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Equestrian Activities

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 24 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) 894-3982 or email 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.

The minimum age for a Trail Ride is 5 years old (Schol ID or Birth Certificate will be required for anyone ages 5-7), however, Pony Rides are available for children under 5 years old.
Private rides available for a single $45 wrangler fee plus $35 per person per hour. 

Trail Ride Rules

  1. There are a limited number of horses available for each ride.  If you do not book online, odds are we will not have room for you.  Booking online is highly recommended!
  2. Arrive 20 min prior to ride time. No refunds if you arrive late or miss the ride.  You may however re-schedule.
  3. Must cancel 24 hours in advance to receive a refund.
  4. Children 5-7 years old, must provide proof of age (BIRTH CERTIFICATE or school ID will be required).
  5. Helmets required for everyone under 18.
  6. No bags, or Rain ponchos.
  7. Closed-toed shoes only.
  8. In order to ride without an adult, children must be 13.
  9. We often get asked if we have a weight limit. We look at a height/weight combination rather than just weight. A guest that is tall and heavy will have a much different center of gravity than someone who is short and heavy. We find guests who are short and heavy have a very difficult time balancing on top of a large horse. We cannot discriminate based on weight but do reserve the right to refuse guests from participating who, in our opinion, are not physically able with a reasonable degree of safety to participate. We also have to take into consideration the health and well-being of our animals. We will start to get concerned about guest and animal safety somewhere around 250-260lbs, unless the guest is quite tall.

Trail Ride Adventure

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  • Cost $35/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 5 years or older to ride
  • 5-8 years of age can ride with a wrangler (additional fee of $15/rider)
  • Children 5-7 years old, must provide proof of age (BIRTH CERTIFICATE or school ID will be required)

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Junior Equestrian Camp

  • AGES:  8-12
  • August 15-18, 2022
  • COST: $475 per camper 
  • if less than 8 junior campers register, the junior ranch camp will be canceled

Hayrides, Bonfire & S’mores

  • Take a wagon hayride to the Back Forty and enjoy melty S’mores over an open bonfire.
  • $10/person
  • One-hour

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Steak Rides

  • Hit the trail and head to Carpenter Lake for a wrangler-cooked, open-flame steak dinner.
  • 10oz. steak over an open fire, baked potato, corn on the cob, baked beans, and a selection of water or soda
  • Choose between riding out to the site by horseback or hay wagon. 
  • Reservations should be made online at least a day prior
  • Available seasonally.
  • 3-hours starting at $75

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Paint a pony in the Back Forty for only $10 per person, call (231) 894-3982 to make an appointment.

Horse Boarding

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 freshwater all year long.

Full Board – $350/month

  • Includes a stall with a rubber mat flooring and turns into 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 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.

Available to Boarded Horses:

  • Miles of private and public trails with wonderful scenic views
  • Round pen
  • Manager lives on-site
  • Knowledgeable staff
  • Board does NOT include supplements, farrier services, and veterinary care.

Evidence of a strangles vaccine required

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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, loose change and cell phone 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

  • Relax at the waist and roll with the rhythm of the horse.
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***Cancellation Policy****

Customers will receive a full refund or credit with 24 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund or credit in case of operator cancellation due to weather (ie: ice, strong winds 20mph, gusts, freezing rain, thunder, lightening, etc) or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.