Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville sits on more than 800 acres and stretches along three miles of the White River. The park offers eight miles of multi-use trails, a canoe launch, fishing, an archery range and pro shop, aerial (tree-top) adventures, a natural history center, seasonal slopes for sledding and tubing, and an equestrian center and trail. My 10-year-old son and I decided to try out K-Trails Equestrian Adventures, located in the park.
Before arriving at K-Trails, I booked our 90-minute ride online. Riders must be 7 years of age or older. (Although they do offer extended pony rides for younger children.) There are multiple options each day for trail rides; the most popular option is the sunset ride, when temperatures are cooler and the sun washes the prairie in golden hues.
Upon arrival at K-Trails Equestrian Adventures, we were invited to walk around the center and visit with the horses and ponies. When the ride was about to begin, our guide led us to a small arena where she demonstrated the fundamentals in trail riding. The demonstration was interactive, and she used one of the horses to demonstrate how to mount, dismount and ride. For those of us with less experience, bravery or flexibility, a step stool was provided to mount and dismount. I needed the step stool, but my 10-year-old did not — a fact that he just won’t let me forget!
Our guide measured our experience and ease, and assigned a horse accordingly. My son ended up with an easygoing horse that stayed on the trail, while I was paired with a stubborn horse that stopped to eat often. What that says about us, I’m not sure, but my son’s personality really did match his horse’s.
The trail took us through the woods and the prairie. We saw lots of bunnies, and a few other equestrians. It really was a beautiful way to end the day. As soon as my son hopped off his horse, he asked when we could go again.
K-Trails Equestrian Adventures | 11949 Koteewi Dr., Noblesville | ktrails.com