Paul & Jill's 
Equestrian Stables 
(340) 772-2880  •  (340) 332-0417
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We will be arriving by cruise ship just for the day. How do we make reservations, at what time, and how do we get there?

Where are you located?

Do I need a U.S. Passport to get to St. Croix?

Do we need reservations, and how do we arrange transportation?

What is the price of the ride, and how long is it?

Can you accommodate an experienced rider and their spouse who has never ridden?

Will I have difficulty getting on the horse?

The horses don't just walk the whole way, do they?

What type of scenery do we see, and what's the tour about?

Can we bring along cameras?

What type of saddles do you have?

What type of attire should riders wear?

Where can I get a hold of your brochure?




Q:    We will be arriving by cruise ship just for the day. How do we make reservations, at what time, and how do we get there?

We suggest making reservations at least two weeks in advance. CALL 340-772-2880 or 340-332-0417.

To make a reservation, we must have each riders NAME, HEIGHT, and truthful vacation WEIGHT (most important), riding EXPERIENCE and AGE. Please include your phone numbers, as we may choose to respond by phone.  Also mention the date you leave for your trip.

We require a credit card number to reserve your reservation, and for your security please phone in your credit card info, instead of transmitting it via e-mail. You can, however, the other necessary information.

Cruise ship passengers usually need to go on our late MORNING ride, as the afternoon ride gets back too late to get back to the ship. On cruise ship days, if the morning ride is full and there is sufficient demand, we may open up an additional mid-day ride.


Q:    Where are you located? Where is St. Croix? We are vacationing on St. Thomas and found out that their stable went out of business.

We are located just 40 miles south of St. Thomas, within the chain of Caribbean islands. Follow this link to our map. Our stable is located 1.5 miles north of Frederiksted, at Estate Sprat Hall, off Rt.58; just 5 minutes by taxi from the Frederiksted cruise ship pier. We are a three minute walk from Sprat Hall Plantation, and/or Sprat Hall Beach. We are 45 minutes from Christiansted, and one hour from East End. From St.Thomas, it's a 90 minute ferry ride to Gallows Bay dock, then a 45 minute taxi ride to our location. A sea plane from St.Thomas takes half an hour and then a half hour taxi trip to our stable.


Q:    Do I need a U.S. Passport to get to st. Croix?

No, for U.S. Citizens, no passport is required to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands.


Q:    We are vacationing on St. Croix. Do we need reservations, and how do we arrange transportation?

Yes, you need a confirmed reservation. We recommend at least a day or two in advance. You can hire a taxi, or rent a car for the day, for about the same price. You can use the maps found in "St. Croix-this-Week" and "St. Croix Explorer" tourist guides to find our location on the tropical west end. Look for bold print of Rain Forest on the map of St. Croix.


Q:    What is the price of the ride, and how long is it?

The price is $99.00 per person. We do NOT take credit cards for payment, but we require a credit card only to hold your reservation and to guarantee your arrival. We require at least 24 hours advance notice for cancellation, otherwise you may be charged a cancellation fee. When you arrive at our location, you must pay with either cash or travelers checks.

Total time of the ride is two hours, of which the first 30 minutes are check-in, payment, mounting up and stirrup adjustment, and the remaining 90 minutes being your actual time in the saddle on the tour. As there is built-in time for check-in, please arrive at your scheduled ride time AND DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY as we will still be in the process of getting the horses ready for the ride.


Q:    Can you accommodate an experienced rider and their spouse who has never ridden?

Yes, we can accommodate mixed groups. There is no problem for beginners, as our horses have auto-pilot features. What we need to know is, whether the beginner rider is timid or adventurous and wants a slower horse, or a more frisky horse. We try to schedule experienced riders, when there are no kids on that ride.


Q:    Will I have difficulty getting on the horse?

We have a three-step stepstool to make climbing aboard a little less difficult.




Q:    The horses don't just walk the whole way, do they?

Certainly not! With average weight riders, we usually have several opportunities to canter (run). If we have heavy riders and/or small kids, the rides are walk/trot.


Q:    What type of scenery do we see, and what's the tour about?

You will see a variety of different types of scenery on the four mile trek. In the rain forest valley, Jill will introduce medicinal plants and their cures, Tarzan vines, wild bromeliads, huge termite nests, and perhaps green and black zebra butterflies, or a mongoose. Interesting trees with different uses are pointed out, such as the Tamarind and Mango for steak sauce and chutney, Kapok or Silk Cotton for stuffing life jackets, and the Turpentine tree, nicknamed the "tourist tree". The country pasture lands are filled with majestic old Rain Trees, whose umbrella shaped canopies reach down to the ground. The trail then leads to a scenic hill top with views of the Frederiksted cruise ship harbor, Sandy Point Sea Turtle Refuge, and the lush pasture lands where the young stock roam. Along the way, Jill mentions a bit of island history about the towering sugar mills on the hilltops.


Q:    Can we bring along cameras?

Sure. We have saddle bags on each saddle that accommodate the light weight modern cameras. We do not recommend the heavier old-fashioned type, as they have a tendency to bounce around in the saddle bags in the faster gaits, or bang the riders ribs.


Q:    What type of saddles do you have?

We have only Western saddles, as that style has a saddle horn that beginners can hold onto for security, enabling them to learn to canter. We have different sized saddles that can accommodate up to a 6'5", 230 lb. man, down to a 5 year old's size. We have an assortment of kid sized saddles. Experienced English saddle riders can do the posting trot in the Western saddle.


Q:    What type of attire should riders wear?

We recommend wearing jeans or long pants. We can outfit riders with long pants, if you did not happen to pack any. You may otherwise choose to purchase jeans from Kmart on the way to the ride. You may wear shorts, but don't complain that your bare legs are being chafed by trotting, or that a thorn bush scratched your legs. Do not wear sandals, or high heels. Covered shoes with low heels recommended. Sneakers are fine.


Q:    Where can I download your brochure?

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