Where can I pet a horse?
The best place for petting a horse is a trail rider service or a petting zoo. Most farms are working farms not open to the public on last-minute notice. Some farm tours provided by Farms Tours of Ocala and Horse Country Carriage Company and Tours have horses available for that purpose.
What horse farms provide tours in Ocala/Marion County?
To view a complete list of farms that provide tours, click here.
Can I go to the OBS horse sale? Is there admission?
The horse sales are open to the public. Guests are welcome to walk the grounds during the sales and the week leading up to each sale. Be sure to ask permission before entering barn areas or sales area. Also, be alert when moving around horses. For a schedule of sales – typically January, March, April, June, August and October, check Ocala Breeder's Sales Company.
Can I bet on the horse races?
There are now two places in Ocala to bet on simulcasts of your favorite racehorse: the Ocala Breeders’ Sales ITW and the Ocala Jai Alai, just north of Ocala.
Where can I watch morning thoroughbred horse workouts?
The best place to see public workouts is at Ocala Breeders’ Sales. You can park in the lot and walk to the grandstand to watch the horses work out from 6 a.m. to typically 10 a.m. daily. Keep in mind the light conditions in the early morning and the cooler weather at times make the horses very alert. In order not to spook them, it is encouraged that visitors sit in the bleacher stands where you can see the horses and not startle them.
What are Under Tack Shows?
These are shows in which the horses being sold work for time, and these workouts are replayed throughout the sale for prospective buyers. These shows are typically the weekend before the sales and are open to the public. These can be best seen from the stands and bleachers at Ocala Breeders’ Sales. The Under Tack Shows typically start at 10 a.m. and go through early afternoon. For a schedule, check Ocala Breeder's Sales Company.
Can I drive to see horse farms?
There are many scenic routes in the county that drive by beautiful horse farms. Stop in to the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association for more information on best scenic routes.. The spring is a great time to see foals playing with their mothers and the summer is great for seeing young horses frolicking with their friends in the pastures. Winter is a great time to see mares heavy in foal grazing and awaiting the arrival of their babies, typically in early January through March.
Is there a horse-related museum in town?
The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association is home to the Florida Thoroughbred Museum and Gallery, located at 801 SW 60th Avenue. Admission is free. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed for lunch at noon.
If I travel with my horse to Ocala, where can I stay?
There are a number of places that board horses while you are traveling. Many are state and national parks and the Ocala area has a number of trailheads and parks for horse camping. There is great trail riding in the area. Visit the Florida State Park website for details. The Florida Horse Park is currently working to provide on-site camping. BG Equestrian Resort has cabins and corrals for both horse and rider for rent.