Hay and Sleigh Rides

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The Ranch is proud to offer horse-drawn hay rides and sleigh rides throughout the year.  Come out and let Prince and Monte take you for a scenic ride through the Boardman River Valley.  These guys are Belgian horses and are each around 2200 lbs of true beauty.

Your ride will start at the Ranch and you will be taken through the woods down a seasonal road and through some private property along the Boardman River where you will loop around back toward the Ranch.  The ride itself takes approximately 45 minutes.

Reservations are required.  You get your group of people together and call to make a reservation for your own group’s ride.  The ride schedule varies by season and can be found by calling us at 231-947-9529.  Once the reservation has been made we do have a 48-hour cancellation policy.

The cost is $14 per person with children two (2) and under being free, but we do have a minimum charge of $140 if you have fewer than ten (10) people in your group.  Both the wagon and the sleigh can accommodate up to twenty (20) people per ride.

sleigh02During the ride you will sit in an open bed of hay and are welcome to bring blankets for colder weather months.

There is also a lodge and restaurant on site and depending on the time of year you can come in for food or drinks following your ride.  Inquire for details at time of reservation.

A Special Note on Sleigh Rides:

Please understand that when the drivers are harnessing horses for your ride they will decide if they will be hooking the horses to the wagon or to the sleigh, depending on conditions.  In order for the horses to be able to safely pull the sleigh on runners there has to be a solid base packed down.  If the drivers do not feel that conditions allow for the sleigh they will hook horses to the wagon.  Conditions can change quickly in northern Michigan and this decision typically cannot be made until the day of the ride.  Please understand that using the wagon versus the sleigh does not constitute a refund.  The two are almost identical and you’ll have the same horses, the same driver, the same open bed of hay the only difference is that one is on four (4) wheels and the other is on four (4) runners.  The safety and comfort of our horses has to be the number one priority when making this decision.  Thank you for your understanding.