Trail Riding and Booking - Helpful Information
What do we need to bring?
Helmets are provided and we use safety stirrups, therefore closed shoes ie trainers, solid sandals are required. Camera/phone for pics, water bottle for the longer rides, and plenty of sunblock! small towel/ swimwear/ snacks for swimming option (summer only), and longer rides. Lunch provided for the full day and 2 day rides.
What time do we need to arrive, and what are the season schedules?
Ride schedule in the summer season is 9.00am & 11am *all subject to availbility
What happens if I am late?
CANCELLATION POLICY/How far out from our booking date can we make changes?
A guide and horse is ready for you and we have turned away other people in your place. We are sure you understand why we adhere to following booking policy:
If one or more people from our group are missing on the day what will happen?
All confirmed bookings are paid in advance through our website, if one or more people are missing they will not recieve refunds & responsibility is taken by the person who made the booking.
What happens if it is raining?
BAD= HEAVY RAIN/over 30 Knots wind we cancel (at our discretion) or reschedule, I will contact you on your EMAIL/PHONE one night prior. All trails go ahead in light showers/rain. We do not go in very bad weather.
Is my credit card charged when I make the booking?
Is there a Weight Limit?
Can I ride on Sandy Bay Beach?
Limited in January or busy summer periods. Winter advanced trail rides go on sandy bay beach. Includes the summer months on the advanced trails. As sandy bay is a very busy surf beach it is not a place for beginner riders and busy for horses in summer months. Top ride trail and 2 day package ride on sandy bay beach.
Can we swim the horses?
Can I double with my child/What is the age limit?
No we do NOT double for H & S reasons. 1 rider per horse.
How big are the groups and can I book as a single?
Can we go fast?
Our horses have to deal with quite steep northland terrain and most of our rides are walking paced with fantastic views. There is options for experienced riders to canter on the beach for the more advnaced trails. (during the middle summer months it is too hot for the horses to go fast paced). Other times of the year we can increase the pace for experienced riders on the advanced trails only. We work with what is fair on the horses welbeing.
What to expect riding in the summer heat?
Due to fairness for the horses in the summer heat we take it easy or cancel/postpone when over 30 degrees celsius.
How much time is needed to pre- book?
48hrs is advised so we can provide a Quality Boutique experince for both you and the horses and offer better availability for you.
Is there Accomodation at Sandy Bay Horses?
We have a farmstay cabin (max 3 pax) available