chance to explore undeveloped Florida. We’ll venture through various ecosystems that make up the 475 acre Lake Proctor Wilderness area. Pine scrub, pine flatwoods, sandhill and bayhead swamps covered all of Central Florida when Conquistadors and settlers explored these lands long before Disney. Each is a distinct eco system, and change before your eyes as thick palmettos and tall pines lead into sprawling oaks heavy with Spanish Moss and resurrection ferns. Trails bright with lichens and moss give way to brackish waters and rich black mud. As we loop back toward home, keep an eye out for bald eagles, sandhill cranes, pileated woodpeckers, a gopher tortoise, and maybe even a gator.
- Responsible interactions
All hosts must follow guidelines created with World Animal Protection.
- Caring expert hosts
Learn from biologists, conservationists, farmers, and more.
- Diverse animals
Meet over 300 kinds of animals, from alpacas to zebras.
As a life-long horse enthusiast, I’ve pursued training in a number of equestrian disciplines, but ultimately, exploring Florida’s unique ecosystems and forgotten history is what I find to be the most fulfilling horseback experience. Sharing these off the beaten path adventures has become a passion for me. I love guiding first-timers through their first horseback ride and I love the excitement people feel when they learn that Central Florida is so much more than theme parks.
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Where you'll be
We will ride trails only accessed from this unique destination (which is an AirBnB you can book! Stay in the tree house, yurt, or hangar) where you will witness what undiscovered Florida looks like, it’s rich history, and diverse landscapes. As we ride horses through the trails alongside beautiful landscapes, you will feel your stress melt away.
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Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 2 guests ages 12 and up can attend. Guests must follow safety guidelines explained by Wrangler. Guests must weigh less than 215 lbs
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
There is a weight limit of 215. No previous horseback riding experience is required. Any allergies to insects, horses, grass or in general must be disclosed.
Horseback Trail Ride Natural Ecosystems