Have you ever gone on a sleigh ride?
The grandkids and I went on our first one at Coppal House Farm, Lee, NH, which is a short 20 minute drive from the Seacoast and about an hour from Boston.
When we arrived, we were greeted by the sight of a pair of beautiful Belgian Draft Horses harnessed and ready to go.
They had two sleighs. A pair of handsome Percherons were harnessed to the first one which had hay bales for rustic seating. The second sleigh had wooden seats and was awaiting the Belgians.
We were loaded onto the first sleigh with the Percherons and were quickly on our way. As we rode along, the driver told us about how the horses contribute to maintaining the life of the farm.
The sleigh ride lasted about 25 minutes, and we enjoyed every minute of the beautiful winter scenery riding through the fields and over the brooks.
The beautiful bells the horses were wearing were from the mid 1800’s. At that time, each wagon and horse team had their own distinctive bells. So, when you heard a wagon approach, you could tell who it was even before they came into sight.
Instead of the blare of horns, you could enjoy the ringing of bells coming from your neighbor’s team of horses as they came to visit or pass by.
Community – that is what many of us yearn for today.
If you live in the area, I would highly recommend checking out Sleigh Ride Sundays in January and February from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It is not only fun for the whole family but cost-effective – $10 for each person five and up.
They also take reservations on their website for private horse-drawn sleigh, carriage and wagon rides.
It was a great Sunday afternoon family adventure away from the multitude of remotes, controllers and other electronic devices we seem to have all accumulated.
Grandson (7 years old) – I liked it, and I was surprised the bridges we crossed could hold us.
Granddaughter (11 years old) – I thought the ride might just go around in a small circle, but it was much longer than I expected. The horses were beautiful.