Horseback Riding on the BeachHutchinson Island offers one of the few places in the State of Florida where you can enjoy a horseback ride on the beach. The St. Lucie County Tourism Office and the St. Lucie County Mosquito Control division are responsible for managing and monitoring horseback riding on the beach at Frederick Douglass Memorial Park in St. Lucie County. If you have any questions on the following rules and regulations, please call the Tourism Office at 1-800-344-8443.
If you own your own horse and would like to ride at Frederick Douglass Beach, please see Quick Links on the right for permit packet information.
If you do not own a horse, you can still enjoy a ride on the beach by making reservations with the County’s partner – Tours on Horseback.
Riding Horses on the Beach:
- All horses must be equipped with a manure catch bag and/or riders must clean up manure deposited by their horse(s) on the beach, on paths leading to the beach, and in the parking area after each ride. Manure is not to be discarded into the ocean, in County trash receptacles, etc. All manure is to be removed from the park’s premises by the permit holder.
- Pursuant to Section 773.06 Florida Statutes a child who is younger than 16 years of age must wear a helmet that meets the current applicable standards of the American Society of Testing and Materials for headgear used in horseback riding and is properly fitted and fastened securely upon the child’s head by a strap.
- All riding is limited to the area south of the designated beach access.
- Riders are to follow the beach access trail from the parking lot down to the water’s edge; from there, riders ride south up to a distance of approximately one and one-half miles (1 ½) until they reach the end-of-trail marker that indicates the turnaround point.
- Horseback riding is limited to the water’s edge and NEVER ON THE DUNE. Riders are only to ride on the wet hard packed sand surface in and near the waterline. Horses are permitted to ride in the water.
- All riders are strictly forbidden to ride on the vegetated dunes so as not to disturb the dune plants and endangered species of sea turtles that nest on the beach.
- Riders are to respect the sunbathers, swimmers and others by maintaining clearance when riding.
- Riders are to observe and obey all signage instructions and conditions along the beach, in the parking area and along the beach access.
- Under Florida Law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to, or the death of, a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities.
- Permit holders must have documentation of a negative Coggins test for all horses.
VIOLATION OF ANY OF THESE RULES AND REGULATIONS MAY RESULT IN REVOCATION OF YOUR PERMIT WITHOUT REFUND.