ACTUAL DEPARTURE TIMES MAY VARY
We do our best to stick to the schedule but sometimes getting people ready for their ride takes a little longer. Not to worry, you will still get approximately a one hour ride. Please take note that a one hour ride takes approximately 1.5 hours. Signing in, customers changing their minds. nervous customers, and mounting can take up to 40 minutes. Not typical, but it can. Also, there is always those running in late at the last minute. Please plan accordingly.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We recommend wearing close-toed shoes such as boots or tennis shoes and jeans. We also recommend bringing a very warm coat, or a couple lite weight coverings. While it is not as cold in town and at the stables, the temperature "Typically" drops 10-15 degrees (wind chill) when we hit the beach.
DO I HAVE TO WEAR A HELMET?
We recommend for anyone riding to wear a helmet. 17 and under are required to wear a helmet. 18 years and older do have the option to to fill out the back of our liability form, indicating that you have been fully warned and advised of safety cautions, as well as, to indemnify and hold harmless Bandon Stables and insurance company from any and all claims.
"In general," our weight limit is 240-300lbs. It is always dependent upon height, leg length, agility/balance, experience level and comfort. While we have a variety of horses and saddles, sometimes the gear and tack does not work for certain people. Equally, saddles are not nailed on. They do move from side to side while riding. The heavier the person, the higher probability of yanking the saddle under the horse. We recommend giving us a call if you are over 240lbs, before making a reservation.
Safety of our customers and of our horses is our number one priority. Due to the nature of this business, we reserve our rights to refuse service to anyone.
Please give us a call 24 hours before your scheduled ride time. Please make sure all logistics are organized with riders before submitting a payment.
Private rides are $120 an hour per horse and are scheduled on a case by case basis. Private rides, running, trotting, cantering, galloping, riding in the water are not guaranteed. We schedule private rides sparingly and require a minimum of 2 riders. Must give us a call to inquire about private rides.
During the summer, tides typically do not affect operations. If booking a ride in the winter we recommend taking a look at the tide tables for Bandon/Coquille river, Oregon. While it is typically better to ride during low tide, customers enjoy their experience at any time. It is not easy to plan for the tides. They are ongoing and changing every day and at times, high tide falls right in the middle of our beach rides. It's best to pick a time as far away from high tide as possible, especially in the winter. Sometimes we do cancel the ride, or cut our ride short, as the water cuts of off from proceeding down the beach.
We ride rain or shine. We occasionally cancel if there is moderate/severe wind and rain combined. Also if there is thunder/lighting. Being born in the saddle means we do get wet, especially on the Oregon Coast. If we cancel, we will issue a refund.
RIDING DOUBLE OR TANDUM?
We used to allow double riding years ago, but insurance standards do not allow it any longer. While we have never had issues with double riders, insurance companies have deemed it not safe. They have access to risk management data and have determined it is not worth the risk. We believe this is partly due to certain operations making poor decisions. We want to continue to operate and follow the rules. We do not question insurance standards.
Can purchase egift cards by clicking link on our home page. There are some preset amounts, but best to purchase by the cost of each horse. For example if you want a 1 hour ride for 2 people, you would purchase a $130 egift card. Once your purchase is complete you will be provided a confirmation number via email. When you call to schedule, we will ask for that number, so make sure you have it handy. As of right now, this is our only option for gift cards. Keep in mind that they do expire after one year.
DO I NEED A RESERVATION?
During busy parts of the year, we accept walk-ins. We accept walk-ins when we are there and/or operating. If we have reservations we are there to ride. Sometimes we close down early, due to lack of business. Sometimes the weather closes us. We do ride rain or shine, but there are times its not safe to ride, depending on tide, wind and rain. The Oregon coastal weather along with reservations alter operations September to May. During June, July, and August, we there almost every day, as there is not much rain and the tides are mild. During spring break and holiday weekends, to include mothers/fathers day, we are typically there, especially if it is fair weather. It is always best to make a reservation, as this guarantees your spot and that we will be there to ride. During the winter, we typically do not saddle the horses unless we know we have a reservation. It is best to give us at least a day notice, but not uncommon for us to accommodate even with a couple hours notice. There are times we have zero horses at the stables and have to haul them in. Our website has open spots for every ride, everyday. While we have not had any issues, if you booked 2 hours before your time, you might want to give us call to confirm.