FAQ

How soon should I make a reservation?
As soon as you know that you want to go, and when you want to go! Our rides do fill up. Some days we may have space for last minute reservations, and other days may be full months in advance. You are always welcome to give us a call and check for availability for a last minute reservation, but you should definitely make reservations as early as possible if you want to be sure that there will be space on the ride you are looking for.

Book your reservation now!

What if I want to ride today? 
Just give us a call at 509-493-4965 and we will see if we have any last minute spots available.

What if I need to cancel my reservation?
 
Please see our cancellation policy.

If it’s raining, do we still go riding?

Rain or shine, we are on the trail! You’ll be in and out of the trees and you’ll barely notice it’s raining, depending on the ride. More often than not, it may be raining in Portland and not be raining in the Gorge. Our weather is significantly drier and sunnier than Portland, and it rarely rains in our area during the summers. Occasionally, due to circumstances out of our control, such as muddy, slippery trails, or lightning, etc…, we may cancel or postpone a ride.

What should I wear?
Riders are HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to wear long pants and closed toed shoes.  Shorts are not good. Flip flops and crocs are the opposite of good. Capris are NOT long pants. At all. You’re going to get somewhat dirty, so white or light colored pants are also not recommended. In the spring and fall you may want to bring a jacket and gloves. Raincoats are also good if it might rain. A cotton hoodie is not a raincoat.
 
Are helmets required?
 
Helmets are required for riders under 18 and recommended for all riders.  You may bring your own, or we have  official ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmets available in the office.

When should I arrive? 
You should plan to arrive on, or before, your scheduled check-in time and fill out the Assumption Of Risk Agreement form. After completing the form, the Horseback Riding Orientation takes about 30 minutes. 
 
What should I bring?
  
 You can bring your own camera, or you can order a CD and let your guide take all the amazing pictures while you enjoy the ride. No need to fuss with picture taking! You can also do both. In the spring and fall you should bring a jacket, raincoat, and gloves. In the summer time the trails get a might dusty, so a bandana is a good idea. We have small horn bags that fit on the front of the saddle if you would like to pack a bottle of water or a snack. We do not allow wearing backpacks as they can unbalance riders. It’s always a good idea to wear sunscreen. If you own a tush-cusion, bring it! We sell bottled water, bandanas, snacks, CD’s, and also rent tush-cusions in the office.
 
Can I bring my camera?
 
Yes, our horses love having their picture taken! If you bring your camera, make sure to bring an extra memory stick and batteries. Please keep in mind that cameras are fragile, and when dropped from the back of a horse they usually don’t work as well as before, and we cannot be responsible for lost or broken cameras. Also, sometimes it’s difficult to take pictures AND hold on to the saddle and reins at the same time. OR you can order a CD! The pictures we take are amazing!

Should I tip my guide?
 
If you enjoy your ride, gratuity for your guide is always welcome and the amount is your preference.

I don’t have any riding experience; do you have a horse and ride suited for me?

We have some of the gentlest horses for those who have never ridden and no previous riding experience is required for several of our trails. In fact, first time riders make the trip a great success because they are a little nervous so they pay extra close attention to our instruction… so the rides go smooth and easy. We have the privilege of guiding 100’s of first time riders each year. However, if you have any special needs or concerns please let us know when you make a reservation.

I am a very, very experienced rider! Do you have a horse and ride for me? 
 We do have more advanced horses! Upgrades, if you will. A Private Ride is the best way to enjoy an advanced ride on more advanced horses. We can cater your Private Ride to match your abilities, or we can even push your comfort level a little bit, if that’s what your looking for. These rides are great fun! Safety is our number one concern, for you AND your horse. Your guide has full authority on the trail to determine the speed and difficulty of the ride.     

 I have some children that want to go riding, what age should they be? 
The minimum age for riding is 8, however it is difficult to set a specific age beyond that because it really depends on the ability and personality of your children. Horses are large animals that can move quickly, which could scare a child and make the experience unpleasant for everyone. Even a beginner horse will need direction from the rider, which requires mental decisions that a very young child may not be capable of. The ultimate decision on the appropriateness for a child to ride must be made by the parent. Any child under the age of 14 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the trail. Do not hesitate to give us a call and chat about your kids riding.

Is there a weight limit?
 
Yes, for the health of the horse we cannot allow a horse to carry more than 20% of its body weight, so the weight limit is 240 lbs.

How many people do you take on a ride? 
We take up to 6 riders in a group and up to 2 groups per ride. We can accommodate larger groups with advance notice, call for availability for groups over 12.

Can I request a horse?
 
We do our best to match each horse with each rider, so if there is specific horse you would like to request, please let us know. Please keep in mind that for safety, health, or scheduling reasons, requests can not be guaranteed.

Do you offer military discounts?
 
Yes, we offer a 10% discount to active military.  Please request the discount when you reserve your ride, and show active military ID when you arrive. Semper Fi!

Can I bring my dog?
 
Your pets will be much happier at home. While we are all dog lovers ourselves, it is very hot in our area in the summer, and it is very difficult to find a place where a pet can be left without being in danger of overheating. We cannot be responsible for your pet while you are not around, and your dog cannot go on the ride with you. Please, please, please, for the love of all that’s sacred, leave your dog (and all pets) at home.

Is there a place to have lunch?
 
Yes, we have picnic tables and picnic area outside of the office if you bring your lunch or there are several places close by to stop and eat.

Can I bring treats for the horses?
 
Yes! The horses love all kinds of treats! Carrots, apples, and bread are their favorites! Carrots or bread are the easiest treat for kids to feed to the horses. Be sure to check in at the office first to authorize your delicious horsie treats!

What are your favorite horse movies?

Our favorite horse movies are, “The Man from Snowy River” and “Rustler’s Rhapsody.” Oldies they may be, but mighty goodies!

 

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