Hilton Head Horseback Riding

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Hilton Head has a few equestrian centers for vacationers interested in spending time on horseback. Sea Pines has Lawton Stables, where residents and guests 8 years old and older can take guided trail rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. For the little ones 7 and under they offer pony rides. There is also a free small animal farm where you can see goats, sheep, pigs, miniature donkeys, alpacas, and Callie the deer. You can also see Harley the Clydesdale up close. Lawton Stables is the home of the Wish Upon a Horse therapeutic riding center as well as the International Riding Academy. Sandy Creek Stables on Jonesville Road in Hilton Head does not offer tourist attractions, but does board horses for owners.

Moss Creek only a short ride back over the bridge, has another equestrian center that offers basic riding lesson to show jumping and dressage. But for competitors, Rose Hill Plantation on the mainland in Bluffton is the best bet. Rose Hill teaches riding lessons, hosts horse shows and tournaments - even Polo tournaments!

For something else out of the ordinary some years you can watch a Marsh Tacky Horse race in February as part of the month-long Gullah Heritage Celebration. The Marsh Tacky is a small stocky workhorse that is linked to when the Spanish were on the island and in the lowcountry (it is now the state horse of SC). This horse is good for working in the swamps, lowlands and water with out fear. For two years races have been held on the Coligny Beach with lots of spectators lined up and down the beach course to watch the multiple heats. It is great fun! Keep up with our Calendar of Events for dates and times.

Lawton Stables


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Sea Pines Resort
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
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