Widowmaker Trail Rides
Our Lake Grapevine ride is 2 hours and costs $90 per person.
Frequently Asked Questions
List of Questions. Responses below.
1 How Do I Schedule a ride?
2 Will I need to sign a waiver?
3 Do you offer Gift Certificates?
4 How early should I arrive?
5 What if I am Late?
6 Is there an age limit? Yes age 12 and up
7 Is there a weight limit?
8 What should I wear?
9 What about helmets?
10 Can I bring a drink or camera?
11 Do you offer any lessons?
12 Do you offer any rides less than 2 hours?
13 What if it looks like rain?
14 Are you hiring? Can I be a volunteer?
15 I want to sell you something. Should I call when you are busy working with Horses?
1. How do I schedule a ride? - All rides are by appointment, and can be scheduled any time we are available. The ride includes instruction with the goal to increase your knowledge and skill as a rider. We never ride in large groups. Four to six people max in a group so that your experience with us will be a more enjoyable one! If you are a beginner, you will get our full attention. If your party is larger - we can accommodate up to 10 riders at a time. When making a reservation, we will need some details about your group including the height and weight of each rider. We want to make sure we match you with the right horse, and a saddle that fits you. We also require a visa or mastercard number to hold your reservation. Confirmed rides may not be cancelled except due to weather. Please call us to check availability or ask any questions. When you leave a voicemail, include the date you want to ride and how many people would be in your group. (solo riders are welcome) David Alexander cell 817/ 528 8069. Jeff Cook cell 214/ 478 2448
2. Will I need to sign a waiver? - If you are under 18, you will need a parent or guardian to sign for you. Adults will read and be advised of Chapter 87 of the Civil Practices and Remedies Code of Texas that limits the liability of equine professionals for property damages and damages for personal injury or death if the damage results from the dangers or conditions that are an inherent risk of an equine activity.
3. Do you offer Gift Certificates? - Yes. They can be purchased in person with cash or check, or you can purchase over the phone with visa or mastercard.
4. How early should I arrive? - Please arrive between 15 and 30 minutes prior to your ride. If you are going to be outside that time, please call. PLEASE do not arrive more than 30 minutes early without calling.
5. What if I am Late? - Please call the moment you suspect you may be late. If there are no other customers, we may be able to wait, but your ride will still end on time. If there are other customers who arrived on-time, and we are not able to wait, you will still have to pay the full amount of your ride just as you would at the airport.
6. Is there an age limit? - YES. All riders must be age 12, or older. Only 1 person per horse. We do not offer double rides for anyone.
7. Is there a weight limit? - YES! Please read. A horse can carry 25% of his body weight under normal conditions for normal riding. (The US Calvary says 20% for what they do, but we won't be chasing any banditos) If it is hot, or wet, or the horses have been working hard, the conditions are not ideal. We have a couple horses that can carry 250#, but they are not always available. We also have some horses that max out at 200#, so please be patient and honest when we ask how much you weigh and how tall you are. If you are over 200# we will ask you to step on the scale. It is VERY unsafe to overload a horse. Also, if you are very short and very heavy, we may not have a saddle that safely fits you.
8. What should I wear? - Tennis shoes and jeans are perfect. Avoid large hiking boots as they are hard to fit in the stirrup. Wear long pants to protect your ankles from any branches the horse may brush up against. If you have ever wondered why a Cowboy's pants look 3 sizes too long, you will understand when you are in a saddle riding thru some bushes. Other clothing options are up to you. You will be using your hands, so if it is cold, bring gloves. If it is hot, bring water.
9. What about helmets? - If you want a helmet, we will provide it. Adults are not required to wear them, but children 10 and under are required to wear helmets at all times.
10. Can I bring a drink or camera? - Yes, drinks must be in a plastic bottle no larger than 16oz or it won't fit in our holder. Cameras need to be small so you can operate with one hand.
11. Do you offer any lessons? - No, but every trail ride is like a lesson. If you want to talk about riding horses, we will talk your ears off for 2 hours.
12. Do you offer any rides less than 2 hours? - We have no pricing for shorter rides, but call if you have a special situation.
13. What if it looks like rain? - If it has rained and is too muddy, or if it is raining, we will contact you to cancel the ride. We will bring rain slickers if there is a chance of rain but we will not cancel. If you have spent any time in Texas, you know the weather changes and forecasted rain can become a sunny day in a few hours.
14. Are you Hiring? Can I be a volunteer? - No. Sorry, but we have no employees and do not take volunteers. We will NEVER take chances with the safety of our customers, or the training of our horses.
15. I want to sell you something. Should I call when you are busy working with horses? - Please don't. Please send an email, or letter. We will NOT consider any offers via phone regardless of how good it is.