Horseback riding is straight up one of the most enjoyable activities you could ever do, especially in the summer time. Being able to hang out with animals, experience nature, and try something new is what makes horseback riding so fun, and what keeps people coming back again and again.\nIf you're nervous about trying horseback riding for the first time, don't be! I know horses can look scary or unpredictable, all the gear can be intimidating, and the actual riding seems too difficult unless you're a pro. While you should always be careful when interacting with horses, the reality is that riding, whether it's your first or fiftieth time, does not have to be a wild, complicated experience.\nEvery good horse ranch will be more than happy to accommodate beginners, but it's up to you to be vocal about your level of experience and comfort. Usually, ranch owners will offer to put you on the gentlest horse, or provide a lesson before you get out on the trail. So please, don't let fear hold you back from experiencing the unique joy of horseback riding - and rest assured these places are guaranteed to provide the perfect experience.\n1. Captiva Farms\nA photo posted by Captiva Farms (@captivafarms) on Aug 24, 2015 at 8:10am PDT\n189 ch. de la Montagne, Wakefield\nOut of all the places on this list, Captiva Farms is the furthest from Montreal - about a 2 hour drive - but trust me when I say, it is beyond worth the trip. I've personally gone horseback riding here on multiple occasions, and each time has been a truly wonderful experience. This ranch is nestled in the Quebec hillside, and the scenic, relaxing trail will open to gorgeous expansive views.\nThe team at Captiva is very experienced, and each rider gets a lesson before the trail, so no need to be worried if you're a beginner. Overall, it's just such an incredible horseback riding experience that I hope everyone gets to do at least once.\nFacebook\n2. Centre Equestre Saphir\nA photo posted by Molly Finkelstein (@jrzgrrrl) on Jun 15, 2016 at 7:31am PDT\n1630 Rang Saint Raphael, La PrairieIf you're interested in taking lessons either in Equestrian or Western riding (the two main styles of horseback riding), this ranch is a great place to start, since they offer courses and basic rides. Another interesting feature at this ranch - they offer "contact therapy" with their horses, which is a session in which you interact with their animals in order to relieve stress of anxiety.Basically, this means that you brush, groom, and care for the horse, while learning more about the breed in general. If you're a beginner, this could be a great way to ease your fears about riding and feel more confident when you finally work up the courage to try.Website3. Mont Tremblant Horseback RidingA photo posted by @emiesr on Aug 1, 2015 at 1:25pm PDT710 Chemin de Val-des-Lacs | 118 chemin kandahaThere are actually two options for horseback riding in Mont Tremblant. One is at the Ranch Mont Tremblant, and the other is at the Amerindian Ranch. Both offer trail rides and excursions for different levels of experience, and also for different lengths of stay.If you want to do a day trip, there are hour or two hour-long options at both ranches, and if you're looking for a weekend getaway, Ranch Mont Tremblant has awesome packages. Either way, the sheer beauty of these ranches are truly unparalleled. The trail itself is sure to bring incredible views, and the rugged feel of the horses and the environment will make you feel like a true cowboy (or girl).4. Centre Equestre De BromontA photo posted by kate & friend ? (@alwayshorsing) on Jun 15, 2016 at 7:49am PDT100 Chemin de Laprairie, BromontThis ranch in the picturesque little town of Bromont offers lessons only, so no trail rides here - but if you're looking for a beautiful place to start your horseback riding journey, this is it. They welcome riders of all levels, and have awesome facilities for any kind of experience.Also to note - the lessons are offered mainly in English, so if you're an Anglo rider, this is ideal.Website5. Auberge & Spa Beau RevesA photo posted by Neda Zivanovic (@nedazivanovic) on Jun 15, 2016 at 2:40am PDT2310 Boulevard de Sainte-Adèle, Sainte-Adèle A horseback riding experience surrounded by the ambiance of a spa getaway? Yes, this is what we all need in our lives. In all seriousness, this amazing Nordic spa and hotel tucked away in the countryside is probably the most relaxing place you could try horseback riding for your first time, or for your hundredth time.Best of all, they offer some pretty affordable packages that include horseback riding, spa access, and lunch. If you're looking for a way to tie in horseback riding with a quick vacation, this little Spa is a top notch option.Facebook6. Ranch Chez CowboyA photo posted by Cecilia Isabel Alvarez (@cecilia96isabel) on May 27, 2016 at 1:15pm PDT1125 St-Marie, MascoucheFirst of all, how badass will you feel when you're horseback riding at a ranch called Chez Cowboy? No, just me? Anyways, this super cool ranch in the small town of Mascouche is a great place to spend a day, especially since it's pretty close to Montreal.If you want to experience horseback riding close by, while still getting a legitimate riding experience within nature, Chez Cowboy is ideal.Facebook7. Saint Lazare RanchA photo posted by Youmna (@youmnahalabi) on Jun 14, 2016 at 9:36am PDT\n1271 Chemin Saint Louis, Saint-Lazare\nThe horse ranch at St. Lazare is quite popular at this point - it's only 15 minutes from downtown Montreal - so it offers the closest and most convenient opportunity to horseback ride. If you want a trail ride, or an indoor or outdoor lesson, this ranch does it all. It's a well-rounded place to learn and enjoy riding, and they boast that the trails offer beautiful views, especially at sunset.\nBonus: they encourage clients to bring their own food, since there is a grill on site where you can enjoy cooking your own meals. Close, convenient, awesome views, and some home-grilled cooking; this ranch is here to cultivate your perfect summer day.\nFacebook\n8. Punkin Patch Farm\nA photo posted by Máří Mrázková (@marimrazkova) on Jun 15, 2016 at 8:49am PDT\n321 des Erables, Rigaud\nAnother place that offers only lessons, this adorable horse ranch that doubles as a pumpkin patch has an ultra relaxing vibe that is perfect for beginners, and those looking to advance their riding knowledge.\nLocated in Rigaud, also fairly close to Montreal, this ranch prides itself on being organic and natural, using the most holistic tactics to take care of their animals. Horse lovers will definitely find their oasis at the Punkin Patch.\nFacebook\n9. Centre Equestre des Laurentides\nA photo posted by ?1.2k Zany Fans? (@jumping.dapples) on Jun 15, 2016 at 8:40am PDT\n50 Rue Tamarack, Morin-Heights\nLooking for a place that's pro in Equestrian riding? This stable amongst the mountains is an amazing setting to learn Equestrian, regardless of your skill level.\nAgain, this is a place that offers only lessons, but if you're looking for somewhere that you can consistently improve your riding skills, this stable is definitely worth a look.\nFacebook\n10. Ranch Double G\nA photo posted by Dan da Costa (@dan_dacosta) on Jul 13, 2015 at 2:26pm PDT\n1221 Chemin Pincourt, Mascouche\nAnother stellar ranch in the town of Mascouche, Ranch Double G is guaranteed to be a good time. I mean, the above photo looks unreal - riding trails through the water? I'm down.\nIn all seriousness though, this ranch functions in true Western style, and it's quite popular for good reason. The trail rides will take you through rivers, mountain scenery, and there is even one called the "Moon Light" where you ride at night and end off with a campfire. Overall, Ranch Double G has something for everyone, and it'll definitely be a fun adventure whether you're alone or in a big group.\nFacebook\nAdd mtlblog on Snapchat.