Horses are dangerous and extremely unpredictable animals. In all equestrian activities, the chance of injury to horse and/or rider is possible. Any activity undertaken around or near horses can lead to bodily injury or death even if proper care is taken. I understand and agree that horseback riding is classified as rugged adventure recreational sport activity, and that there are numerous obvious and non-obvious inherent risks always present in such activity despite all safety precautions. No horse is a completely safe horse. Horses are 5 to 15 times larger, 20 to 40 times more powerful, and 3 to 4 times faster than a human. If a rider falls from horse to ground it will generally be at a distance of from 3 1/2 to 5 1/2 feet, and the impact may result in injury to the rider. Horseback riding is the only sport where one much smaller, weaker predator animal, the human, tries to control and become one unit of movement with another much larger, stronger prey animal, the horse, with each having a limited understanding of the other. If a horse is frightened or provoked it may divert from its training and act according to its natural survival instincts which may include, but are not limited to: stopping short, changing direction or speed at will, shifting its weight from side to side, bucking, rearing, biting, kicking, or running from danger.
1. Weight limit for riders is 200 lbs. Please be height/weight proportionate. It is important to be a physically active person with a reasonable level of balance and strength to ride especially if your experience is limited.
2. All instruction is in English. In order to understand the instruction understanding English is necessary.
3. If you have horse anxiety/phobias, we offer private rides for that. We welcome people who are looking for equine therapy, and have a program for that.
4. People with mental, physical, and emotional challenges are welcome to ride but must book a private experience.
5. Please do not lie about your children’s age to get them on a horse. We care about the safety of all of our riders especially the young ones. It is not recommended that children under 10 ride at our facility on the trails we use for their safety.
6. Please do not make your first horseback ride after age 60 or return to it after taking 40 years off. As an alternative, contact us for a private ride.
7. Appropriate attire: Long pants, study walking shoes. Slippers, or open toe shoes, are not sturdy walking shoes. Closed toes low heeled shoes are accepted as appropriate riding shoes.