What Should I Expect?
We ask that guests arrive 15-20 minutes before their ride time to fill out paperwork, listen to a safety demonstration, receive their horse assignment and mount up. On the 1 hour ride, a guide will take you for a walk-trot ride. On the 2 hour ride, you will be allowed to canter if it is safe. Your ride with take you through wooded trails, open meadows and mountain streams. Your guide will inform you of history and interesting facts about the area. At anytime we encourage you to chat with us and ask us questions. We want you to have the most enjoyable ride possible! Pregnant women may not ride.
Is there a horse for my level of experience?
Certainly! We take out first-timers, folks that have ridden before but infrequently and experienced riders all the time. Everyone will ride a horse matched with their individual experience level and size. A safety demonstration is given prior to the ride and will give you the basics of how to ride a horse. All of our trail horses are gentle enough for a beginner rider. We can accommodate those riders who prefer just to walk their horse.
What about minors riding?
A parent/legal guardian must sign a release form for any minor children prior to mounting any of our horses. If a parent/guardian will not be there, please print a release form from our Horse Camp Page and bring it with you.
Do You Offer Pony Rides?
We do allow parents to lead their child around on a horse near the barn. The cost is $15 per 15 minutes.
Do You Offer any Discounts?
We offer the following discounts:
- Local Residents: $5 off per person
- Veterans and their immediate family $5 off per person
- Group Discounts (10 or more riders) 10% off
For birthday party rides of 10 riders or more, special pricing applies. Call for additional information.
What Should I Wear?
Riders should wear long pants (such as jeans or sweat pants – nothing slick) and closed-toed shoes (such as boots or tennis shoes). Boots/shoes with a short heel are safer than sneakers. In the winter, layered clothing and gloves and a hat helps keep you warm. Helmets are provided free of charge and are not mandatory. However, we highly recommend them.
Do You Have a Weight Limit?
At Trackrock Stables, our priority is to assure the safety of both rider and horse. In order to properly plan, we need to know if a rider’s weight is over 220 pounds. While our maximum weight limit is generally 220 pounds, to assure the safety of both rider and horse, we have few horses who can accommodate an absolute maximum weight limit of 250 pounds. Certain safety limitations apply, including the right to refuse any rider if the weight to height proportion is deemed unsafe. Any decisions made by staff related to rider and horse safety is final. For both rider safety and that of our horses, we may ask riders to “walk only”. Please understand that the safety of all is our most important consideration. Call us if a large horse is needed.
How Old Must Children Be To Ride?
Children must be at least 2 years old to ride double with an adult. Children under the age of 5 and less than 50 pounds can be accommodated as a “double” with an adult. The charge for a “double” is $10. The combined weight of the adult and child cannot exceed 220 pounds.
Can I Ride Without a Guide?
No, all riders must be taken out by a guide, unless you have brought your own horse to be boarded overnight.
What Should I Tip My Guide?
A gratuity is not included in the price of your ride – but greatly appreciated! If you have had an exceptional ride, 15%-20% is a wonderful gratuity!
Will we see any wildlife?
Wild turkeys, deer, rabbits, squirrels, wood peckers, owls, and hawks have been spotted on rides in the past.
What if rain is in the forecast?
We ride rain or shine. If it is raining too hard or if there is lightening within range, your guide will instruct you to (a) wait in your vehicle until conditions improve or (b) your guide will offer you a rain check. Please keep in mind that North Georgia weather is difficult to predict. Just because it is raining at your hotel does not meant it will be raining at the Stables at the time of your ride. We have to wait to make a determination at the trail head at the time of your ride. If you are not there at the scheduled start time of your ride, we may have to leave without you.
Do you have a Cancellation Policy?
It is our policy to take a 50% refundable deposit at the time a reservation is made. If you cannot make it for your scheduled ride, we would ask you to call us as early as possible so we can accommodate other riders. If you need to reschedule, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-745-5252 at least 24 hours in advance.
How far are you from:
- Downtown Atlanta – 2 hours
- Chattanooga, Tennessee – 2 hours 15 minutes
- Blue Ridge, Georgia – 40 minutes
- Blairsville, Georgia – 15 minutes
- Murphy, North Carolina – 45 minutes
- Helen, Georgia – 38 minutes
- Dahlonega, Georgia – 53 minutes
Do I need to bring anything?
Most people show up with nothing more than a desire to have fun. You may want to bring: bottled water (water, soda and sports drinks are available for purchase), snacks, a camera, sun glasses, extra cash, insect repellent, sunscreen, a hat/cap, and a riding helmet (we do provide riding helmets). Alcohol is strictly prohibited. If our staff deems any person is intoxicated, we do reserve the right to deny your riding privileges.