|Explanation of Riding Levels
What sets your services apart?
As family owner/operators, and residents at this farm, we have a direct stake in ensuring that your experience here be the safest and most enjoyable possible. It’s a lifestyle choice! The beautiful setting and trails here speak for themselves. We work hard to keep the horseback rides small sending your reservation out with your own private guide. We only use strong, sound horses, and hear many favorable comments about their excellent condition. The skilled guides who work here know how to set horses and people at ease, and are trained to prioritize safety. Their services are a central asset, of course we think they’re the best guides around!
Are gratuities appropriate?
Your guides always appreciate a tip in recognition of skilled, attentive private service. Most of our guides work off of tips. We suggest 15-20%
Do you have gift certificates available?
Yes, we offer gift certificates in any amount, which you are welcome to pick up here, or simply send a check with a self-addressed envelope and we can mail one anywhere.
Do you have a weight limit?
Yes we do, however we do not like to post it because it changes based on what horses are available at that time. We must have the truthful weight of each rider who is above average; if you are in doubt, please err on the side of overestimation. If upon arrival the riders are of questionable weight, we have a scale on-site. If a rider is too large for the horse reserved, they may not be able to ride since there may be no larger substitutes available. To avoid possible embarrassment, delay or reducing the length of your ride please be honest! Larger riders must ride the larger and taller horses. Our horses do not carry more than 20% of their body weight and that includes their tack. We require honest and accurate weights to properly pick your mount. If you provide inaccurate weights, we may not have a substitute horse available, in which case you are still financially responsible whether you ride or not.
Do you get a refund if you back out when you arrive for a ride?
We don't want you to ride if you are frightened. Horseback riding should be fun and enjoyable. However, we have reserved your horse for you, turned away other riders, tacked up your horse specifically for you. Therefore, we ask that you pay for your ride if you back out or only take part of the ride.
What about bad weather, do you ride?
We ride rain or shine and are open all year round. If you decide not to ride please call to cancel at least 3 hours in advance. Please respect our horses and staff and provide them with enough time for cancellations, don't wait until the last minute and please don't be so ignorant as to not show without canceling.
Will I get my full ride if I arrive late?
Chances are no! If you arrive late and we allow you to take the full length ride we will run late for the next party. It is also not fair for our staff to work after hours because of your late arrival. This is why we ask that you arrive 20 minutes early to allow us enough time to do our part and get you on your horses and out for your scheduled ride. Yes, there are emergencies sometimes and we understand that and can work with you if we get a phone call no later than 1 hour prior to your scheduled ride. Again if we receive a phone call in advance of the time you are due to be here we will do our best to accommodate your full ride.
Must read information:
- A liability release must be read and signed by all riders or their legal guardians before the ride. Arrive 15-20 minutes early to read and sign releases and for minors to be fitted with a helmet.
- All riders are recommended to wear long pants and sneakers. No sandals, open toed shoes, open backed shoes, high heels, hiking or construction boots. Hiking and construction boots will get caught in the stirrups therefore are not safe to ride in. Cowboy boots should only be worn if they are not smooth on the bottom. The stirrup is to be placed on the ball of the foot not the arch/heel of the foot.
- All riders must follow the guides' instructions throughout the ride. Failure to follow instructions can result in immediate termination of your ride without a refund. These instructions are for your safety and enjoyment of riding our beloved horses.
- We will travel at the pace of the least experienced rider in your reservation. Do not ask if we can “Run” the horses. This will be an automatic giveaway that you are not a horse person. Safety comes first so we will work with your riders but will only travel at the pace that is safe for everyone. We want everyone to be comfortable and enjoy their ride.
- We will trot if all riders are balanced in the saddle. All riders must be able to do a posting trot.
- We will only canter in small groups that are intermediate plus levels. All riders must be in full control and balance at all times.
- Larger/heavier riders will stick to a walking pace. The trail we use for larger riders is geared for the horses comfort and safety, it may not be the usual trail ride. Horses that are used for the larger riders are not built for fast riding. If we do not offer to trot or canter than Please respect our horses comfort and safety.
- People who are very nervous about riding should not ride until they are comfortable around the horse. We recommend a visit with the horses, followed by a ride in the ring (which is a flat, closed-in arena), then a 1/2 hr. trail ride.
- Parties with young children should consider a riding lesson in the ring prior to riding on the trails. This will give us the chance to work with them on proper riding technique. The lesson and trail ride can be done back-to-back when pre-arranged.
Once riding levels are assessed, horses
are chosen to suit riding abilities. Please
do not request horses for your friends or horses that
you have not ridden, let us do our job. Too
often when someone is not knowledgeable about their
experience level and requests a horse that is unsuitable
for themselves, they are over mounted. This can be very
dangerous and a very unwise decision on ones' behalf. If
this happens we will have to take time out of your
riding time to switch you to a more suitable
horse. Accuracy and total honesty about each
persons riding level is essential.
A timely arrival
is necessary. Late arrivals will be subjected to
penalized riding time. Please
arrive 15-20 minutes early, especially:
if your reservation includes more than 6
riders, special horses are reserved, particular
guides have been requested, it's your groups first time
or you are bringing your own tack.
We are able to accommodate most sizes of
riders and riders with special needs but we Must be notified of this when you make your
reservation. If you fail to inform us of a special
need and we are required to bring in a more appropriate
horse, the time taken to bring in, groom, and saddle the
horse will be deducted from your riding time. The standard by which we
determine the maximum weight our horses can carry is by taking 15% to a max of
20% of their body weight, the saddle they carry is
factored in as well. We
will also take trails and go at a pace that is suitable
for the horse with larger riders. Please be honest with
weights and heights.
Riders without reservations are charged
an extra $8 per person.
Venmo can be
a form of payment: @sheedermillfarm
|Children riding in front of parent or
guide are charged: Suitable
for average age of 4 and under! (The saddles are only so big, older
children will not fit on the same saddle.)
30 minutes: $35 45 minutes: $40 1 hour: $45
Group(6 or more
1/2 hour $55 $50/person N/A
45 min: $65 $55/person $55/person
1 Hour: $75 $65/person $65/person
|Group: (consists of 2 or more riders, you make the group) There are no age requirements for lessons. Our lessons are geared at teaching detailed control and proper equitation for the beginner, timid, rusty rider, child, or adult. Our lessons are suitable for families as well as individuals. Lessons are a good way to gain experience and confidence for horseback riding vacations, dude ranch excursions, hunting trips, or for anyone who wants to improve their riding skills. You can split your lesson time between the ring and the trail. This is a nice way to break up your riding and put your skills to use on the trail. Let us know where (ring or trail or a combination) you would like to lesson at the time you schedule your ride.
| The total time
the horse is away from the farm is considered your total
We have built a picnic table in the woods along our property for your use. The picnic table is situated just a few feet from the creekside, nestled under the tree canopy. At the end of your trail ride, you will be dropped off by horse at the picnic site. (for groups of more than 4 riders you will walk down to the picnic site after your ride and walk back to the barn when done) There you are welcome to stay as long as you like, until the next picnic ride arrives or dark, whichever comes first. The setting is very private, peaceful, and just plain relaxing. Bring a blanket if you like. When you are done with your picnic you will walk back to the farm along a foot path. The walk is 1/4 mile along the creek. Wear old shoes. Please remember to take all trash back to the barn.
Depending on the time of year, we can have a campfire set up & started when you arrive at your picnic site. Let us know this in advance. Bring your wine, cheese, crackers or whatever you like. It is a great way for larger groups to catch up and enjoy some nice fresh country air! The picnic site books up quickly on the weekends in the fall so book in advance for this.
hour: $65 per rider
1 ˝ hour:
$105 per rider
2 hour: $125
Group rides are required to pay 50% deposit 14
days prior to your scheduled ride, the balance is paid
in cash. Deposits are
non-refundable, however in case of inclement weather
deposits can be credited to another date or ride
selection, if you call to inform us of the change!
The best thing to do is call with your group’s
#, height, weight, ages of children, and specific needs.
Depending on some group sizes and ages of children,
there is a need for us to split the groups into smaller
sizes. Children should
plan on bringing properly fitting bike helmets or they can use
our helmets. You must plan on arriving at
least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled ride for
groups of more than 10 riders. Late
arrivals will be subject to penalized riding time!
print names, full signatures and follow all
directions on filling out: Group
can be faxed to 610-469-0823 or mailed to: 12
Sheeder Mill Rd Spring City Pa. 19475 along with the
made out to Dori Wade
On our home page we do have several B&Bs
French Creek State Park is not too far from the farm
One Day Travel Ride:
These rides are for our regular customers and or our boarders, preferably at the intermediate to advanced level .
(Click here for lease page)
$695.00 for 4 weeks
Leasing allows you to try
different horses with unlimited weekday use.
Weekends and holidays are limited to 2 hours per day. This is also a good way to try horses
you may be interested in purchasing. There are additional
The horse does not leave the farm during the lease.
Boarding at Sheeder Mill Farm is offered to horses who were purchased from us.
--$500.00 for 4 weeks .
-- $525.00 for a month.
Our horse training program is geared
towards starting and finishing horses for trail riding. More
involved training such as preliminary show training can be
performed, if interested please inquire about separate pricing.
We use natural horsemanship techniques including a round pen and
various skills adapted from clinicians such as: Clinton
Anderson, Chris Cox, and several others in addition to skills that we have learned on our
own over the years. In
advance of your horse's arrival we ask that you tell us in
writing what specific things you want done with your horse. We
will teach those skills to the horse first and then we will work
with you to make sure that you know how to correctly ask the
horse what he/she has been taught. For
go to Training
page & Training Contract for a more
detailed overview of our training, prices, and training
contract. We use the same methods
to train your horse as we do ours.
Most of our horses for sale are listed on our website
with prices, disciplines, photos, and descriptions. Running a
farm is time consuming. We are not available to show horses
without an appointment.
Prior to making an appointment please:
Sheeder Mill Farm