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Whether you're a seasoned rider or just a beginner, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Louisiana on horseback.

No horse? No problem. Horse lovers of all ages and experience levels can enjoy a day on the Louisiana trails with one of these outfitters.

Guided Horseback Riding and Outfitters in Louisiana

Sunflower Farm & Ranch, Folsom

Located just an hour’s drive from New Orleans and Baton Rouge, close to two major Interstate highways, Sunflower Farm & Ranch is a haven for horseback riders who want an authentic Louisiana outback experience that’s close to city comforts. Expert riders can rent a horse and ride the ranch solo, and guided trips are offered as well. Beginner riders are welcome, so bring the entire family for a memorable trip through the wilds of Louisiana’s Northshore. 

BREC Farr Park Equestrian Center, Baton Rouge

When it comes to convenience, you won’t do much better than BREC Farr Park Equestrian Center. Its network of horse trails can be found just six miles from downtown Baton Rouge, situated just a stone’s throw from the Mississippi River. Go for a peaceful trot through the pastures of this 297-acre park, where guides accommodate groups of up to eight riders every weekend year-round. After dismounting, take a rest at one of Farr Park’s RV campground spots, which come with full hookups and offer even more outdoor fun. 

Sweetwater Campground and Riding Stables, Loranger

Enjoy a wild West experience in Tangipahoa Parish, just south of Baton Rouge. Sweetwater Campground and Riding Stables caters to horseback riders young and old with no experience required. For the full cowboy experience, plan a long weekend in the Sweetwater cabins or bunkhouse. Rustic tent camping and RV hookups are also available. When you're not riding the trails, explore the biking and hiking trails or drop a line in the fishing pond.

Kisatchie National Forest, Alexandria

Equestrian enthusiasts looking for a more remote getaway should check out the wilds of Kisatchie National Forest. Its massive acreage, undulating hills, lush forests and well-maintained trails offer a lifetime of trail riding experiences. One of the most popular spots is the Caroline Dormon Trail, which features nearly 11 miles of trails and designated parking for horse trailers. Bonus: this trail is located just off the Longleaf Trail Byway, one of 18 routes that make up the Louisiana Byways scenic road network. Call for more info 318-473-7160, or visit the Kisatchie Forest Service website.

Hayes E. Daze Ranch, Forest Hill

While in the Kisatchie National Forest area, another option is to head to Hayes E. Daze Ranch in Forest Hill for guided horseback riding. Winding, sandy trails with gorgeous forest canopy hang overhead while you and your horse head down the forested paths.  Options include one, two or three hour trail rides and with more than 70 miles of trails to choose from, a route can be selected for any rider's skill level. If its your first time, beginners are welcome and will receive a short training session that is included.

Splendor Farms, Bush

Explore over 1,000 acres of Louisiana’s Northshore at Splendor Farms. The equestrian center near the tiny town of Bush is a full-service facility, with guided rides that take visitors past the slow-moving Bogue Chitto River on one- to three-hour trips. Bring the kids to the onsite petting zoo to feed the alpacas, and consider extending your trip beyond a day by staying at Splendor Farm’s bed-and-breakfast. 

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