Contact our Equestrian Department at 231.894.3983
(or email [email protected])
to book your ride today!
Barn Rides open year round to the public
We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced trail rides and encourage you to take advantage of the variety of horseback riding activities and lessons we have to offer to cowpokes of all ages.
All trail rides must be booked at least an hour prior to the trail ride. Call (231) 894-3983 to book your trail ride.
Beginner Trail Ride Adventure – $30
- One hour walking ride
- This is the perfect ride for a beginner
Intermediate Trail Ride Adventure – $70
- Two hour trail ride
- This is for someone who is very comfortable with walking and trotting
Advanced Trail Ride Adventure – $100
- Three hour trail ride
- This is for someone who is very comfortable with walking, trotting and cantering. Riders must be present 30 minutes prior to scheduled ride time for evaluations.
Riding for Children
How old do you have to be to go on a trail ride?
Riding for children ages 8 to 17 is based on age and skill level. However, there are wagon rides and pony rides also available for purchase for any who are kids unable to ride horses.
A short evaluation of a child’s riding ability, performed by a wrangler, is to help determine their riding level (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced). Children will be given some instruction during this 5-minute evaluation.
Helmets are required for children under 18 years old are available at the barns.
Corral Lessons are 40-minute teaching sessions with the riding staff that allow children to learn the basics of walking, trotting and cantering a horse. Corral lessons are $30 per person.
- Double JJ Resort is currently offering horseback riding lessons for beginner and advance riders. We offer group, semi-private, and private riding lessons. English and western disciplines are available. We also offer colt starting, tune-ups for barrel racing and reining, and problem solving.*Coming soon: jumper trail, dressage arena, and obstacle course.
Children who need more instruction than what can be provided in a group setting should consider purchasing private or semi-private lessons.
The most important thing in improving your riding is to RELAX. Every horse is different. Learn something from each one you ride. Don’t expect to become an expert rider in a very short time. Ride and have fun, and learn as you ride.
- Leave your wallet and loose change in your room or car
- A heeled boot or shoe is best
- Long pants are always recommended
- Tight jeans / heavy seams cause chafing and saddle sores
- Advanced – Require that you are able to comfortably sit in trot and canter and control your horse under all conditions and gates.
- Intermediate ride – you will walk and trot
- Beginner rides – you will walk at a leisurely pace
- Place the ball of your foot in the stirrup and keep your heels down. Don’t slide your foot in as far as it will go; you won’t lose your stirrups and you’ll have a better seat in the saddle
- Always keep comfortable pressure on your stirrups
- Keep your hands in front of the saddle horn, resting on the horse’s neck.
- Ride with one hand and be gentle, our horses neck rein.
Stopping the horse
- Pull the reins gently toward your belly button.
- When the horse stops, push your hand forward again to put some slack in the reins.
- Using the word “WHOA” is helpful, too.
Riding the trot
- Western style trotting means you must keep your hips loose with just enough pressure on the stirrups.
- Keep your seat heavy in the saddle and let your body be a sponge to absorb the bouncing.
Riding the canter
- Arch the small of your back and sit slightly forward with just enough pressure on the stirrups
- Relax at the waist and roll with the rhythm of the horse.
All horses on Double JJ property must provide proof of vaccination (Four-way, Rhino, and Strangles) as well as a current Coggins Test.
Have your own horse to ride and just wanting to visit for the day? Enjoy our 24 miles of horse trails throughout the Back Forty, Original Ranch and the Thoroughbred Golf Course.
– Daily Trail Pass $10/day
– Annual Trail Pass $120
- Daily Board – $20/day
Includes stall, stall cleaning and hay for one day.
- Pasture Board – $100
Includes turn-out in one of our 50+ acres of lush, green pasture with the community herd. Round bales are given during the winter and herd has access to trace minerals, salt, and fresh water all year long.
- Partial Board – $125
Includes turn-out in one of our paddocks with automatic waters and staff available to feed twice a day.
- Full Board – $160
Includes a stall with a rubber matt flooring and turn out to a private or small herd paddock with staff available to feed twice a day. Stalls are also cleaned once a day.
- Training – $475
Includes 30 days of training, a stall, hay, and 14-6 feed. Problem solving, tune-ups, and colt starting are welcomed. Spaces are limited.
Winter: Blanketing available during winter months for $30 a month. This includes someone to place and remove blankets as needed or per owner’s guidelines.
Available to boarded horses:
- Lighted riding arena with cattle shoots and alley way.
*Coming soon- Hunter/ jumper course, dressage arena, and Cross country trails.
- Hot/Cold wash racks
- Miles of private and public trails with wonderful an scenic views
- Round pen
- Farrier visits every 4 weeks and access to an equine veterinarian
- Manager lives on-site
- Knowledgeable staff
Board does NOT include feed, supplements, hay, shavings, farrier services, deworming, and veterinary care as each horse’s needs are unique.
The resort has access to quality feeds, hay, and sawdust. Just ask to discuss your horse’s individual needs to tailor a feeding program just right for them or you can bring in your own hay and feed. Our tailored feeding program is applied to your bill at the beginning of the month after reviewing.
Wagon & Carriage Rides
- Take a wonderful ride around our scenic property in either a wagon or carriage drawn by our draft horses.
- $20/adults and $15/kids 12 years old and younger
Hayrides, Bonfire & S’mores
- Enjoy a wagon ride to the Back Forty where you’ll then indulge yourself with delicious s’mores next to a toasty bonfire.
Breakfast & Dinner Rides
- Hit the trail early and head out to enjoy a wrangler-cooked flapjack breakfast. The trail ride leaves the Back Forty Barn at 8am, and the hay wagon leaves at 8:30am on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays. Make sure you’re signed up by 6pm the night before!
- Enjoy a late-afternoon ride out to Carpenter Lake, where you’ll enjoy a tasty steak dinner. Trail ride leaves the Back Forty Barn at 5:30pm, and the hay wagon leaves at 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sign up by 1pm the day of to reserve your spot.
- Available seasonally.