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“Fun for the whole family!”
Review of Grindstone Stables

Grindstone Stables
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Owner description: One hour guided horseback rides for the whole family! Please call for prices and reservations.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Fun for the whole family!”
Reviewed July 11, 2014

Our extended family had a great experience at Grindstone Stables!

There were 12 of us, ranging in age from 4 to 50 years old, most with no previous riding experience, and we all had a great time! The staff were super friendly and welcoming and helpful. They were even able to help with a last-minute change in our plans and accommodate a request for additional horses. The price was a great bargain! You pay a flat rate per horse, in cash, and give the guides tips.

Our wranglers were fun company on the trail. The horses knew their business and calmly helped us beginners. The scenery was great, and the temperature in Ruidoso was very nice for a summer afternoon ride. We will definitely come back again!

Visited July 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent experience!”
Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

My family and I arrived to the stables and we were a bit worried because it had been raining all afternoon and we weren't sure if we would be able to ride the trail. Grindstone riders were very happy to see us! They picked out horses for us and we super nice! We had a reservation for 9 horses but the day before we added 3 more. So they were pretty flexible about that which was really great for us. For those of us who have never ridden a horse before they gave us a quick lesson before we started the trail. May I also mentioned we had a 4 year old amongst or midst. Our wrangler/trail guide Crystal was SUPER patient and very sweet to my baby sister. It was very much appreciated. Crystal our trail guide did an awesome job taking us around the trail. She made conversation with us and took some time to learn about our big awkward family and we learned a bit about her as well. I think that made the ride fun as well. We had two other guides riding along with us and they were super friendly and cheerful. It was an awesome experience and the riders and stable hands were all extremely nice, friendly and patient with us. With 12 people it could be a handful but Grindstone Stables did an excellent job. I definitely want to go back again and make it a tradition. Also goodluck Crystal at your new school in Roswell!

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“We loved it!!!”
Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

We had a large group of 12 and they did an awesome job with us. They were all really nice and personable. The scenery is amazing! A must do!!

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“So much fun! ”
Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I came here on March 30, 2014 to try horse a k riding for the first time. We had a blast! The horses were amazing, the scenery from the trail was beautiful, and the wranglers were spectacular! All of the wranglers were very personable and talked to and looked after us the entire ride. I especially liked that there were children out there with us and they (the wranglers) took special care to make sure they were looked after. We will DEFINITELY be coming back here to ride again.

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Thank Lauren S
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“A Ride Worthwhile!”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

While planning a weekend getaway in scenic Ruidoso, hiking and horseback riding were high on our list of things to do. When it came to deciding on which establishment, Grindstone Stables seemed to be the most ideal mix of business, without tainting the authentic experience (gleaming from sites and reviews). We called a few times, but, failed to leave a message. We never saw any set departure times posted, so, we figured that we'd just drop in. Although, the final ride of the evening (4:30p) was booked, Stephanie was incredibly polite and accommodating. She informed us that there are occasionally "no-shows" an we were more than welcome to hang out for 30mins to see if she could accommodate us. During that time, we had an opportunity to laugh and joke with the incredibly friendly staff of wranglers. We were quite content with the company we kept, but, were even more delighted when a group didn't show and we were able to join the departing group. We all marveled as we approached our appointed steeds. They all seemed so well maintained, healthy, and sturdy. Eli and Kasey lead us on a one hour leisurely ride through the adjacent "woods"(insert more appropriate term), they were knowledgeable, friendly, and professional...we left the trail absolutely elated to have such a wonderful experience with such a great staff and well trained horses!

Visited October 2013
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