PINELLAS PARK (FOX 13) - I've always had what I call a healthy fear of horses. They are strong animals and skittish. So I thought, for this One Tank Trip, I'd conquer that fear with the help of my courageous 10-year-old daughter, Emma, who loves horses.
It is the strength and power of a horse that is amazing to me. And terrifying. You have to be easy and slow, but once you learn your balance, it becomes natural.
Who knew you could find this kind of peace in the middle of Pinellas Park?
A lot of people don't think of Pinellas County as big horse country, admitted Casey Cube, the property manager at Cypress Breeze Farm Horseback Trail.
A stretch of road along 60th Street has been a designated horse community since the late 1960s. They've tried to keep it that way. For an hour, the folks at Cypress Breeze will take you around all the back roads and the ponds -- back in old Florida.
"Nobody really knows it's back here until they get out here to do one of our rides," she said.
Owner Monika Bruehsel says it's twice a day only, though. Here, she says, these horses are loved and have found purpose.
"All the horses here are rescues or it's people in the horse community who don't have time for their horses," said Bruehsel.
Riding along the peaceful trail, Casey told me they have something for just about everyone -- kids as young as 6, kids with autism, adults with autism.
"We even had a 90-year-old woman come with us before," she said, laughing, "and we've had people who started crying before they even got on the horse. They walked away loving it."
All to see the splendor, and just breathe. Even if it's just for an hour.
It's a great place to bring the kids for a One Tank Trip.
Cypress Breeze Farm Horseback Trail
8690 60th Street
Pinellas Park, Florida 33782