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Do you have age requirements?

Pine River Stables allows children 8 years old or older to ride a horse. A child must be able to understand and quickly respond to directional cues to be kept safe on the trail.  There is no riding double with your child and there are no exceptions to the minimum age requirement. For children 8 yrs and younger, we do offer hand lead pony rides.

Do you require helmets?

Yes, our insurance requires all riders to wear a helmet. We recommend that everyone bring a Certified by SEI to ASTM helmet with them for their horseback riding experience. There are a limited selection available to rent. We understand individuals may have personal, religious or medical reasons & may wish to decline a helmet against our recommendation. For those individuals an additional release is required.

Do you provide helmets?

We do have a limited number of helmets available for rent. We recommend providing your own riding helmets due to the fact each helmet must be custom fitted to a rider. It is also very hard to keep helmets properly sanitized between riders. We highly recommend that everyone bring a Certified by SEI to ASTM helmet with them for their horseback riding experience.

Do you have weight restrictions?

No. We have horses that can handle up to 300 lbs, but a rider must be able to mount and dismount without assistance from the ground. We do not provide any steps or mounting blocks.

Can I pick my own horse?

No, a Pine River employee will choose your mount for you. Each horse rider combination is selected based on your proceived riding experience and/or ability.

Can we go fast?

All of our rides are geared towards a quite stroll through the woods to enjoy nature. Most rides are walk only. If the outrider deems the whole group demonstrates the required skill set, they have the option to increase the pace. If you are looking to just come and run/go fast, please visit another stable.

Does someone go with us?

Yes, All rides are guided by a Pine River Stables staff member regardless of riding experience. This is required by insurance and allows us to be sure the ride is safe and enjoyable for everyone.

What to bring?

As horseback riding in Michigan can always be interesting. We recommend riders wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Tennis shoes are the minimum. NO SANDALS OR FLIP FLOPS! Also, feel free to bring some bug spray and long sleeved shirts as mesquites are part of the great outdoor experience. Epi pens are encouraged for anyone with bee allergies too.

What not to bring?

You are only out for an hour. No water bottles, purses/backpacks, go-pros/video cameras, selfie sticks or shirts tied around your waist will be allowed on the trail.

Phones, camera, wallet & keys in pockets….

We encourage you to take pictures on the trail. Please feel free to bring a camera, but do not plan on storing it in your back pockets. Things in back pockets get lost. Leave your wallet & purse in the car, your car keys at the stable office and secure your phone with an armband or in a shirt/cargo pocket. Pine River Stables is not responsible for any items lost on the trail. (Please turn your phone to silent! The world will not end because you missed a call or text. You need to be able to concentrate on controlling your horse and be considerate to other riders.)

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, Visa, Master Card, Amer Ex, & Discover.

Where to find out about weather closings?

If the weather looks iffy, please call us at 810-329-2968 for up to the minute weather closing. We also post to facebook all closing for inclement weather.

Where are you located?

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Do you require reservations?

Pine River Stables doe not require reservations. However we are offering a reserved ride and private rides. Click here for details on reservations and see below for details on private rides.

Groupon riders/Preseason sales must make a reservation 48 hrs in advance and will not be accepted as walk ups. Your reservation is a tentative departure time as we are still 1st come 1st serve facility. 

Can I do a private ride?

Pine River Stables now offering private rides. Click here for details.

How often do rides go out?

We do not have a set times for rides to depart. Rides are sent out as riders arrive and wranglers/horses are available. You will often go out as a large group of small parties. Please note, all rides are 1st come 1st serve. Just because you don’t see a line, does not mean that there are not riders ahead of you.

Do you do private parties?

Pine River Stables does do private parties for large groups. Please contact us directly so that we can create an individual event for your needs.

Are you open year around? Do you have winter rides?

No, we are seasonal. We ride from when the trails dry in the Spring till the snow flies in the fall.

Do we need to tip our wrangler?

Tipping isn’t required. Tips are something that you feel the wrangler deserves. Please remember it isn’t easy keeping you and your loved ones safe on horseback and our wranglers work hard to make sure you have an enjoyable time.

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