Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main goals of the corral?

We provide homes for animals particularly horses who were either born on the islands or imported from the states. Other animals including donkeys, sheep, goats, cats, dogs, chickens and ducks and deer have been helped as well from our willingness and know how in providing for their care. There are few options for these wild and domestic animals on this little island.

What are the specs for riders?

Ages 6 years old and up. No double riding. Weight limit 240 pounds. We use western saddles, but will tack up English upon request. Beginners always  welcome with instruction provided!

What should we wear and bring?

Closed toed shoes are requested. Sneakers or hiking boots are ok. Pants or capris are best to wear as protection from the saddle rubbing and brush along the trail. We provide saddle bags for cameras, phones, etc.

How do we get to Carolina Corral?

Taxis are $9 for 2 or more riders $12 for a single rider. Buses run 20 past the hour beginning early morning from the Cruz Bay dock Monday through Saturday. The last bus is at 8:20 out of Coral Bay Monday thru Friday. No bus on Sundays. We’re 30 minutes across island by bus which goes through Coral Bay and turns around at the end of our road before going back through town. A short walk down a dirt road brings you to our first drive on the right. Directions if driving: Take Rt. 10 or Centerline Road straight across island to Coral Bay, travel time about half hour. Once in Coral Bay there’s a road going right to Salt Pond called 107, but stay on 10. Travel exactly half a mile past a ballfield on the right, a school, fire station, Skinny Legs restaurant and shops. We’re on the right just after the pond. Across the road is a one story yellow house with lots of coconut trees. Please arrive no sooner than 9:30 for the morning ride and 3:30 for the afternoon ride to allow time for the animals to be fed and saddled. click here for a map.

Do you offer options other than horse rides?

New this season “The Daily Donkey” incorporating family fun time with our loveable 4 legged friends. This will be an opportunity to interact with the donkeys while participating in some friendly competition. Be creative in dressing up your donk! Book online, call 340-693-5778 or email us at info@horsesstjohn.com. Proceeds to benefit the VI Donkey Rescue, Inc.

We offer kiddy rides by appointment, available 1pm Monday thru Friday for a ride for the little guys.

Want to learn more about horses or miss working around them? You can start your day at the corral by helping to clean up, feed, groom and tack the horses and donkeys. Available for up to 6 volunteers, Monday thru Friday at 8:30am, bookable online. No ride appointment necessary. The corral is always open to visitors with donations greatly appreciated!

What if we have to cancel?

All major credit cards are accepted with to reserve with cash on the day of the ride if desired. Please call the night before to cancel otherwise 100% of the fee is charged on the day of the ride with a possibility of a make up ride. Private rides require at least 36 hours in advance to cancel for a full refund.

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