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Feeling down? Saddle up!

This was truly one of the best weekends, for horseback riding, that Minnesota has seen in a long time!  A touch of fall was in the air, all along the Minnesota River Valley. The horses truly appreciated the cooler weather, as did we!

While we’re sure that you’d rather be out on the horse trails, we found a few places that may take your mind off the daily grind.

Hope you enjoy the ride!

Don’t forget … River Valley Horse Ranch is Open Everyday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm for guided trail rides.

Cool Horse Videos on Videopedia

  1. List of Historical Horses
  2. Famous Horses – Smithsonian
  3. Images of Famous Horses
  4. A Huge List of Horse Movies
  5. Famous Horse Names

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Summer Memories at River Valley Horse Ranch

It was such a beautiful summer (& fall) horseback riding along the Minnesota River!  So many great memories…here are just a few!


Hourly Trail Rides

Horse Ranches

Hourly Trail Rides

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Horseback Riding at River Valley Horse Ranch • Winter Hours

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).

Saddle Up!

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When I am an Old Horsewoman

When I am an old Horsewoman
I shall wear turquoise and diamonds,
and a straw hat that doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my social security on red wine and carrots,
And sit in my alley-way of my barn
And listen to my horses breathe.
I will sneak out in the middle of a summer night
And ride the old bay gelding,
Across the moonstruck meadow
If my old bones will allow.
And when people come to call, I will smile and nod
As I walk past the gardens to the barn and show instead the flowers
growing inside stalls fresh-lined with straw.
I will shovel and sweat and wear hay in my hair as if it were a jewel.
And I will be an embarrassment to all,
Who will not yet have found the peace in being free to have a horse as a
best friend,
A friend who waits at midnight hour
With muzzle and nicker and patient eyes
For the kind of woman I will be
When I am old.
– Author Unknown

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The Horse Boy

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!

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Beautiful Horses.

Such amazing animals. We’re lucky to share our lives with them and hope that you get a chance to Saddle Up, very soon!

In the meantime, enjoy a few of our favorite horse video’s…

Don’t forget…starting in May…River Valley Horse Ranch is Open Everyday • 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Call our reservation line to schedule a trail ride @ 952-361-3361.


I Am Horses

Wild Horses

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Time to Get Back On The Saddle Again…

Horseback Riding Minnesota

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.

Website: River Valley Horse Ranch

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

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Celebrate Spring on Horseback!


Horseback riding trail rides

Saddle Up!


Once you’re up in the saddle, you’ll experience the beauty of manicured trails and the breathtaking Minnesota River Valley.

Our seasoned trail guides and ranch hands do whatever is necessary to ensure your safety and complete satisfaction. We have the right horse to match your riding ability. 

Reservations for Horseback Riding and Group Trail Rides can be made by phone. CALL 952-361-3361

If you want a stable friendship, get a horse. 

River Valley Horse Ranch is OPEN for trail rides on the weekends through April…10am to dusk…grab the family, office staff or group members and celebrate the coming of spring on horseback in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley.

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Random Horse Facts

horseback ridingThis huge list of random horse facts are provided by…The Equinest…the greatest horse resource that we’ve found on the internet! Thanks, Paige!

Some you may already know and some maybe new to you. Horses are stranger than they look.

Here’s to learning something new today.

1. Leonardo da Vinci liked to draw horses.
2. An adult horse’s brain weights 22 oz, about half that of a human.
3. Horses can not vomit.
4. The first cloned horse was a Haflinger mare in Italy in 2003.
5. Until the 1960’s Dartmoor ponies were used to escort prisoners from local prisons while they were on outside duties.
6. The word chivalry comes from cheval the French word for horse.
7. Chariot racing was the first Olympic sport in 680 B.C.
8. The Dubai World Cup is 6 million dollars, the richest horse race purse in the world.
9. Horses like sweet flavors and will usually reject anything sour or bitter.
10. Like a fingerprint, every zebra has a unique stripe pattern.
11. To get an official measurement of a horses height, they must be measured without shoes.
12. Horses drink at least 25 gallons of water a day (more in hotter climates).
13. Horses teeth never stop growing.
14. Ragweed is responsible for more horse deaths than most other toxic plants.
15. It takes 9-12 months to re-grow an entire horse hoof.
16. Horses have been found in cave paintings that date back to around 15000 B.C.
17. You can tell if a horse is cold by feeling behind their ears. If that area is cold, so is the horse.
18. Mown grass cuttings can cause colic in horses.
19. Horses have 16 muscles in each ear, allowing them to rotate their ears 180 degrees.
20. According to Arabian folklore chestnut horses are the fastest and bravest of all colors.
21. Ponies live longer than horses and can live well into their 50’s.
22. The four horses of the apocalypse are said to signify the end of the world; conquest on a white horse, famine on a black horse, war on a red horse and plague on a pale horse.
23. A horse’s knee joint is the equivalent to a human wrist, and their hock joint is equivalent to the human ankle.
24. The gestation period for a mare is 11 months, for a female donkey it is 12 months.
25. Horses with pink skin can get a sunburn.
26. A small indent in a horses skin (usually on the neck or shoulder) is called a prophet’s mark and is considered good luck.
27. Mongolian tribes were the first to domesticate the horse, about 5000 years ago.
28. Legend has it that the Arabian horse was created by Allah, ‘out of a handful of the southern wind‘.
29. Horses have a great long term memory, (especially for places they were spooked).
30. The oldest horse on record lived to the age of 62 and died in 1822.
31. Horses thrive on routine, especially when it comes to food.
32. Giant white horses are carved in chalk on several hillsides in England. Some date back hundreds of years – folklore says that when King Arthur of he Round Table returns to the throne, one of the chalk horses would get up and dance.
33. The best way to determine the age of a horse is by examining it’s teeth.
34. You can tell if a horse is dehydrated by pinching their skin, if it takes time for the skin to return from the pinch, they need water.
35. A horses stomach should always make gurgling noises, an absence of them can mean colic.
36. If a horse has a red ribbon on it’s tail, it kicks.
37. Horses have 7 common blood types.
38. The largest horse museum in the world is the International Museum of the Horse in Kentucky.
39. In Greek mythology Apollo delivered the sun and the moon to the sky every day in his horse drawn chariot
40. Horses are social animals and will get lonely if kept alone.
41. Donkeys have been known to live 35-40 years.
42. Arabian horses have one fewer vertebrae and one less rib than other breeds.
43. When cantering, a horse takes a breath with every stride.
44. Horses will mourn the passing of a companion.
45. All horses have parasites in their stomach and intestines in small quantities, they only become a problem if the count builds up.

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Horsing Around

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River Valley Ranch is Open Weekends!

Surfing the net for interesting horse websites, we came across horsechannel.com.

For more than 30 years, Horse Illustrated has served the hands-on horse owner by promoting the best in horse management, riding and training for all breeds and styles of riding. Along with their website, www.HorseChannel.com, Horse Illustrated provides the latest horse news plus essential information about horse health, horse nutrition, grooming  and all aspects of horse care plus English and western training solutions, breed profiles and more.

In our opinion this has to be one of the most concise horse websites on the internet. Loads of horse facts, horse projects and horse games, among other things.

Some of our favorite pages:

Horse Videos

Young Horse Rider

Horse Ring Tones

Horse Games

We hope you’ll check it out.

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