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Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area LogoHorseback Riding & Lessons
Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area

Beginnig June 9, 2015
BLORA Ranch's guided Trail rides, private horseback riding, pony parties, pony rides, petting zoo and lessons will temporarily be closed until further notice.

General Fort Hood Recreational Horseback riding still available - For Fort Hood Area Access horseback riding, pre-registration is required. Contact the Sportsmen's Center at 254-532-4552 for further details.

Hours of Operation

Mon, Closed
Tue - Thur & Sun, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri & Sat, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm

CLOSED: Christmas Eve & Day New Year's Day Easter Thanksgiving

Reservations & Lesson Registration:
(254) 681-9788

There are over 1,200 beautiful acres spread across BLORA for riders to explore. Horses are available for one and two hour rides. All trail rides are guided by several wranglers that have extensive experience in all aspects of horsemanship. We intentionally keep our groups small, to insure your safety; we want you to feel safe and enjoy your time on horseback.

BLORA Ranch also offers private rides for couples. Are you looking for something more than just a movie and dinner date? Have you just returned home from deployment and need some quiet time? If so, call and make a reservation for a unique date experience at the ranch.

If your child (10-14 years of age) will be participating on a trail ride, please call and check availability of a child size horse, or reserve one for an upcoming ride, as child size horses are limited.

Children under 10 years of age are not permitted on the trails. However, there's still fun for the young cowpokes with pony rides and a small animal petting area.

Weight Requirements:
Riders must weigh 245 lbs or less to ride on BLORA Ranch stock.

To enhance your experience, long pants and long sleeved shirts are recommended. Open-toe shoes and bathing suits are not allowed on the trails.

Available at BLORA Ranch

Privately Owned Horses:
Trails are available for privately owned horses meeting Post Vet requirements during normal operating hours. Daily riding fee is $3 per horse.

A 48-hour cancellation is required or forfeiture of reservation fees will occur on all BLORA Ranch services.

Post Vet Requirements:
A current rabies vaccine, current tetanus vaccine, and proof of negative coggins (all given within the last 12 months) are required for any horse participating in a BLORA Ranch activity. Proof must be presented at BLORA Ranch at the time of patronage. Horses without requirements will not be allowed at BLORA Ranch.

Before saddling up, check-in at the BLORA Ranch Office (located at the BLORA Ranch), 15 minutes prior to your scheduled riding time, to allow adequate time to register for the ride. Children under 10 years-of-age are not permitted on trail rides. No double riding is permitted on the trail rides.

Environmental weather conditions may result in periodic closures of the ranch, without notice, should riding conditions be determined unsafe for patrons or stock. Closures include, but are not limited to weather related conditions and health and welfare of stock. Please call BLORA Ranch to check closures, before driving to ranch.

Please call in advance for daily ranch updates before driving to BLORA.

Daily Guided Trail Ride Hours:
Cost -$30/person per hour

Tuesday – Saturday
Rides depart at 0730, 0830, 1030, 1200, 1330, 1500 & 1630

Rides depart at 0730, 0830, 1000, & 1200

10 years or age and older, pending availability of child size horse for ages 10-14. Call to confirm availability. No double riding permitted.

Special arrangements may be made for Sunday evenings and other times for special occasions…wedding proposals, date night, etc…

Pony Rides:
Pony Rides - $8/per 20 minute session (9 years of age or under)

Pony Rides are parent led in a riding ring. Three 20 minute sessions per hour are available and may not be split among more than one child at the $5 per child fee.

Helmets are provided. Riding fee will not be prorated

Pony Party!
2 hours for $200; includes party pavilion, music, small animal petting zoo and wrangler led small horse rides.

For additional fee add musical chairs, goat roping, face painting and live themed characters. Payment in full required at time of reservation

Petting Zoo:
A small petting zoo is on site • Cost is $3 per child to enter • $1 (optional) to feed. Call for availability.

Western horseman and beginner riding lessons are offered for students 6 years of age and older. The student to trainer ratio is one-to-one. Cost is $25/hour Monday & Wednesday. Call and schedule a lesson today.

All recreational activity on Fort Hood is only authorized by the Area Access Program. Contact the Sportsmen's Center at (254) 532-4552 or (254) 287-5847 for more details.

Examples of authorized recreational activities include, but not limited to: sightseeing, bird watching, horseback riding, hiking, biking, hunting & fishing.

Flagged Horse Riders

Horseback with the lake in the background

Horseman with his dog


Children posing with petting zoo animals

Walking a horse in the lake

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