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CHILDREN AGES 6 AND OLDER GENERALLY HAVE NO PROBLEM RIDING ON THE TRAIL.
If needed, we can put them on a lead line behind the Guide (like being on a tether). Once in a while a precocious 5 year old can ride on the trail. Sorry we do not allow "double riding". It's been proven to be less safe than the child being on his own horse.
Arrive about 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled Safety Program time(Safety programs start at 10 am, 1 pm and 3:30 pm Summers, 11 am and 2 pm Spring and Fall, 1 pm in the Winter) to complete the Assumption of Responsibility Form, chooose your trail and pay for your ride. One form is required for every person on a horse. Please take your completed forms to the Receptionist.
Plan an extra 45 - 60 minutes, in addition to your trail time, for the safety and training program. There is no extra charge for it. Safety programs start at 10 am, 1 pm and 3:30 pm Summers, 11 am and 2 pm Spring and Fall, and 1 pm in the Winter.
Your rate is based on the trail and not time. The charge is per person. Trail times are approximate. It is hard to "Push Button" a horse to be exact and it depends on your group, how many pictures you take, etc.
You may choose to upgrade your trail choice at this time and pay the receptionist the balance if you reserved and paid on line.
Helmets are provided free of charge and are mandatory for anyone under 18 years old. Please choose your helmet at this time as well. They are color coded by size for your convenience.
Trails go rain or shine. So bring an extra T-Shirt and towel if it looks cloudy. Winter time trails are dependent on temperature. We try not to ride in weather below freezing.
Your adventure starts at the Stables. Then enjoy part or all of this great farm. Finally, return to the stables at the end of your trail ride.
What to wear?
Please wear closed toed shoes with as smooth a sole as possible. No flip-flops or barefeet. Obviously, riding boots are best but tennis shoes with a smooth sole could work. Please do Not wear hiking boots. Their sole is very rough and may get your foot stuck in the stirrup...very dangerous.
Long pants are best. A far second best choice, shorts that come down to your knees. The long pants allow you to move with the horse more smoothly and keeps your legs from rubbing on the saddle.
Wear layers, ski jacket if you have one, gloves, hat/toboggan, neck scarf, long pants, warm socks.
Things that get lost on the trail
• Sunglasses that aren't being worn
• Cameras that aren't on a tether around your neck
• Cell phones
Please leave these things in your car. Rarely do we find them
A Guide will accompany you for safety and direction as well as to provide some local history and color.
Your Guide and your horse and tack, A helmet, Rain slickers or ponchos for inclement weather. Safety Program. Plus, awesome trails!
Age To Ride
Six year old children have successfully ridden on all the trails. Sometimes there's a precocious five year old who may ride.
For Ring Rides, children may be as young as 2 years old if you have 2 adults to assist the child while riding in the ring. One needs to lead the horse, the second needs to walk beside the child holding his leg.
What we look for with small children:
• Does the child have good balance on the horse?
• Does he understand he needs to remain on the horse for the entire trail?
• Does he still take naps? He may fall asleep due to the rocking motion of the horse.
• Is he afraid of horses?
The oldest rider we've had was 92 years young. She was a Great-Grandmother who wanted to go riding with her grand-children. She was a great sport and it was easy to see why her "kids" wanted her along!
We are sorry but "Double Riding" is not permitted. It's been proven to be less safe than if each person/child were on their own horse.
It helps to let us know if anyone weighs over 180 lbs.
The weight limit for our walking trails is 250lb. For the Walk-Trot-Canter it is 220 lbs.
The weight needs to be proper for your height. For example, a person who is 5 feet tall weighing 250lbs would not be able to go riding.
I'm sorry but they simply wouldn't be able to properly hold on with their legs. It is primarily your legs that keep you securely "fastened" to your horse. Your proper balance is also important.
To help you understand the weight restrictions...
A horse can comfortably carry 20% of his body weight. So to carry someone who weighs 250 lbs, you need a horse that weighs at least 1250 lbs. That is a huge horse and the top of his back is usually at or near 5 feet 6 inches or more. If you are a short person who needs a large horse to ride, that's a long way to fall if you can't gripe well with your legs. Plus, if you needed to get back on in the forest, if would be almost impossible.
Please let us know so we can have the right horses ready.
Guides do work for tips. People often ask what the normal tip is, it's like in a restaurant - Commonly 20%
This is a "Local Pickup Only", meaning the Guest comes to Arrowmont for the service provided.
The online reservations need 2 days notice.
For HORSEBACK RIDING RESERVATIONS
CALL (800)682-1092 Monday-Saturday, 9-5.
Rates may change without notice.