Let’s Go Horseback Riding at Myakka River Trail Rides

Ever wanted to pretend you’re a cowboy riding through the Wild West on your trusty steed? This might be your chance if you sign up for horseback riding at Myakka River Trail Rides. The property’s 40 acres of sprawling fields and shaded trails, along with the trained, purebred horses, will have you feeling like a certified cattle trainer in no time. Choose from introductory hikes, driving time for intermediate trails, or a sunset ride with friends.


46405 Clay Gully Road, Myakka Town


The rides take place daily at 8:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. depending on the reservations received. The one-hour relaxed hike is perfect for beginners and costs $65 per person. The 45-minute hike with photo op is great for kids and beginners and starts at $75 per person. If you’re more advanced, try the forward step and hour trot starting at $85.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed experience, try the peaceful one-hour sunset walk at 5 p.m. for $145 per person.

What to bring

Horseback riding is a sport that requires suitable equipment. Closed shoes are advised, as well as jeans or long pants to wear when driving. Helmets, saddles and stirrups are provided on site. Be sure to bring a backpack or shoulder bag to hold a phone, camera, and maybe some water for the long sunny trails.

What to expect

When you first arrive at Myakka River Trail Rides, you will meet your qualified guide and instructor, and he or she will introduce you to the horses. Beginners will receive a brief lesson on how to stop, go and navigate the horse’s reins. Then you and your horse will be taken to an open pasture, to explore wildlife, shady oaks and water.

If you are more advanced, walk-trot tours will take you around the area to practice faster trots and canters in the arena before hitting the trails.

Myakka River Trail Rides also offers riding lessons, horse boarding, and allows you to sponsor one of the many farm horses. Breeds include American Paint Horses, American Saddlebred Gelding, and one of the world’s rarest breeds, Akhal-Teke horses, which originated in Persia 3,000 years ago. Each horse has a name and a story that the owner will be happy to share.

To book a ride, click here or call (941) 219-9399.

Clyde P. Johnson