About Liminal Equus

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LIMINAL: relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process; occupying a position at, or on both sides of a boundary or threshold

EQUUS: a genus of the family Equidae that comprises the horses and related mammals

Liminal Equus is an immersive equine experience that pairs horseback riding with nature, mindfulness, and connection. You can find us in Barnardsville, NC, just right outside of Asheville, where we have seven beautiful horses and are surrounded by scenic Appalachian trails, enchanting forests, and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

When you book a trail riding experience with us, our goal is to make sure you have an experience that takes you completely into a place of pure zen, relaxation, and fun.  Our trail riding experiences are for anyone of any level of experience with riding horse— whether you're a beginner or an expert.  We  want to make sure everyone feels safe and secure while riding on horseback through the trails on one of our gentle horses, and that you have the most memorable experience during your time with us at Liminal Equus.

We've  had more than 800+ people from all over the country come and step into another world with our trail riding experiences.  Riding on horseback is one of the best ways to connect with nature, (re)connect with yourself, relax and have a good time.  We are so excited that you're here, and we can't wait for you to book your experience with us soon.

MEET OUR TEAM

Liminal Equus Owner Joy Riding Horseback in NC

Joy

Founder & Co-Owner

I remember falling in love with horses at the age of three. I spent most of my childhood dreaming, reading, and talking about horses —and begging my parents to buy me one. They finally did (his name was Taco). I’ve been riding and taking care of horses ever since. Before college, I worked for Teton National Park leading guided trail rides. Five years ago I created my dream career by combining my passions for the outdoors, horses, travel, and people. I continue to read, learn, and dream about horses. I look forward to sharing this amazing experience with you.

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Galen

Co-Owner & Guide

I grew up in a family of horse loving women, with a mother and older sister who were both equestrians. I learned to ride and partook in English hunter-jumper competitions between the ages of 7 and 12, but as I grew older my interests pulled me in other directions. Except for the rare trail ride with friends I did not get back in the saddle until the age of 25, when I moved across the country to apprentice on a rural cattle ranch in Western Colorado. I quickly fell back in the love with horsemanship and the experience of connecting deeply with nature through the human-horse relationship. Now closing in on 32, I have spent the last six years refining my skill and relationship with horses and gaining experience in wilderness guiding and outdoor education and hospitality. 

Liminal Equus Horseback Trail Ride Guide Natalie

Natalie

Partner & Trail Guide

Horses have been an integral part of my life in many different ways over the years. I first fell in love with horses when I was 8 years old while paritcipating in a community fundraiser horse race. Since then, I’ve had an array of equine experiences, including 9 years of endurance racing, cattle drives in Alaska and Wyoming, rodeos, and helping with trail rides in Hawaii. I’ve also worked as a horse wrangler in Wyoming, teaching kids with special needs how to ride, and taught the basics of archery and equine yoga to homeschool students. I am thrilled to continue growing my passion in this beautiful land and to help others experience the beauty of horses.

“TO FEEL THE ANGUISH OF WAITING FOR THE NEXT MOMENT AND OF TAKING PART IN THE COMPLEX CURRENT (OF AFFAIRS) NOT KNOWING THAT WE ARE HEADED TOWARD OURSELVES, THROUGH MILLIONS OF STONE BEINGS—OF BIRD BEINGS—OF STAR BEINGS—OF MICROBE BEINGS—OF FOUNTAIN BEINGS TOWARD OURSELVES.”

— Frida Kahlo

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