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!
I can live for two months on a good compliment. ~Mark Twain
Thank you cards are so uncommon these days. That’s why we’re using this post to share a wonderful note that we received from one of our guests! Gotta love fan mail!!!
Letter received from - Earl K.
I wanted to contact you and send my thanks for the great time my girlfriend and I had yesterday at your farm. A special thanks to Emily who was very nice, knowledgable, and a great guide.
I have had several people ask for feedback after telling them about the trip because they have always wanted to try horseback riding. I’ll be telling them your place is the one to go to. Thank you again for making the surprise birthday present for my girl a very positive experience! Thanks again to Emily!!
Thank you so much, Ed … we really appreciate you taking the time to let us know!
Emily … you Rock!
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!
Horse Quote Monday!
- Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields
- Horses make a landscape look beautiful. -Alice Walker
- A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful – and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence. - Pam Brown
- Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground. ~Author Unknown
- All I pay my psychiatrist is the cost of feed and hay, and he’ll listen to me any day. ~Author Unknown
Here are some very interesting facts about horses:
- A foal is a young horse that is either male or female.
- A horse is measured in units known as hands. One hand is equal to four inches.
- Adult female horses have 36 teeth. Adult male horses have between 40 to 44 teeth.
- A horse’s upper jaw is wider than its lower jaw.
- A colt is a young male horse that is four years or younger. A filly is a young female horse that is four years or younger.
- A horse’s age can usually be determined by its teeth.
- Dam is a term given to a mare when she becomes a mother.
- Sire is a term given to a stallion when he becomes a father.
- Horses have monocular vision which means that they can see a different image by both eyes. In other words, they can see two different images at once.
- Horses have better vision at night than humans.
- A horse is a herbivore meaning it feeds on plants.
- Horses produce approximately ten gallons of saliva a day.
- A mule is a cross between a male donkey and a female horse.
- A hinny is a cross between a male horse and a female donkey.
- Horses cannot breathe through their mouths.
- Any marking on a horse’s forehead is called a star whether it is shaped like a star or not.
- There is a breed of horse from Russia called Akhal-Teke that can go for days without food or water.
- Horses are in the same family as zebras, mules and donkeys.
- A yearling is a foal after its first birthday.
- A mare is pregnant for eleven months.
- A horse’s average lifespan is twenty to thirty years.
- There are more than 350 breeds of horses.
- A horse’s normal body temperature is 100-101 degrees.
- Horses cannot vomit.
- Horses can sleep standing up.
- There are approximately 75 million horses in the world.
- The horse that had the starring role as Mr. Ed in the 1960′s television series by the same name was a golden palamino.
- The Celts regarded the horse as a sacred animal.
Horse Breeds of the World
This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son’s autism, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time. Rowan Isaacson. THE HORSE BOY, a film by Michel Orion Scott and Rupert Isaacson.
Share Your Horse Videos Now you can share your videos right on Horse Channel and browse through other user-submitted horse videos. You’ll earn 1,000 Club Horse points every week when you upload a video!
We follow The Equinest and if you’re a horse lover, you should too! Recently while surfing their site we came across this fun horse video.
Now you know what horses do, when you’re not watching.
Saddle up! Have a great week!
Reservation Line: 952-361-3361
River Valley Horse Ranch is located in the Minnesota River Valley between the cities of Carver, Minnesota and Jordan, Minnesota.
These amazing small towns enchant visitors with their historic architecture, distinctive shops, great food and neighboring attractions. Check out our favorite links page to learn more!
Explore the Mn River Valley for a wonderful day or weekend getaway. Just a short drive (25 min) from the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. Fun for the whole family!
OPEN EVERYDAY • 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
16480 Jonathan Carver Pkwy Carver, Minnesota 55315
Reservation Line: 952-361-3361
Horseback Riding and Pasture Boarding in the Twin Cities
River Valley Horse Ranch is one of a few horseback riding stables that still offers individual and group trail rides, horseback riding and pasture boarding in the Minneapolis-St.Paul Metro Area!
Starting in May we’re….open everyday • 10am – 7 pm
APRIL HOURS: Weekends 10am-Dusk
Don’t forget…River Valley Horse Ranch is the Perfect Setting for Private Events. Please call, for more details.
16480 Jonathan Carver Pkwy Carver, MN 55315
Just a short drive (25 minutes) from the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area makes the Minnesota River Valley a wonderful day, or weekend getaway, that you won’t want to miss! Fun for the whole family!
RESERVATION LINE: 952-361-3361
You know horses are smarter than people.
You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people. ~Will Rogers
To ride or not to ride? What a stupid question!
There are so many cool resources on the Internet that share the health benefits of horseback riding. You will truly be amazed at how beneficial it really is…Fun too!
We stumbled upon a blog by Chet Day…a very simple but useful site that has a wealth of information.
A little snippet from Chet’s article on the benefits of horseback riding…Your muscles and joints are another area that can greatly benefit from horseback riding. The movements of the horse force you develop good muscle tone, this happen automatically and instinctively. While this is most noticeable in your thighs and calves, there is a a more holistic effect going on as well.
So how many calories do you actually burn horseback riding?
Not a gym person? Think about making a regular exercise regimen out of your favorite hobby. That’s what this horse enthusiast did. No matter what your age…remember horses double as friends!
Can’t think of a better reason to saddle up!
Open Weekends 10:00 am – Dusk
16480 Jonathan Carver Pkwy Carver, Minnesota 55315