Commonly Asked Horesback Riding Questions

MINIMUM AGE:

Children must be 6 years of age to participate on our trail rides. Young and inexperienced children will be led by the trail guide if necessary. We also have a pony or gentle horse available for children to be led around the stable area.

DOUBLE RIDING:

Under no circumstance is double riding with a child permitted. Each rider must be on their own horse, no exceptions.

WEIGHT LIMITS:

We allow riders up to 250 lbs. or 115 kgs. for 1 hour, 1.5 hour and 2 hour rides. Longer rides have a weight limit of 215 lbs. or 98 kgs.

EXPERIENCE:

We have a variety of horses for riders of all experience levels, from beginners to experienced. Each rider is matched to a horse of their comfort level and abilities.

RIDE DIFFICULTY:

There are an abundance of trails to discover in Waterton, ranging from gentle level trails to challenging mountains and ridges. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it here in Waterton Lakes National Park. Please view the ride descriptions page to help you choose the adventure you are looking for!

INCLEMENT WEATHER & CANCELLATIONS:

The weather in the Rocky Mountains can be very unpredictable. For all day rides a jacket and rain gear is absolutely necessary (limited supply of rain gear available). We try to delay rides, as the weather changes quickly in Waterton. Rides will be cancelled if conditions are unsafe.

WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS:

It is common to see a variety of wildlife on the trail rides in Waterton. Animals are cautiously viewed from a safe distance. Common wildlife sightings include deer, elk, moose, fox, coyote, black bear, as well as a large variety birds.

PRIVATE RIDES:

Prices vary depending on your requirements. Advance reservations are required. See our Special Groups page for more information.

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, debit and Canadian and US currency. All prices are in Canadian dollars and include GST. Tipping the guide is acceptable and very much appreciated.

HELMETS:

The wearing of a riding helmet is mandatory for all riders under the age of 18. Riders over the age of 18 with extensive riding ability may sign an additional waiver if they choose to ride without a helmet. Helmets are provided at the stable and are highly recommended for all riders. Personal helmets such as a bicycling or hockey helmets are acceptable as well. All helmets are thoroughly sanitized after each use.

GALLOPING/CANTERING:

Waterton Lakes is a rugged mountain park, and as such there are inherent risks. Alpine Stables does our best to minimize these risks to both horse and rider by prohibiting any running on trail rides. Riders who disregard this directive increase risks for themselves and other riders, and will be removed from the ride.

RESERVING YOUR RIDE:

We strongly recommend booking in advance to ensure we can accommodate you at your desired time for 1-2 hour rides. You must pre-book rides longer than 2 hours as they vary in availability and destination. For 5 hour to full day rides we require that you call us or stop in at the Stables the day prior to ensure we have all the details of your ride confirmed. Reservations can be made via email year round or by telephone. Deposits are not required; we still operate on the old-fashioned honour system!

WHAT TO BRING ON YOUR RIDE:

All of our rides offer spectacular photo opportunities you don’t want to miss. You are welcome to bring your camera/phone, but be aware you do need to keep one hand on the reins at all times!

We offer saddlebags to store your equipment and lunches, and recommend any other valuables (i.e. phones, keys, wallets, sunglasses etc.) be kept in a zipper or tight pocket. Alpine Stables will not be held responsible for the loss or damage of personal items on trail rides.

Proper clothing: All riders must have good sturdy footwear. Sandals are not permitted on the rides. We also recommend wearing long pants for your safety and comfort. We provide riding helmets; however, if you have a personal bike or hockey helmet you are welcome to wear that on your ride.

HALF DAY TO FULL DAY RIDES:

Riders should bring their own bag lunch, snacks and at least 1 litre of water for longer outings. We supply the saddlebags and discourage large backpacks. Dress for the weather and always bring a jacket, as the weather can change very quickly. We offer a limited supply of rain gear and encourage you to bring your own, especially for day rides.

WHO CAN RIDE?:

While we strive to offer a safe experience for the whole family, horseback riding may not be appropriate for everyone. We ask that anyone with environmental allergies or medical concerns that may affect your ride to tell the staff in the office as well as your guide. Riding is a physical activity that is not recommended for those who: have issues with knees, back or hips, balance concerns, had recent surgeries or are pregnant.

LIABILITY WAIVER:

Horseback riding is a historic and enjoyable pastime, and a great way to see Waterton Park; however, it is not without risk. Alpine Stables does our best to provide safe and well-trained horses, certified guides trained in first-aid and maintained trails, nevertheless horses and nature are not entirely predictable. All riders must sign a liability waiver before riding to indemnify Alpine Stables and employees from legal actions.