Trail rides, lessons, leasing and stabling

Redwoods Riding Centre offers out rides/trails, tuition, and more. Please see all the details below. –

Horse riding trails/out rides

Our out rides are very popular with visitors to the area, whether you can ride or are just looking to try something new. We offer just the out ride, or a fantastic champagne breakfast trail experience.

Please see below for some details on what to expect –

What to wear 

We require guests to wear specific outdoor activity wear for safety and comfort. Please wear the following:

  • long, fitted pants and closed shoes, preferably with a heel, for your safety and comfort.
  • a long-sleeved top or put on lots of sunscreen as one does get burned on the ride if you don’t put it on! –
  • very small hand bags like ‘moon bags’ and small cameras are permitted on the ride, larger hand bags and backpacks must be left in our club house or in your car.
  • we will provide safety helmets.

Weight restriction

Please note that we currently do not have horses available to carry persons of more than 90 kg in weight, so please book accordingly.

Duration

Our rides are usually about an hour to an hour and a half depending on how guests are enjoying themselves. We usually leave on the rides by 8:30am in summer, 9am in winter, to fit in with weather and our stable schedule.

We ask that you arrive at least 20 minutes before the ride departure time in order to fit helmets, sign forms etc. It takes 20 minutes driving at a moderate pace to reach Redwoods from Ballito, about 40 minutes from Umhlanga and an hour from Durban.

Cost

The cost of the normal trail ride is R400 per person (2022).

*- High season trail rates – R500 per person (Includes Easter, July/August school hols and December/January school hols and all public hols. Redwoods reserves the right to adjust fees as necessary according to seasonal demands. Verbal quotes from Redwoods staff stand as valid).

Champagne breakfast trail rides

As for the breakfast side of things, we usually offer a couple of options: A bohemian-type picnic on a beautiful Persian rug or a table set up in our magnificent garden or by the nearby dam. We use timeless silver cutlery and accessories. We usually offer a choice of a hot or continental breakfast.

  • Hot: starter of yogurt and fruit, then main of bacon, egg, toast and jam on the side, mushrooms and tomato.
  • Continental: starter of yogurt and fruit. Fresh, warm croissants with a choice of cold meats and cheese, strawberry jam and whipped cream. We usually put some extra nibbles like grapes and muffins alongside both, and of course your Champagne and orange juice.

For a little extra (retail cost dependent), we can also throw in a bouquet of flowers or some extras.

Cost

The cost of the Champagne breakfast picnic ride starts at R800 per person, *R850 per person in high season (depending on any customised requirements).

Booking and payment

Booking with us is easy! Here are the steps:

  • You need to book your trail at least 24 hours in advance to secure your slot, depending on availability.
  • We accept 50% non-refundable deposit to secure your booking. We will send you banking details when you contact us to book a ride.
  • The remainder of your payment can be made by EFT, by normal banking deposit ahead of your ride, or in cash on the day. Our signal on the farm is iffy, so please note we do not have card machine facilities.
  • We’ll then send a WhatsApp pin location and typed directions to you upon confirmation of your booking.

Tuition

Redwoods offers a few horse riding lesson options. We do have a focus on flat work and dressage, this being our métier, yet we do offer basic show jumping training as well. We currently also have an equine facilitated learning practitioner on-board to assist with special needs classes.

We offer morning and afternoon lessons on weekdays, from about 2pm, mainly for children and young adults. We have morning slots available for adults. Enquire for further availability.

Lesson costs (2022)

  • 45 min private lesson –  R400pp
  • 45 min shared lesson – R350pp
  • Half hour private or shared lesson – R260pp
  • Hour semi private lesson (two riders) – R300

Livery

Redwoods also offers stabling to horse owners on a limited basis.

The costs is R4500 per horse or pony per month. Please get in touch with us to talk about what is included and what your individual requirements are.

Horse leases

Redwoods has some stunning horses available for lease. All leases exclude lessons, though you are welcome to book classes with our in-house instructors.

  • Quarter lease (up to two days per week) – R2000 per month.
  • Half lease (up to 3 days per week) – R2500 per month.
  • Full lease (5/6 day, horse as your own) – R4000 per month.

*Please contact us for more info on horses available for lease and detailed lease structure.

Kids parties

We also offer children’s pony parties at Redwoods. Rates depend on the number of children attending, and on individual requirements. Party packages include the use of our ablution and picnic facilities, pony rides, and staff assistance. There is also a fee per head for parents who will be on the premises for the duration of the party. Contact us to find out more about what we can do for your child’s special birthday.

Contact Us Today

Give us a shout for further details on any of our services on 083 301 5532 (call or WhatsApp). You can also email us at redwoodsbookings@gmail.com.

Please also visit (and like/follow!) our social media pages –

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redwoodsriding/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shannon.hopkinsnc/

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