Almost every lil’ cowboy and cowgirl is a bit horse crazy, but not so crazy about a crazy horse.

That’s why Cowboy Critters Petting Farm & Pony Rides brings a gentle pony-sized horse named Lacy, mini horses (Cooper and Champ), or Welsh Ponies who are more than willing to make each ride a “dream come true”.

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Can’t decide between the PETTING ZOO and PONY RIDES? That’s okay, you can combine the two! If you’re interested in booking, we get booked up quickly, so don’t wait.

Pony Rides

Depending upon the size of your event, we can bring 1-5 ponies/horses. However, most events are handled very well with one hand-led pony. We have well-trained horses and experienced handlers. Our goal is to offer the safest, enjoyable pony ride possible. Each pony/horse is hand-led and parents are encouraged to walk along side their children if desired. Insurance requires helmets. We provide helmets, but we also encourage guests to bring their own! We travel FREE in the St. Louis area, and within 60 miles of our location.

Meet our Pony Ride Horses:

  • Lacey, our experienced, sweet horse whom the children adore
  • Prince, Mezzie, & Ace our white Welsh ponies who are sometimes Rainbow Dash or a Magical Unicorn (add $50 for special costumes)
  • Mini Cooper and Champ, our adorable Miniature Horses
  • Baby J, our tall horse for adults and teens
  • Kota, the sweetest, most colorful small horse

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Small Private Party

$ 250

First Hour (no travel fee)

  • 1-50 Expected Turnout (riders)
  • 1 Pony or Small Horse
  • Additional ponies available (2nd) $50/hour
  • Use our helmets or your own!
  • $100 Each additional Hour

Community EventsMost Popular

$ 300

First Hour (no travel fee)

  • 50-250 Expected Turnout (riders)
  • 2 Ponies (usually small horse and mini)
  • Additional ponies available (3rd) $75/hour
  • Use our helmets or your own!
  • $150 per additional Hour

Large Corp. Events

$ 350

First Hour (no travel fee 60mi)

  • 250-1,000 Expected Turnout (riders)
  • 3 Ponies included (small horse, mini and pony)
  • Additional ponies available (4th) $100/hour
  • Use our helmets or your own!
  • $200 per additional hour


Riding Lessons

If you are looking for a place to come and ride, or to learn how to ride we can send you in the right direction! We exclusively travel with our ponies, but our sister company Daystar Equestrian is located in O’Fallon, MO, and they are set up to teach all levels of riding. They have horses and ponies so that children and adults can learn to ride. With a couple of different instructors, they can teach anything from beginner to dressage, jumping and even western.

Visit daystar Equestrian website

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Semi-Private Lesson

$ 30

30 Minute Lesson

  • Allow 1 hour and 15 minutes for the entire lesson.**
  • Designed for siblings or friends wanting to ride together.
  • Combine lessons for a discount on each rider!
  • Three rider maximum.
  • **Arrive 30 minutes early to get the horse ready and stay 15 minutes after to untack and clean up.

Private LessonMost Popular

$ 35

30 Minute Lesson

  • Allow 1 hour and 15 minutes for the entire lesson.**
  • One-on-one time with one of our professional riding instructors.
  • Each lesson easily tailored to the rider’s specific needs.
  • Designed to train students in overall horsemanship skills.
  • **Arrive 30 minutes early to get the horse ready and stay 15 minutes after to untack and clean up.

Advanced Lesson

$ 45

45 Minute Lesson

  • Allow 1 hour and 30 minutes for the entire lesson.**
  • For riders looking to compete in the show ring.
  • Lessons are tailored to a specific riding disipline: Dressage, Jumping, or Western Dressage.
  • Please CALL HOPE for details
  • **Arrive 30 minutes early to get the horse ready and stay 15 minutes after to untack and clean up.


Unicorn Party

Need a Magical Unicorn for your little princess? You have come to the right place! We have 3 white ponies who are perfect for unicorn parties. We dress the pony up for you, and you get to sit back and watch the fun. Currently, we have a silver and pink costume and a pink, purple and gold outfit. We are happy to make other costumes to fit your request for a small fee (to cover materials and time) Let us know what you have in mind and we’ll come up with something to make your party perfect!

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Custom Unicorn Outfit

$ 300

60 minutes

  • White Unicorn for 1hr of rides!
  • Custom pick your colors!
  • We will design an outfit for your party
  • Perfect for princess parties
  • Need to add time? $100/each additional hour

Unicorn Pony RidesMost Popular

$ 275

60 minutes

  • White Unicorn pony
  • Pink/Silver or Pink/Purple/Gold
  • Set up anywhere back yard, side walk etc.
  • Perfect for birthday parties!
  • Need to add time? $100/each additional hour

2 Unicorns

$ 350

60 minutes

  • 2 White Unicorn ponies (spotted mini optional)
  • Pink/Silver and Pink/Purple/Gold
  • Set up anywhere back yard, side walk etc.
  • Perfect for bigger parties
  • Need to add time? $150/each additional hour


My Little Pony Party

Do you have a My Little Pony fan? Did you know that it IS possible to bring their favorite My Little Pony to a surprise birthday party? Since Prince is white, his hair shows color really well. We can dye him to look just like a My Little Pony! Our MOST popular request is Rainbow Dash, but we are happy to look into other requests as well. Since we have to custom order the dye, we need a month’s heads up so that we can get everything shipped in time. It is pretty expensive to get enough dye for an entire pony, so the My Little Ponies are a bit more expensive to hire than the Unicorns and regular ponies. All the dye is washable, so it is safe to touch the pony and enjoy pony rides!

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1st Hour

$ 300

60 minutes

  • 1 My Little Pony
  • You get to pick the character (Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle etc.)
  • Set up anywhere (back yard, park, sidewalk)
  • Perfect time for short parties with young children

2 HoursMost Popular

$ 400

120 minutes

  • 1 My Little Pony
  • You get to pick the character (Rarity, Pinkie Pie etc.)
  • Set up anywhere (back yard, park, sidewalk)
  • Additional hours $100 each

2 Ponies

$ 400

60 minutes

  • 2 My Little Ponies
  • You get to pick the characters (Flutter Shy, Apple Jack etc.)
  • Set up anywhere (back yard, park, sidewalk)
  • Additional hours $150 each


Photoshoot

Need the perfect pony for a photo shoot? We have lots of different ponies, and can work in a lot of different settings. Need a white pony for a unicorn shoot? What about a spotted pony for a western themed photo session? Need a tall horse? Gray Horse? Mini Horse? Let us know what you need, and we’ll figure something out for you! We can bring our ponies to your chosen location, or we have a beautiful setting at Daystar Equestrian where you can come to us!

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Custom Outfit

$ 300

60 minutes

  • 1 white (or dyed) pony for photos!
  • Custom pick your colors!
  • We will design an outfit to match your request
  • Perfect for special characters
  • Need to add time? $100/each additional hour

Unicorn PonyMost Popular

$ 275

60 minutes

  • White Unicorn pony
  • Pink/Silver or Pink/Purple/Gold
  • Set up anywhere your location or ours!
  • Perfect for fairy/princess themes
  • Need to add time? $100/each additional hour

Regular Pony

$ 250

60 minutes

  • 1 regular pony (white, spotted, small, tall)
  • Un-decorated pony (with or without saddle)
  • Set up anywhere our facility our yours!
  • Perfect for western photo shoot
  • Need to add time? $100/each additional hour


Petting Zoo & Pony Rides

If you combine the Petting Zoo and the pony rides you can save! Rather than booking separately, you can combine to two for double the fun. We have lots of different options from birthday party packages all the way to corporate event packages and community festivals. You still get to pick which animals you want us to bring, travel is still FREE in St. Louis, and you get to interact with MORE animals!

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Small Combo

$ 350

First Hour

  • Expected Turnout 1-50
  • Small petting zoo (5 Species)
  • 1 Pony and Saddle for Rides
  • Add pony costume $50 (unicorn or My Little Pony)
  • Additional Pony $50 per hour
  • Each additional Hour $150
  • 2 Hour event $500
  • 3 Hour event $650
  • 4 Hour event $700
  • 5 Hour event $850

Medium ComboMost Popular

$ 400

First Hour

  • Expected Turnout 50-250
  • Medium Petting zoo (8 Species)
  • 1 Pony and Saddle for Rides
  • Add pony costume $50 (unicorn or My Little Pony)
  • Medium Petting Farm
  • Additional Pony $75 per hour
  • Each additional Hour $200
  • 2 Hour Event $600
  • 3 Hour event $800
  • 4 Hour event $1,000
  • 5 Hour event $1,200

Large Combo

$ 450

First Hour

  • Expected Turnout 250-1,000
  • Large Petting zoo (11 species)
  • 2 Ponies and Saddles for Rides
  • Add pony costume $50/each (unicorn or My Little Pony)
  • Additional Pony $100 per hour
  • Each additional Hour $250
  • 2 Hour event $700
  • 3 Hour event $950
  • 4 Hour event $1,200
  • 5 Hour event $1,450


Children of all ages — yes, even the adults get in on the action — enjoy the interactive hands-on experience that’s unique to our mobile Petting Farm. In short, PETTING and FUN are encouraged… “keep your hands on the animals at all times”!

Questions? Contact us today!

Rusty Spurs with "Sweet Pea" the donkeyTake it from Rusty Spurs, “Once ya get a pettin’, ya just cain’t stop!”