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How to Set Up a Hayride

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


  • : Don't allow small children to ride unaccompanied in a truck bed or trailer, and never exceed 10 miles per hour.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Step 4: Set up the campfire Set up a spot around the midpoint to light a campfire and roast marshmallows or hot dogs.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Load some snacks for the ride, plus hot chocolate and blankets if it's chilly.
  • 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.
  • FACT: A 1,000-pound horse eats at least 20 pounds of hay and other roughage per day.

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)

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