At Jack's Livery Stable safety comes first! Please review our following policies if you are planning to rent a drive-yourself horse and buggy or rent a saddle horse.
Drive-Yourself Horse and Buggy Policies
Before assigning you a horse and buggy we will ask you to fill out a short driving questionnaire to assess your driving experience, if you have any. Please be honest in answering the questions.
Please read and follow our:
Horse and Buggy Rules of the Road
- Keep the horse and buggy at a walk when going uphill and downhill.
- Steer wide around corners.
- Absolutely no U-turns.
- The horse is to be driven only by the designated driver.
- Trot or walk, but never gallop the horse.
- Rest the horse by walking it between periods of trotting.
- Do not tie the horse or leave the horse unattended at any time.
- If driving along Lake Shore Drive, don't stop the horse until British Landing.
- If a stop is made, have an adult hold the horse by the bridle.
- All passengers remain seated while buggy is in motion.
- Parents are asked to hold on to their small children to keep them from falling out of the buggy.
- Stay out of the downtown area.
These rules are provided for your safety and driving pleasure. Treat your horse humanely, drive defensively, and enjoy your tour of Mackinac Island.
- Hold one line in each hand.
- To get the horse to go ahead say "Giddy up" and slap the horse on the rump with the lines.
- To turn to the right, pull on the right line.
- To turn to the left, pull on the left line.
- to stop the horse, pull back on both lines and say "Whoa." When the horse has stopped, loosen up on the lines.
- While traveling down the road hold the lines with an easy tension.
When the horse is stopped, don't keep pulling back on the lines because that will cause him to back up. Driving horses are trained to back up when you pull on the lines from a stop.
Saddle Horse Rental Policies
Saddle Horse Rules of the Road
- Always keep horse at a walk while on pavement when going downhill.
- Keep to the right side of the road.
- Ride in single file when in traffic.
- Go at an easy pace.
- Keep your group together.
- Do not tie horses or leave horses unattended.
- Do not feed or water horses while out.
- Your best bet is to remain on your horse at all times.
- Only one person on a horse
- Horses are not allowed on the Main Street.
- No trading horses. Stay on your assigned horse.
These rules are provided for your safety and riding pleasure. Use good judgment, treat your horse humanely, and enjoy your ride on the island. As an experienced rider who is familiar with the island, your trail guide can provide riding instructions, road and trail directions, and answers to any questions you may have.
Before assigning you a horse to ride we will ask you to fill out a short riding questionnaire. Please be honest in answering the questions. We will then do our best to match you with a horse that fits your skill level.
Riding helmets are an important safety accessory for horseback riding. If you choose not to wear a helmet, you will be asked to sign our riding helmet waiver.
Basic Western Riding
- Hold both reins in one hand.
- To turn right, put pressure with the reins on the horse's neck to the right.
- To turn left, put pressure with the reins on the horses's neck to the left.
- To get the horse going, kick him in the ribs with your heels and say "Giddy up."
- To stop the horse, pull back on the reins and say "Whoa."
- Keep a loose rein when riding on the roads and trails