Frequently Asked Questions
Q - What are your opening times?
A - Booking your date and time is Essential. Closed on Monday's;
Open all year, Tuesday to Sunday, Winter 10.00-15.00; Summer 10.00-18.00
November to February, Clydesdale riding and driving only available weather and farm logistics permitting.
Q - How do I book?
A - Give us a call on 01290 421639 / 07785 522735 or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org where we can check our your preferred dates. All experiences have to be paid in advance to secure the booked date and time.
Q - Can my child participate?
A - 8 years of age and upwards to participate with their guide without a parent/guardian present, as long as your child can sit unaided and safety hat fits correctly. Parent/guardian must remain on the farm at all times while children are participating. Under 8 years old, a parent/guardian must be present through the experience
Q - Do you provide hats?
A - Yes if you forget your own, all our hats are inspected regularly and meet all current safety standards
Q - Do I need any experience?
A - No. Your guide will accompany you, who will ride out or walk beside you with a lead rope attached to the Clydesdale if required. Our Clydesdales do not mind if you have never ridden before.
Q - Can I take the horses out on my own?
A - No, all participants are accompanied by an experienced handler who will ride out or walk with you.
Q - Are you a riding school?
A - No. We do not participate in riding lessons, we give pleasure rides without official instruction. Our Clydesdale Horses are not trained to be nose to tail riding horses, we take them on lots of different routes and of varied speeds which keeps them happy. We can recommend a riding school
Q - Are your horses fit and well?
A - Yes! The horses have plenty of rest and access to grass, hay and water at all times. They are vaccinated and wormed biannually as well as seeing a farrier regularly.
Q – Is there a weight restriction for riding?
A – Yes [Updated 2016] Maximum weight - Experienced, accomplished rider up to 18 stone [252lb/114kg]. Novice and non rider up to 15 stone [210lb/95kg]. We always put the Clydesdales health and welfare first.
Q – Do I have to be fit to ride?
A – Participants should be in reasonable health and agile enough to lift and carry.
Q - What should I wear?
A - Comfortable hard wearing outdoor clothing suitable for the time of year, riding boot or boots with a very low heel, waterproofs if necessary. We do want you to be disappointed that you can not ride on your experience so please ware suitable footwear as we do not stock footwear at the farm.
Q- How much land do I need to keep Alpacas?
Around 1 acre per 6 alpacas with additional land for rotation purposes, or 2 to 3 alpacas if no additional land is available.
Q- What type of fencing is needed?
Alpacas are generally not escape artists. Normal stock fencing with 2 line wires above is adequate for them.
Q- Do they need field shelter over the winter?
Only in extreme weather conditions or after birthing has taken place and weather conditions are inclement or your have a poorly alpaca.
Q- Can they be kept on their own?
No, alpacas are herd animals and therefore cannot be kept alone. A minimum of 2, preferably 3, is necessary.
Q- Can they be kept with other livestock?
Yes, mix with all our animals on the farm
Q- Do they protect other livestock?
Alpacas are commonly known to be herd protectors, as they grow with the other animals, they develop a protective mentality. The castrated males are commonly sold for this purpose.
Q- What is the average life span of an alpaca?
Generally between 15 and 20 years depending on how well they are looked after.
Q- At what age can an alpaca first be mated?
Usually from 12 months, depending on their size. Some may have to wait for up to 18 months to be the correct weight.
Q- What is the gestation period for an alpaca?
The usual gestation period is 11 to 11½ months, however, they have been known to carry for up to 13 months.
Q- At what age are the babies (crias) weaned from their mothers?
Around 5 to 6 months depending on the size of the cria and how the mother’s body condition is.
Q- How long after alpacas give birth can they be remated?
Generally they are ready to mate 14 days after giving birth.
Q- What do alpacas eat?
Grass is quite adequate for them with small amounts of hay all year round.
Q- Do they need feed supplement over the winter?
This is not necessary, however, being that over winter there is not a lot of goodness in the grass, feeding a specialist alpaca mix is beneficial.
Q- What time of year are alpacas shorn and how often?
Shearing takes place between May and July once a year; crias are shorn from around 3 months.
Q- What colours do they come in?
12 main colours with many shades of each.
Q- Are alpacas generally robust animals and easy to keep?
Generally they are tough, hardy animals. They require little husbandry and maintenance.
Q- Do they need worming and vaccinating?
Worming and vaccinating should be carried out around every six months or when it is evident there is a problem. The baby alpacas should be first vaccinated at 1 month old then repeated at 2 months old.
Q- Are alpacas registered in the UK?
Yes, all of our Alpacas are registered with The British Alpaca Society, as is the case with most alpaca owners in the UK.