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Trail Rides

About the Rides

Where are they?

Stretching over 45 acres, our scenic riding trails wind through quiet woodlands, a shallow creek, and open fields and hills. Every ride is unique, following a slightly different route to provide variety and spontaneity for horses and riders. Tired of walking-only rides? We can pick up the pace occasionally based on the experience and comfort of the riders. All trail rides are guided.

Who can come?
All ages and ranges of experience are welcome. We will match you with a well-trained horse who knows the trails and responds to your commands. Not comfortable on horseback? No problem—beginners are provided with a few minutes of instruction in a training ring before we start on the trail. We emphasize a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience for horse and rider.

What do I wear?

There’s no specific dress requirement, but here are a few suggestions:

  • Dress comfortably.
  • Wear long pants or jeans.
  • Wear riding boots or closed-toed shoes. Sneakers are fine.
  • Safety helmets are not provided or required but are encouraged.

Options and Prices

Trail Rides at Black Horse Run
Rides are available year-round and vary in length, usually from 1 to 2 hours. Other lengths are available upon request. Rides are scheduled by appointment. Accepted payment types include cash and personal checks, but no credit cards. Please contact us to make reservations or to request more information.

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Cost per person*
30 min. $35
1 hour $60
1½ hour $90
2 hours $110

*Price shown is 1-3 riders. Group Discounts: 4-6 riders $5 discount/rider, 7-10 riders $10 discount/rider.

Trail Riding Trips
We occasionally lead trail rides and camping trips to mountains, campgrounds, and national parks in and out of state. Let us know if you would like to schedule a day ride or overnight camping trip. You may form your own group of riders or join another scheduled group; bring your own horse or use one of ours. Prices vary. Please contact us to schedule a trip or to request more information.

Rider Release Form

Each rider must sign a liability release form. You may print and fill it out ahead of time.

NO INSURANCE COVERAGE PROVIDED BY BLACK HORSE RUN.

Riding Lessons

We offer lessons in practical horsemanship and Western-style riding for all ages, beginners and experienced riders alike. At all times, we emphasize a safe and comfortable working relationship between horse and rider.

Options and Prices

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Come use our facilities, equipment, and horses for riding lessons. We offer a safe learning environment and practical trail riding experience on well-trained horses.

Already own a horse and/or land for riding? We can also teach you on your own horse and/or bring our services to you. Travel expenses are added to lesson cost.

Lessons are available on an individual or group basis. Group lessons (for two or more riders) qualify for reduced rates. Prices vary according to lesson length, number of participants, and rider experience. Please contact us for more information.

Requirements
There are no specific dress requirements for lessons, but we advise the following:

  • Long pants or jeans.
  • Heeled riding boots.
  • Safety helmet (recommended for children and beginners).

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Horse Training

Our Training Philosophy

At Black Horse Run, we realize that every horse is unique. By carefully learning your horse’s individual personality and abilities, we tailor each training session to meet your horse’s specific needs and help him reach his full potential.

In order to better communicate with your horse, we use natural training methods advocated by recognized horse trainers such as Lyons, Anderson, Roberts, and Parelli. Our goal is not to “break” your horse, but rather to channel his energy into an effective partnership with his rider. We emphasize a safe, comfortable training experience to create a better working relationship between you and your horse.

Areas of Training

We cover all aspects of basic, intermediate and advanced training, from starting young horses to refining experienced ones. Areas of training include:

  • Starting under saddle.
  • Basic ground work, including handling, commands, and manners.
  • Safe exposure to the challenges of trail riding, with its sights, sounds, obstacles, and surprises.
  • Basic to intermediate Western riding techniques.
  • Refining gaits (for gaited horses).

Options and Prices

Extended Training
Leave your horse at our farm for an extended period of time, from a week to a month. Our most popular option is a 30-day training period, which includes additional riding time to reinforce training. Boarding fees and training are included in the total cost.

Individual Sessions
Request individual training sessions for your horse. Options include training with horse only or joint sessions with you and your horse.

Prices
Prices vary according to length of the stay or session and the number of participants (horse only or joint session with horse and owner). Please contact us for more information.

Group Activities

At Black Horse Run

With 45 acres of scenic rural property, Black Horse Run is the ideal location for outdoor group activities, such as:

  • Birthday parties
  • Church and youth group events
  • Family reunions
  • Community get-togethers
  • Cookouts
  • And more!

All groups are welcome to use our facilities and services for hay rides, horseback rides, cookouts, bonfires, and other outdoor activities.

Coming to You

Wish some horses could come to your party? No problem; we can bring them to you. Cost includes travel expenses.

Day Rides and Camping Trips

Interested in going on a day ride or camping trip? Consider taking a trail riding trip with us.

Prices

Please contact us for reservations, prices, or more information.

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Boarding

Grazing in the  pasture Is your horse lonely or restless for more space? Are you struggling to find time for daily horse care? Consider boarding your horse at Black Horse Run.

We offer pasture board only, providing hay from our own fields or local farms. Additional feed supplements may be provided upon request and at additional cost. Farrier and veterinary care are the responsibility exclusively of the owner.

All boarders are welcome to ride their horses on our trails and use our round pens and training areas, free of charge. Upon request and at additional cost, we will provide training or riding time for your horse and/or riding lessons with horse and rider.

Please contact us for prices or more information.