Hand-led Horse Rides For Young Children
The children are hand-led on a mini trail ride through the woods, so they have a real riding experience. They're not just led around in a circle inside a riding ring or around the barn. Parents can choose to walk along with their child on the trail, or you can rent a horse of your own to ride. The cost is the same for children and adults, and parents will ride on their on without the assistance of a walker.
We use horses rather than ponies for our "pony rides" as our experience is that horses have better dispositions than ponies and are generally safer to ride. Ponies are much more likely to buck, bite, and have tougher mouths than horses, which makes them more difficult to control. Horses can also accommodate bigger kids without their weight or height being an issue, and taller children are less likely to feel top-heavy or unbalanced on a horse.
We make one staff members available for hand-led rides each hour, so if you bring more than one child, you'll be asked to lead one of the horses. And if one of the children is under the age of four years old and needs to ride with one of their parents, both parents will need to come to our farm: one to ride with the toddler and one to lead one of the horses while your guide leads the other horse. Our horses are very well mannered and easy to lead, so no prior horse experience is required to lead them.
How Old Do Children Need To Be?
Children may participate in hand-led rides when they are two years old and up. However, their balance isn't usually reliable enough until they are four to ensure that they won't topple off the horse, so we ask that parents of two and three year-olds ride double with their child while being hand-led by one of our staff. Your child will ride in front of you, and you'll be provided with a horse large enough to accommodate two riders and an oversized saddle, which allows both the parent and the child enough room to enjoy a comfortable ride. While we don't charge for you to ride with your child, there is a $10 fee to use one of our draft horses capable of carrying two riders at once and the tremendous saddle required to comfortably accommodate two people. If you weigh more than 200 lbs (but less than 350 lbs), our draft horses can still accommodate you and your child. The $10 fee is assessed to help offset the additional cost of feeding and shoeing such large horses, which are in the same heavy work horse class as the Budweiser Clydsdale horses.
Cost Of The Hand-led Rides
15-Minute Rides = $25/child
30-Minute Rides = $40/child
If your child is under the age of four, add $10 for you to ride double with your child. Your horse will still be hand-led by one of our guides or volunteers. They work hard to ensure that your child has a safe and enjoyable ride.
If your child enjoys their ride, tip your guide!
Hand-led rides are offered 7 days a week, year-round at the following times:
Other Farm Animals To See And Enjoy
You can bring a camera if you'd like to take pictures of your child enjoying the many farm animals at Dead Broke Farm. You'll see chickens, bunnies, dogs, cats, peacocks, ducks, pheasants, guineas, turkeys, a Mini, and a mule. Many of our animals are free range, so they are easily accessible. However, the bunnies and some of the birds are kept in cages to keep the foxes from getting them. You can feed the bunnies carrots as well provided you don't let them out of their enclosures.
Feed The Horses Treats While You're Here
You're welcome to bring apples, carrots, or pears if you'd like to let your children feed the horses treats.