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
Horse Camps & Junior Farmers' Camp

Registration for all camps available online or at the park office. For additional information, call Tradewinds at 954.357.8870.​​

2022 Summer Horse Camps

Both Trailblazers and Horsemasters camps run in four-day sessions, Monday-Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers must register for a full session. Registration closes at midnight the Saturday prior to each session’s start. 

Both camps are for ages 9-14. Maximum 12 campers/session for Trailblazers, 10 campers/session for Hors​emaster​s. Sessions are $300 each for Trailblazers, $400 for Horsemasters.

Campers ride two times per day, and learn daily care and grooming of horses, proper use of tack and other equipment, and basic horse health and anatomy. Completion of Trailblazers Camp is a prerequisite to enroll in Horsemasters Camp.

Trailblazers Camp

  • June 13-16
  • June 20-23
  • June 27-30
  • July 11-14
  • July 18-21
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Horsemasters Camp

  • July 25-28
  • August 1-4
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2022 Junior Farmers’ Camp

Camps are offered in two half-day sessions, Monday-Thursday. Morning sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to noon; afternoon sessions are from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Campers may register for any half-day session. Registration closes at 4 p.m. the day prior to each session’s start.

Campers must be 5-8 years old. Maximum six campers/session. Sessions are $40/half-day.

Participants will: get an introduction to basic farm animal care; participate in hands-on agricultural learning activities and crafts; find out how to feed, groom, and maintain farm animals; learn how to care for and groom ponies and go for a pony ride; and see demonstrations on shearing sheep and trimming goat feet.

  • June 13-16
  • June 20-23
  • June 27-30
  • July 11-14
  • July 18-21
  • July 25-28
  • August 1-4  ​
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Guided Trail Rides

Tradewinds Park & Stables is now open for guided trail rides every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

All rides must be reserved no later than 3 p.m. the day before the ride, although they can also be reserved several weeks in advance. Please plan ahead. You must call 954.357.8720 to schedule a trail ride.​ All group rides are $35 plus tax per person. Private rides are unavailable at this time. Rides must be paid for at the time of booking. 

If you reach the stables voicemail, someone will call you back before 3 p.m. or on the following day. Your reservation is not complete until you have spoken directly to a stables staff member to confirm your reservation time.

Even with a reservation, you must arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of your ride time.​​​​​

Trail rides are one-hour long and follow the mostly shaded trails of the park. All riders are assigned their own horses, 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 at 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 an ASTEM/SEI-certified riding helmet, and helmets are provided.

The maximum weight limit to ride is 225 pounds. For the health and safety of our horses, we follow our weight restrictions very strictly. All riders will be weighed upon arrival for their ride using a professional doctor's scale to verify the rider meets the weight restriction. Riders stand on the scale fully clothed, and the scale will provide a "yes" or "no" reading without revealing the rider's specific weight. If you would like more information about our weight restrictions and the weighing process, email TradewindsEducation@Broward.org.

Closed-toe shoes and long pants are required to ride. Shoes like Crocs™ or slip-on clogs are not allowed. Insect repellent and sunscreen are also recommended.

Trail Gift Certificates

Available for purchase at the Tradewinds park office, each gift certificate is redeemable for one public trail ride within 12 months of the date of issue and during normal operating hours. Contact the Tradewinds Park stables at 954.357.8720 for information on redeeming gift certificates. Each certificate equals one public trail ride and costs $35 plus applicable sales 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 Saturdays, Sundays, and designated holidays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., weather permitting. Children must be shorter than 52 inches tall to ride the ponies. The cost is $3/child 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 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The cost is $3/person plus tax for a 20-to-30-minute hands-on tour. 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 limit of 15 people. For more information visit the farm’s home page.​

​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 for $50, the same price as 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 your photographer 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, call 954.357.8720.


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. There are two Boy Scout Badge Programs: Horsemanship and Animal Science. These programs allow each scout to meet all 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 Saturdays or Sundays at 1:30 p.m., and reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Call 954.357.8720 for reservations.

The Boy Scouts Horsemanship and Animal Science badges require multiday programs. For additional information and registration requirements, call 954.357.8720.

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. The program includes a 30-minute trail ride as well as education on 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/scout. Minimum five scouts, maximum 10.

Scouts Animal Helpers Badge

This program is a 1.5-hour 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. The program includes hands-on interactions with horses and livestock animals. It does not include riding. The cost is $20/scout. Minimum five scouts, maximum 20.

Scouts Voice for Animals Badge

This program is a 1.5-hour course about the relationship between domesticated animals and humans, including animals used in science, agriculture, and sports. Scouts will learn about issues of animal welfare and animal rights when working with animals. The program includes hands-on interactions with horses and livestock animals. It does not include riding. The cost is $20/scout. Minimum five scouts, maximum 20.

Scouts' Barnyard Trip

The Scouts' Barnyard Trip provides lots of hands-on experience with the animals on our 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/scout. 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 1.5-hour program is for younger scouts who are less than 52 inches tall. The cost is $30/scout.


For further information about stables and farm programs, contact us at 954.357.8720 or TradewindsEducation@Broward.org.

How do you measure up?
A brief video about how to classify horses, ponies, and miniature horses based on height.