With spring in full bloom, it’s time to take advantage of all of the outdoor activities D.C. has to offer.  One thing to consider is horseback riding, an activity that does count as exercise, but has a large, beautiful animal doing most of the heavy lifting.  So get your feet in those stirrups, get back in the saddle and visit one of the many horseback riding stables in DC and the surrounding area.
Rock Creek Park Horse Center
5100 Glover Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 362-0117

The only horseback riding stable located in D.C., Rock Creek Park Horse Center offers everything regardless of your riding skill level.  For beginners who want a leisurely hour on a horse, there are trail rides. For those who want to learn to ride, group lessons are offered at all levels. Pony rides are available to those ages 2 1/2 and older.  Summer camps are available for both teens and adults during the day and evenings. Also, for those fortunate to own their own horse, full-service boarding is available.

Wheaton Park Stables
1101 Glenallan Ave.
Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 622-2424

Located in Silver Spring, just north of D.C., Wheaton Park Stables has many similar programs and lessons to what is offered to at Rock Creek Park Horse Center (trail rides, group lessons, riding for children, etc).  One thing to note: During the week they offer horseback riding lessons to children and adults with special needs.  .

Little Burgundy Farm
5715 Sable Drive
Alexandria, VA 22310
(571) 357-4330

Those who live in northern Virginia or those looking for a more private riding setting should check out Little Burgundy Farm in Alexandria. In order to ride at Little Burgundy Farm, riders must be members.  Two types of memberships are available: sole-use membership for $250 per month or shared-use membership for $175 per month. With these memberships, you get a one-hour-per-week riding time slot at the farm.  Supplemental plans to add family members are also available.

Woodland Horse Center
16301 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20905
(301) 421-9156

With 25 acres at its disposal, Woodland Horse Center offers quite the variety of lessons for horseback riding lovers. Group, semi-private and private lessons are available for both children and adults.  If you’re a complete novice, an introductory lesson is offered every Sunday at 1 p.m. (with the exception of major holidays).  English disciplines are offered for both children and adults and Western disciplines are offered for adults only. The Saddle Club is an after-school program for students that also has transportation from local schools. For horse owners, boarding is available but so is ‘Equi-Lease,’ where you can lease a horse (the same one or a different one) and get the opportunity to ride three times a week plus your lesson.

Piscataway Stables 
10775 Piscataway Road
Clinton, MD 20735
(301) 297-9808

Located about 40 minutes south of the city, Piscataway Stables offers one-hour guided trail rides at noon on Saturdays (but you can make reservations for special times and groups by giving them a call). If you’re looking to rent some ponies for your child’s birthday party or to liven up the family reunion or community picnic, Piscataway Stables has you covered there, too. If you live or happen to be visiting the Clinton, Maryland area and want to go on a horseback trail ride, Piscataway Stables will cover the basics.

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