Would you pay a fee to trail ride on private property?

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    04-13-2012, 09:39 PM
Would you pay a fee to trail ride on private property?

Hello Everyone! My husband owns approx 300 acres with a small house on the front 5 acres.(this is secondary property where him and his friends hunt on in the winter) The property has a large trail all around the entire 300 acres and has 2 creeks on it. I was wondering if anyone on this forum has paid a small fee to trailer their horse to private property to go trail ride for the day? The trailriders would have use of the house to have breakfast, lunch and/or dinner (they provide the food) Basically what I am offering is leasing of our property for the day for $40 to trail ride( at least 5 riders for the day)and use of the house.
I hope this makes sense. I just know that people get tired of riding on their small property and this would give them an opportunity to ride on beautiful land with creeks and use of the house to host a lunch.
What do you think..would you pay to have this available to you?
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    04-13-2012, 09:45 PM
Hi, I have a trail riding business and I sure think this is a good idea. I am sure people that do not have any or nice trails around their places or barns would be willing to pay that price. On the other hand if they are horse owners and board their horses somewhere and are interested in trail riding then they usually make sure that there are some trails around.... hmmmm would be perfect and I think a big money maker if you would also provide the horses :0)
    04-13-2012, 09:48 PM
Me, personally...No. We have quite a few state land/parks in my area that I can haul to for free and ride my horses on. If I want food, I can bring a grill and set up "camp" for the day.
    04-13-2012, 09:57 PM
It would depend on the trails, for example, I'm an big hill rider and the parks close to me don't have hills. But to me $40 would be an little high. I can camp with electric somewhere $17 a night or even less. So I wouldn't but the gas to go to the place with Hills normally doesn't even cost that much. We are planning an camping trip. Friday to Sunday so two nights, $15 an night, $2 per horse per day we use arena (will be about 4 to 16 for the weekend) and then $25ish dollars one way. So for us it wouldn't be worth it unless it was good trails, but maybe ask around your area.
    04-13-2012, 10:04 PM
Is 300 acre enough to provide much of a ride?

I'm spoiled living in the west. $80 buys me annual pass to the national parks. I can ride all I want in Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase.

Good luck on your project
    04-13-2012, 10:17 PM
Thanks everyone for your replies. I live in florida near panama city beach. I have heard of some places to trailer your horse to ride around here but not many. Our property is very pretty with woods and some hills. It's florida so hills are rare. I've been looking at the pictures of where some of you live and trial ride and they are gorgeous!! The mountains are so lovely compared to our flat terrain. Of course we have the beach but you can't ride on it :(
P.s) 300 acres is a lot around here..as I don't think there are a lot of public places to trail ride.
    04-13-2012, 10:17 PM
Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
Is 300 acre enough to provide much of a ride?

I'm spoiled living in the west. $80 buys me annual pass to the national parks. I can ride all I want in Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon, Grand Staircase.

Good luck on your project

    04-13-2012, 10:21 PM
Green Broke
Here in Tennessee there are lots of places that are pay to ride.

Most that I've been to are 8 dollars a rider per day.

That said, we don't ride those places often.
    04-14-2012, 01:53 AM
I've paid $5 to park in state parks and go for a ride. That $5 covers my truck, trailer and everybody it hauls. I only paid that much due to convenience of being close by for a quick ride. I most certainly would not trailer any distance for a day ride that I had to pay for on top of the gas it takes to get there.

I can see you making some money by charging the $5 to park and ride there for the day like our state parks. I doubt you'll make anything if you charge more than that. Let the house be reserved for parties, weddings, etc and charge more.
    04-14-2012, 02:57 AM
I know when we go out on a day ride, breakfast is had before we even saddle up. I just don't see a kitchen to use on a one day trail as a selling point. Maybe if you provide breakfast.....

One of my favorite places to ride only charges $30 for three nights of camping. The trails are free and they even have different levels of trails that are all marked.

It sounds like to much to me. I don't live in your area, though. What I would do is check on what is available in your area and how much they charge and go from there.

Not sure how your acreage goes, but maybe you can even make it a loop where the trail riders could come in for lunch...which you provide.

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