Frequently Asked Questions

Barn & Horseback Riding

Questions

  1. What are the Barnís hours of operation?
  2. Do I need to sign-up for riding?
  3. What time should I arrive for my ride?
  4. What is the minimum age for children to go on a trail ride?
  5. Can my child ride in front of me on the same horse?
  6. Can I lope (canter) or sign-up for an advanced ride?
  7. How can I improve my horseback riding skills during my stay?
  8. What types of shoes should be worn while riding?
  9. May I bring personal items on the ride?
  10. May I ride without a wrangler?
  11. What types of rides do you offer? What is the cost of each ride?

Answers

  1. What are the Barnís hours of operation?

    Summer, holidays and spring break: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Off-season: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    If there is no afternoon ride, the Barn may close as early as 2:30 p.m.

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  2. Do I need to sign-up for riding?

    Sign-ups are handled at the Barn or you may call the Barn at x-7630 from any house phone when on property. You must sign up at least one hour before the scheduled ride. Breakfast ride sign-ups are taken the prior evening in the dining room. It is advisable during the summer, holidays and other busy times that you sign-up as early as possible.

    Sign-ups may not be made prior to the day of your arrival.

    For more information contact the Alisal Barn:
    Phone: 805-686-7630  |  Contact Form - Horseback Riding

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  3. What time should I arrive for my ride?

    To maximize your trail time and as a courtesy to your fellow riders, please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your scheduled ride. 

    For breakfast rides, you should arrive by 7:30 am for the beginner ride, 7:45am for the intermediate ride, and at 8:00am for the advanced ride.  If you arrive after the last rider has been mounted, you may be excluded from the ride. For more information see the horseback riding page.

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  4. What is the minimum age for children to go on a trail ride?

    Children must be at least seven years of age because, in our experience, they are best able to handle the attention-span requirements and physical demands of riding a horse at that age.  Children younger than seven are welcome to ride our lead-around horses in the corral, assuming they are accompanied by an adult.  The lead-around horse is available at no charge and without a need for prior sign-up from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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  5. Can my child ride in front of me on the same horse?

    We do not feel this is a safe practice for our guests and therefore do not allow it.

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  6. Can I lope (canter) or sign-up for an advanced ride?

    We want to provide you a pleasurable riding experience that is safe for you, other guests, our wranglers and our horses.  Loping or cantering (a slow, controlled gallop) is a privilege.  It is the responsibility of the wranglers to evaluate the safeness of an individual joining an advanced ride.

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  7. How can I improve my horseback riding skills during my stay?

    We offer hour-long, one-on-one private riding lessons daily at 12:30 p.m.  Availability is limited. During these lessons, we take the rider out on the trails and help them expand their riding skills.

    The lesson fee is $55.00 per person for one hour.

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  8. What types of shoes should be worn while riding?

    We recommend riding boots or smooth-soled shoes with a moderate heel for the safest and most comfortable ride. However, many guests wear athletic or tennis shoes. We discourage hiking boots because their deeper tread can bind in a stirrup. Open-toed or backless shoes are not allowed.

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  9. May I bring personal items on the ride?

    We offer a limited number of “boot bags” which hang on the saddle horn in which to carry a bottle of water or a camera. We discourage the wearing of bulky backpacks while riding as they pose a safety hazard.

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  10. May I ride without a wrangler?

    No, all of our rides are guided.

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  11. What types of rides do you offer? What is the cost of each ride?

    For ride details and pricing, please visit our Horseback Riding page.
    (Note: some packages include horseback riding.)

    Alisal Barn ~ Phone 805-686-7630  |  Contact Form - Horseback Riding

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