Get taken for a ride... at Dead Broke Farm

6921 Wildlife Trl, Raleigh, NC 27613

(919) 596-8975

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Pony Rides For Young Children

Your children are hand-led on a mini trail ride through the woods, so they have a real riding experience. They're not just led around in a circle inside a riding ring or around the barn. Parents can choose to walk along with their child on the trail, or you can rent a horse of your own to ride. The cost is the same for children and adults, and parents will ride on their on without the assistance of a walker.

Jack on a Pony RideGenerally, we use horses rather than ponies for our "pony rides" as our experience is that horses have better dispositions than ponies and are generally safer to ride. Ponies are much more likely to buck, bite, and have tougher mouths than horses, which makes them more difficult to control. Horses can also accommodate bigger kids without their weight or height being an issue, and taller children are less likely to feel top-heavy or unbalanced on a horse. But... we also have minature horses (minis) for toddlers ages 3 and 4 or even 5-year olds who may be afraid to ride a horse due to it's size. If you feel your child would prefer to ride a very small horse (a mini), be sure to request one when you make your reservation.

We make one staff members available for hand-led rides each hour, so if you bring more than one child, you'll be asked to lead one of the horses. Our horses are very well mannered and easy to lead, so no prior horse experience is required to lead them.

How Old Do Children Need To Be?

Deedee Getting Her Nails DoneChildren may participate in hand-led rides when they are 3 years old and up. However, their balance isn't usually reliable enough until they are four to ensure that they won't topple off the horse, so we ask that parents of 3 year-olds walk alongside their child while being hand-led by one of our staff. 

Cost Of Hand-led Rides

30-Minute Rides = $40/child

Our guides and volunteers work hard to ensure that your child has a safe and enjoyable ride. If your child enjoys their ride, tip your guide!

Note: We only accept cash payments, i.e. no checks or credit cards.

Ride Schedule

Hand-led rides are offered 7 days a week, year-round at the following times:

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10:30am
11:30am
12:30pm
1:30pm
2:30pm
3:30pm

Other Farm Animals To See And Enjoy

You can bring a camera if you'd like to take pictures of your child enjoying the many farm animals at Dead Broke Farm. You'll see dogs, cats, guineas, miniature horses, ponies, and donkeys. Many of our animals are free range, so they are easily accessible.

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If you have questions about any of DBF's services, please email us.

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