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Horseback Rides | Cattle Drives | Lessons 

With 1,200 acres to explore and miles of trails, there are always new adventures for all riding levels.  Our trained staff will ensure you are comfortable with a horse that matches your experience level.  Each ride starts with a basic lesson on horsemanship skills such as saddles, stirrups and reins.

There are opportunities for trotting and loping on the trails, contingent on rider ability and comfort levels.  

All trail rides must be booked at least 4 hours prior to the trail ride.  Trail rides fill up quickly!  We recommend booking 1-2 days prior to your desired ride time. Call (231) 894-4444 or email [email protected] to book your trail ride, today!

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Helmets are required for all children under 18 years old.  Helmets are available at the barns.
Private rides available for a single $45 wrangler fee plus $30 per person per hour. 

Trail Ride Adventure

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  • Cost $30/person
  • Available daily, year-round, weather permitting
  • 1-hour ride based on experience level
  • Rides are adjusted to the least experienced person on the ride
  • Must be 8 years or older to ride
  • 5-8 years of age can ride with a wrangler (additional fee of $15/rider)

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Riding Lessons

  • $30 per person
  • Available daily, year-round, weather permitting
  • 40-minute sessions
  • Available for beginner and advance riders
  • Learn the basics of walking, trotting and cantering a horse
  • Group, semi-private, and private riding lessons available
  • English and western disciplines available
  • Learn colt starting, tune-ups for barrel racing and reining, and problem solving
  • Those who need more instruction than what can be provided in a group setting should consider purchasing private or semi-private lessons
  • *Coming soon: jumper trail, dressage arena, and obstacle course.

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Cattle Drives

  • $48/person
  • Minimum 5 riders.
  • Hit the trail early and head out to live the life of a cowboy and experience what its like to herd live cattle.
  • Reservations should be made at least 48 hours in advance, call 231-894-3983
  • Available Year Round.

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Breakfast Rides

  • $42/person on horseback | $32/person on wagon
  • Departs daily at 7:00 AM
  • Available Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day weekend (weather permitting)
  • Minimum 7 riders
  • Hit the trail early and head out to Carpenter Lake for wrangler-cooked pancakes, bacon or sausage, fruit, coffee and juice prepared & enjoyed in the great outdoors
  • Ride to the site by horseback or hay wagon (your choice)
  • Reservations should be made at least 48 hours in advance, call 231-894-4444

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Dinner (Steak) Rides

  • $57/person on horseback | $42/person on wagon
  • Departs daily at 7:00 PM
  • Available Memorial Day weekend – Labor Day weekend (weather permitting)
  • Minimum 7 riders
  • Hit the trail and head out to Carpenter lake for a wrangler-cooked 6oz. steak over an open flame in the great outdoors.  Meal comes complete with chef’s choice of three sides, cookies and ice tea, lemonade or water
  • Choose between riding to the site by horseback or hay wagon (your choice)
  • Reservations should be made at least 48 hours in advance, call 231-894-4444

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Riding Tips

The most important thing in improving your riding is to RELAX. Every horse is different. Learn something from each one you ride. Don’t expect to become an expert rider in a very short time. Ride and have fun, and learn as you ride.


  • Leave your wallet and loose change in your room or car.
  • A heeled boot or shoe is best.
  • Long pants are always recommended.
  • Tight jeans / heavy seams cause chafing and saddle sores.


  • Advanced – Require that you are able to comfortably sit in trot and canter and control your horse under all conditions and gates.
  • Intermediate ride – you will walk and trot.
  • Beginner rides – you will walk at a leisurely pace.


  • Place the ball of your foot in the stirrup and keep your heels down. Don’t slide your foot in as far as it will go; you won’t lose your stirrups and you’ll have a better seat in the saddle.
  • Always keep comfortable pressure on your stirrups.


  • Gently hold both reins with one hand.
  • Keep your hands in front of the saddle horn, resting on the horse’s neck.

Stopping the horse

  • Pull the reins gently toward your belly button.
  • When the horse stops, push your hand forward again to put some slack in the reins.
  • Using the word “WHOA” is helpful, too.

Riding the trot

  • Western style trotting means you must keep your hips loose with just enough pressure on the stirrups.
  • Keep your seat heavy in the saddle and let your body be a sponge to absorb the bouncing.

Riding the canter

  • Arch the small of your back and sit slightly forward with just enough pressure on the stirrups.
  • Relax at the waist and roll with the rhythm of the horse.

Boarding Barn

All horses on Double JJ property must provide proof of vaccination (Four-way, Rhino, and Strangles) as well as a current Coggins Test.

Have your own horse to ride and just wanting to visit for the day? Enjoy our 24 miles of horse trails throughout the Back Forty, Original Ranch and the Thoroughbred Golf Course.

  • Daily Trail Pass $10/day
  • Annual Trail Pass $120


  • Daily Board – $20/day
    Includes stall, stall cleaning and hay for one day.
  • Pasture Board – $125/month
    Includes turn-out in one of our 50+ acres of lush, green pasture with the community herd. Round bales are given during the winter and herd has access to trace minerals, salt, and fresh water all year long.
  • Full Board – $250/month
    Includes a stall with a rubber matt flooring and turn out to a private or small herd paddock with staff available to feed twice a day. Stalls are also cleaned once a day. Includes hay, feed, and deworming quarterly.
  • Training – $40/45 minutes
  • Training Package – $650
    Includes 30 days of training, a stall, hay, and 14-6 feed. Problem solving, tune-ups, and colt starting are welcomed. Spaces are limited.

Winter: Blanketing available during winter months for $30 a month. This includes someone to place and remove blankets as needed or per owner’s guidelines.

Available to boarded horses:

  • Lighted riding arena with cattle shoots and alley way.
    *Coming soon- Hunter/ jumper course, dressage arena, and Cross country trails.
  • Miles of private and public trails with wonderful an scenic views
  • Round pen
  • Manager lives on-site
  • Knowledgeable staff

Board does NOT include supplements, farrier services, and veterinary care.

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