We racked our brains to think of all the questions we have heard over the last few years. If your question is not answered below or not as detailed as you would like, just drop us an email or give us a call. We are always happy to discuss horses.
How does this work?
What we do is bring two horses to the beach for a scheduled one hour to two hour ride time. You can bring as many or few people as you like but you will share time on the two horses. We do not have additional horses to bring.For rider safety and the safety of our horses, all rides are strictly walking. We do not ride with you but walk along to help if you need help and to get you on and off.
Do you have a weight limit?
Yes and no. For the health and safety of our horses, we currently have a 200lb weight limit. If you are tall and over the limit give us a call. We are mindful that not everyone is the ideal weight and height and do not judge. Please be honest. Our horses are strong and healthy. We want them to continue serving riders for years to come. By following healthy guidelines we can assure their health in the future.
Do I need to sign a waiver?
Yes, we have an activity waiver and a helmet waiver to read and sign prior to riding. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to make sure you have time to do this prior to your ride time starting. We will require children to wear a helmet regardless of adult signing helmet waiver for child.When you arrive, you will find a black binder in the helmet bag. Please read and sign one waiver per adult. There is a space for parents to sign for children at the bottom of the page. You can list more than one child per page.
How do I mount the horse?
We will assist you onto the horse but we do not have a mounting block. We will instruct you in the proper way to mount so do not just hop on.
Are the horses calm?
Yes. Our horses have seen many things at the beach and not much seems to faze them.
Are the horses safe?
Yes but please remember that horses are animals. We do our best to provide a safe riding experience for beginners as well as experienced riders.
What should I wear?
You can wear anything you want to ride. Remember to check the weather and dress comfortably. If you are planning to stay at the beach, you are welcome to wear your bathing suit. Shoes are optional.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
We strongly recommend wearing a helmet for all riders. Helmets are always provided. If you are under 18 years old you must wear a helmet. Adults will have the option to use a helmet and must sign a waiver if they choose to decline.
What type of saddle do you use?
The horses will have a western saddle.
What ages do you accommodate?
We take all ages. Children can ride alone or with an adult (size permitting). Bring Grandma and Grandpa along. We will do our best to make it a memorable time for everyone.
Can I Trot/Canter/Gallop?
All rides are strictly walking.
Do you accept credit cards?
Currently we are taking cash or check.
What is the price?
Currently our family/group package is $190 per hour, plus carrots, for both horses for a full hour on the beach.( We are not kidding about the carrots.) For the family/group package, you can bring as many people as you like (plus carrots) and we will divide the hour for you. If you enjoy the ride, don't forget to tip the staff.
Where do you operate?
We will meet you in Hatteras Village at Ramp 55. When you schedule, we will give you specific instructions about where you will find us. Also see the directions page.
Is this on the beach?
Our family/group package is 100% on the beach.
What if I don't know how to ride?
That is what we are here for! All of our family/group rides are guided on foot by our staff. The horses generally know what to do so all you have to do is enjoy the beautiful scenery. All rides are strictly walking and are a great introduction to riding for the beginner.
What to bring:
Carrots, carrots and oh yeah, carrots (full size carrots are easier to feed them). The horses love to have a treat after the ride. Carrots are easy for them to eat around their bits.
Sunscreen, camera, bug spray, beach gear and carrots. The horses don't mind if you toss a ball or boogie board but they would rather you leave the kite at home. (Think giant eagle swooping down on their heads.)
When do you do the rides?
Please call: 252-216-9191 or email: email@example.com for the weekly schedule. Times tend to fill up quickly so call early in your stay when we have the most flexibility. We are unable to accept text messages.
Do I need a reservation?
YES! All rides are by appointment only. Please call Jeff: 252-216-9191 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule. Times fill up quickly so call as soon as you know your schedule to guarantee a spot. Please no text messages.
Can I ride if I am pregnant, just had surgery, sick, etc...?
No. We will NOT take anyone, regardless of experience, if you are currently pregnant, just had surgery, don't feel well, etc... If you have a question, please contact us in advance to ensure that we will let you ride.
Can accommodate special needs?
YES! We have taken a 90 year old on oxygen, a woman with MS and a woman paralyzed from the waist down. If we can get you on the horse, you can ride with us. You MUST mention this when you call so that we can work out the details of your special circumstance.
What if it rains?
We will never do a ride if we hear thunder or see lightening but a light rain can be nice in the summer time. Your ride is only canceled if we call you. We do keep track of the weather and remember that it can be raining in Buxton but not in Hatteras. We have made the mistake of canceling a ride once where it was raining buckets in Buxton but not a drop in Hatteras. So unless you here from us, your ride is on. Gus and Shadow love going to the beach in any kind of wind/rain/sun so don't worry about them.