Yes, our weight limit is 240 pounds. We also have weight limits according to heights. We have this to ensure rider and horse safety. When a rider is unproportioned, they have difficulty balancing, which can increase the chances of them falling. Horses balance a rider on their backs which becomes increasingly difficult with an unbalanced rider and with increasing weight. When horses carry over 20% of their body weight, it increases the likelihood of injury. As a horse rescue, we want to ensure the safety of not only our guests, but our horses as well. Increased weight can cause a saddle to not fit properly which can cause injury to both horse and rider. Please review our height-to-weight proportion chart and contact us with any questions.
Yes, there are several! You can participate in our Goat Yoga which is tailored to your individual level. It is literally Yoga with goats! They come over and sniff you, lay down next to you and sometimes even participate by jumping up on you! It is very fun and suitable for anyone.
You can also participate in our Ranch Hand Experience where you will get a detailed tour of our facility, meet all of the animals, and get to participate in ground training one of our rescue horses. We will go over step by step training methods that you will actually get to do with your horse!
Due to Covid, we have moved all of our activities to our ranch. The majority of the wineries are requiring reservations for tour groups. We have a very narrow window (10 minutes or less) to make our reservation, which is almost impossible to do on horseback. If we miss that narrow window, we are cancelled all together even though we just rode 45 minutes to get to the winery. Even when we make that window, wineries do not require reservations for individuals, which can cause an additional wait time of 1 to 1.5 hours. Our clients were no longer enjoying there experience and it was not fair to the horses to make them wait that long at the wineries without food and water. The wineries are busier than before Covid and there is increased traffic. We have almost been hit several times recently in a designated horse crossing due to the amount of drunk drivers. For everyone's best interest and the safety of our horses and clients, we moved everything to our ranch. Our client's are loving it and so will you!
Our address is 44060 White Mountain Road, Aguanga, CA 92536. We are located in beautiful Aguanga, California, which is right next to Temecula (about 15 minutes from Temecula Wine Country). With a convenient location off of the 79 South (Temecula Parkway), we are less than 0.4 miles away from the 79 on a well maintained dirt road that all two wheel drive vehicles can access.
Our trails meander through the rolling terrain of Aguanga, CA, through a beautiful Riverside County Park. It is rustic with mountain views and reminds us of being in a wild west movie!
We are already very well priced for our area and especially for our services and the quality of our trails. We offer a 10% military discount for military members and their dependents with a valid ID. If you would like this discount applied, please contact us by phone to make your purchase, and thank you for your service!
We like to limit our groups to 4 to 6 people unless it is all one party and know each other. If it is one party, we usually limit it to 8-10 people. When horses are in large groups, "group think" or "mob mentality" takes over. In a group setting horses may begin to rely upon themselves instead of their riders. Beginner riders may not be skilled or firm enough to ensure their horse follows directions.
We do not because group tours are actually more work and more difficult. It requires more horses at one time which can interfere with our horse rotation (time off). It also requires more ranch hands/volunteers at one time. It takes much longer to get a group signed in, mounted and fitted to their saddles and trained in how to direct their horse. We actually charge 20% gratuity for groups of 6 or more people.
Tipping is standard for our industry. We have found that groups are much more difficult to facilitate, with much more coordination and work, yet rarely tip to standard. While tips are not expected and definitely appreciated, you can liken it to how restaurants require gratuity for large groups. Thank you for taking care of our hard working volunteers!
In order to ride in the arena, children must be 6 years old. In order to ride out on trail, children must be 7 years old. If parents are willing to walk next to their child in order to help their child balance during an arena lesson, we can allow ages 4 and 5 in the arena. Usually, once the child figures out how to balance on the horse, the parents can go recover in the shade!
We do not necessarily have an upper age limit. We have a requirement that the rider be able to mount with light assistance. If the rider is unable to do this, they will most likely not be able to balance and not fall, and should not be riding a horse due to safety.
While we desire to be all inclusive, there is a specialized program that caters to special needs riders in nearby Fallbrook, California, called REINS Therapeutic Riding Center. They have more suitable breeds of horses, special gear for the horses and riders to help them balance on the horse, and trained staff and volunteers that can walk along side the rider for assistance.
Tipping is industry standard and always appreciated. All of us, even the owner, are volunteers, so that all of the funds can go to the rescue horses and other animals. The owner even pays for the volunteers room and board out of her own pocket! If you enjoyed your ride, tip your guide! Industry is usually between 10 and 20% of the original (not discounted) cost of your tour. You can either hand the tip to a volunteer or leave it in the tip jar. While cash is easiest and preferred, if you forget cash, you can always use Venmo! Thank you for taking care of our hard working volunteers!
We provide mostly Western riding for beginner through advanced riders. We provide both lessons in the arena and trail rides. For experienced English riders, we can provide English saddles. We can also provide English riding lessons.
We recommend long pants to protect your legs from chaffing and getting scratched while out on trail. We REQUIRE Closed Toe Shoes. Sandals, flip flops, crocks etc. are not allowed. High heels are not allowed. Tennis shoes or boots with a low heel are fine. Floppy hats or wide brimmed hats may not be allowed as they blow off and can cause a horse to move out of the way thereby causing a rider to fall off. Baseball caps that fit securely to your head are allowed. If you choose to wear a helmet, you must remove your hat to allow it to fit properly. Purses and long coats are not allowed as the flapping motion can scare your horse or incorrectly signal your horse to go faster. Please do not bring valuables, car keys, wallets etc. out on trail unless you can secure them in a zipped pocket. Even then, sometimes zippers will become dislodged. We will have a limited amount of time to commit to looking for your lost item. You can leave all of these things in your car at the ranch as you do not need them out on trail. We have never had anything stolen at our ranch. You should apply sunscreen before you ride as applying it while riding can be difficult and dangerous. You should hydrate before your ride. You can bring bottled water on the ride although saddle bags may be limited. Nalgene and other types of reusable water containers may be too big to fit into our saddlebags. Your horse may or may not be trained to carry a saddlebag. Your guide can carry your items in their saddle bag if needed, although space is limited. Cell phones are allowed but should be turned on silent. Riders should be able to secure their cell phone to their person so that they do not drop their cell phone. Dropped cell phones can be easily damaged and stepped on by a horse or may be dropped in a difficult to reach location that might jeopardize the safety and ability of the staff to retrieve.
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