Cathy's Corral Horseback Riding Services

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Frequently asked questions:

Q: What must be done before the ride?

A: A release of liability MUST be signed by the parents or legal guardians of

anyone 18 yr of age and younger.

 

Q: How do I pay?

 A: We accept cash, paypal, money orders, or credit cards. 574-520-2098 is

password protected, secure phone so, you may either text it, call us or pay by

paypal. If you prefer to bring out cash, you will need to arrange this with us. You

may pay for the entire ride in advance or just the deposit. You must have an

appointment and a deposit is required prior to your ride. 

 

Q: How do I schedule? 

A: Call or text us at 574-520-2098 (TEXT IS PREFERRED). Please know the date and

time you want to schedule your ride (It is a good idea to check the weather for

46544). Please obtain all the riders approximate heights & weights in advance.  

 

Q: How many people may go on a trail ride together at one time? 

A: We are able to take anywhere from 1 to 6 riders at a time, unless some want to

ride double but, the price remains the same for all riders.

 

Q: May we gallop or canter the horses?

A: Not on a trail ride with others who are not experienced. Only those that have

had 5 lessons here and know their horse may gallop or canter our horses (boots

required to gallop or canter)

 

Q: What if it rains?

A: The ride will need to be rescheduled or your deposit is refunded, if you do not

wish to reschedule.

 

Q: How long is the trail ride?

A: We offer a 45, 60, 75 and, 90 minute trail ride.

 

Q: Are we allowed to take the horses out by ourselves?

A: No, a trail guide will accompany your group for safety.

 

Q: Do you have an indoor arena?

A: We currently only have a large sand filled round pen and beautiful groomed

trails but, will be putting up an indoor arena in the not too distant future.

 

Q: What do I wear?

A: Blue jeans and a closed toe shoe, such as a tennis shoe, is

recommended. Boots with a small heel are ideal but, not required for a trail ride.

 

Q: What are your hours of operation?

A: 7 days a week. However, we prefer to avoid the heat of the day during the

summertime. We are open as long as it is not raining and at least 35 degrees or

above. Trail conditions must not be too slippery.

 

Q: Is there a weight limit for riders?

A: Yes, 295lbs.

 

Q: Is there an age limit?

A: Ages 2  to 102 are welcome. 

 

Q: If I've never rode before, am I able to go on a trail ride?

A: We will give you a 5 minute mini lesson before the trail ride to ensure you

know how to stop, turn, and balance yourself in the saddle. If you feel comfortable,

we will take you on the trails. If you do not feel comfortable, we will stay close to the barns.

 

Q: Do you allow children that have never rode before

A: Yes, you have some options. The trail guide has a buddy seat for the child if

they are under 70 lbs OR they can be ponied by the trail guide while on their own

horse but, the price is still the same. It doesn't cost more and there is no discount

for these options. IF a walker is required (generally children under 10 that have

never rode require a walker), we MUST know this in advance to have the extra

staff available and it will cost an additional $10. The trail guide is able to pony ONE

child but, if there are more than one under 10 that do not know how to ride, we

MUST know to have staff available. Thanks for your understanding.

 

 Q: Do you have gift certificates available? 

 A: Yes, are able to mail gift certificates made out to whomever you wish. 

 

Q: Where are you located

A: 14416 E. Ireland Rd. We are on the SE side of Mishawaka. Ireland Rd is

between Elm Rd and Clover Rd, off the US 20 bypass.  Google maps or GPS will get you

here.  If you get lost, please call.

 

Q: Do you require helmets?

 A: They are optional but, available.  We do have Martha Josey sure grip seats that help

 keep riders in their saddles with velcro.

 

Q: How much notice do you need for scheduling? 

A: Sometimes we have availability that same day and sometimes we are booked

solid so, text or call to check our availability. It is always better to schedule in

advance. We do need at least one hour notice to prepare the horse(s) and the deposit

is required at least an hour prior to the scheduled ride.

 

Q: Why do you ask our heights & weights? 

A: This helps us select the best horse and saddle for your ride. Please note,

we have a 295 lb weight limit for our horses.  

 

Q: Can someone with physical disabilities ride? 

A: Yes. However we need to know this when scheduling to ensure we have the

extra staff available. The cost is higher due to the extra staff required. We charge $10 extra

for the walker.

A little bit about us:

We here at Cathy's Corral believe the use of helmets should be left up to each individual. We have many different size helmets on hand and provide them upon request however, we do not make them mandatory. We believe in teaching riders to hold on! We also teach our students how to control a horse in many different situations. If a horse was to spook, bolt, buck or rear, we feel a rider is more successful when they know techniques to properly handle the horse and how best to remain seated in the saddle. As with anything controversial, there are people for and against the use of helmets. We respect different opinions on this issue but, stand firmly by our safety practices and beliefs. We do have the the "Martha Josey Sure Grip" seats available in all sizes. The Sure Grips are available upon request. Thank you for visiting our site. If you have any questions or want to schedule, please text or call us at 574-520-2098.

 

We practice under the Equine Law and ALL riders ride at their own risk. Thank you for your understanding on this issue and happy trails!

About us:

Owned by Michael & Cathy Minix.

Owners have been together since 1992, married in 1994 and are both from the Michiana area. This is a small, family owned and operated business. Cathy has had horses her entire life and her father was a harness racer. Cathy is a registered nurse and Michael is in construction and holds a CDL license. Their Son, Steve, often helps on the farm.

They have many quiet country roads, scenic trails and numerous places to ride near their farm. They also will take groups to Potato Creek. Please call/text for Potato Creek pricing.