there a weight limit?
2: Are we allowed to run
3: How long do horses normally live?
4: Can we bring our young child on the ride with
Where did we get most of horses?
double riding allowed?
7: Can we
ride by ourselves?
8: How many Acres does Double Dab have?
we have to wear a helmet?
10: How old do you have to be to ride?
11: What type of clothes should we wear?
12: Where did the name Double DAB come from?
How many horses do you have?
14: Is summertime your busiest season? Do people
come in the winter?
15: What type of animals have you seen while on
16: What kind of dogs do you have at Double Dab?
Do you ride Western or English?
Do your horses wear shoes? Why?
19: How often do the horses’ feet need to be
20: How often does a horse need to be groomed?
21: What units are horses measured with?
22: What is the difference between a horse and
23: Can I wear a rain poncho or raincoat?
I feed my horse treats?
25: Can I bring my drink along on the trail
26: Can I bring my camera on the ride with me?
Can I walk the trail on foot?
28: Can we
bring our dogs?
29: Can we bring our own horses to ride on the
30: Can we
31: Do I have to ride with my children?
32: Do you accept Credit Cards or Checks?
When can I let the horse drink?
34: How old does a horse have to be to ride it?
35: Do we ride
36: Do you
race your horses?
37: Is a horse with blue eyes blind?
38: Can we choose the horses we ride?
39: How far in advance do reservations need to
40: Must I take a lesson before going on a trail
ride? Even if I am a beginner rider with no
41: Should we tip our Trail Guides?
42: How big of a group can you take out at one
you ride in the rain?
44: Do you take groups out on the trail during
thunder and lightning?
45: Do I get to saddle my own horse?
1: Is there a weight limit?
you are over 240 lbs, we ask that you tell us so we can determine by
your height and weight if you are eligible to ride. We have had
riders from all weight ranges. If you are a tall person who weighs
over 300 lbs, we may allow you to ride. Horses can only physically
handle so much weight for a full hour ride. Eligibility to
ride is based on height-weight proportionality.
Are we allowed to run (trot/canter/gallop/lope/jog)?
not! Here at Double DAB, your safety is our number one priority.
To ensure the safety of both our patrons and our horses, no
running is allowed at any time.
3: How long do horses
Horses are a lot like humans. Their life span depends on a lot of
different factors. A healthy well-taken-care-of horse can live to be
30-years old. Some horses have lived longer, and some do not live to reach that age.
Can we bring our young child on the ride with us?
The youngest child we will bring on the trail is 6-years old.
Children younger than that are prohibited on trails. Young children
must be able to sit on a horse by themselves. Generally, all
children under the age of 10 will be placed on a lead and led
throughout the whole trail ride by a guide. Children are not permitted to
ride on a horse with their parents or a guide. We do not permit
5: Where did we get
most of horses?
The majority of our horses were born and raised here on the farm. We
do have a handful of horses that were not born here. The horses not
born at the stable were gotten either through private sales or
6: Is double riding allowed?
Sorry, we do not permit double riding. It is not safe and is very
rough on our horses' backs and legs.
7: Can we ride by ourselves?
you would like to ride by yourselves on our trails, you need to own
your horse and board it here. Due to legality, we cannot allow you
to ride alone without a guide if you do not own your own horse(s)
8: How many Acres
does Double Dab have?
have 300 acres of beautiful scenic trails.
9: Do we have to wear a
According to New York State Law, any rider under the age of 18 must
wear a helmet while mounted on a horse at all times. Anyone 18 or older
may choose whether or not to wear a helmet.
10: How old do you
have to be to ride?
Children must be at least 6 years of age to ride on the trail. All
children under the age of 10 will be placed on leads, and led by a
guide for their safety. Any child under 6 years of age may go on a
pony ride at the stable.
11: What type of
clothes should we wear?
For safety, we prefer that you wear pants, and closed-toe shoes. We
understand that many of our customers are on vacation and may not
have these with them. We will allow you to ride with whatever you
show up in. However, you will be most comfortable if you have a
pair of jeans and closed-toe shoes.
12: Where did
the name Double D.A.B. come from?
The name Double D.A.B. came from the owners' initials.
Darlene and Douglas both have the initials D.A.B. Thus, the
name Double D.A.B.
13: How many horses do you
currently have 80 horses.
14: Is summertime your busiest season? Do people come in the winter?
Summer is busier than winter by far. July and August are our busiest
months. The peak riding season is from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Summertime is also hay season, so we are busy putting in hay while
serving customers. We do offer trails rides, pony rides, and
lessons in the winter. However, we are not nearly as busy with
customers in winter. Of course, even in the winter, we have a full
time job caring for the animals and dealing with the blistery
What type of animals have you seen while on the trail?
We have seen a variety
of animals including deer, chipmunks, coyote, red
tail fox, porcupine, raccoon, skunk, snakes, frogs, salamanders,
crayfish, minnows, and a large variety of birds including Indigo
Bunting, Blue Birds, Robbins, Turkey Buzzards, Hawks, and Finches.
What kind of dogs do you have at Double Dab?
have 3 Australian Shepherds.
Do you ride Western or English?
ride Western style here at Double DAB. However, we do offer English
riding lessons. Trail rides are Western only.
Do your horses wear shoes? Why?
During the summer months, we do put shoes on all our riding horses.
During the summer, the ground can become very hard. To keep the
horses’ feet from breaking, we put shoes on them. We also travel
along the creek where the ground is gravel based. The shoes help the
horses with traction also.
How often do the horses’ feet need to be done?
Every 6-8 weeks, the horses need to have their feet trimmed and shoes
How often does a horse need to be groomed?
Horses should be groomed at least once a day. Grooming a horse
removes all fine dirt and mud that can cluster up in their
coats. Regular grooming promotes a healthy coat.
21: What units are
horses measured with?
Horses are measured in hands. 1 hand is equal to 4 inches.
What is the difference between a horse and pony?
horse is anything taller than 14-2 hands (58 inches), while a pony is anything
14-2 hands or shorter.
23: Can I wear a
rain poncho or raincoat?
Yes, you can wear a raincoat. However, you cannot wear a rain
poncho. Anything that is loose like a rain poncho or garbage bag may
scare the horses.
24: Can I feed my horse
Yes, you may feed
your horse. We just
ask that you ask us first, and that one of us is present while
feeding the horse. We do not claim any responsibility if you are to
be bitten while feeding your horse a treat. Acceptable treats
are carrots, apples, and horse treats. If you would like to give
your horse a treat, but are afraid to be nipped, one of us will be
happy to help you or give the horse the treat for you.
25: Can I
bring my drink along on the trail ride?
ask that you do not bring anything on the ride with you. The drink
could be left in your car.
26: Can I
bring my Camera on the ride with me?
you would like pictures on horseback we ask that you leave your
cameras at the barn until we get back, and we will take photos for
you. If you bring your camera on the ride with you, we cannot be
held responsible if it lost, broken, or if the camera spooks the
27: Can I walk the trail
These trails are for horseback riding only.
28: Can we bring our dogs?
No, please leave your animals at home. We have a wide range of
animals here and would hate for your pet to get hurt.
Can we bring our own horses to ride on the trail?
No, our trail horses have their own relationships with each other.
They know each other very well. It is not safe to throw a new horse
into the group.
30: Can we ride Bareback?
No, for your safety, all riders must ride with a western saddle.
31: Do I have to
ride with my children?
No, you do not have to. We prefer that they do have a parent or
guardian on the trail with them, especially if they are under the
age of 12.
32: Do you accept
Credit Cards or Checks?
do not accept credit cards of any type. We prefer to be paid in
cash, but we will accept a personal check with proper
33: When can I let the
The horses are allowed to drink as they leave the barn. Before the
ride leaves, the horses are offered a drink at the water tub. Horses
are again offered a drink as we cross the creek the first time.
Anytime after the initial drinks, we ask that you do not allow the
horse to drink. If a horse is too warm when it drinks, it can become
old does a horse have to be to ride it?
Horses have to be at least 2-years old before they can be ridden.
However, we like to wait until they are 3 to really do much riding
with them. Most of our horses do not become full time trail horses
until they are 4 or 5-years old.
35: Do we ride for fun?
do this business because we enjoy riding and horses. All of our
rides are fun. Our first priority is safety and our second is
to have fun.
36: Do you race your horses?
do not own racehorses (Thoroughbreds). The horses we have here are
strictly trail and pleasure horses.
37: Is a horse with
blue eyes blind?
Blue eyes are called watch eyes or glass eyes. It is just a
different eye coloration. It does not mean that a horse is blind.
38: Can we
choose the horses we ride?
will pick the horses out for you according to your size and
personality. If you have ridden here before, you may request a horse
to ride, but there is no guarantee we can give you that horse.
How far in advance do reservations need to be made?
day or two in advance is generally sufficient notice for
reservations. Very large groups should be reserved a week or more in
advance. However, even if you call last minute, we will try our best
to fit you in. It is difficult to tell which days will be busy, so
to ensure you can ride at a time most convenient for you, please
call us as soon as you know when you want to come.
lessons are not required before a trail ride. When we
first help you mount a horse, we will give you
instructions for how to control it, and your guide
will help you throughout the trail ride.
that you do tip the guides. A majority of our trail
guides are volunteers. Also, tipping is a sign of
gratuity, letting us know you had a great time on your
42: How big of a group can you take out at one time?
The largest group that we
take out at one time is 15 people. We prefer to try and
keep the groups small. For larger groups, we can
split into multiple rides. Those who are not riding
can tour our petting farm or enjoy our picnic area while
waiting for others.
However, if the temperature is below 50 degrees
Fahrenheit, we will not ride outside. We now
have an indoor riding area. If there is any question as
to what type of riding the weather and/or trail
conditions will allow, just give us a call.
We do take groups out if it is thundering, but we do
not take groups out in the lightning. If you are on
a ride when it starts to lightning, we head
back to the barn.
horses are saddled by the barn staff. If you would like
to learn how to saddle a horse, we ask that you either
take a lesson or join us for a day camp.