Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of the most common questions people ask us.
- When shall we arrive at your place?
- How much time do we need to plan in from start to finish?
- What happens when the weather is bad?
- What shall we wear?
- Do you take beginners?
- Can children come on your treks?
- Am I too heavy or too tall for your horses?
- What payment options do you have?
- Are you open all year round?
- Do you sell vouchers?
When shall we arrive at your place?
It is sufficient when you are ready to start at the time I gave you. We will then fetch, groom and saddle the horses together. The riding time starts when we mount the horses.
How much time do we need to plan in from start to finish?
You need to allow an extra hour on top of the time for the ride. Please arrive at the time I have given you. We will fetch, groom and saddle the horses together, then go for our ride. Afterwards you will help to take the gear off and take the horses back to their paddock.
What happens when the weather is bad?
It is up to you if you want to go out when it is raining. In substantial rain the ride can be cancelled free of charge. I do however have a rain jacket and pants for you to wear in case of light rain. Please note that the weather is very changeable around here. The forecast can not always be trusted and it can happen that it rains in other parts of Christchurch but not here. If you are unsure, please give me a text or call on my mobile 027 5050542 to discuss.
What shall we wear?
Please wear long comfortable pants and closed in shoes. There can be a cold wind at the beach, so you might need a light jacket even on warm days. Ladies are advised to wear a sports bra so they can truly enjoy the tölt.
Do you take beginners?
One beginner per ride can come on the Lagoon Trek only. We can not cater for several beginners on the same trek. Beginner children have to be accompanied by an experienced adult rider. We do not take beginners to the beach.
Can children come on your treks?
Children have to be at least 10 years old to come for a ride. Up to the age of 12 they can only do the lagoon trek. If they are a beginner they have to be on a lead rope and have to be accompanied by an experienced adult rider. I can only take one child per ride on a lead rope.
Children from 12 years of age can come on the beach rides if they have enough riding experience to confidently direct and stop their horse and to trot for longer periods of time.
Am I too heavy or too tall for your horses?
Icelandic Horses are small but very strong. They can carry adults up to 100 kg. Even if you are tall you can ride an Icelandic Horse- it might look unusual, but your feet will not touch the ground!
What payment options do you have?
You can pay either cash or with Eftpos or Credit Card on the day of your ride.
Are you open all year round?
Yes, we are generally open all year round but are closed on Mondays. You do need to make a booking before you come out for a ride.
Do you sell vouchers?
We can email you a voucher to print out after you have deposited the money into our account. Vouchers will only be given for riders who fulfill the usual criteria for our rides, please see the above FAQ's regarding children and beginners. Please get in touch to discuss voucher options.