Pony Programs

Saddle up little cowpoke!

Mini Manes (Ages 3 - 4)

Introduce your little one to the world of horses without the pressure to hop right up in the saddle right away. This outdoor program of two half-hour classes teaches your tot safety and horse care through fun hands-on activities. Once they learn the basics and feel comfortable around the ponies, they’ll get the opportunity to go for a ride. Parents: You need to stick around for the entire class.


Pony Tails (Ages 5 - 6)

Saddle up little cowpoke! After learning the fundamentals of horse behavior, grooming, and using a saddle and bridle, kids will ride our two ponies as well as some of our trail horses. When the kids aren’t riding at these two hour-long classes, they’ll be playing equine-focused games and doing horse-related arts and crafts. Don’t miss the horseless horse show at the end of the class! Parents: You need to stick around for the entire class.


Pony Rides (Ages 3 - 12)

Let your child, ages 3-12, enjoy a pony ride on one of our Backcountry ponies, Cabo and Ziggi. Timeslots for pony rides are 15 minutes long, and your child may go around the arena multiple times.

Program Details

What to Wear: Please dress children in closed toe shoes and comfortable clothes that can get a little dirty. Most programs will run rain, snow, or shine, so be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. 

What to Bring: Bring a full reusable water bottle. 

Class Size: Maximum of 6 students; student to instructor ratio 6:1

Note on Ages:

There are no age exceptions to Mini Manes or Pony Rides. Your child must be 3 years old by the start date of the program.

Note on Adult Attendance: Children must be accompanied by an adult for all pony programs. One adult may accompany more than one child.

Location: Backcountry Outdoor Center; 6005 Ron King Trail, Littleton, CO 80125. Map & Directions

Note: The exact location of these programs within the Backcountry Outdoor Center may change depending on the season. In the summer, meet at the Horse Corrals. In the spring and fall, meet at Base Camp. 

Refund Policy: 
Mini Manes and Pony Tails:
Refund and transfer requests must be made 5 days prior to the start date of the program.
Pony Rides: Refund requests will be honored up to 24 hours prior to the start of your scheduled ride.
Questions? Contact Carly Boyd at carly.boyd@hrcaonline.org or 303-471-7078.

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