Welcome to Spirit Reins Ranch Trail Riding Adventures
Thank you for visiting Spirit Reins Ranch! A trail ride through this mountainous coastal region is sure to be an experience you won’t forget. We offer a range of unique trail ride adventures, choose by duration or location, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
All guests will be given an introductory 30 minute orientation to safe horse care and handling before every trail ride to equip them with the necessary tools and safety measures in handling a horse safely and humanely.
Please note that tours are tailored to the guest’s riding level and ability.
The maximum number of guests we can take is 5 if they are experienced and confidant riders. For less experienced or beginner guests we can take 2 or 3 riders on the trail. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult and all trail rides are lead by the instructor.
Due to the nature of our small business please email or call for reservations at least one week in advance.
Novice/Beginner: Has ridden a horse 0-5 times, 0-3 riding lessons, no formal shows or competitions.
Intermediate: Has ridden a horse consistently for over a year, more than 4 lessons, competed in shows or events.
Advanced: Has ridden more than 3 years consistently, has obtained rider levels through Provincial Equestrian Federation or competed for more than 2 years in shows or events.
Please contact us for more information and details on riding abilities.
The riding instructor is a certified Western Rider Level 4 under Equine Canada and the Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation. As current members of Equine Canada we adhere to safety policies and practices set out by the Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation. Custom trail riding packages can be arranged in advance which can include an overnight camping package, as well as birthday packages, groups and/or special events.
Please allow 72 hours notice for cancellations on all pre-booked trail rides. A deposit of 25% is required to confirm your booking on rides over one hour in length. Sudden weather and terrain differences may cause changes in your trail ride experience.
WE NOW ACCEPT MAJOR CREDIT CARDS (All prices are subject to 15% HST provincial sales tax)
SCENIC RIVER TRAIL RIDE
You will be guided on horseback through pasture land across a river and up to the crest of blueberry hills where you will rest for a period to enjoy a stunning view of the mountains and surrounding farm lands. You will resume riding on a wooded trail where you may see a variety of wildlife such as deer, partridge, fox, beaver and bald eagles. Length of ride approximately one hour. Or you can choose a ride along an old railway track, and loop back along a river, through a hay field and cross the river into pasture land. Length of ride approximately 1 hour.
MACALONEY LAKE RIDE
This guided ride takes you past blueberry farms and rivers to a quiet fresh water lake where you will take a short rest period. Enjoy the view and have a snack while your horse munches on grass. Length of ride approximately 2 – 2.5 hours.
BAY OF FUNDY BEACH TRAIL RIDE
Guides will take you past farmland through wooded trails to the beaches of the Bay of Fundy. You will ride along the beach or let your horse trot in the salt water as you breathe in the sea air and take in the spectacular sights of one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the province! Healthy lunch will be provided (please specify if you have food allergies or special dietary needs). Length of ride approximately 4 – 4.5 hours.
Fee (4 – 4.5 hours) $160 for one person or $145 each for two or more people. **NEW** Due to high demand this year we have added a customized shorter ride for those who wish to ride along the beach, but do not want to ride 4-5 hours. We will trailer the horses to the halfway point and ride an hour through wooded trails to the beach!
Fee (2 hours) $110 per person.
TIDAL FLOOR AND FOSSIL TOUR
You will meet at the Ranch and accompany your guides and the horses to Wasson Bluff. This is the famous fossil site where 200 million year old dinosaur fossils were discovered! You will begin your ride on the beach at the protected fossil site where geologists and paleontologists may be actively digging! We will schedule your ride at low tide and you can ride your horse along the floor of the Minas Basin observing a variety of tidal creatures such as clams, crabs, shore birds and more! Take in the view of Two Islands and Five Islands as you cross Swan Creek Cove. Here you will take a snack break under the fossil cliffs while your horses rest. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Minas Basin and take pictures to your hearts delight! Length of ride approximately 2.5 hours.