Widowmaker Trail Rides
Frequently Asked Questions
Gentle, friendly horses are matched to compliment your abilities. Travel at a gentle pace while discovering the fun, fitness and friendship that accompany riding one of these beautiful and amazing creatures. This short scenic jaunt allows you to experience the great outdoors while travelling along the shores of Lake Grapevine and enjoying the natural wooded trails. Our Lake Grapevine ride is 2 hours and costs $80 per person.
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1. How do I schedule a ride? – All rides are by appointment, and can be scheduled any time you like. Please call us to check availability or ask any questions. When you leave a voicemail, include the date you want to ride and how many people would be in your group. (solo riders are welcome) David Alexander 817/528-8069 cell Jeff Cook 214/478-2448 cell Email firstname.lastname@example.org (yes, Cowboys do use email). The ride includes instruction with the goal to increase your knowledge and skill as a rider. Because our rides are by appointment, most are private rides! We never ride in large groups. Four to six people max in a group so that your experience with us will be a more enjoyable one! If you are a beginner, you will get our full attention. If your party is larger, we can accommodate up to 10 riders at a time. Any group with more than 6 riders will have a second trail guide. When making a reservation, we will need some details about the riding experience of you, and the members of your group including the number of times each of you has ridden a horse. We will also need the height and weight of each rider so we can match you with the right horse, and a saddle that fits you. We also require a visa or mastercard number to book your reservation. Because we do not "overbook" our rides, and because we frequently turn away rides when we are booked, you will be charged if you cancel a ride (other than a weather-related cancellation) and we cannot fill that ride.
2. Will I need to sign a waiver? – If you are under 18, you will need a parent or guardian to sign for you. Adults will read and be advised of Chapter 87 of the Civil Practices and Remedies Code of Texas that limits the liability of equine professionals for property damages and damages for personal injury or death if the damage results from the dangers or conditions that are an inherent risk of an equine activity.
5. Is there an age limit? – For adults, we have taken people as old as 93, so don’t think you are too old to do this if you are reasonably active. For kids, we can take them as young as 5, but we may not be able to accommodate more than 1 or 2 very young kids, so let us know what you have, and we will let you know what is possible.
6. What is the weight limit? – A horse can carry 25% of his body weight under normal conditions for normal riding. (The US Calvary says 20% for what they do, but we won’t be chasing any banditos) If it is hot, or wet, or the horses have been working hard, the conditions are not ideal. We have a couple horses that can carry over 240#, but they are not always available. We also have some horses that max out at 200#, so please be patient and honest when we ask how much you weigh and how tall you are. Also, if you are very short and very heavy, we may not have a saddle that safely fits you.
7. What should I wear? – Boots are best, but tennis shoes will also work if they provide full foot protection and have some tread. Avoid large hiking boots as they are hard to fit in the stirrup. Wear long pants to protect your ankles from any branches the horse may brush up against. If you have ever wondered why a Cowboy’s pants look 3 sizes too long, you will understand when you are in a saddle riding thru some bushes. Other clothing options are up to you. You will be using your hands, so if it is cold, bring gloves. If it is hot, put on some sunscreen.
12. What if it looks like rain? – If it has rained and is too muddy, or if it is raining, we will contact you to cancel the ride. We will bring rain slickers if there is a chance of rain but we will not cancel. If you have spent any time in Texas, you know the weather changes and forecasted rain can become a sunny day in a few hours.