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Minor Riding Waivers (under 18)
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"We Don't Want To Compete With Anyone.
We Just Want To Be The Best"
Horsin Around Riding Ranch
445 Callaghan Rapids Road; Marmora, Ontario
TEXT ONLY: 613-849-2332 (best way to reach us)
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CAMPING IS NOW AVAILABLE!
(Fund Raiser - April 1 through to November 30 - for our Retired Horse's Hay Requirements. As our horses get a little older, we don't ask them to spend as much time out on the trail, but their feed requirements and care costs remain the same - and actually can get more expensive with their "geriatric" needs. We have started this campsite in hopes people will enjoy the stress free and relaxing atmosphere while helping us to keep our Geriatric friends happy and healthy)
- Lots of space between sites in a private setting
- The pines tend to be 10 degrees cooler
- Bugs are usually minimal in the pine bush
- 2 brand new outhouses
- 1 brand new solar bag shower building
- 1000 liter water tank available for your washing needs
(Please bring your own DRINKING water)
- Sites available with corrals (2 horse and 3 horse sizes)
- Cabin Rental (Simple, 12x12 - coming soon!)
- 10 man military tent site available, set up and ready for you - We are directly on the Trans Canada Trail
- Close to the Heritage Trail
- ATV accessible
- Horse Trails as well as horse/buggy trails on the Trans Canada trail
- Minutes to Crowe River Twin Bridges and Callaghan Rapids
- Swimming, fishing, relaxing at the water
- Mount Bikes available for rent or with select sites
- Hammocks available for rent
- Military Cots and an oversized cot available for rent
- Charcoal BBQ for rent or with select sites
- Fire pits (free pine wood)
- LOTS of walking, biking, ATV, horseback riding trails
- Trail Rides with us can be booked during your stay
- Sign up to help with the morning or evening chores
- Sign up to help bring in the hay! We will be baling 600 squares this year if the weather cooperates
- Cooler Packages Available (farm fresh meats, eggs)
- Pet friendly - as long as your pets are kept on a leash AT ALL TIMES and do not disturb other campers (NO barking)
- Please remember, we are a working farm and it is not a safe place for unsupervised children. We ask parents to be with their children at all times and they are respectful of our animals and property. (i.e., chasing chickens, sticking their hands in with our pigs or going in with the horses is STRICTLY PROHIBITED! If we see children running around without supervision, we will have to ask the family to leave the farm for everyone's safety.
If you are someone who loves to camp, but hates the running around 2 days before, packing the car, stopping at 3 stores along the way only to arrive and realize you have forgotten something, you will LOVE our FULL package deal! You bring your sleeping bag and clothes, towels and we supply the rest! No time spent packing the car. Pack up 15 minutes before you need to leave. Spend your vacation vacationing! (extra cost applies depending on number of people)
April 1 to June 29 SPECIAL RATES: $25 per night
June 30 to Sept $30: $30 per night
October 1 to November 30 SPECIAL RATES: $25 per night
10 man large Canvas Military tent set up in shade with 2 military cots $15 extra per night
Just pull in, and move in!
Military Cot: $3 per night
Extra Wide/Long Cot: $5 per night
Mountain Bikes (3 available):
$5 for 4 hours, $8 for 8 hours
Small Charcoal BBQ: $6 per night
Charcoal Bag: $9 (or you can bring your own)
Our Very Own Red Wattle Pasture Raised Pork:
1.25" Loin Chops 2 per pkg $5lb
1" Butterfly Chops $5.50lb
Bacon trimmed in the Red Wattle "White Gold" $10lb
Loin Roasts approx. 2lb to 3lb $5lb
Other cuts available
A website is currently being created, but if you would like to book now, just send a text to 613-849-2332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot!
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OUR SPECIAL OCCASION RIDE!
3.5 to 4 HOUR COWBOY ADVENTURE
Arrive at the farm and help brush and tack your horse
Receive a mini lesson on riding your horse
Ride through some real back trails, along the railway bed, and hay fields
Stop for lunch at the Crow River - Callaghan Rapids
Enjoy a small glass of wine, a selection of fresh fruits & cheese, homemade salads, breads/biscuits, homemade desserts ++
We then mount up and continue our ride back to the farm
Approximately 3 1/2 to 4 hours from the time you arrive
2 Riders - $190 each
3 Riders - $127 each
4 + Riders - $95 each
WE LOVE DOGS! But our Great Pyrenees, who is a livestock protection dog, does not know the difference between a pet and a preditor. So we don't have any dog fights, we have to ask that you keep your pets safe at home - thank you.
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COME RIDE WITH US!
If you are looking for a place to trail ride that is different from all the rest, you have found it!
2 hours from Toronto - 2 hours from Markham
90 minutes from Oshawa - 50 minutes from Peterborough
1 hour/45 min from Kingston - 50 minutes from Belleville
20 minutes from Stirling - 20 minutes from Madoc
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All our horses and ponies are family members first, and have been with us for many years. Some as long as 7 to 25 years. They all enjoy being on the trail as you will see when you arrive because we do our best to ensure they enjoy the ride as much as you will! Therefore, we do things a little different than most riding facilities.
First, we do not use bits on our horses. Those are the metal pieces people put in a horses mouth. We allow our horses to eat on the trail and believe the ride is much more enjoyable for them if they don't have a chunk of metal between their teeth. This is just our personal preference.
Our horses are very important to us, so we only use ORTHOFLEX (Ortho flex) saddles on them - which means there is never an issue with our horses rushing back to the barn, you never have to deal with a horse throwing it's head in your face or going down the trail with his/her ears pinned back. Even though these saddles are $2,000 to $4,000 EACH, the panels move with the horses back and movement and therefore, they are never sore. These saddles cost a lot more than the average $350 western saddle most places use on their horses, but we believe our horses deserve the best and our riders enjoy riding a happy horse!
It is also important to note, we only allow each horse to take out a maximum of 2 rides per day, 4 days per week, so booking early if you would like to ride at a specific time or day is Strongly advised to avoid disappointment. Honestly, we do book quickly in the summer months! It never hurts to try last minute though in case we have a cancellation.
QUESTIONS / ANSWERS:
Is there something else we can do before/after we go for a ride? Bring along your water shoes and visit Callaghan Rapids which is 1.2km down the road from us! The water is clear and clean and great for young children to as part is only just above knee deep from one side to the other. The older folk can sit under the rapids or swim all day long. Bring a floating devise, walk up the river and then float your way back down again! We put our chairs right in the water and use the rocks sticking up as tables for our fresh fruit and fancy drinks. Who needs to go to the islands? We have it right here! Water shoes are recommended as it can be slippery in places. THIS IS A WONDERFUL FAMILY LOCATION SO WE ASK THAT YOU KEEP IT CLEAN AND SAFE FOR EVERYONE'S USE. PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANY GLASS OR SHARP OBJECTS INTO THE AREA.
There is also fishing at the twin bridges so bring your gear and plan to spend a peaceful and relaxing day!
Do we need to book in advance? We will never leave our horses in the barn and saddled "in case" someone wants to ride. Therefore, you do need to call ahead for 2 reasons. 1) to ensure we have a booking available 2) if we do to ensure your horses will be ready for you when you arrive.
What do we need to bring? Long pants and Closed Toe TIE UP shoes such as running shoes. No open toe or slip on shoes of any kind please!
Do we need our own helmets? We provide ASTM approved riding helmets. Bike helmets are not suitable for riding as they are not approved by the equestrian testing facility.
How Can We Pay? At this time, we are not big enough to warrant any type of credit card or debit machine so cash only is accepted or you are welcome to send an email money transfer to email@example.com
Do We Get To Run On The Trail? Do you know how to ride? REALLY Well? Can you post on a horse? Many people have been on the "nose to tail" trail rides where the lead horse trotted or cantered and the rest followed. When that horse stopped, so did the rest. Our horses are NOT like that! They are more than happy to pick up the pace... but you need to know how to stop them again or they will just keep on going. As well, "posting" on a horse is very important to ensure the rider is not "banging" on their backs. Yes, the riders might think it is great fun, but I can assure you the horse is hurting. Our horses mean everything to us and I will never ask them to endure any form of uncomfort for anyone. If you do know how to ride, really well, we are happy to pick up the pace. However, that means you know how to post and can show us you are capable of being able to stop the horse on your own at faster speeds. If you have any other questions around the pace of our rides, please feel free to contact me.
Can My Child Under 10 Years Of Age Go On The Trail Ride? As stated above, we do not over use our horses and our ride is NOT similar to riding one of the horses you may have ridden in the South (Dominican/Cuba) or another riding stable. A small child does not have the mental ability or the physical strength to control a full grown 1,000lb horse. That is why we offer a very special opportunity for the younger kids. Our Cowpoke Adventure! (We may make an exception for a child who is 9 and will follow instruction well. If we find the child is unable to ride on the trail on their own, safely, we will bring the group back to the barn).
Cowpoke Pony Rides - For children under the age of 10, we will have a pony or horse, suitable to their size, ready to take them on their own little adventure. The pony ride is approximately 15 minutes.
If you would like the "Extended Pony Ride" Add $10.00 to the above prices, per rider. This if for the cowpokes who just can't get enough time in the saddle! We will add an extra treck along the Trans Canada Trail and return through a different field passing our "Green House" chicken coop where the kids can see all our chickens free ranging the fields, scratching and basking in the sun.
Can My Child Ride With Me On The Horse I Am Riding? You have to remember we are on a live animal. If your horse spooks at a deer or wild turkey in the bush, you need your full concentration and and your hands to control it. If you have a young child on the horse with you, it is impossible to hold the child and control the horse. Saddles are also only suited for 1 person which means 2 people in the saddle make it very uncomfortable for the horse as your weight is being placed where it shouldn't be when you make room for the second rider.
Is There A Weight Restriction? The majority of our horses are 14.3 hands high (or about 4' 8" from the ground to the top of their shoulder). A saddle weighs between 20 to 28 pounds depending on which saddle we use. So, yes, we do have a weight limit for our animals. We ask that you respect these are animals and their comfort on the trail is very important to us. Our weight limit is 200lbs.
AT HORSIN AROUND WE TAKE YOUR SAFETY VERY SERIOUSLY!
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For immediate reply, please TEXT (only) 613-849-2332 or email directly to my phone at firstname.lastname@example.org .
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RANCH! WE HOPE YOU WILL DECIDE TO
"COME RIDE WITH US"