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Stables FAQs

Q:  Where are the stables located?

A:  The stables are a part of Camp Ondessonk.   Our address is 3760 Ondessonk Road, Ozark Il 62972.  For directions click here

Q:  Do I need a reservation to go on a trail ride?

A:  Yes.  You will need to contact the Program Director or Equestrian Director to schedule a ride so that we can be sure to have horses and staff ready to accommodate you.

Meagan Walters
Equestrian Director
(618) 695-2489 ext 127

Q:  What is the age limit?

A:  Riders must be 10 years old.  Some of our longer and more difficult rides require riders to be at least 12 years old.  Pony rides are offered for kids ages 2 and older.

Q:  Is there a weight limit?

A:  Yes. For your safety and the safety of our horses, riders must weigh less than 225 lbs.

Q:  What should I wear?

A:  Long pants and closed toe, durable shoes (i.e.- no keens, clogs, flip flops, high heels) are required to ride.  Ideal riding shoes are a boot with a relatively smooth sole and a small (1 to 1.5 inch) heel.  Some boots and pants are available to borrow.  Please no back packs, cameras, phones, etc.

Q:  Do I have to wear a helmet?

A:  Yes.  Safety is our number one priority and we require all riders to wear an approved riding helmet.  We provide helmets.

Q:  What happens if the weather is bad?

A:  Rides will not be permitted during thunder/lightning, heavy rain, or dangerous riding conditions.  We will contact you if your ride needs to be rescheduled.

Q:  Can I ride double or have my child ride with me?

A:  No.  For safety reasons riding double is not permitted.

Q:  What style of riding is offered?

A:  Western riding.  Some English lessons may be arranged.

Q:  I’ve never ridden a horse; can you accommodate beginners?

A: Sure. Our staff is professional and safety is our first and foremost priority in everything we do. All rides include a brief riding orientation, and your guides are readily available should you need assistance during the ride.  A little bit nervous is fine, but if you are extremely nervous and scared, maybe try one of our introductory horsemanship programs first.

Q: How many people go out on each ride?

A: We typically do not put more than 10 people on a ride.  Rides over 10 may be split into different groups.

Q: Can we go out on our own, without a guide?

A: For safety reasons, all of our rides are guided.

Q: I am an experienced rider; do you offer an ‘experienced’ ride?

A: The experience of our rides is the beauty and tranquility of the ride, surroundings, and nature.  We provide a scenic walking trip by horseback. You won’t have the opportunity to ride at a canter or gallop, but if you love horses and if you love nature, you will love this opportunity.  Any experienced rider will be sure to appreciate the quality of our horses.  For more options contact the Equestrian Director.

Q: Can I ride if I am pregnant?

A: Although our horses are gentle, we ask that you please don’t risk it.

For any other questions, please contact our Equestrian Director:

Meagan Walters
Equestrian Director
(618) 695-2489 ext 127

Camp Ondessonk Stables FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

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