in Hocking Hills, Ohio.
GUIDED TRAIL RIDES - SPRING THRU FALL, (@ April 1 to Oct. 31) (weather permitting)
MONDAY thru SATURDAY (WEATHER PERMITTING) & By RESERVATION Only !
SUNDAYS - are Rare ! ( just like last minute rides ) ( Memorial & Labor Day Sundays - Open )
PRICES: $ 30 - Per Person - @ 45 Minute (Mildest Trail) (recommended for Nervous Novices)
* this is an increase from previous years - so literature from 2012 & earlier, you will see an outdated price ... Keeping them in good condition (food, supplements, Shoeing, Vet, & Chiropractic Services) - are not cheap.
It gets done because they NEED it & we Love them.
NO REFUNDS - AFTER WE LEAVE & START OUT TO THE TRAILS.
Something about pricing that you may not know .... the less expensive stable usually CAN take smaller children & large groups;
& must keep to a WALKING Pace to accomplish that .... they need QUANTITY of guests, to operate this way.
They also usually have a large herd of horses - therefore you may or may not, be able to 'request' a favorite horse.
We call our rides 'Trail Riding ADVENTURES' !
We DO NOT take small children or large groups, & DO pick up the pace if riders are able to .....
Our horses take larger/Adult riders - at a faster pace & use more energy on our Rugged Trails.
So - our horses do not go out as often, as those in a normal public stable - as we do not want them to be tired.
Also - your "ride time" does not start till AFTER your instructions & we head out to the trails .... instead of being included.
although you WILL want to factor in that extra time - into your schedule....
& as always - we can stop & get a great pic of you , in some pretty spot - out on the trails !
We usually have 8 or less horses, at any time. Requesting a favorite or asking to try a new one - usually isn't a problem.
Hence we are not the cheapest stable - ride with us once & you'll understand - feel free to research & shop around !
( 7 4 0 ) 3 8 0 - 6 2 3 0
RESERVATIONS are ONLY by Phone ~~~ & NO Drive In's - PLEASE !
You should call atleast the day before ..... if we are very busy, we may not return calls until after dusk !
One of our Specialties are SUNSET Rides - which end, coming back, at sunset - WEATHER PERMITTING.
Bad Weather (T-Storms, DownPours & High Winds) may cause delay, cancel/re-schedule, (too dangerous).
AS A SMALL STABLE - WE SPECIALIZE IN COUPLES & SMALL GROUPS, EXCLUSIVELY.
We only have 6 horses right now; & so - NO MORE than 5 guests on a ride .
IF THIS IS TO BE A SPECIAL OCCASION OR SURPRISE; ASK US TO ARRANGE A SPECIAL AMENITY - SUCH AS FLOWERS, A TOAST, OR PICNIC STOP. We've even had several successful proposals !
(ADVANCE NOTICE & FEES APPLY.)
& FOR THE MORE SEASONED RIDERS ..... WE CAN OFFER TRAILS UP TO YOUR ABILITIES !
WE WILLTAKE YOUR PICTURE FOR YOU ..... SO, DON'T FORGET YOUR CAMERA !
& there are Small SaddleBags on each saddle for a beverage (No Glass), camera/phone, sunglasses, gloves, BugSpray, etc. Nothing allowed in back pockets - you WILL loose it on the trail !
The details of your group, (age, weight & experience) - MUST be provided with your reservation; so we can schedule the right horses for your group & a given horse's workload for the day.
One rider per horse - NO exceptions ! NO unguided riding - NO exceptions !
We require helmets for everyone under 18. We can provide the helmets & Adults will have a choice.
ANY rider under 18 - has to have an adult sign for them .... we will discuss it when you make your reservation.
Long Pants highly recommended & NO open-toed shoes ! (Tennis Shoes or better).
Some exceptions to age, are possible --- based on Experience, Activities, &/or Temperment of the child .
But, we make no false pretenses .... we have neither 'Little Kid - horses' ; nor 'Little Kid - trails'.
It is called "Trail-Riding Adventures" for a reason; & our guests are mostly adult couples.
YOUR EXPERIENCE HERE - WILL BE UNIQUE FROM OTHER TRAIL RIDING STABLES. THE HORSES ARE TRAINED TO LISTEN TO THEIR RIDER; NOT JUST FOLLOW THE TAIL IN FRONT OF THEIR NOSE ..... YOU WILL BE TAUGHT ALL THE BASICS & ENCOURAGED TO BE A 'PARTNER' WITH YOUR HORSE. WE ALSO DO NOT HAVE A STRICT 'WALK' POLICY .... WE RIDE ACCORDING TO TRAIL CONDITIONS & WHAT THE SKILLS OF THE RIDERS ARE (OR WHAT THEY CAN LEARN). WE TROT/GAIT (2nd Gear) & EVEN CANTER (3rd Gear/Slow Run) ON MANY RIDES.
WITH US - WE DO NOT WANT YOU TO FEEL LIKE 'JUST A PASSENGER' ; WE WANT YOU TO 'LEARN TO RIDE' !
Weight Limits: are about 20% of the weight of your steed, for rugged trail riding, including saddle. That is for the horses in the Prime of life; for an older horse - that percentage must be carefully adjusted to what that horse can handle. A small horse weighs 700-900# / avgerage horse 1,000 - 1,200# / X- Lrg 1,300 to 1,500#
& a full Draft is 1,800 - 2,000+ pounds. We have them in the 3 larger weight categories & many ages.
We have 3 Draft Horses, for the heavier rider ..... (these have Big Bones & Feet, & are Bulky, & Tall)
"LUCY" - is Half Draft / Half Arabian .... this means she has size & a little 'Spark' to her behavior.
Though a SUPER trail horse .... she has been doing this since 2001 ....
She often gets a case of 'Antsy Pants' & does better for men than women, overall.
She has a large saddle & can take a Novice rider of a Bold/Adventurous type; up to @ 250 #.
Her daughter, born in 2008 "MYSTI`K" (pronounced Mystique) - is already a good trail horse .
Male or Female rider, results are the same - she seems to have a Teenager "Tude", LOL.
She is mostly Neck Reining (one-handed) at this point - but, still will mature a little more.
She can be ridden by ASSERTIVE rider up to @ 300+ # & has an oversized saddle.
---- BE AWARE, she's determined to try snacking along the trail ! LOL
The Father of Mysti`k, "STROKER" is a ONE-TON (2,000#) Percheron (full draft) .
Stroker was a Stud (that's how we got Mysti`k) & has been gelded since Nov. 2008
He was started under saddle in 2009. Started on Trails in 2010.
He has a pretty gentle/slow nature - BUT, a Very Powerful Trot !!
He has an intelligent & mature mind, is now ridden regularly, & is agile for his size.
He can be ridden by an Adventurous - Adult Novice rider.
BUT, as you are sitting 6 Foot in the air ... he is not for everyone, LOL ...
& he is mostly two-handed controlled. He has an oversized saddle & can take riders up to @ 350+ #.
COWBOY - is our newest family member & is a heavy built Tennessee Walker.
He prefers to follow , instead of leading the group --- so, we are putting guests on him.
The more experienced the rider, the better; but we have put select Novices on him.
He is doing great & has a 'Big Dog' Personality. Riders up to @225 + #
If we cannot provide the services you need - please, contact another stable in Hocking. You can find their links on our 'links' page.
Donate to our 'stuffed animal fall round-up'; starting Sept.1, accepting NEW animals - for the 'Toys to Share' program in Hocking County. $1 discounts for small toys & $5 for med/lrg toys. Max $5 off per rider / per day.
MILITARY - Past or Present - $5 off each member of your group. This discount is combinable with all others.
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