Horseback Riding Offered Year-round
Our horse farm is open year-round including weekends and holidays with the exception of Christmas day. If a holiday falls on a weekday, our weekend hours apply. On weekends (Sat & Sun), we have at least three ride times to choose from year-round.
No minimum number of riders is required to book a ride at our farm. We will take you even if you are just one individual riding with one of our guides.
Reservations Accepted By Phone Or Email
Reservations may be made over the phone by calling (919) 596-8975 or by submitting the reservation form online.
You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your reservation request. It is rare that we are unable to accommodate your request for a given date and time. However, if we are unable to satisfy your request, you will be notified via email if you need to select a different time. We sometimes add additional ride times to accommodate everyone wanting to ride on a given day to avoid having the rides get too large.
How Far In Advance Do I Need To Make A Reservation?
Ideally, you should make your reservation at least a day or two prior to the day you'd like to ride. Advance reservations help to ensure that you are able to ride the day and time you'd prefer. However, you can make same-day reservations provided you give us at least 2 hours' notice to allow us time to get your horses saddled, so they will be ready for you when you get here. We only saddle the horses we need since there's no need to saddle horses that won't be ridden. Also, we need to know the ages and sizes of our riders before you get here so that we can saddle the right horses with appropriately sized saddles.
If you make same-day reservations via email, be certain that you receive a confirmation from me, Carla Carlough, confirming your reservation. If not, you should call (919) 596-8975 to ensure that I have seen your reservation. If I'm working at the farm, I will be busy working with our horses and customers. Additionally, I don't have access to my computer while at the farm (see my farm "office" in the photo to the right), so you could arrive and have to wait while horses are brought up from the pasture, groomed, and tacked, which could take up to an hour. So to avoid having to wait unnecessarily, be sure that we are aware of your reservation. Even then, it takes us 45 minutes to an hour to get you prepared to ride, because we have to have you sign a Release From Liability form, collect the balance of your payment, get helmets on all the children riding on their own and any adults who wish to wear one, give a brief 10-minute riding demonstration, assign your horses, help you up onto your horses, adjust your stirrups, make sure your saddles are tight, and offer the horses water as they hit the trail head.
The preparation time doesn't detract from your ride time, and we don't ask you to arrive early, but it means that you'll be at the farm almost two hours if you're doing a 1-hour ride. Similarly, you'll be at the farm nearly three hours if you are doing a 2-hour ride. You're welcome to bring a camera or treats such as apples, carrots, or pears to feed the horses while you wait. We have lots of other farm animals such as dogs, cats, chickens, guineas, bunnies, turkeys, ducks, peacocks, pheasants, a Mini, and a mule, so there's a lot to see and enjoy here. You might as well come prepared to make the most of your time at our farm.
$40 Deposit Required For Reservations
In order to hold a reservation, your $40 deposit must be received in advance. Deposits are nonrefundable, so please be certain that you wish you ride when you make a reservation. If you need to reschedule for any reason (weather, illness, or even convenience), we're happy to reschedule your ride for you and apply your deposit to the new reservation provided at least 2 hours' notice is given. If you fail to show up or are more than 30 minutes late for your scheduled ride, you will forfeit your deposit.
If you choose to submit your reservation request online by filling out the Reservation Form, you will then need to submit your deposit. If you choose to submit your deposit on our website using Paypal, you will need to return to this page after submitting the Reservation Form if you choose "Submit Request" on the Reservation Form. Alternatively, you can choose the "Buy Now" button when submitting the Reservation Form, and it will allow you to submit your reservation request and pay the deposit via Paypal in one easy step.
How Can I Submit My Deposit?
Option 1: Use The Paypal Payments Feature On Our Website
You don't have to be a Paypal member to use the Paypal Payments feature. It will allow you to use a credit or debit card to submit your deposit securely online. You will receive confirmation of your deposit from Paypal immediately, and you'll receive a confirmation of your reservation from us within one day of your submission. To help keep our costs and prices down, we request that the balance be paid in cash. Remember, you don't have to be a Paypal member to use the Paypal Payments feature below.
Simply click on the Paypal Payments button and then choose one of the following options: Login to my Paypal Account or Pay with Debit or Credit card.
Option 2: Call Us With Your Credit Card Details
We accept Mastercard and Visa by phone for the deposit, and no processing fee will be billed to you. However, if you choose to pay the balance using a Credit or Debit card, we will add 4% to your balance. As a small business, we cannot absorb the costs that the credit card companies assess on the full amount. Call (919) 596-8975 if you wish to use a credit card over the phone for your deposit.
Option 3: Mail A Check
If you pay your deposit by check, you can assume we received it unless you hear from us otherwise. But to avoid the obvious risks associated with accepting checks, we request that you pay the balnce in cash. If making your deposit by personal or certified check, please make the check payable to Dead Broke Farm and mail it to the address below.
Dead Broke Farm
6921 Wildlife Trail
Raleigh, NC 27613