Public Horseback Riding
Come ride on our 200 acres wooded trails at White Pines Ranch. Conveniently located just 90 miles west of Chicago and only 30 miles south of Rockford! Our bridle trails have rolling hills, creek crossings, lots of beautiful hardwood trees, and wildlife. Deer and other wildlife are often spotted on our trails. Our trails are suitable for beginners but beautiful enough to be interesting for more experienced riders. We don't do any running on our trail rides, we just enjoy nature and being on the back of a horse! We recommend you wear long pants and closed toed shoes. Helmets are required for all riders - helmets are provided.
Please note that you must arrive 45 minutes ahead of your scheduled horseback ride time. We will ask you to complete a Horse Rental Agreement form, collect your payment, give you a brief (20 min.) riding demonstration, help you to mount your horses, adjust your stirrups, and make sure your saddles are tight before the start of each ride. We simply want to make you aware that it takes time for us to get you ready to ride, so you'll be at the ranch a little longer than the 45 minutes that you are scheduled to ride. In any case, your ride doesn't officially begin until everyone is mounted and you and our staff are headed for the trail. If you are under 18 you must have White Pines Ranch's Horse Rental Agreement form initialled and signed by your parents. For the youngin' of yours, we have lead around rides available. Children under the age of 7 can enjoy being led around by one of our friendly staff members. You are more than welcome to walk with, take pictures, and enjoy seeing your child grin from ear to ear! Sorry, children under 7 are not able to go on trail rides and we don't do any double riding.
The cost is $40.00 for a 45 minute trail ride and $20.00 per person for a 15 minute lead around ride. For groups of 10 or more, we also offer a 45 minute grooming or saddling class for a fee of $15.00 per person. Since most riding times are taken up by our in-house guests, riding times for the general public are limited. ALL RIDES ARE BY RESERVATION ONLY - PLEASE CALL US TO SEE WHAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE!