How to Set Up a Hayride

Take a break from the city and treat your friends and family to some good old-fashioned fun.


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You Will Need

  • A route through fields and woods
  • A pickup truck, or tractor with trailer
  • Firewood
  • Marshmallows
  • Hot dogs
  • 1 to 2 dozen bales of hay
  • A clear night
  • Friends and family
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Blankets (optional)


  1. Don't allow small children to ride unaccompanied in a truck bed or trailer, and never exceed 10 miles per hour.

  2. Step 1

    Find a trail

    Find a suitable route, like a dirt road with little to no traffic, or a drivable trail through wooded areas and fields. The route should be long enough to drive 5 to 10 miles per hour for half an hour or more.

  3. Step 2

    Get a tractor

    Get a vehicle for the ride. It should have the capacity for several bales of hay and be able navigate the trail. A pickup truck will work, but a tractor with an open top trailer is best.

  4. Step 3

    Test the trail

    Designate a driver. Have them drive the route beforehand to make sure the trailer can handle the bumps and curves.

  5. Step 4

    Set up the campfire

    Set up a spot around the midpoint to light a campfire and roast marshmallows or hot dogs.

  6. Step 5

    Load the hay

    Cover the bottom of the truck bed or trailer with a layer of hay bales. Place another layer of bales lengthwise down the center, forming a bench in the middle of the bed or trailer.

  7. Load some snacks for the ride, plus hot chocolate and blankets if it's chilly.

  8. Step 6

    Drive the trail

    Gather your friends and family on a clear night at the start of the route. When they're situated comfortably, ease down the trail and soak up the tranquility of a peaceful hayride.

  9. A 1,000-pound horse eats at least 20 pounds of hay and other roughage per day.