Trail Riding


 

TRAIL RIDING AT BLUE WAVE STABLE 

  • Blue Wave Stable is situated on 120 acres of  beautiful rolling pastures and forest with hand cut trails through out. Trail riding is an awesome way to spend Saturday afternoon enjoying the experience of the great outdoors.  Our trails are 99% hand cut in the woods….the feel of being in the middle of a State Park and yet we are located as close to the Charlotte uptown as any stable in South Charlotte Area.  The property is absolutely wonderful and fortunately close to everything.  We look forward in sharing our piece of nature with you! {{For a google map Click or cut and paste this link:  .https://goo.gl/maps/6AqjdJ9CBN82  }}
  •  Public guided trail rides on the Blue Wave Stable property are offered only on Saturdays.  Trail riding hours are every 90 minutes starting at 11:30 Am, 1pm, 2:30pm and 4pm Saturday Afternoons.  Price Per Rider at BWS is ONLY $30 per rider…tips are appreciated!   {*** All trail rides are by Reservation Only.  At the bottom of the page we have additional information regarding making Reservations for State Park Trailriders.}.
  • To RSVP Send a text to (704-847-3424) include reservation name with all riders approximate height, weight and experience as well as time and Saturday date  you would like to ride.  You also can make reservations on the using the appointment scheduling software on the reservation page.
  • Trail-rides consist of a basic riding instruction, tacking up, getting acquainted with the horse in the arena and then going on a trail-ride. The whole experience can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes.   Part of the riding experience includes pre-trail riding instruction and preparation. That is when the rider and horse get to know each other.
  • If the trail ride is for a party over 6 riders and everyone is inexperienced than I get each person up one at a time.  The first person that mounts is going to ride longer than the last person.  Please plan on 90 minutes or more.  Riding horses takes time and I want to make sure everyone is properly fit in their saddle and educated on how to ride.  It takes a little longer but it make a difference in overall enjoyability and safety. I want visitors to know that the goal is to have them become riders not just passengers.   I want to make sure that I properly set expectations.  I try to do the same length trail ride for everyone.
  • At Blue Wave Stable you are riding on our pets and being pets, they behave like pets.  They are friendly and interested and I really want to keep them that way. I therefore try to make every trail-ride a little different so the horses do not know what to expect and get bored with the whole process.  I encourage my guests to take the time to get to know my wonderful sweet loving horses. Once you ride, you are welcome to stay and visit with the horses if you wish. The horses love affection and absolutely know when they have earned a treat!
  • When making reservations via, email, text or by phone please leave name, number of riders, rider description age, weight, height and skill level,  preferred time and two dates.  We will contact you back with verification of reservation. I will always attempt to get your first date.
  • Please describe riders as such: ie (Male 6’1 180 lbs beginner,\ Female 5’6 135lb experienced rider \Child age 6).   I have horses and saddles to accommodate most heights and weights.
  • I do not have an age limit on riding but rather a rider is determined by ability.  All inexperienced riders will be escorted.  Any person who does not feel comfortable should please tell us.  We can provide escorts so that the uncomfortable rider still has fun too.
  • All riders get their own mount…we do not do Doubles.  It is extremely dangerous for all involved because it is extremely uncomfortable for the horse. ( I would be happy to explain the horse anatomy if you want to understand my concerns. )
  • What to wear?  Long pants, shirt, boots or shoes like sneakers and a helmet. (Sandals or open shoes are not acceptable and dangerous.  If you wear open shoes like sandals  you will not be allowed to ride or be around the horses.   Sandals or open shoes are dangerous to all visitors regardless if they are riding or not.   I have had more people bitten by fire ants than stepped on by horses. Neither situation is pleasant and causes delays as well as pain for those involved.
  • All riders under age 18 will be required to wear a helmet.  I highly recommend a helmet for all ages.
  • All Riders Are Required to Sign a Liability Waiver.  Waivers can be down loaded and are found under contact us tab or you can click on the tab at the end of the paragraph. .  Please be sure to get all paperwork completed before you mount. I appreciate your help in remembering to get this task completed before we start to ride.   Click here for the Liability Paperwork. {{BWS-Equine-Liability-Waiver-and-Release-Form-3_8}}
  • Weather:  Trail rides will be reschedule if it is raining or lightning is present, if the temperature is over 92 degrees or under 35 degrees, high winds with gusts of 20+ Mph or if there is snow on the ground.
  • Price per rider for a guided Trail ride at BWS  is only $30 per rider and of course tips are always appreciated.    We accept Cash, Check and Credit Cards.
  • Trail-riding parties under 6 riders will potentially be combined with additional trail-riding parties or barn members.
  • Trail-rides are customized to accommodate the rider with the least amount of skill.
  • If you have a party of advanced riders, please let me know so that I can combined you with other riders of your skill level.  However, if you want a more advanced ride, then I recommend you make a private reservation.
  • If you want to schedule a special event or birthday party, please text m and I will call back so we can work through the details.
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
  • Parties larger than 8 riders will potentially have to broken into multiple groups.
  • Please be advised that we have security cameras installed throughout the premises.  Please do not go into the tack rooms or feed rooms without being directly asked by the owner or trail-master.
  •  The bathroom is located at the entrance and is the first door to the left.
  • Please do not feed the horses.  Not all of the horses are mine and all the boarders prefer that you do not feed treats.  I only allow treats to be given after the horses work.  I will be happy to give you sweet feed as a treat or you can bring an apple, carrot, sugar cube, peppermints or gingersnaps to give to the horses.    If you give horses treats without a reason than horses will actually start accosting people looking for treats.  Horses absolutely understand when they have earned a reward and very much appreciate it.  I know it is tempting…but please do not feed the horses.  Thank you for helping support us in this matter.
  • Sometimes trail-rides run late.  That typically is due to the fact that unpredictable situations occur that cause delays…I will attempt to let you know when you arrive how far behind we are running.  I apologize in advance for any inconvenience a delay may cause.
  • Please let me know when you arrive if you are under a time constraint.
  • I really want everyone to have a terrific time…including the horses.  Thank you so much for supporting us.  We are a young business so any ideas you have to help make the total experience better are always appreciated.  Also, if you have a special someone you want to surprise let me know we can always put together a special riding event.
  • If you are a very experienced rider and want to go on a more advanced trail-ride please let me know and I will try to group those together.  Please be sure to let me know.
  • Please identify any physical limitations like weak hips, knees and/or ankles that might interfere with mounting and dismounting.  
  • Please text me if you have any questions or you want to schedule a reservation     704-847-3424.
  • Cost is $30 per Rider.  Tips are greatly appreciated!
  • Trail Riding Ticket Package.  A single rider can buy a pack of 4 rides and get the 5th one free.  So for $120 buys 5 trail rides for one person.
  • ***Off Site Trail Rides at  Local State Parks...We load the horses at 9-10am and travel to a local state park.  We unload, groom and tack- up and trail ride for several hours and then un-tack, wash the horses and then reload travel back and unload the horses.  It is an all day affair and riders are expected to fully participate. The Price is $150 per rider.  If a rider is not interested in participating in the care and saddling of the horses and want BWS to handle all those affairs and just want to meet us at the State Park,  then the price is $300 per rider.  Riders must be able to walk, trot a horse and be able to control their horse on their own. Riders who are less experienced need to ride at Blue Wave Stable on Saturdays.  Please text me if you are interested 704-847-3424.  Off Site State Park Trail Rides are by Private Reservation.  I can only take a maximum of 6 riders at a time.  Please text me if this is something you want to do. .

Weight Considerations:

  • The maximum weight limit my horses will be allowed to carry is based on my saddle sizes.   Any person that is considered obese by the the National Institute of Health Weight Chart  for their height will not fit into the saddles we have.  If a person is to big for the saddle it hurts the horses back.  That is how I set my weight limits.  I apologize for any inconvenience that may cause.  I hope everyone understands that I am not trying to discriminate but rather protect my horses backs. *** (Height and Weight Chart Based on the NIH and Rush Medical Center.)
  • ***Health Chart Below is from the Rush University Medical Center based on the NIH.
Height Weight
Healthy  Overweight Obese (BWS Does not have Saddles to fit anyone in the Obese Category )Women/Men
4′ 10″ 91 to 115 lbs. 119 to 138 lbs. 143 to 186 lbs.
4′ 11″ 94 to 119 lbs. 124 to 143 lbs. 148 to 193 lbs.
5′ 97 to 123 lbs. 128 to 148 lbs. 153 to 199 lbs.
5′ 1″ 100 to 127 lbs. 132 to 153 lbs. 158 to 206 lbs.
5′ 2″ 104 to 131 lbs. 136 to 158 lbs. 164 to 213 lbs.
5′ 3″ 107 to 135 lbs. 141 to 163 lbs. 169 to 220 lbs.
5′ 4″ 110 to 140 lbs. 145 to 169 lbs. 174 to 227 lbs.
5′ 5″ 114 to 144 lbs. 150 to 174 lbs. 180 to 234 lbs.
5′ 6″ 118 to 148 lbs. 155 to 179 lbs. 186 to 241 lbs.
5′ 7″ 121 to 153 lbs. 159 to 185 lbs. 191 to 249 lbs.
5′ 8″ 125 to 158 lbs. 164 to 190 lbs. 197 to 256 lbs.
5′ 9″ 128 to 162 lbs. 169 to 196 lbs. 203 to 263 lbs.
5′ 10″ 132 to 167 lbs. 174 to 202 lbs. 209 to 271 lbs.
5′ 11″ 136 to 172 lbs. 179 to 208 lbs. 215 to 279 lbs.
6′ 140 to 177 lbs. 184 to 213 lbs. 221 to 287 lbs.
6′ 1″ 144 to 182 lbs. 189 to 219 lbs. 227 to 295 lbs.
6′ 2″ 148 to 186 lbs. 194 to 225 lbs. 233 to 303 lbs.
6′ 3″ 152 to 192 lbs. 200 to 232 lbs. 240 to 311 lbs.
6′ 4″ 156 to 197 lbs. 205 to 238 lbs. 246 to 320 lbs.