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Home for domestic animals in need on the beautiful island of St. John,
US Virgin Islands.

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Welcome to Carolina Corral!

Please note as of October 26, 2023 rides will be limited to four experienced or hardy beginners with one pony for the ypinger or smaller rider under 130#. There’s one hill some people consider challenging, although the horses don’t have any problems with it. I’ve also had to raise the rate because of the high cost of keeping horses on a small island. Two were born on St John, the others came from St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. The horseback rides are the main means of income for the yard, supporting all the other rescues and unwanted animals including a goat who had a broken leg and a donkey hit by a car. Rides can be scheduled as something special to do as a couple or as a family. It’s best not to wait till the day before you leave to ride, as anything could happen to make us one horse short or the weather may not be cooperative.

Rides are one hour in length along the shoreline of Coral Bay culminating on a beautiful rocky beach for pictures. Ride on a couple of small sandy beaches on the way back along the water and into the mangroves. They are in the afternoons at 3:00 and 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. Closed toed shoes and long pants or capris recommended for protection from brush and the saddle. I have long pants to borrow if you didn’t bring any with you. Weight limit is 240# with no double riding. Age limit is 10 years old on up for the horses and 8 on up for the pony!

Other activities include helping with the Morning Feed at 8:30am, Monday – Friday. $20 donation each participant

Volunteer for clean up duty or with maintenance of the yard especiallyif you miss that barnyard smell! Plenty of work to be done repairing awnings, gutters. fences and gates. That’s Monday – Saturday from 9 to noon or any time there-in. You can sign up via my “Book Now” button or email me at info@horsestjohn.com for more information.

I’m also offering private tours of the corral Monday – Friday mornings at 10 am. Cost is $100 for up to 5 people with $20 each additional person. Get up close with the horses, sheep, goats, donkeys, cats, dogs and and chickens who call the corral home. All were either rescued out of the wild or unwanted by their previous owner. Hear their stories and meet Rowdy and Rascal are my greeters and their other goat friends Radar, What’s Up and Abigail were all hand raised by me. Get to know the beautiful Criollo horses Jessie and Fuego, the latest addiions from Puerto Rico and nosey Dustin, the half draft/palomino pony accidental mating in a Tennessee pasture.
You can reserve a spot online via the “Book Now” button then “Private Tour” on this site.

Monday – Friday at 11am participate in the Daily Donkey which consists of three fun activities with the donkeys leading them in sack race, obstacle course and pole bending. Cost is $45 per participant. Great fun for the whole family!

Carolina Corral has been in existence since 1994 having saved the lives of many animals and offering them to folks to come and enjoy. The work has not gotten any easier, although the needs are the same. I hope to pass this on to a couple or family who will continue the horseback rides while I move closer to Cruz Bay with the the donkeys, sheep and goats. If you’re interested in a quieter way of life or know someone who is please reach out to me! I’ll be here to help get started!

My main concern is for the animals who call this island home. I can always use the help making them more comfortable. If you are able to with a project at the yard, the animals and I would benefit greatly from your time. I’ve got tools and plenty of hardware. You can sign up as a volunteer online via the “Book Now” button on this page or call 340-693-5778. Thanks! Hope to see you soon!

All activities along are bookable online via the “Book Now” button on this page or call 340-693-5778 to pay with either Venmo or PayPal. I accept cash and checks as well.

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2024 St.John Virgin Island Donkey Calendar now available! Thanks for your continued support of these long eared ambassadors to St. John and my efforts in keeping them safe! Dana B.

This is a labor of love on a very small island where resources are few and costly. The animals benefit from your patronage and support. All of the horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, cats and dogs are either rescues or were no longer wanted by their previous owners. I do my best to provide for them a good home, giving them the care they deserve.

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If considering a donation you can do so through:
1) The “Donate Now” button on this page.      2) Paypal via the email info@horsestjohn.com      3) Venmo @ Donkeydana, (I have a chicken on my shoulder.)  Last 4 digits of phone is 9622.      4) My Amazon Wish List https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1MY346S8OXWBU?ref_=wl_share    5) Or by check to: The Carolina Corral 16133 Spring Garden, St. John, VI 00830.

Dana Bartlett

Owner and Guide

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