Maybury Riding Stable offers a variety of horseback riding options
By Elizabeth Casella
Nestled in the heart of urban metro Detroit just off of eight mile and Beck roads lays the land where one can experience something not very typical in urban life. Purple wild flowers grow around the entrance gate one might see as they turn into the entrance and drive down the dirt road leading to the Maybury Riding Stables. A clearing filled with a pavilion, swings, a circle drive and the stable mounted atop a slight hill invites visitors in. One will enjoy the peaceful, fresh air and easygoing atmosphere that surrounds the dwelling and adds to the relaxing journey ahead. Maybury is considered one of the best places to horseback in Michigan according to Maybury’s website.
“Maybury offers a positive and relaxing horse experience. Our horses must be kind, gentle and good minded for the riders that come. They are all different sizes, coloring and breeding because we don’t care what they look like as long as they are safe,” said Kim Hone, owner and coordinator of Maybury Riding Stables.
Maybury State Park, located in Northville on Beck road, has almost 1,000 acres of land for visitors to use for various activities including riding, fishing, hiking, biking and winter cross-country skiing. The park opened as Wayne County’s first state park in 1975.
The riding stables offer many options for visitors of all ages. There are trail rides, pony rides, pony parties, hayrides and campfires, camps, private lessons as well as other options for visitors to select from.
The season for the horses starts when the weather from winter begins to break and spring comes to Michigan usually in late April. Rides continue all season Tuesday to Friday from 12 to 4 p.m. for public rides or 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for private and group rides. The stable closes around the first week of November when weather starts to get colder.
Normal rides consist of a 50 to 60 minute trail ride through the paths lead by two to three guides. There is a five minute ground lesson to begin with and to introduce riders to the horses. The staff is composed of approximately 10 to 12 dedicated horse lovers.
“My favorite part about the job is that I get to do something I enjoy. I get to wake up and not hate going to work because I love to be around the horses every day,” said Caitlin Carey, a two-year staff member.
A nature oriented and pleasurable day can always be experienced when riders are mounted on one of the 50 to 60 horses offered. Even the shy and timid are welcome. The staff is experienced with helping those face their fears or gain confidence around horses knowing that they can be intimidating sometimes. It is ensured that the environment is a safe place even for youngsters as little as two years old.
“I love the horses and getting to work outdoors every day. The trails are beautiful. I have been working at the stable, hauling water buckets and leading trails since I was young,” said Cody Kafer, manager of Maybury riding stables. Maybury offers a variety of age groups wonderful hands on horse experience.
Trail rides are very relaxed and are conducted at a leisurely pace. Rides range in price, but a typical trail ride costs $40. Reservations are needed for groups larger than eight people. Groups such as summer camps, Girl scouts, Eagle scouts and birthday parties are the most common, but just normal groups with over eight people come too. Walk-ins are also welcome. Riders should expect to wear long pants and boots, preferably with a heel, to ride. Then any other weather appropriate tops or jackets are left for the rider’s discretion. A recreation passport is needed to enter the park and if one does not have one it can be purchased for $11 at any Secretary of State. The stable is located off of Eight Mile and Beck Rd. For more information, visit their website at http://www.mayburyridingstable.com/.
Maybury Riding Stable
Services: Trail rides, Pony Rides, Pony Parties, Hayrides and Campfire,
Hayride for kids, Private rides, Summer camp, Horse for the day leasing, Photo schoots, Scout program and Lil’ Buckaroo Lessons
Location: Northville between beck and eight mile road
Times: Tues.-Sun. 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. Times may very based on months and weather conditions. Call ahead or check the website for more detailed information on specific times and dates.
Pricing: Ranges from $5.00 to $200.00, Normal trail rides are $40.00 per person
Phone Number: 248-347-1088