How far is the ranch from the town of Parrsboro?
The ranch is only 3 kilometres from Parrsboro, just outside town limits. We are approximately 2 hours from Halifax NS and an hour and a half from Moncton NB.
Do you have boarding facilities for privately owned horses?
We offer box and straight stalls for board and daily rental. We have well maintained pastures with shelters for turnout and fresh water at all times.
How many people can go on a trail ride?
We can accommodate up to 4 people in a group. The number of guests always depends on the riding abilities of the person. More experienced riders can go in larger groups, whereas inexperienced and beginner riders will benefit from a more private riding experience.
Do you offer English or Western style riding?
You can ride English or Western on trail rides, it is up to the preference of the visitor. For riding lessons guests can take beginner English lessons, and beginner to advanced Western lessons. The instructor is certified Western Rider 4 under Equine Canada.
What if I have no experience riding horses?
We have well trained quiet horses, and the instructor/owner is very experienced in ground work, coaching and trail riding instructions. We have horses that can be ridden by young children or people whom have never ridden before! Your lesson will include basic knowledge of grooming, safe handling and riding. We also have horses for those who have competed and are advanced riders.
What kind of safety precautions are taken to ensure I do not get hurt?
We adhere to the policies and practices of Equine Canada, which means helmets, proper foot wear and clothing are required for all riders. *(If you are over 18 and choose to not wear a helmet you must sign a liability waiver). All riders are given a tutorial on how to safely handle a horse in an emergency before mounting your horse. The instructor has her emergency first aid course.
What are your hours of operation?
For trail rides please call and book in advance. 1-902-254-3138 or 1-902-254-4262. Trail rides operate seasonally from spring until late fall. For the lesson program hours are Monday to Saturday usually between 10 AM and 6 PM. People boarding or leasing a horse may use our facilities at their own schedule as agreed upon between the owner and guest.
Do we still ride if the weather is unfit?
We do not usually cancel lessons due to inclement weather, as ground work and other instruction can take place indoors. Trail rides will be cancelled if weather is too extreme, making riding unsafe or uncomfortable for guests and horses. Guests will be given notice if Spirit Reins Ranch must cancel their trail ride or lesson, and another will be scheduled at the next earliest convenience.
Is there certain clothing required for riding lessons or trail rides?
All riders under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet. Please dress appropriately for the climate. Proper riding attire includes: a proper fitting helmet, riding helmets are available at our barn. Boots, riding boots, hiking boots or rubber boots are all acceptable, something with a heel and non slip is best. Long pants, preferably jeans or non slip material. Improper riding attire: sandals, flip flops, bathing suits, bare feet, shorts and nylon pants etc.
Is there an age limit for trail rides and lessons?
Children must be at least 10 years of age to ride on trails. Children as young as 6 years may take lessons. There is no upper age limit for lessons or trail rides! This may vary on an individual basis please discuss with the instructor as each person has different abilities.
Are riders allowed to ride alone unaccompanied?
Students or trail riders may not ride unaccompanied as per our insurance and safety regulations. Boarders at the Ranch aged 12 and up may ride unaccompanied.
Why do people ride horses?
Riding is a great physical activity and can be challenging for both horse and rider. Riding and being around horses is great for building confidence and trust for both rider and horse. Many people who want to get into riding are choosing trail riding for a fun recreational activity. Riding horses is enjoyable when done safely and with proper instruction. Riding teaches technical skills, confidence and team work, while learning how to develop a working partnership with horses. Riding horses can be a very satisfying experience when approached with respect for the animal as well as for the learning process.