When I arrived at the farm I was greeted by their eclectic group of dogs, Pepper the pig, and friendly barn cats. Beyond the barn is their herd of Paso Fino Horses, a Spanish breed known for their loving temperament and smooth gait. They are even said to be “the smoothest ride in the world.” A great horse for all experience levels, Fina Vista Farm is actually the only place in Canada where you can ride Paso Finos!
The guided trail ride started with a quick introduction to the horses, and a refresher on how to ride a horse. If it’s your first time, just let them know when you’re booking to allow for extra time for riding instructions. I have very little riding experience, so I was a little nervous when I first mounted Pinta, my horse for the adventure. Camilla, our guide and farm owner, did a great job at making me feel comfortable and as soon as we started on the trail I felt totally at peace. We followed the winding trails through the snow-covered forest with stunning views of open rolling fields. My favourite was the red pine tree forest that we rode through with 80-foot tall, evenly spaced trees towering above. This forest was originally planted to be harvested for telephone poles when wood was still the most commonly used material. I felt a deep connection to the forest and horses as we rode along.
I’m already planning my return for the summertime when I have visitors from out of town. It was a unique way to experience the trails and scenery of the Bay of Quinte region—much different than what I’m used to!
THE RANCH DAY SPA
Take your day at Fina Vista Farm to a new level of mind and body wellness by checking in to The Ranch Day Spa after your ride. Located inside a rustic, cozy cabin complete with a wood-burning fireplace, it’s the perfect country setting to get a massage, facial, mani or pedi. Talk about ultimate relaxation after spending a couple of hours out in nature.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Riding is by appointment only. Helmets and boots with heels are to be worn by all riders (they have helmets available and some boot sizes). Dress appropriately with long, comfortable pants and warm or dry clothing. Due to the smaller size of the Paso Fino Horse, they have a weight limit of 220 lbs for all riders.