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HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDING

#1) What is the weight limit for Horseback Trail Riding?
- weight limit is 270 lbs and you must be physically able to dismount without assistance.

(Please refer to the chart below).

#2) Is there a height requirement?
- No you must be 8 years old to go on the trail.

#3) Can we ride double? Can a child ride with me?
- No, Insurance does not allow double riding.

#4)Can I ride on the trail if I have never ridden before?
- Yes, our horses are prepared and trained for all types of riders.

We also provide EVERYONE safety tips verbally and in writing!

#5) Should we Tip our Guide?
- Sure, especially if you enjoyed your ride! Your trail guide gladly accepts tips. THANK YOU!

#6) Are there group rates available?
- Yes, please see the pricing page.

#7) Do you ride Western or English?
- Our trail riding is strictly Western.

#8) What should we wear?
- Jeans and Outdoor foot wear such as work-boots, hiking boots, tennis shoes are preferred.

Especially during the summer months, many of our clients ride in shorts which is "ok". However, absolutely NO sandals, especially flip-flops.

#9) Can we wear a riding helmet on the ride?
- Yes, some riders bring helmets from home, and other's borrow one from us. We have helmets in ALL sizes available FREE OF CHARGE! Minors must wear a helmet.

 

#10) What if I have a mental or physical challenged child, can they ride?

- Yes if: they are 8 or older and can understand and will follow Guide instructions; communicate to Guide if there's a problem; tightly hold reins; and can keep feet in stirrups.

 

#11) I'm pregnant, can I ride?

-We are sorry but the answer is no. 

 

 

#12) Do you charge a "no show" fee?

-Yes but this can be easily avoided!  PLEASE call us as soon as you know you have to cancel OR if you know you will have less riders than you reserved even if it's the same day as your reservation.  This will not only eliminate a possible "no show" fee but will also prevent us from turning persons away when we didn't have to do so.

 

 

#13)  Any other restrictions ?

-A few: no smoking and cell phones must be turned off.

 

 

#14) I'm afraid I won't be able to get up on the horse, will someone help me?

-We use a mounting platform to get everyone on their horse - no problem!  However, unless you have a physical restriction - dismount is from horse to ground.  Don't worry, a Guide will assist you!

 

#15) Can I make my reservation over the internent?

- No, We will not accept email reservations due to inconsistent web service, please phone in your reservations.

 

#16) We would like a photo of our horse riding experience. What are our options?

- We allow you to take photos during your ride, however you must be able to attach your camera to your body in some way.  If you would like our assitance if taking your picture we will be happy to do so but ONLY prior to your ride departing. Once the ride returns we need to divide our attention between all our guests and will not be available to assist you at that time.

 WE NOW HAVE A PHOTO TAKING OPTION AVAILABLE: For $3.00 we will take your picture and have it printed and ready for you when your ride returns.  Only available on certain days so please ask if you plan on utilizing this opportunity. 

 

#17  Can I bring my own horse?

Introducing a new horse to a herd is very dangerous because pecking order has to be established. You can bring your own horse and ride on your own, but it is too risky to mix your horse in with ours.

#18  Can I bring my own saddle?

Our horses all have fitted saddles, and when we pick your horse, we choose based on your height and weight. Choosing a horse that is appropriate to your height and weight that your saddle also happens to fit is just too complicated and usually translates to a horse with very sore withers.

 

   

                     We use a Loading Dock for ease in mounting.

                                           Amanda, Aaron and Tex

 

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Weight Limit Information
For All Riders

Generally, a rider's BMI must be under 31 to ride at our stables. However on our standard walking trail rides we base our weight limit off 33.  See the chart below.

 

Weight restrictions are for guest and horse safety, not as a means to cause discomfort, embarrassment and/or ill will.

 

To use the table, find the appropriate height in the left-hand column labeled Height. Move across to a given weight (in pounds). The number at the top of the column is the BMI at that height and weight. Pounds have been rounded off. Or, calculate your BMI online.

BMI 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35
Height
(inches)
Body Weight (pounds)
58 91 96 100 105 110 115 119 124 129 134 138 143 148 153 158 162 167
59 94 99 104 109 114 119 124 128 133 138 143 148 153 158 163 168 173
60 (5 Ft.) 97 102 107 112 118 123 128 133 138 143 148 153 158 163 168 174 179
61 100 106 111 116 122 127 132 137 143 148 153 158 164 169 174 180 185
62 104 109 115 120 126 131 136 142 147 153 158 164 169 175 180 186 191
63 107 113 118 124 130 135 141 146 152 158 163 169 175 180 186 191 197
64 110 116 122 128 134 140 145 151 157 163 169 174 180 186 192 197 204
65 114 120 126 132 138 144 150 156 162 168 174 180 186 192 198 204 210
66 118 124 130 136 142 148 155 161 167 173 179 186 192 198 204 210 216
67 121 127 134 140 146 153 159 166 172 178 185 191 198 204 211 217 223
68 125 131 138 144 151 158 164 171 177 184 190 197 203 210 216 223 230
69 128 135 142 149 155 162 169 176 182 189 196 203 209 216 223 230 236
70 132 139 146 153 160 167 174 181 188 195 202 209 216 222 229 236 243
71 136 143 150 157 165 172 179 186 193 200 208 215 222 229 236 243 250
72 (6 Ft.) 140 147 154 162 169 177 184 191 199 206 213 221 228 235 242 250 258
73 144 151 159 166 174 182 189 197 204 212 219 227 235 242 250 257 265
74 148 155 163 171 179 186 194 202 210 218 225 233 241 249 256 264 272
75 152 160 168 176 184 192 200 208 216 224 232 240 248 256 264 272 279
76 156 164 172 180 189 197 205 213 221 230 238 246 254 263 271 279 287

Thank you to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.