Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main goals of the corral?

We hope to provide you with a memorable experience while caring for animals who call the Carolina Corral home. Particularly the island donkeys and horses who were either born in the islands or imported from the states. Other animals including sheep, goats, cats, dogs, chickens and ducks have been assisted as well with our willingness and know-how in providing for their care. Few options exist for these wild and domestic animals on this tiny Caribbean island.

What are the specs for participants?

Willingness to work hard and have some fun while learning the proper care of these loveable animals. Ages 8 on up are welcome to spend the mornings at the corral learning how to safely groom, saddle and handle a horse before heading out on a ride. Ages 4 on up are welcome to love on the donkeys enjoying an afternoon wagon ride and feeding. Weight limit for riders is 240 pounds.

If you’d like you ride, but are concerned about brushing due to a possible allergic reaction, I’ll take care of that for you!

What should we wear and bring?

Closed toed shoes are requested. Sneakers or hiking boots are best with pants or capris preferable for protection from the elements. You won’t feel hot as they protect you from the sun, as well. Bug spray, sun block and a hat are highly recommended. As well as helmets for the horseback rides due to the nature of the activity and our rocky terrain.

How do we get to Carolina Corral?

Taxis are $9 for 2 or more riders, $12 for a single rider. The bus is also a good option leaving Cruz Bay ferry dock at 8am and again at 3:30pm, returning at 9:10am from Coral Bay and 6:20pm. We’re 30 minutes across island where it will turn around at the end of our dirt road. We’re five minutes down the road, first drive on the right. Directions if driving: Take Rt. 10 or Centerline Road from Cruz Bay 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 (freshly grated for new growth), a fire station, Skinny Legs restaurant and adjoining shops. We’re on the right just after a pond bordering the road. Across from our road is a one story yellow house (minus it’s roof). click here for a map.

Do you offer options other than helping at the corral?

Donkey brush and walk, every Sunday and Thursday at 8am. Please call or email if you’d like to join us at info@horsestjohn.com or call 340-693-5778 to leave a message.

For those who are unable to spend part of the day with the animals, you can stop in anytime to visit. Donations are appreciated toward their care.

Family style kiddie rides available weekday afternoons. Please call ahead to set up something special for the little person in your life. The entire family can ride accompanied by a child 7 years old and under. $25 a rider. Birthday parties welcome!

What if we have to cancel?

All major credit cards are accepted. If cancellation is necessary, please contact us at least the day before for a full refund. No refund will be possible on the day of expected activity. The horses gotta eat!

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