Just Call Me Harley.

You may or may not realize that Hilton Head Island is more than just beach and golf. (The Chamber says “shopping” is our visitors next favorite thing,) What stops traffic in Sea Pines Resort is a recent acquisition at Lawton Stables. His name is Harley, like the motorcycle. But Harley is much, much bigger. Harley is 18 “hands.” That would be six feet, because Harley is a Clydesdale!

No, he never pulled the Budweiser “mother ship” around in parades, but he’s as gorgeous and strong – and gentle – as Bud’s famous hitch of six. He is now used on carriage rides through Sea Pines 600+ acre Forrest Preserve. This seems quite appropriate since Clydesdales were bred in Scotland, and golf originated in Scotland, and golf on Hilton Head Island is … well, it just makes sense.

Harley joined the other four-legged creatures at Lawton Stables this past spring. Lawton Stables features all sorts of equine related activities, including a riding academy, a summer riding camp and the popular rides through the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. But it also includes an animal farm, replete with goats, sheep, donkeys, llamas and pigs! Visitors are welcome – and it’s free!

Lawton Stables comes as a surprise to many visitors. Kids can learn to ride, starting with ponies and very experienced teachers. They can learn horse-related barn activities as a member of the Saddle Club. It’s a rather extraordinary experience and one you don’t want to miss

At least plan on a visit. And come by and say hello to Harley!

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