What you need to know
What to wear
The weather can rapidly switch from hot to chilly, so even when it’s hot it’s a good idea to have a jacket. Long pants and sleeves are your best choice, as are boots or shoes with a heel, but any closed toe shoe will work. Just don’t wear your sandals. Other smart things to bring would be a hat, lip balm, sunscreen and a water bottle. We will provide stowage for your personal gear. Please, if you are missing anything essential just let us know so we can help.
Age, weight and skill
12 years old. A rider of any age must show independent confidence to leave on a mountain trail. Though we expect that to be possible around twelve years of age, we realize it can vary either direction depending on the child and their experience. We have made exceptions for "horsey kids" such as: kids who have and ride horses of there own, or take lessons, or other experience.
230 lbs. (105 kg). While there is much we can adapt to, there is little we can do to compensate for weight over our limits. We ask a lot of our horses and they rely on us to keep them safe. There is an allowable gray area with regards to weight; this would apply to experienced riders or athletic build and abilities. If you are over our expressed limit please be honest about your weight.
We expect that many of our clients will have no riding experience at all, and this is the common case. We do provide some instruction as a matter of course, but we are not a riding school. You must be able to start up the trail and proceed with confidence. We won’t exclude any one as a matter of policy, but we may turn your experience in the direction of your abilities for safety.
You can pick your day, but you can't pick your weather. Mountain and desert weather can be tricky, but; at least in the short term, predictable. We understand that schedules are important and endeavor to keep to a schedule when that is possible. We also understand that nature will not adapt to us. Therefore, when we see the need to adapt to weather or trail conditions, we try. So, when trail or weather conditions prevent us from riding as planned we may offer a later or earlier ride time, or if possible on another day, or it could be in some cases we might opt for a preferable trail.
What do we mean by special arrangement?
Special requests and special events require special consideration. We like to do it, it just requires a little more thought and preparation. So tell us what your thinking and we’ll do our best to accommodate your wishes. Some examples of special requests are: earlier or later start times, intimate occasions or private rides.