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Destination Recreation: Sleigh Rides

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You know how the song goes -- dashing through the snow... in a one-horse open sleigh.

Bryce Bartlett and April Edwards run Pleasant Valley Horse-Drawn Wagon and Sleigh Rides and say sleigh rides are a throwback to a more relaxing time.

"It's the mountains, it's the snow, it's the beauty of the thing," he says. "It's really a tradition that has gone by. In the past this is how you travelled, this is how you went place to place."

Each horse has its own personality. They call Jerry "opinionated."

"I attempted to ride him when he first came here and he made this awful groaning noise. Put a harness on him and his head just puffs right up like 'this is what I do' and when he's told to stand, he does," Edwards says.

And the Belgians -- Abby and Lady -- like to work. Abby is the brains and Lady is the muscle.

"You don't take them out and they get really cranky and antsy," Bartlett says. "These girls are basically bomb-proof, they really are."

"You have to have the trust in your horses and you have to understand how they work," he adds.

Of course they'd like to see more snow, saying it makes for a much smoother ride. Especially if you're in the couples' sleigh.

"This ride's a little different. I don't have shocks," Edwards says.

And even when it isn't lovely weather for a sleigh ride together -- you can still have fun, even if it's your first time out and you're clutching a bit too tightly.

And of course if you're heading out -- bundle up! Because once the horses get moving, you'll feel that cold winter wind on your face.

For more information you can visit www.vermontwagonandsleighs.com, 802-730-2800.

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