Horseback Riding Year-round
Our horse farm is open year-round including weekends and holidays with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas day. On weekends (Sat & Sun), we offer a morning ride and an afternoon ride to choose from year-round.
No minimum number of riders is required to book a ride at our farm. We will take you even if you are just one individual riding with one of our guides.
Reservations Accepted By Phone Only
Reservations may be made over the phone by calling (919) 596-8975. We will collect the necessary information from you and ask for a $50 deposit. It is uncommon that we are unable to accommodate your request for a given date and time. However, if we are unable to satisfy your request, we will advise you of alternate ride times that are available. Sometimes we are able to add additional ride times in order to accommodate everyone wanting to ride on a given day and to help prevent the rides from getting too large.
How Far In Advance Do I Need To Make A Reservation?
Ideally, you should make your reservation at least a day or two prior to the day you'd like to ride. Advance reservations help to ensure that you are able to ride the day and time you'd prefer. However, you can make same-day reservations provided you give us at least 2 hours' notice to allow us time to get your horses saddled, so they will be ready for you when you get here. We only saddle the horses we need since there's no need to saddle horses that won't be ridden. Also, we need to know the ages and sizes of our riders before you get here so that we can saddle the right horses with appropriately sized saddles.
Reservations are necessary, so you should call (919) 596-8975 to ensure that we have enough horses and adequate staff to take you on your ride. When I'm physically working at the farm, I am busy training and caring for our horses, so I don't have access to my computer while at the farm (see my farm "office" in the photo to the right). Advance reservations prevent you from having to wait while horses are brought up from the pasture, groomed, and tacked, which could take up to an hour. So to avoid having to wait unnecessarily, be sure to call and make a reservation. Even then, it takes us 45 minutes to an hour to get you prepared to ride, because we have to have you sign a Release From Liability form, collect the balance of your payment, get helmets on all the children riding on their own and any adults who wish to wear one, give a brief 10-minute riding demonstration, assign your horses, help you up onto your horses, adjust your stirrups, make sure your saddles are tight, and offer the horses water as they hit the trail head.
The preparation time doesn't detract from your ride time, and we don't ask you to arrive early, but it means that you'll be at the farm almost two hours if you're doing a 1-hour ride. Similarly, you'll be at the farm nearly three hours if you are doing a 2-hour ride. You're welcome to bring a camera or treats such as apples, carrots, or pears to feed the horses while you wait. We have lots of other farm animals such as dogs, cats, chickens, guineas, bunnies, turkeys, ducks, peacocks, pheasants, a Mini, and a mule, so there's a lot to see and enjoy here. You might as well come prepared to make the most of your time at our farm.
$50 Deposit Required For Reservations
In order to hold a reservation, your $50 deposit must be received in advance. Deposits are nonrefundable, so please be certain that you wish you ride when you make a reservation. If you need to reschedule for any reason (weather, illness, or even convenience), we're happy to reschedule your ride for you and apply your deposit to the new reservation provided at least 2 hours' notice is given. If you fail to show up or are more than 30 minutes late for your scheduled ride, you will forfeit your deposit.
We no longer take reservations online because the number of horses varies significantly from week to week due to horse sales and issues that may prevent some of my horses from being ridden temporarily: girth sore, missing shoe, cough/cold, bite on their back where the saddle would sit, lame, and other possible horse maladies.
How Can I Submit My Deposit?
Option 1: Call (919) 596-8975
We can take your credit card information over the phone. We accept Mastercard and Visa by phone for the deposit, and no processing fee will be assessed.
Option 2: Visit Our Farm
You can pay your deposit in cash or with a credit card at our farm.
Dead Broke Farm
6921 Wildlife Trail
Raleigh, NC 27613
Option 3: Mail A Check
You can mail a check to our home office. If you pay your deposit by check, you can assume we received it unless you hear from us otherwise. But to avoid the obvious risks associated with accepting checks, we request that you pay the balnce in cash. If making your deposit by personal or certified check, please make the check payable to Dead Broke Farm and mail it to the address below.
1215 Kintail Drive
Raleigh, NC 27613