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How to Draw a Horse

Not sure about you but …  I’m always disappointed, when I attempt to draw a horse.


Found this video that teaches you how with easy to follow directions.


If that wasn’t great enough and you’re not a horse artist by now … did you know that you can turn a subject upside down and trick your brain into drawing it without the slightest hesitation?

You should try it … it’s pretty amazing!

drawing a horse

Happy Trails!

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The Health Benefits of Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding Improves Weaknesses

Look out, Freud. There’s a new 1600 pound therapist in town.

That’s right, we’re talking about horses.

horseback riding Horses assisting in psychotherapy is an approach that has been used for centuries and is now becoming mainstream.

While we don’t do this type of thing at the ranch, it makes perfect sense, at least from where we’re standing.

Although the emotional therapeutic benefits are important, it is perhaps the physical benefits of horseback riding that most people relate to.

In addition to improving strength, coordination, and balance, horseback riding can also be good for the soul, as well as, chronic back pain and arthritis sufferers. The constant rolling motion keeps the spine supple and well-lubricated. And the physical activity and emotional connection to horses often help alleviate the pain of arthritis.

Sounds like you should “Saddle Up”!

Happy Trails!


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Winter Horseback Riding

The ranch is OPEN all year long and as true Minnesotan’s will tell you that the spring, summer and fall months are great … BUT … there is nothing more invigorating than a winter trail ride on horseback.

It’s always important to dress for the weather and we can’t stress enough to keep your apparel and shoes suitable for being on horseback.

Simply put … you need the use of your eyes, ears, hands, arms, knee’s and legs.


Dress in layers. Find a suitable shirt, such as a long sleeve T-shirt or sweatshirt, to wear. Many riders like to wear vests when the weather gets colder. Your arms and shoulders are less restricted in a vest, and they lend themselves to layering for warmth.

For occasional riders, we suggest blue jeans or sweat pants. Please avoid pants that twist, wrinkle or bunch along the inside of your legs and at the knees.

The boots or shoes you wear on a cold weather trail ride is a major consideration. Look for a boot with up to a 1 ½ inch heel and low tread. Winter and hiking boots are much to heavy to wear horseback riding and in the case of a fall may get stuck in the stirrups. With so many different styles of shoes and boots to choose from just make sure that the pair you have chosen is suitable for fitting into and releasing from the stirrups.

While we don’t provide riding helmets, feel free to bring along a helmet, if you own one and last but not least … don’t forget your scarf and those gloves (mittens are a bad idea) that won’t slip through the reins.

Winter hours @ River Valley Horse Ranch – Trail rides on the hour … Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm | Reservations Suggested.

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Minnesota River Valley Road Trip

If you’re looking for a fun Minnesota getaway, without breaking the bank, jump in the car and go south of the Twin Cities on Highway 169 S,  to the Minnesota River Valley.

Jump in the Car and Come On Down!

Jump in the Car and Come On Down!

You could reserve a night or two at the Nicolin Mansion B&B (based on availability), saddle up at River Valley Horse Ranch, visit Crofut Family Winery & Vineyard and enjoy the best days of summer at the Scott County Fair (7/24-7/28).

Best of all … it’s more than a day filled with FUN and it’s all within a short driving distance!

Gotta love the end of July!

Happy Trails!

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