15 Horseback Riding Centers in the Cincinnati Area

With our close neighbor Lexington, Kentucky known as the “horse capital of the world”, it’s no surprise that there are quite a few horseback riding centers in the Cincinnati area!

Whether you’re new to horseback riding, an experienced rider practicing for your next competition, or an owner looking for the perfect spot to ride your horse – there are plenty of places to choose from for horseback riding in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, or Indiana.

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Check out our list below of Cincinnati area horseback riding centers with activities ranging from horseback riding, lessons & coaching, horse boarding, trail rides, birthday parties, and more!


All locations have different policies in regards to seasonal openings, weather-related closings, ages, and skill level. Be sure to call the venue ahead of time to plan your trip accordingly.


Morgan Stables

(513) 724-0105
3872 Cain Run Rd., Batavia, Ohio 45103

  • Group trail rides ranging from 1-6 hours
  • 32 miles of riding trails
  • Lessons available
  • Horse boarding available
  • Hosts pony parties & events

Morgan Stables offers a variety of group trail ride options ranging from beginners to advanced equestrians. The 1-hour trail ride takes the group through East Fork State Park, and other non-stop options include a 2.5 and 3.5-4 hour trail ride. If you prefer a longer trip, opt for the 5-6 hour “All-Day Ride” which includes a stop halfway through for a picnic lunch. Each summer, Morgan Stables offers a 5-day camp (day-only and overnight options) which includes daily horseback riding, swimming, crafts, games, campfire cookouts, and a Parent’s Night where kids can show off everything they learned.

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Muddy Water Equestrian Park

(513) 522-8545
10129 W Mill Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

  • Seasonal
  • Semi-private and private lessons
  • 1-hour weekend trail rides
  • Hosts events & field trips

Muddy Water Equestrian Park offers private and semi-private lessons for up to 3 people. If trail rides are more your thing, sign up for a shaded 1-hour weekend ride – note that these are not riding lessons so riders should be able to control turns, stopping, and going with their horses. Children’s rides are available led by an instructor in an arena for younger riders who aren’t quite ready for the trails yet.

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Nation Road Horse Rental

(513) 255-5752
6484 Morning Sun Rd., Oxford, Ohio 45056

  • Appointment only January-April, November-December, weekends only end of April-May, September-October, open Thursday-Sunday in June-August
  • Guided trail rides
  • Hosts birthday parties and special events

Nation Road Horse Rental offers trail rides for all experience levels, starting at age 8. Four guided trail options range from 30 minutes to an hour and a half featuring different terrains (based on skill level). Wrangler programs are available for kids who want to get to know the “behind the scenes” aspects of caring for horses. 

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Carriage Hill MetroPark Riding Center

NOTE: trail rides, pony rides, horse camps and horseback riding lessons at the Carriage Hill MetroPark Riding Center have been cancelled through Sept. 30, 2020 or until further notice

(937) 275-7275
8111 Shull Rd., Dayton, Ohio 45424

  • Barn is open year-round (some offerings June-August only)
  • Lessons available, including adult-only classes
  • Guided trail rides 
  • 7+ miles of bridle trails

All ages and beginner-immediate riders can enjoy horseback riding activities at Carriage Hill MetroPark Riding Center. The Riding Center houses more than 20 horses and has an outdoor arena, indoor arena, and access to 7 miles of bridle trails. Lessons are available for riders 8+ years old, with adult-only classes also available and pony rides for 2-8 year olds too young for lessons. Trail rides take place on Saturdays and Sundays June-October on guided trails through the woods at Carriage Hill MetroPark. Horse camps are offered during the summer to teach kids ages 8-17 all about horsemanship skills and safe handling.

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Royal Creek Farm

(937) 206-3945
4880 Old Springfield Rd., Springfield, Ohio 45502

  • Open year-round
  • Private lessons
  • Indoor arena, turnout pasture, and a half-mile track
  • Horse boarding available
  • Hosts birthday parties

Royal Creek Farm offers riding on the farm, including a turnout pasture, indoor arena, and a half mile track. All levels and ages can take part in riding lessons, which includes: horse safety, care, grooming, riding, cleanup, and more.

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Misty Ridge Farm

(859) 781-5779
5210 Owl Creek Rd., Melbourne, Kentucky 41059

  • Group and private lessons
  • Trail riding on Fridays & Sundays
  • 9 pastures, indoor arena, outdoor arena, heated viewing area
  • Horse boarding available

Misty Ridge Farm is a 40-acre family friendly farm located just 10 miles south from downtown Cincinnati. All skill levels can enjoy riding lessons, with horses available for those who don’t own a horse. Trail riding is available on Fridays and Sunday, where riders can groom and tack then enjoy a riding adventure. Horse owners can board their horses at Misty Ridge Farm, with 9 pastures, daily stall cleaning, and indoor and outdoor riding arenas.

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Whispering Woods Riding Stables

(502) 570-9663
265 Wright Lane, Georgetown, Kentucky 40324

  • Open March-November
  • Trail rides & private rides (2 person minimum)
  • 250+ acres with miles of riding trails
  • Hosts birthday parties

Whispering Woods Riding Stables is set on 250 wooded acres, offering miles of trails and beautiful views. Bring your own horse out for a ride, or rent one of 24 horses from Whispering Woods Riding Stables. The venue includes picnic tables, a petting zoo, a playground, and a small tack shop. Group and private trail rides are available for riders 8+ years, but ask about pony rides if you’re planning on bringing younger visitors along. There are also many fun horse-related events available throughout the year, including: Wild West Weekend, a Scavenger Hunt, and the Haunted Trails of Whispering Woods. 

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Salt Creek Ranch

(765) 698-2044
21040 US-52, Laurel, Indiana 47024

  • Open year-round
  • Guided trail rides
  • Overnight 18-person cabin rental available
  • Cash only

Salt Creek Ranch sits on 700 scenic acres of hills, trails, streams, waterfalls, and overlooks. Housing around 100 horses, your entire group will love 1-2 hour guided trail rides or the “Saddle and Paddle” package that also includes a canoe trip! Rent the rustic cabin (sleeps up to 18 guests) for a fun group weekend getaway, family trip, or staycation. Summertime camps are also available for girls ages 9 and up, which includes overnight camping (tent or cabin), trail riding, horse lessons, games, creek swimming, and bonfires. 

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Horseback riding in Cincinnati, Ohio

Winton Woods Riding Center

(513) 931-3057
10073 Daly Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

  • Open year-round
  • Group, semi-private, and private lessons available
  • 2.6 mile one-way public trail (you can bring your own horse)
  • 2 outdoor arenas, 1 indoor riding hall

First opening in 1954, the Winton Woods Riding Center is now home to 40 horses, 3 barns, 2 outdoor arenas, an indoor hall and cross-country style field jumps. All skill levels will find something to enjoy, from beginners lessons to more advanced competitions and an equestrian team for grades 6-12. Other offerings include: kids horse camps (all skill levels), group and private lessons, group trail rides, horse shows, and a Special Olympics Equestrian training program. If you have your own horse, you are can bring them to the Open Schooling Days or take them out on their public trail.

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East Fork Stables & Trails

(513) 797-7433
2215 Snyder Rd., Batavia, Ohio 45103

  • Open year-round
  • Group rides and private lessons available
  • 50 miles of riding trails
  • 1 indoor arena, 1 outdoor sand arena, 1000 ft banked riding track, 17 paddocks
  • Horse boarding available

East Fork Stables & Trails is a trail lover’s dream with 50 MILES of horse riding trails, including scenic trails along the East Fork River. The 37-acre farm also features an indoor arena, a 1000 foot banked riding track, an 80 foot round pen, 11’x11’ ventilated stalls. Group rides, private lessons, day camps, 10-hour riding passes, and seminars are available to offer fun experiences and learning opportunities for all skill levels. 

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Kneipp Farm

NOTE: They do not offer trail riding packages or horse rentals at this time. (last updated 7-25-2020)

(513) 374-9028
6743 Ragland Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45244

  • Private and semi-private lessons 
  • All-weather outdoor arena, indoor arena with heated viewing room
  • Horse boarding & training available

Kneipp farm features all-weather outdoor arenas and an indoor arena with a heated viewing room. Horse riding lessons are available to all experience levels, with a special “New Client Starter Package” for those new to Kneipp Farm. Kids summer camps are available for those able to canter and jump cross-rails, where they can learn more about riding, horse shows, and horse safety. 

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Saddle Lake Equestrian Center

(859) 750-7568
Kentucky: 2369 Nelson Rd., Camp Springs, Kentucky 41059
Ohio: 9765 Murdock-Goshen Rd., Loveland, Ohio 45140

  • Beginner-Advanced lessons
  • Horse boarding & training available
  • Between the 2 locations: 50+ stalls, several turnouts grazing pastures, indoor arenas, and outdoor arenas
  • Hosts birthday parties & events

Saddle Lake Equestrian Center has two locations: Camp Springs, Kentucky and Loveland, Ohio. The Camp Springs location is a 26-acre facility with 35 spacious stalls, several turnouts, grazing pastures, a WHOA Dust (™) indoor arena, an OTTO Sport Base Mat arena, and an 1800 square foot observation lounge with dining, kitchen, office areas, and a restroom with a shower. The Loveland location is 17-acres with 29 stalls (which includes 4 pony sized stalls), several paddocks, an indoor arena, and a grass outdoor arena. Beginner-advanced lessons, horse training, summer camps, and birthday party packages are available on site.

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Little Britain Stables

(859) 743-0892
5309 Idlewild Rd., Burlington, Kentucky 41005

  • Private and semi-private lessons
  • Horse boarding & training available
  • Indoor and outdoor arenas
  • Hosts birthday parties

Little Britain Stables is a family-owned horse farm with over 20 different horse and pony breeds. Riding lessons start age 2, with private and semi-private (2-4 person) lessons available. Plan your child’s next birthday party at Little Britain Stables, with party packages including pony rides and horse-themed games. Horse camps are offered in the summer to teach children all about riding and horsemanship. Schools, church groups, and scout groups can book their next field trip with Little Britain Stables for kids hands-on, age appropriate activities including horse care and safety. 

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