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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 will open for guided trail rides every day of the week except Friday starting Monday, September 21.

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 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 are extremely strict in our weight restrictions. All riders will be weighed upon arrival for their ride with a professional doctor's scale with the weight balance permanently set to 225 pounds. Riders stand on the scale fully clothed, and the 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, long pants, and a mask are required to ride. Shoes like Crocs™ or slip-on clogs are not allowed. Long pants are strongly recommended. Insect repellent and sunscreen are also recommended.

Due to extra precautions related to COVID-19, riders will be temperature-screened upon arrival and asked to apply hand sanitizer (provided by the park) prior to mounting their horse.

 

Weekend Trail Rides

ALL rides, including weekend rides, must be reserved no later than 3 p.m. the day before. You must call 954-357-8720 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule a trail ride. Rides must be paid for at the time of booking. If you reach the stables voicemail, 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.

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

Weekend trail rides are offered Saturdays, Sundays, and designated holidays at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. The cost is $35 plus tax per person, and rides must be paid for at the time of booking.

Call the stables at 954-357-8720 to schedule your trail ride at least 24 hours in advance.

 

Weekday Trail Rides – Public & Private

Weekday rides are available Monday-Thursday. We offer two options for weekday trail rides:

·Public rides are available at 11 a.m. and can include up to eight riders. The cost is $35 per person plus tax for a one-hour ride.

·Private trail rides and riding lessons 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 two people.

Call the stables at 954-357-8720 to schedule your 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 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

PLEASE NOTE: Pony Ring is closed until further notice.

Educational Farm

PLEASE NOTE: Farm Tours are closed until further notice.

For more information about the Educational Farm and the animals at Tradewinds, visit this page.

 

Horse Camp & Junior Farmers' Camp

PLEASE NOTE: Summer camps for 2020 has been canceled. No decision has been made yet about Winter Break camps for 2020. Please check back later for further updates.

 

Birthday Party Packages

PLEASE NOTE: Birthday Party Packages are currently unavailable.

 

Scout Programs

PLEASE NOTE: Scout Programs are unavailable until further notice.

 

For further information about stable and arm 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.