Weight Restrictions

Rider weight policies – there is no weight limit.

The Ponderosa location has no defined exact weight limit. There is such a difference between a 300 lb person that is 5 foot 2 and one that is 6 foot 5. Some folks are strong enough to handle their own weight while others struggle too much. It is very uncommon that we can’t accommodate someone.

We have added bigger stronger horses, larger saddles and loading and unloading equipment to accommodate you. Since there is the added cost of this service at some point we will add a surcharge for needing a draft horse but as of now we have no such extra charge.

Ponderosa location:

  • “Can I go?”
    If you are under 300 lbs we can take you on any of our rides if:

    • You are able to lift your foot up 20 inches and pull your weight up to that foot. Also step down that amount and hold your weight.
    • You are able to maintain your balance on top of a horse
    • If you fit between the horn and the cantle of a 20 inch saddle. That is 20 inches from the “front” of you to the back of you.
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  • How am I going to get on that thing?
    • We have mounting blocks available that will get you within 20 inches of the stirrup. From there you have to pick up your left foot, put it in the stirrup and pull your right leg over the back of the saddle. We can give you a little push but you will have to perform most of this on your own.
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  • “How am I going to get off that thing?”
    • We have an unloading ramp that will get you within 20 inches of the bottom of the stirrup on your left leg. You will leave your left foot in that stirrup and swing your right leg over the back of the saddle and step onto the unloading dock.
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  • “What if I am over 300 lbs?”
    You can go on the rides but we may have to limit you to rides less than 3 hours. Many of our guests are over 300 lbs and enjoy our rides of less the 3 hours.