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Horseback Riding

Meet Our HorsesHorseback riding is one of our specialties!  We have great horses, great wranglers and lots of great riding.  Our log round pen and large arena are perfect paces to participate in horseback games or just learn the basics of riding.  From family trail riding to individual rider instruction, horseback riding is a great amenity for those who own at Hidden Meadow Ranch.  The numerous trails on and off the Ranch are incredibly scenic, and the back of a horse is the perfect height to take in all that scenery! 

The Ranch's string of wonderful horses are suitable for riders of all levels, from novice to expert.  Miles and miles of trails may be accessed from the Ranch into the surrounding 5,650-acre Wildlife Habitat Area (where no motorized vehicles are allowed) and beyond. Some of our favorite rides are to Carnero Lake and through Strawberry Canyon to Patterson Spring. Off-site guided rides into rarely seen primitive areas such as the Black River may be arranged with advance notice.

Because horses are creatures with their own—occasionally unpredictable—minds, we have to set forth some policies below for your protection and ours:


Horseback Riding

Age Policy

  • Riders 4 years of age and older may participate in arena riding lessons and horseback games.
  • While in the arena, children under the age of 6 must be led from the ground by one of our Ranch Wranglers.
  • Children must be 8 to ride trails outside the arena as the trail riding is a bit too much for young children.
  • For advanced trail riding, riders must be 11 years of age or older.
  • Children must be 16 years of age or older and approved by our wrangler staff to ride a horse without parental participation or supervision.
  • All riders under the age of 18 must wear safety helmets, which are recommended for all riders of any age (even those with the hardest heads!).
  • Every minor under the age of 18 must have a release from his/her parent or legal guardian prior to riding (don’t forget this if there’s another child coming up with your family).
  • Expecting mothers will need a doctor's release to ride.

Disability Policy

  • A doctor’s release is needed for any disabled person to ride.

Horseback RidingFootwear and Apparel Policy

  • All riders must wear appropriate footwear and long pants for safety and comfort.
  • That means no tennis shoes or hiking boots, which tend to have thick, non-skid soles that can get caught in a stirrup and lead to a major problem.
  • If you don’t have the appropriate footwear (slick soles with a minimum of 1” heel), we have a number of “loaner boots” for you to choose from as long as you’re not picky about color and style!
  • And don’t forget that the Hidden Meadow Mercantile carries fabulous Ariat boots if you decide to purchase your own.

You are invited to bring your own horses to the Ranch during your vacation times.  Please make advance reservations for the guest stalls, as space is limited.

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