Horseback Riding Trails & Stables

(231) 206-7987

 

Explore miles of trails through the resort’s woods and rolling countryside.  Our trained staff will ensure you are comfortable with a horse that matches your experience level.  Each ride starts with a basic lesson on horsemanship skills such as saddles, stirrups, and reins.

Fall Color Horseback Tours

$50

The most beautiful time of year in West Michigan is just around the corner.  Experience the beauty on a guided fall color tour (on horseback) through some of the resort’s most remote terrain.  It is an experience you won’t forget.  No experience required, ages 5 years and up.

Package includes a one-hour guided fall color tour, bonfire, Smore’s & hot cocoa in Back Forty and music & line dancing lessons after.

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Guided Horseback Ride

 

$40

**$5 discount for resort overnight guests

Experience the beauty of nature at its finest during a one-hour casual ride with friends and loved ones.  No experience required, ages 5 years and up.

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Steak Dinner Ride

Horseback $85 | Wagon $75

Ride the trail to Carpenter Lake on horseback or wagon ride where a Wrangler will cook you a 10-ounce steak over an open fire—served with all the fixings including baked potato, corn on the cob, baked beans, and water or soda.  A true cowboy experience!

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Hayride, Bonfire & S’mores

$10

Climb aboard a one-hour wagon hayride and enjoy the views along the trail through the pastures and forest.  Ride ends in the Back Forty at the bonfire and includes all the fixins’ for a melty S’mores cookout.

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Junior Equestrian Overnight Camp

$475

The all-inclusive Junior Ranch Camp is the perfect program for younger ranch campers who are excited about experiencing a fun-filled 3-1/2 day overnight Ranch Camp program.  Junior ranch campers will be taught ranch safety, learn how to care for a horse, enjoy trail rides and unwind in the indoor and outdoor waterparks.

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Paint-a-Pony

$10

Get creative on a horse when you paint a pony!  Bring a group for a one-of-a-kind experience. 

CALL (231) 894-3982 to make an appointment. 

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Horse Boarding & Training Package

Starting at $20/day

Horse boarding is available by the day or month.  We have miles of private and public trails with wonderful scenic views, a round pen, lighted riding arena with cattle shoots and alley way, our equestrian manager lives on-site, and daily care by our knowledgeable staff.  Boarding does NOT include supplements, farrier services, and veterinary care.  Evidence of a strangles vaccine required

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Trail Pass

$15

Bring your own horse and enjoy our beautiful trails right here at Double JJ resort. Hours of trails await you and your horse through our breathtaking golf course or run up our challenging sand dunes where your horse gets the ultimate workout.

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Private rides available for a single $45 wrangler fee plus $40 per person per hour. 

Trail Ride Rules

  1. There are a limited number of horses available for each ride.  If you do not book online, odds are we will not have room for you.  Booking online is highly recommended!
  2. Arrive 20 min prior to ride time. No refunds if you arrive late or miss the ride.  You may however re-schedule.
  3. Must cancel 24 hours in advance to receive a refund.
  4. Children 5-7 years old, must provide proof of age (BIRTH CERTIFICATE or school ID will be required).
  5. Helmets required for everyone under 18 (available at the barn)
  6. No bags, or Rain ponchos.
  7. Closed-toed shoes only.
  8. In order to ride without an adult, children must be 13.
  9. We often get asked if we have a weight limit. We look at a height/weight combination rather than just weight. A guest that is tall and heavy will have a much different center of gravity than someone who is short and heavy. We find guests who are short and heavy have a very difficult time balancing on top of a large horse. We cannot discriminate based on weight but do reserve the right to refuse guests from participating who, in our opinion, are not physically able with a reasonable degree of safety to participate. We also have to take into consideration the health and well-being of our animals. We will start to get concerned about guest and animal safety somewhere around 250-260lbs, unless the guest is quite tall.
  10. HAVE A WONDERFUL RIDE, AND ENJOY THE TRAIL!

Riding Tips

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.

Clothing

  • Leave your wallet, loose change and cell phone 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.

Ability

  • 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.

Feet

  • 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.

Hands

  • Gently hold both reins with one hand.
  • Keep your hands in front of the saddle horn, resting on the horse’s neck.

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

  • Relax at the waist and roll with the rhythm of the horse.
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***Cancellation Policy****

Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 24 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather (ie: ice, strong winds 20mph, gusts, freezing rain, thunder, lightening, etc) or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.