Attention! The following rules apply to everyone who visits, participates, volunteers, or works at Open T.R.A.I.L. Ranch. Please read and familiarize yourself with all rules and relay information to anyone who may come with you to the barn.

Barn Rules and Safety


  • Dogs permitted
  • Running in the barn or around the horses.
  • Throwing/tossing anything in or around the barn and/or horses.
  • Yelling at any human or horse to get their attention or communicate.
  • Use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs on grounds or during Open T.R.A.I.L. Ranch events.
  • Coming to the grounds under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs.
  • Smoking ANYWHERE on the property.
  • Disrespect of others verbally or physically (human or horses).

Do Not…

  • Enter animal enclosures/pens/stalls/arena without employee permission and supervision of an authorized adult.
  • Give horses extra hay unless instructor has given permission.
  • Feed treats if you have not been cleared by instructor.
  • Show up unannounced (access will not be granted if we do not know you’re coming).
  • Put away a sweaty horse (rinse them off until they are cool to the touch).


  • Bridle a horse without permission first from the instructor.
  • Cinch or tighten the girth. An instructor will perform this task.
  • Ride alone on trails or off the property.
  • Take your frustration or anger out on the horse.
  • Take a chance; if you are unsure (ASK!).
  • Use the ATV without permission (Absolutely no one under 18 may use the ATV).


  • Supervise all children during your time on the grounds.
  • Treat horses and others with the upmost respect and courtesy.
  • Encourage others to do their best.
  • Ask questions if you do not know the answer.
  • Close every door/gate you open and lock it behind you.
  • Wear a helmet! (No Helmet = No Ride).
  • Wear closed-toed shoes.
  • Dress appropriately and wear hats/sunscreen.
  • Let someone know where you are and where you plan to be.
  • Pick up after yourself (leave the place you used as clean as or cleaner than when you came).
  • Drink lots of water and take breaks.
  • Be alert and aware of your surrounding and the horse’s attitudes.
  • Report all incidents and hazardous conditions to a staff member as soon as possible.
  • Pick out feet and brush horse thoroughly before AND after using the horse.