Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you've not ridden much or you're a regular rider, you probably have a few questions about your upcoming ride or class with Western Trail Rides. The information below answers some of the most typical questions we receive, but we're always happy to talk with you ahead of time to answer any additional questions you may have. Just call us at: (if we're not there, leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as we get back to the stable).
What should I wear on the trail ride?
It's best to wear long pants when riding horses. Boots or closed-toed shoes are appropriate footwear - no open-toed shoes or sandals, please! Dress for the weather - bring appropriate clothing such as sunglasses a hat, or a jacket so you're comfortable.
What can I bring on the ride?
It's important to travel light. We suggest bringing a a 16-ounce water bottle, camera and a smile!
Can children go on a trail ride?
Children who know how to horseback ride and can control a horse are allowed out on the trail.
Can teenagers go on the trail ride?
Yes, as long as they have ridden before. Depending upon the rider's ability, a lesson may be required before we head out on the trail.
Can two people share a saddle?
Where will we be going on our ride?
Our rides take place on one of the many trails found along the Ventura River and in the surrounding foothills and mountains of the Los Padres National Forrest.
I'm an adult, but I've never ridden or have limited horseback riding experience. May I go on a trail ride?
Yes, just let us know and we'll make sure you get one of our gentlest horses. In addition, we'll give you instruction as we go along. Don't worry - you'll have a great time!
How long will our trail ride take?
You may choose a one-, two-, or three-hour trail ride. Please allot about 45 minutes longer than the trail ride you've selected. That will gives us a chance to introduce you to the horses and assess your riding experience so we can create the best trail ride for you. We want you to truly enjoy the experience - and It's no fun being rushed!