Frequently Asked Questions
What are the main goals of the corral and VI Donkey Rescue, Inc.
* The horseback rides generate extra income for everyone at the corral, but they have to take place around the time it takes to care for all the other rescues. On St. John afternoons are cooler, so I’m offering two, one hour rides at 3:00 and 5pm. I can accommodate 5 adults with the weight limit #240 and one pony sized rider. Her Weight limit is 130#. No double riding. If you have a larger group please call 340-693-5778 to book. Closed toed shoes and long pants are required to aid in the protection from the saddle and brush. I have a variety of pants to borrow from if needed. No electronic devices will be allowed as we may get into the water and we want hands on the reins. Several pictures are included of each participant taken by the guide.
* I hope to provide you with a memorable experience while on the trail, but also while interacting with the animals who call the Carolina Corral home. Particularly the island donkeys, goats, sheep and horses who were either born on the islands or imported from the states. As well as the donkeys who were born at the corral after their mothers came in as rescues.
* Other young donkeys were separated from their mothers in the wild or were sick and injured. The adults are brought in and later released if possible after their injuries are treated, but they know where to come for water and food if they need it during our dry times.
* Animals including deer, cats, dogs, chickens, hogs and ducks have been assisted as well with my willingness and know-how in providing for their care. Few options exist for these wild and domestic animals in need on this tiny Caribbean island.
* Help with the morning feed at 8:30 or book a private tour of the corral at 10am. Join me at 11am for a public tour to meet the gang. Please note the corral tours are not horseback rides. 1:00 pm is the Daily Donkey, which is comprised of three fun activities with the donkeys. Accept the challenge of getting your donkey to cooperate! Fun for the whole family.
* If coming by barge from St. Thomas for the horseback rides please don’t take the Big Red Barge ego sells tickets online. Their last run is too early for us to get back from the ride with another half hour to Cruz Bay. The odd hour barge from Red Hook run by Love City Car Ferry is the best with their last run being 6:15pm.
* If coming by taxi, island tours are also available, you can call one of these gentlemen to help you out. It’s best to call in the morning to make an arrangement.
Mr. Wonderful 340-643-3096
Kenny Marsh 340-244-9411
* The bus is an easy way to get around, as well. It leaves 20 after the hour from both sides of the island. Meet at the Cruz Bay dock for this $1 ride, exact change required. Coral Bay is a half hour across island, it turns around at the end of my road where you’ll see my sign. I’m the first drive on the right with the green gates.