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Horseback Riding 2017-09-07T14:29:04+00:00

Horseback Riding

Contact the front desk at 231.894.4444
(or email [email protected])
to book your ride today! 

Barn rides are 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. Trail rides fill up quickly! We recommend booking 1-2 days prior to your desired ride time. Call (231) 894-4444 to book your trail ride.

Download our Riding Waiver (PDF)

Beginner Trail Ride Adventure – $30

Daily:

  • One hour walking ride
  • This is the perfect ride for a beginner

Intermediate Trail Ride Adventure – $70

Daily:

  • Two hour trail ride
  • This is for someone who is very comfortable with walking and trotting

Advanced Trail Ride Adventure – $100

Daily:

  • 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.

Helmets are required for children under 18 years old are available at the barns.

Riding Lessons

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.

Draft Horses

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.
  • $10/person

Breakfast & Dinner Rides

  • Hit the trail early and head out to Carpenter to lake for a wrangler-cooked flapjack breakfast or enjoy a steak dinner* in the evening.
  • Choose between riding out to the site by horseback or hay wagon. 
  • Reservations should be made at least a day prior, call 231-894-3983
  • Available seasonally.

 

*Also ask about other dinner options when you call. 

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 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

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

  • 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.

Boarding Barn

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

Boarding

  • 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.