The Blue Bell herd consists of 60+ horses at any given time. There is a variety of horses including: Quarter Horses, Draft Crosses, Halflingers, and Fjords. Just like people, each horse has its own personality and uniqueness.
Where do the horses go at night?
Our horses are alternated between the hay feedlot and grass pastures. We also supplement with mineral lick tubs.
How often do we shoe the horses?
Every six weeks! That’s a lot of horseshoes! Bring $1 with you and take home a horseshoe of your own.
Where do the horses go in the off-season?
Out to pasture, where they are allowed time-off to relax and eat.
Are we allowed to feed the horses treats?
No, our horses are trained with a working mentality, many do not know what treats are. We do not feed treats to minimize reaching for guests’ fingers. On the wellness side, we like to manage our horse’s intake.
I have never ridden a horse before, is that ok?
Of course! First-timers are welcome.
Where are you located?
Blue Bell Stables is located within the same vicinity as Blue Bell Lodge. Please follow the brown and white signs to Blue Bell Lodge. We are 100 yards South on Highway 87 from the lodge. You will see the horses; you can’t miss us! Please use this address for your GPS: 25453 Highway 87, Custer, SD 57730
Are we allowed to double ride with our kids?
No, we do not allow double riding.
Can I bring apples and carrots to feed to the horses?
No, we do not allow our horses to eat treats.
Will we see buffalo on our ride?
Buffalo are free roaming in the park. In the event we see buffalo, we will keep a safe distance and reroute if needed.
Is the trail shaded by trees or mostly sunny?
Our beautiful trails will see about half sun and half shade. Most of our guests wear sunscreen just in case.