I'm working on an article about fall foliage trail rides for Massachusetts Horse magazine. One of the best fall foliage places in Massachusetts is the Berkshires. So I drove up to Berkshire Horseback Adventures on Saturday, August 11th to check out their horses and trails.
I talked with Dave Roche, the owner, for a bit and asked some questions for the article, and then went out on a previously scheduled one hour trail ride. Our trail guide was Dan Benton, who has worked there for quite some time. I was riding a really sweet Quarter Horse named JW. He isn't in their regular trail ride string yet - not being ready for complete novices, but an awesome horse (and didn't mind me taking pictures at all).
The horses all had spring in their step and were eager to do their jobs, but also understood that they had to take care of their riders. One girl, perhaps riding for the first time, dropped her reins twice. When she did this, her horse started grazing. Dan patiently got off his horse (that ground ties) and went and gave her back the reins.
Having ridden one of their horses and witnessed this all in person, and ridden some really great trails, I highly recommend anyone with an interest in trail riding in the Berkshires goes to visit them. I would like to go back during fall foliage season and perhaps go on one of the overnight rides they offer.
In the meantime, here are some of the pictures from my ride.