River Valley Horse Ranch is OPEN all of the amazing (and very different) 4 seasons!
While we cherish our spring and summer months, there is nothing more invigorating than a cool fall ride or a Minnesota winter outing on horseback!
It’s always important to dress for the weather of the day 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.
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 – 5pm | Reservations Suggested.
Hope to see you soon!
Travel by horse, when you have a choice.
River Valley Horse Ranch can attest to the positive effects that horses have on people.
In his book “Horse Behavior“ George Waring states that horses have five highly developed senses: taste, touch, hearing, smell, and sight. They also have an enigmatic sixth sense, heightened perception, which is very rare in humans.
And it’s been clinically proven that just being in the vicinity of horses can change our brainwave patterns and help us experience a unique calming effect that is exclusive to these amazing creatures.
If you are tired of being fixated on past or negative events – “Saddle Up” for a really positive experience. You’ll feel great!
If not now … when?
River Valley Horse Ranch | 952.361.3361
Just when we thought that life couldn’t get any sweeter, we received another thank you note from one of our guests.
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks. ~James Allen
River Valley Ranch is the best possible choice for horseback riding. I went there with my friend for my birthday and we had a great time! We had wonderful horses and my horse‘s name was Blaze. He was so cute and amazing to ride! My friend’s horse’s name was Navaho he was a beautiful pinto! Our trail guide was Emily and she was a good guide and was very nice. I hope the next time we are out we can have her guide our trail ride again. Thank you very much for such great time! I know we’ll be back! – Taylor T.
Thank you so much Taylor! We hope to see you again soon!
Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.
River Valley Horse Ranch is in the heart of Carver, Minnesota with the beautiful Minnesota River right next door.
It’s gorgeous in the Southern Minneapolis Metro Area for a good part of the year. With the exception of spring flooding that occasionally happens but hey … the ranch is right next to a river … you gotta expect water.
You’ll love our stable of horses and the horse trails are magnificient! You’ll really enjoy the ride!
We invite you to set up a time to saddle up with family, friends and loved ones!
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 10am-7pm • Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm
We look forward to seeing you and we would suggest making reservations ahead of time by calling our reservation line: 952-361-3361. Happy Trails!
Feeling down? Saddle up!
A horse can lend its rider the speed and strength he or she lacks, but the rider who is wise remembers it is no more than a loan. ~Pam Brown
When you’re young and you fall off a horse, you may break something. When you’re my age, you splatter. ~ Roy Rogers
The ass will carry his load, but not a double load; ride not a free horse to death. ~ Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote
You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people. ~ Will Rogers
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it. ~Unknown
In riding a horse we borrow freedom. ~ Helen Thomson
Small children are convinced that ponies deserve to see the inside of the house. ~Maya Patel
To me, horses and freedom are synonymous. ~ Veryl Goodnight
It’s getting warmer! River Valley Horse Ranch is OPEN weekends 10am-4pm. Call to make a reservation 952.361.3361
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- River Valley Horse Ranch
- 16480 Jonathan Carver Parkway, Carver, MN 55315-9659
Saddle Up! We’re Open Weekends!
In riding a horse we borrow freedom. ~Helen Thomson
If you think winter isn’t a good time for horseback riding, think again! There’s nothing like a nice, long trail ride in crisp weather, when there are no flies to swat. Winter is a wonderful time to relax on horseback!
Besides dressing in warm layers, here are some good winter horseback riding tips to inspire you to saddle up!
Don’t forget … River Valley Horse Ranch is OPEN weekends from 10am-4pm. Reservation Line: (952) 361-3361
It was such a beautiful summer (& fall) horseback riding along the Minnesota River! So many great memories…here are just a few!
HAPPY TRAILS TO YOU!
River Valley Ranch, Inc. Trail Rides and Events
Starting today … River Valley Horse Ranch will be OPEN on Saturday and Sundays, from 10am to 5pm.
Call our reservation line @ 952-361-3361 to reserve your spot!
Remember that group reservations with 20 or more, in their party … save $5 per person (per hour).
To ride a horse is to ride the sky.
Horses, humans and all other mammals share a common ancestor—one with five toes.
So how did horses end up with single-toed hooves?
The Horse ran in 2008/2009 and was organized by the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City.
It’s really worth taking a look around on this amazing website! Enjoy!!!