Frequently Asked QuestionsBeth Hartka

Q: Do you offer trail rides?

A: We do not offer horse rentals, guided trail rides, or self-guided trail rides.  Trail rides are available only as part of a lesson for continuing students.  For a list of places that do offer trail rides in Maryland, please see the website for the MD Horse Industry board, and look for a guide called Saddle Up Maryland (you can try this link but as we do not control the MHIB website this link may break).

Q: What is your boarding rate?

A: Full board is $500, Lesson Board (where your horse is used in our lesson program) is $250.  We are currently full and we are maintaining a waiting list.  If you are interested in boarding your horse here, would like more information, or would like to get put on our waiting list, please submit the Boarding Interest Form.

Q: Can I just show up for a lesson?

A: No, our instructors have a very full schedule, and we take every measure to ensure that our horses are not overworked, therefore lessons must be scheduled in advance.  New students are required to take an introductory lesson that covers safety considerations and general horse information.  Even experienced riders are required to take an introductory lesson – though depending on the amount of experience discussed with the instructor, the introduction portion may be shorter.

Q: Do you offer western lessons?

A: Yes!  Please be sure to state that preference in the lesson interest form so that you can be paired with the right instructor.

Q: Do you accept credit cards?

A: Yes, we accept payment with debit/credit cards onsite as well as online for lessons and boarding.  Please be aware that credit/debit card payments incur an additional $5 fee.  We also accept checks and cash.

Q: Do all lessons involve riding?

A: No, we offer horsemanship lessons which start on the ground, becoming comfortable around horses and understanding how to communicate with them and understand them.  We can also accommodate lessons for people who may be nervous around horses or who are simply interested in them without the pressure of being expected to ride.  Just state your needs/expectations in the Lesson Interest form to be paired with the right instructor.

Q: Can I come to the facility just to see the horses?

A: Yes, as we are part of the Gunpowder Falls State Park, the grounds are open to visitors dawn to dusk.  We are happy to show you around the facility and you are welcome to take pictures or pet the horses over the fence.  However for safety reasons please be aware that some of the fences are electrified, and visitors are not allowed to enter the fields/pastures.  Visitors should not enter the barns or outbuildings without being accompanied by a staff member or volunteer.  Do not feed any horses!  We have some horses with different diets or metabolic issues who can’t even have apples or carrots.  Also: they may bite you trying to get more food from you.

Q: Do you do birthday parties and/or pony rides?

A: Yes, special events can be organized through our Program Director, please call 410-663-4445 and press 1, or submit a Lesson Contact form.  We can also accommodate Girl Scout/Boy Scout troops, field trips and other types of outings for organizations.

Q: Do you offer horses for lease?

A: Yes, we do offer lease ride packages on our lesson horses.  Our lease packages required weekly lessons with one of our instructors.  For more information please see our leasing page.