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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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