YMCA Camp Carter’s equestrian programs combine safe and healthy horses, trained staff, and excellent facilities to create a positive atmosphere where campers can focus on horses. These programs allow our campers the opportunity to advance their horseback riding skills, expand their horsemanship knowledge, and enjoy riding with friends.
We feature a herd of well-trained horses of a variety of breeds, sizes, and personalities. Plus, all YMCA Camp Carter’s horseback riding programs are instructed by equestrian-trained, CPR/First Aid certified staff. Our goal is to teach participants the fundamentals of riding while developing skills, coordination, confidence, and self-esteem.
As always, safety is our top priority. For all horse programs, we require riders to wear long pants and protective helmets. We also recommend that participants wear heeled boots, or close toed shoes. If needed, loaner helmets and boots are available for each activity at no charge.
On-Property Trail Rides
Escape the city with our miles of scenic trail ride options, listed below. All riders must attend a safety session and demonstrate that they can start, stop and steer their horse before heading out on the trail. Ages 8 and up. Pricing starts at $25 per rider.
- Our Hardwood Forest
- Beautiful Texas grasslands
- Look Out Point (one of the highest points in the City of Fort Worth)
- Our Pine Tree Meadow
- Camp Carter’s Ridge Line
- Old Military Bunkers
Trinity Waterfall Trail Ride
A 6-mile trail ride that will take riders from the Camp Carter EQ Center, down through Camp Carter property to the Trinity Trail. We will ride along the Trinity River to Airfield Falls to see the only natural waterfall in Fort Worth. After enjoying some photo time at the Falls, we will return to Camp. All riders must attend a safety session and demonstrate that they can start, stop and steer their horse before heading out on the trail. Ages 12 and up. $60 per rider.
Ready to Ride
Ready to Ride is YMCA Camp Carter’s Horse camp for kids ages 8 to 16. This program is designed for the beginner through intermediate rider and each day will include both mounted and ground based lessons.
This program includes a one hour ground lesson every day (could include: learning the parts of a Western or English saddle, learning the parts of the horse, how to groom, lead and saddle, how to measure height and weight of a horse, different breeds, colors and markings and the Native Trail of Painted Ponies) and one hour mounted group riding lesson every day (could include: learning the four natural aids, correct riding position, balance, starting, stopping, steering, mounting, dismounting, playing games on horseback, or trail riding).
Groups & Troops
The YMCA Camp Carter Equestrian Center offers many programs for your group or troop and we can also customize programs to fit your needs. If you need volunteer projects, help earning your next badge, or just simply want your group to experience horses, contact us at 817-738-9241 or [email protected].
Our covered riding arena and picnic area are available for rentals and birthday parties. Riding, ground activities, painting ponies and anything in between – we offer a variety of activities suitable for anyone. Unfortunately we are unable to go to private residents at this time. To set up your customized party package, contact us at 817-738-9241 or [email protected].
All participants must wear jeans or riding breaches! Please also bring a water bottle. Participants may wear their own smooth soled Cowboy/Cowgirl style boots and may bring their own current horseback riding helmet (subject to staff inspection and approval). We also have loaner boots and helmets available for use.
No, Camp Carter Stables address is 5800 Meandering Rd., Fort Worth, TX 76114. It is located though the gates to the Castleberry Sports Complex.