SHEEDER MILL FARM 
We are a family run farm in it's 4th generation.  We have offered horseback riding at our farm since the early 1970's.  We have horses and ponies for all levels and ages, English and Western style. All rides are guided through beautiful, scenic Chester County. Trails wind along the French Creek, dirt roads, wooded areas and streams. Our specialty is teaching safe, effective skills and proper riding. Extra time is spent with timid riders or those who require extra help. We Love Our Horses! We would like to share this with you, the art of proper riding, and kindness to our animals.

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  • No Age & No Reasonable Weight Restrictions.
    • However, we must be notified of this at the time of scheduling your reservation.
  • All business and visitation is by appointment only please.
  • We are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • We are open for riding from 10 AM until 1 hour prior to dark.
  • Reservations are required for riding.
    • At least 3-4 hour notice for weekdays
    • 1-3 day notice for weekends and holidays.
    • Same day reservations are accepted on first call, first serve basis.
  • Payments are CASH ONLY
    • or pay using paypal (add 3% if using cc), send payment as "gift" to jlwade7728@aol.com
  • Prices do not include gratuity for your guide(s)
    • please add 15-20% for your guide(s)
  • You are FINANCIALLY responsible for the number of riders you reserved.

610-469-9382

www.smfhorses.com

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Updated Jan. 2014

We have horses and ponies for all levels and ages, English and Western style. All rides are guided through beautiful, scenic Chester County. Trails wind along the French Creek, dirt roads, wooded areas and streams. Our specialty is teaching safe, effective skills and proper riding. Extra time is spent with timid riders or those who require extra help. We Love Our Horses! We would like to share this with you, the art of proper riding, and kindness to our animals. So, Please Take Care Of Them! We are not a "hack stable" we are a trail riding stable. We breed, raise and train our own horses and they are like family to us.

We ask people to be honest with their riding experience. We use the number of hours that one has invested in riding, rather than the number of years one has ridden to determine one's true riding level.

Once riding levels are assessed, horses are chosen to suit riding abilities. Please do not request horses for your friends or horses that you have not ridden, let us do our job. Too often when someone is not knowledgeable about their experience level and requests a horse that is unsuitable for themselves, they are over mounted. This can be very dangerous and a very unwise decision on ones' behalf. If this happens we will have to take time out of your riding time to switch you to a more suitable horse.  Accuracy and total honesty about each persons riding level is essential.

 Our goals are: organization, providing quality mounts, and offering an enjoyable, safe experience for everyone.

A timely arrival is necessary. Late arrivals will be subjected to penalized riding time. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early, especially: if your reservation includes more than 6 riders, special horses are reserved, particular guides have been requested, it's your groups first time or you are bringing your own tack.

We are able to accommodate most sizes of riders and riders with special needs but we Must be notified of this when you make your reservation. If you fail to inform us of a special need and we are required to bring in a more appropriate horse, the time taken to bring in and saddle the horse will be deducted from your riding time.  The standard by which we determine the maximum weight our horses can carry is by taking 15% to a max of 20% of their body weight.  We will also take trails and go at a pace that is suitable for the horse with larger riders. Please be honest with weights and heights.

Riders without reservations are charged an extra $8 per person.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All reservations are financially responsible for the number of horses they reserve.  You have up to 1 hour before your reservation for groups of 6 or less to make any final changes to your reservation without being financially penalized.  Groups of 6 or more are required to give us a minimum of 2 hours notice for any final changes.  We only saddle our horses when they are needed for a ride, so this means that a larger group will require us to begin bringing horses in from the field and saddling at least an hour prior to your ride.  If you are running late for legitimate reasons please call and inform the farm.  We ask that you call so your horses will not be bridled and waiting with tight girths.   Not phoning the farm is just rude and unfair to the horses and staff  by our standards. Again a timely arrival is appreciated by ALL! 


**The prices below do not include gratuity for your guide. Please add 15-20% to the prices listed below.**  

** We accept cash only for all payments at time of arrival. 
You can pay via paypal with a credit card prior to arriving at the farm. Please add 4% onto your total bill to cover Paypal fees.
 Send payment to: jlwade7728@aol.com and notify the farm that you are paying in advance.


Trail Riding Rates         Single rider rates (Means only yourself and a private guide)                                                 
 
30 minutes:        $20 per rider                $30
45 minutes:         $25 per rider                $35            
1 hour:                 $30 per rider                $45
1 ½ hour:             $50 per rider                $65
2 hours:               $65 per rider                $85
                                                                                                             
2 1/2 hours:        $100 per rider for 2 riders   $150 for single rider.
2 1/2 hours:         $85 per rider 3 or more riders
3 hours:               $120 per rider for 2 riders  $170 for single rider.
3 hours:               $100 per rider 3 or more riders
 4 hours:              $160 per rider for 2  riders   $210 for single rider.
 4 hours:               $140 per rider 3 or more riders

Children riding in front of parent or guide are charged:    Suitable for ages 5 and under! (The saddles are only so big, older children will not fit on the same saddle.)
 30 minutes:  $10          45 minutes:   $13      1 hour:     $15                 1 ½ hour:   $25                 


Lessons :

   Private                    Group
1/2 hour      $35                $30/person
45 min:        $40               $35/person
1 Hour:       $50                $40/person

1/2 hour:   $40 private w/owner  $35 group w/owner   
45min:      $50 private w/owner   $45 group w/owner
1 Hour:    $65 private w/owner  $55 group w/ owner
          Group: (consists of 2 or more riders, you make the group)  There are no age requirements for lessons. Our lessons are geared at teaching detailed control and proper equitation for the beginner, timid,  rusty rider, child, or adult. Our lessons are suitable for families as well as individuals. Lessons are a good way to gain experience and confidence for horseback riding vacations, dude ranch excursions, hunting trips, or for anyone who wants to improve their riding skills.  You can split your lesson time between the ring and the trail.  This is a nice way to break up your riding and put your skills to use on the trail. Let us know where (ring or trail or a combination) you would like to lesson at the time you schedule your ride.



Picnic Ride Rates:

Lengths of time can range from 30 minutes -3 hours, you decide.  Food and beverage is not included in price.


      **Please add $10 to the cost of your ride if you would like us to have a campfire going at the picnic site.** The total time the horse is away from the farm is considered your total cost. Please look at the "trail ride rates" listed above to determine how long you would like to have your horses for.
        We have  built a picnic table  in the woods along our  property for your use.  The picnic table is situated just a few feet from the creekside, nestled under the tree canopy.  At the end of your trail ride, you will be dropped off by horse at the picnic site.  There you are welcome to stay as long as you like.  The setting is very private, peaceful, and just plain relaxing.  Bring a blanket if you like.  When you are done with your picnic you will walk back to the farm along a foot path.  The walk is 1/4 mile along  the creek. Wear old shoes.  Please remember to take all trash back to the barn.

        Depending on the time of year we can have a campfire set up and going for when you arrive at your picnic site.  Let us know this in advance.   Bring your wine, cheese, crackers or whatever you like. It is a great way  for larger groups to catch up and enjoy some nice fresh country air!  The picnic site books up quickly on the weekends in the fall so book in advance for this. 


Group Ride Rates: (10 or more riders)

Please Click here for additional detailed information Group rates .   

30 minutes: $20 per rider

45 minutes: $25 per rider

1 hour:        $30 per rider

1 ½ hour:    $45 per rider    

        Group rate prices are only valid when a 50% deposit is made 14 days prior to your scheduled ride, the balance is paid in cash, and a 18-20% gratuity is paid to your guides.  Deposits are non-refundable, however in case of inclement weather deposits can be credited to another date or ride selection, if you call to inform us of the change! 

The best thing to do is call with your group’s size, ages of children, and specific needs. Depending on some group sizes and ages of children, there is a need for us to split the groups into smaller sizes.  Children should plan on bringing properly fitting bike helmets or they can use our helmets. You must plan on arriving at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled ride for groups of more than 10 riders.  Late arrivals will be subject to penalized riding time!!!

Please print and fill out the:  Group Rate Contract

Contracts can be faxed to us at 610-469-0823 or mailed along with the deposit to SMF.



Local Overnight Rides:

At this time we are only offering tent camping.  On our home page we do have several B&Bs for those who prefer.

Please bring your own food and beverages.

 No pets allowed. 

Tent camping per person:

$20.00 Camping fee, please determine the length of riding you wish to do and add amount into the cost. You must be fully self contained.  There is no water, bathroom or electric at this location.

Also, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required 14 days prior to scheduled arrival date for groups of more than 6.


One Day Travel Ride:  (Click here for travel ride page)

This ride should be reserved for intermediate to advanced riders.


Lease (4 weeks): (Click here for lease page)
 

Cost:  $495.00   for 4 weeks

Leasing allows you to try different horses with unlimited weekday use.  Weekends and holidays are limited to 2 hours per day.  This is also a good way to try horses you may be interested in purchasing. There are additional fees.  The horse  does not leave the farm during the lease. 


Boarding:
We offer boarding for outside horses at our Pigeon Creek Facility.  Indoor riding arena, trails, large pastures.  Boarding at Sheeder Mill Farm is only for horses purchased from the farm.

--$425.00 for 4 weeks .

-- $450.00 for a month. 


Training:

 Our horse training program is geared towards starting and finishing horses for trail riding. More involved training such as preliminary show training can be performed, if interested please inquire about separate pricing. We use natural horsemanship techniques including a round pen and various skills adapted from clinicians such as: Clinton Anderson, Chris Cox, and several others in addition to skills that we have learned on our own over the years. In advance of your horse's arrival we ask that you tell us in writing what specific things you want done with your horse. We will teach those skills to the horse first and then we will work with you to make sure that you know how to correctly ask the horse what he/she has been taught.  For more information, go to Training page & Training Contract  for a more detailed overview of our training, prices, and training contract.  We use the same methods to train your horse as we do ours.


Horse Sales: 

All horses for sale are listed on our website with prices, disciplines, photos, and descriptions. Running a farm is time consuming. We are not available to show horses without an appointment. 

Prior to making an appointment please: 


Sheeder Mill Farm

12 Sheeder Mill Road

Spring City, Pa 19475

 

Email: Sheeder1@aol.com

Phone: 610-469-9382

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