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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 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

The pony ring is CLOSED until further notice.

Educational Farm

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

Summer camps for 2021 have been CANCELED. No decision has been made yet about Winter camps for 2021. Please check back later for further updates.

 

Birthday Party Packages

Birthday party packages are currently UNAVAILABLE.

 

Scout Programs

Modified scout programs are now available. Call 954-357-8720 for further information.

 

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.