-Laura Ingalls Wilder
"Something in the way he said it gave Laura a wild hope. She thought how wonderful it would be to go sleighriding behind those swift horses."
Little Town On The Prairie
Today I had to go to Canadaguia, a town about 40 minutes away. While there, I did something I have wanted to do since I was in the 5th grade! I rode in a horse drawn sleigh.
The Granger Homestead is giving 10 minute sleigh rides from now until March, weather permitting. $5 for adults, $3 for children 4-12.
It was wonderful. I LOVED It! It was a much smoother than I would have imagined and fast. (about 10 miles an hour at a medium trot) I was riding in the nicer of the 2 restored antique sleighs (this one was for passengers only and was reinforced with springs for a smooth ride he other one was also for transporting goods) We went around the homestead and through a wooded area.
They even had a fur lap blanket to cover you up. It was awesome.
Imagine my excitement when the driver told me that the horse was a MORGAN HORSE (Ok,at this point, the only person who is probably imagining my excitement over this fact is Deanna.) The Morgan horse was the first American Bred horse AND the kind of horses that Almanzo Wilder drove when he won Laura Ingall's heart! (Be still my own heart!)
It was a clear 25 degree day and I was wearing a warm coat. Nonetheless, it was a little chilly. Each week, Almanzo would pick Laura up 12 miles away when she was teaching away from home. On a nice day like today, it would have taken them 1 hr and 15 min. During the -40 degree ride that Laura describes, having to stop and assist the horses, it would have taken much longer.
We were supposed to go as a family but my daughter was sick today. Since I had to be in Canadaguia anyway I decided to go alone. It was probably better that way because I got to really soak up the whole experience. And, I liked it so much that we will definitely be taking my daughter on the ride sometime before March!