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Horses

Equestrian Facilities and Activities

 Woman getting ready to ride at Tree Tops       Child riding a pony while parent leads the pony       Lacey is one of the Tradewwinds horses.

Four of our regional parks offer horseback riding. The Tradewinds Park stables are County-operated and offer trail rides, pony rides, camps, and field trips. At Tree Tops, riders bring their own horses, as they do to ride the equestrian trails at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center and Vista View Park as well.

Horse Trail Do's and Don'ts 

Tradewinds Park & Stables

Guided Trail Rides

Tradewinds Park & Stables offers guided trail rides every day of the week except Fridays. Trail rides are one-hour long and go through the mostly shaded trails of the park's 325 acres. Every rider is assigned their own horse, and all trail groups have one trail guide leading the ride. Depending on the size of the ride, there may be an additional trail guide in the back of the group. No double riding is permitted.

Riders must be a minimum of 9 years old or 52-inches tall. Riders appearing to be close to the height line will be measured before they are assigned a horse to ride. Any rider under the age of 16 is required to wear a helmet, and helmets are provided.

The maximum weight limit to ride is 225 pounds. For the health and safety of our horses, we are extremely strict in our weight restrictions. Any rider that appears to be close to the weight limit will be weighed in a private and confidential setting with a professional doctor's scale with the weight balance permanently set to 225 pounds. Riders stand on the scale fully clothed, and scale provides a "yes" or "no" reading without revealing the rider's specific weight. If you would like more information about our weight restrictions and process, please email TradewindsEducation@Broward.org.

Closed-toe shoes are required to ride. Shoes like Crocs™ or slip-on clogs are not allowed. Long pants are strongly recommended. If you are wearing a skirt or dress, we recommend wearing leggings or shorts underneath. Insect repellant and sunscreen are also recommended.

Weekend Trail Rides

Weekend trail rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis on Saturday, Sunday, and designated holidays at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and *3:30 p.m., weather permitting (*The 3:30 p.m. ride is only offered Labor Day through Memorial Day.) Weekday trail ride sales close 30 minutes prior to the scheduled ride time. The cost is $35 plus tax per person, and payment is accepted at the park's General Store. On the weekends, lockers are also available to rent for $1 plus tax to secure your personal items while you are riding.

Weekday Trail Rides - Public and Private

Weekday rides are available Monday-Thursday from October through May by appointment only. You must call 954-357-8720 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule a weekday trail ride. Even with a reservation, you must arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of your ride time. Someone will call you back before the stables close at 4 p.m. Your reservation is not complete until you have spoken directly to a stable staff member to confirm your reservation time.

We offer two options for weekday trail rides. Public rides are available only at 11 a.m. and can include up to 10 riders. The cost is $35 per person plus tax for a one-hour guided public trail ride. Private trail rides are available at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and cost $50 plus tax for one person or $85 plus tax for a couple. Please call the stables at 954-357-8720 to schedule your trail ride at least 24 hours in advance.

Private Trail Rides

Private trail rides are available on non-holiday weekdays from September through May at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Private trail rides cost $50 plus tax for one person or a $85 plus tax for a couple by advance reservation only. Please call Tradewinds Park Stables at 954-357-8720 to schedule your private trail ride at least 24 hours in advance.

Trail Gift Certificates

Available for purchase at the Tradewinds Park office. Each gift certificate is redeemable for one guided trail ride within 12 months from the date of issuance and during normal operating hours. Contact the Tradewinds Park Stables at 954-357-8720 for information on redeeming gift certificates. Each certificate equals one guided trail ride and costs $35 plus applicable sale tax. Gift certificates are valid only for public trail rides, not private rides. Gift certificates are not redeemable for cash and will not be replaced or refunded.

Pony Rides

Offered on Saturday, Sunday, and designated holidays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. Children must be shorter than 52-inches tall to ride the ponies. The cost is $3 plus tax per ride or $9 plus tax for four rides, with payment taken at the park's General Store.

Educational Farm

The park's farm complex adjacent to the stables includes farm animals that can be seen from outside the fence during park operating hours. Public farm tours are offered every weekend, weather permitting. The tour times are at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for most weekends. The third full weekend of each month has a different schedule, with tours available at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., noon, 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m., and 2:45 p.m. The cost is $3 per person for the 30-minute hands-on tours. Tours are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration closes 15 minutes before the start of the tour, or when each group reaches its maximum size of 30 people. For more information, visit us here.

Equine Photo Shoots

If you would like to take photographs with one of the park's horses, you may rent a horse for a one-hour photo shoot at $50 plus tax, the same price of a private trail ride. This includes a handler for your session but does not include a photographer. Photo shoots may be scheduled only on weekdays, and commercial photographers must acquire a film permit before the day of the photo shoot. For more information on how to obtain film permits for your photo shoot, or to schedule your session, please call 954-357-8720.

Horse Camp and Junior Farmers Camp

Tradewinds Park Stables offers horse camps in the summer and during school breaks for ages 9 to 16.

Summer Horse Camp is offered in four-day sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers must provide their own lunches and refreshments. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Participants should also bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a towel. Campers ride two times per day, learn daily care and grooming of horses, proper use of tack and other equipment, and basic horse health and anatomy. They also participate in horse-related crafts and games, and end-of-the-week horse show.

For younger campers, Tradewinds Park offers Junior Farmers Camp, which is a half-day program held Monday-Thursday in the spring, summer, and winter break for ages 5-8. Morning sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and afternoon sessions are from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Campers learn how to feed, groom, and care for the farm's livestock, learn how to work with ponies, and go for pony rides. They also participate in sheep shearing and goat hoof trimming demonstrations.

Call the stables at 954-357-8720 well in advance of any school holiday or summer break to register. For more information about camp dates and registration fees, visit us here.

Birthday Party Packages

Equine Birthday Party Package

Fee: $110 plus tax for 10 children and $11 plus tax per each additional child up to 20 children. The package includes:

  • rental of one 15-foot-by-15-foot tent that accommodates 20 to 30 guests
  • five picnic tables (two adult, two child-size, one wheelchair-accessible)
  • one grill
  • three trash cans
  • recycling containers
  • two pony ride tickets per paid child
  • party invitations
  • a special shirt for the birthday boy or girl

The Unicorn Birthday Party Package

Fee: $160 plus tax for 10 children and $11 plus tax per each additional child up to 20 children. The package includes:

  • a photo shoot for your birthday party, lasting up to one hour, with one of Tradewinds Park's "unicorns"
  • rental of one 15-foot-by-15-foot tent that accommodates 20 to 30 guests
  • five picnic tables (two adult, two child-size, one wheelchair-accessible)
  • one grill
  • three trash cans
  • recycling containers
  • two pony ride tickets per paid child
  • party invitations
  • a special shirt for the birthday boy or girl

The Barnyard Birthday Party Package

Fee: $150 plus tax for 10 children and $14 plus tax per each additional child up to 20 children. The package includes:

  • rental of one 15-foot-by-15-foot tent that accommodates 20 to 30 guests
  • five picnic tables (two adult, two child-size, one wheelchair-accessible)
  • one grill
  • three trash cans
  • recycling containers
  • two pony ride tickets per paid child
  • one farm tour ticket for each child and one accompanying parent
  • party invitations
  • a special shirt for the birthday boy or girl

Other services are available for additional fees: guided trail rides for children 9 years of age or at least 52-inches tall at $35 per person and, on the third full weekend of the month only, bounce-house tickets for $1.50 per person for 15-minute sessions, and additional barn tour tickets at $3 per person. Applicable taxes apply.

Party Packages do not include the park's gate admission fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free), which is charged on weekends and designated holidays. Prepaid gate passes are available for purchase in the park office for Party Packages purchased at least two weeks in advance.

Scout Programs

Tradewinds Park & Stables currently offers three Girl Scout Badge Programs - the Animal Helpers Badge, the Voice for Animals Badge, and the Horseback Riding Badge - and two Boy Scout Badge Programs - Horsemanship Badge and Animal Science Badge. These programs allow each scout to meet all of the requirements needed to obtain his or her badge, which will be provided by the troop leader. Additionally, the stables offer a Scouts' Barnyard Trip and a Scouts' Pony Ring Trip as fun and educational activities where no badges are earned.

With the exception of the Horsemanship and Animal Science badges, all programs are offered on Saturday or Sunday at 2 p.m., and reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Call 954-3537-8820 for reservations.

The Boy Scouts Horsemanship and Animal Science badges require multiday programs - call for more information. For additional information and registration requirements, call 954-357-8870, ext. 0.

Scouts' Horseback Riding Badge

This program is a two-hour crash course in all the necessary points scouts must learn to obtain their Horseback Riding Badge. This program includes a 30-minute trail ride as well as education about how to tack, groom, care for, and work safely around horses. This equestrian experience is for scouts who are more than 52-inches tall or who are at least 9 years old. The cost is $40 per scout, plus applicable taxes. Minimum five scouts, maximum 10.​​

Scouts' Animal Helpers Badge

This program is a hour-and-a-half course in the connections between humans and animals including how animals provide humans with food, fiber, and labor, how animals help keep people safe, how animals help people emotionally and physically, and how animals are trained. This program includes hands-on interactions with horses and livestock animals. It does not include horseback riding. The cost is $20 per scout, plus applicable taxes. Minimum five scouts, maximum 10.​​

Scouts' Voice for Animals Badge

This program is a hour-and-a-half course about the relationship between domesticated animals and humans, including animal welfare used in science, agriculture, and sports. Scouts will learn about issues of animal welfare and animal rights when working with animals. This program includes hands-on interactions with horses and livestock animals. It does not include horseback riding. The cost is $20 per scout, plus applicable taxes. Minimum five scouts, maximum 10.​​

Scouts' Barnyard Trip

The Scouts' Barnyard Trip provides lots of hands-on experience with the animals on the farm. This all-ages event also includes a farm tour and an explanation of how to groom, feed, and maintain the farm animals. The barnyard trip lasts approximately an hour. The cost is $20 per scout plus applicable taxes. Horses and ponies are located at the stables and are not included on this trip to see farm animals.

Scouts' Pony Ring Trip

The Pony Ring Trip includes one trip around the pony ring per scout and a hands-on tutorial on how to groom, tack, and maintain the ponies. This hour-and-a-half program is for younger scouts who are less than 52-inches tall. The cost is $30 per scout plus applicable taxes.​​