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“Gentle horses, lovely wooded trails”

Cactus Jack's Trail Rides
Ranked #3 of 31 Outdoor Activities in Ocala
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Horseback riding is FUN! Relax and enjoy beautiful guided trail rides from the FLORIDA HORSE PARK and on the Ocala GREENWAY Trail System. Horseback riding is FUN, SAFE and AFFORDABLE. We offer trail rides on our gentle, safe horses! See Florida's oak hammocks, pine forests, and green fields. Riding is the best way to see the beauty of the Ocala area. This is truly Florida at its best. The park is over 90,000 acres!!! We have outstanding horses and our guides have years of experience. We take riders 6 years old and up. We also do custom rides for the more experienced riders. Let us know what type of riding you enjoy, and we will do our best to accomodate..........Call for reservations!
Reviewed November 25, 2011

Calm, docile horses that are great for beginners, wonderful scenery either in their local park or the Silver River State Park near Ocala.

1  Thank jimfromquebec
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

Cactus Jack's Trail Rides made it very simple to make reservations. I have horseback riding experience and have went on many other trail rides however, never enjoyed it to the full extent like this experience. My other two riders had no riding experience but due to the quality of the horses and the knowledge & experience of the owners it was a awesome time for them as well. Highly recommend that you go with Cactus Jack's for a great time. Kelly

5  Thank Kelly W
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

Whether you love horses, or (like I do) have a young family member petrified of them, this is the place for you. Deb and Jamie are great both with horses AND with people... and especially with the younger ones. My little man (10 years old) was initially scared -- but after both some encouragement (and initial leading by Deb), he was at it on his own within 15 minutes. Same dynamic for an even younger boy in the family that shared our 75 minute tour. My 73 year-old dad hadn't been on a horse in over 50 years, and he was as relaxed as could be, smiling the whole time. The trail is beautiful and 80-85% shaded, so don't stress a 2pm start time -- be prepared to learn something, as Jamie gives a great tour (awesome seeing the red-tailed hawk)! The horses are marvelously kept - I have to admit that the care/condition of the horses is often is a turn-off for me - and here quite the opposite. They have a wide variety of breeds, and effectively customize your personality to the right horse. We'll do it again, and highly recommend to any and all.

6  Thank Bert B
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cjtrailrides, Owner at Cactus Jack's Trail Rides, responded to this reviewResponded August 17, 2011

Thanks for the positive feedback. We enjoyed riding with your family and hope to ride with you again soon.

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Reviewed July 9, 2011

Our trail ride with Cactus Jack's was the highlight of our family vacation - I cannot say enough positive things about our experience and highly recommend to anyone! We have three children (ages 10, 11 and 14) - they all had an amazing time and are still talking about "their" horses. One of our daughters has a heart condition and is a bit fearful of horses. They paired her with a very gentle horse and made her (and me!) feel very secure. Our other daughter is horse-crazy and the staff gave her a huge thrill, allowing her to help out after the ride by giving her horse some hay.

We rode in the Silver River State Park. The trail was absolutely beautiful. It was also well-shaded - a bonus in July in FL! They had a 10:00 ride, which I would recommend in the warmer months. They provided each of us with a bottle of water on each saddle.

We had a range of riding abilities in our group and all found ourselves on perfectly-suited horses. The horses are very well cared for and have wonderful personalities. We will definitely be back!

6  Thank phagant
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Reviewed April 11, 2011

Took four kids (6,8,8,11) with Cactus Jack's Trail rides in the Spring of 2010. What a wonderful experience! The guides were awsome and the horses were the best we have ridden. These are quality horses! You can tell they take very good care of them and train them very well also. A great family experience!! Looking forward to a ride in May of 2011!!

7  Thank famtraveler69
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