Grindstone Stables
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One hour guided horseback rides for the whole family! Please call for prices and reservations.
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Amber
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First and foremost, the horses are healthy and clearly well cared for. No one yelled at the animals, they looked well cared for and well-trained. I felt safe with the kids on their own mounts. Every single person we encountered was super friendly and helpful. This was one of the best trail rides I have ever experienced, and I felt good about all of it. And the ride was beautiful. I recommend this stable.
Written December 30, 2020
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Alex O
Waco, TX65 contributions
Family
We had a great horseback ride with Grindstone Stables. The hour long trip took us through scenic trails overlooking Grindstone Lake. Our guides Benjamin and Squirrel were fantastic! I enjoyed swapping jokes with Benjamin on the ride.
Our party included riders of all experience and Grindstone Stables matched our riders with appropriate horses.
I highly recommend Grindstone Stables while in the Ruidoso area.
Written May 31, 2020
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Rc789
Weatherford, TX27 contributions
Family
I know most people go to ski towns to ski but our family doesn’t ski. We just wanted snow. We looked for other things to do and we ended up doing both the trail ride and the sleigh ride at the stables. The staff are very friendly and the horses/equipment are well maintained. Not just some old horses that can’t make it on a ranch like most stables. These horses are healthy and obviously taken care of. The trail ride had beautiful views and varied terrain, best trail ever ridden from tourist location. We got lucky and it snowed the day we had reservations for the sleigh ride so that was a great experience as well.
I say a must for anyone visiting the area. My daughter even asked about going back and working for them she loved it so much!
Written January 19, 2020
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Quentin Paul
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Let me start by saying that this should have been an enjoyable, safe thing to do during a pandemic. The opportunity to social distance and properly mask up is

I highly urge you not to come here if you are actively observing social distancing and properly wearing a face mask. This was a highly uncomfortable experience for me. The staff did not wear a face mask at any point. They get close to you at several points (mount, dismount, trail monitoring). One of the wranglers coughed several times into the open air. I asked her not to cough without a mask and she apologized initially. However, once we got close to dismount she began to berate me in front of the group and said that I wasn't even allowed to go on the ride because I'm from out of state (which is funny because I'm from Hobbs).

There was another wrangler who got very close to me without a mask and when I asked her to get further she said she was 6 feet and deflected by saying I was from out of state and breaking governor's orders (which I wasn't). She told me I could walk back if I wanted halfway up the trail and used this to taunt me. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this in pandemic times. Given the lack of professionalism, probably not during healthy times either.

When we were dismounting, one of the older gentlemen asked me if I had a good time, which I honestly replied no, because no one wore a mask. He stated that I was a "retard" and I left immediately after. I was anxiety ridden for most of the ride, it was completely gross.

The stables should let you know before you arrive that absolutely no face masks will be worn. Please do not assume you will be safe here. You are trapped on the ride for an hour and other riders are not required to mask up.

This is a complete and utter disregard for rider health. On our ride alone, there were travelers from all over.
Written December 14, 2020
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C. Behring
Edmond, OK18 contributions
We had so much fun! Everyone was so nice and friendly as they checked us in and evaluated our skill levels. The horses are beautiful and very well taken care of. The guides were great. They helped us get on and off our horses. They entertained us and helped everyone feel at ease. We rode Apache, Lilly and Gunnar. The views were spectacular. I would definitely go back.
Written July 22, 2020
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SeeLaciGo
Weatherford, OK9 contributions
Our family had an amazing ride this afternoon at Grindstone Stables. The horses were gentle, wranglers were friendly, and the views were spectacular. I highly recommend putting this on your Ruidoso to-do list. Shoutout to my sweet boy, Bourbon, for being such a good horse. <3
Written July 15, 2021
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Charlotte M
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Family
Our family of five visited Grindstone Stables and had a great time. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. They pair you with the perfect horse for your riding experience which was ideal for my grandchildren. The route up the mountain was so scenic and beautiful. The tour guides were funny, knowledgeable, and made this an amazing experience. I will definitely be coming back here next time I’m in NM.
Written March 20, 2021
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clozano121
Laredo, TX4 contributions
We booked a horseback riding on the same morning for a party of 7. The lady on the phone was so nice and accommodation. We arrived on time and were greeted and tended to. The ride was beautiful, scenic, and comfortable. The guides were very friendly and informative. This was one of our favorite attractions! Almost went again the following day!
Written March 17, 2018
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NISE24
El Paso, TX18 contributions
Couples
My boyfriend and I had been wanting to go horseback riding for a while but unfortunately everytime we were in Ruidoso the weather wouldn't allow it. Finally this time around we were able to book our horseback riding. Awesome scenery and awesome horses. Our guides (wranglers) were great, friendly and helpful. We got to ride Elsa and April, both very lovely horses. We both can't wait to go back! Make sure you reserve, they book pretty quick!
Written August 12, 2015
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John R
Houston, TX, United States11 contributions
Family
My family recently took a trip to New Mexico and spent a day in Ruidoso. One item on our list was to horseback ride, and using Yelp, we found Grindstone Stables. We arrived without a reservation to find they were fully booked for the day. Instead of turning us away, they asked us to wait a few minutes to see if the next reserved group showed up. Well, sure enough, they showed up, but the Cowboys said they had enough horses ready to go. So, we went on a great trail ride. My 6 year old had a blast on her own horse, and my 9 year old was in heaven... The trail boss and cowgirls were extremely nice and very talkative with our girls, making the ride thoroughly enjoyable. Super nice people, professional, and courteous.
Written August 26, 2014
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