Horseback Riding

Welcome to the Corral at Tarryall River Ranch! 

Here at Tarryall we have well trained, well loved horses to accommodate every level of riding!  Looking for something for your little one? Check out the Tarryall Buckaroo Ride, which is designed for youngsters between the ages of 2 and 10. Older cowboys, ages 6 and up, can choose from our list of trail rides featuring varying lengths and difficulties, If  you are desiring a unique horseback riding experience, then take a peek at one of our more specialized activities such as cow penning or private riding lessons. Regardless of your comfort level or experience around, or on a horse, the Tarryall Corral has something just for you!

Day Trip Rides

Looking for an adventure, but not interested in an overnight stay? Tarryall River Ranch offers horseback rides for off-site guests on a daily basis. Our team of wranglers know the trails, so you can trust that your ride will be perfect for your group regardless of your experience level. All of our rides are available to be booked by day visitors subject to availability.  

Cowboy Dan

Dan grew up on a farm in the Amish country of the Midwest, where he came to love horses. After attending Black Hawk College and graduating with a Degree in Horse Science, Dan attended Southern Illinois University and worked as an Adjunct Professor of Equestrian Science, later teaching Equestrian Science for Eastern Arizona College. Since that time Dan has worked as a wrangler and teamster at guest ranches in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, and Texas. 

Dan is also a man of faith who is licensed and ordained as a pastor and is certified in Faith Based Equine Assisted Philosophy and Trauma Recovery and has used this background to help those in need. It is his personal belief that God uses the connection with horses and nature to minister to the hearts of people.

For the last 30 years, Dan has been using his education, knowledge of natural horsemanship, and expertise to develop his own practical slant on training horses and assisting riders in the development of horsemanship skills.  

Today Dan oversees the equine program for Tarryall River Ranch and ensures that your time in the saddle will be a positive experience!

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Horseback Riding Lessons

These one-on-one lessons start with the premise that horseback riding is a partnership between horse and rider. Our instructors begin by teaching basic horse handling and horse psychology (being able to read and understand the horse) and move on to a centered riding approach.

Some of our lessons include:

Private Riding Lessons: These one-on-one lessons start with the premise that horseback riding is a partnership between horse and rider. Our instructors begin by teaching basic horse handling and horse psychology (being able to read and understand the horse) and move on to a centered riding approach. This means being able to do toe touches, sit ups, push ups, etc. on the horse both while stationary and in movement. We then progress to trail lessons, intermediate and advanced arena riding, and working cattle. Lessons cost $100 per hour and are available to adults and children ages 6+. Helmets are required for any riders 12 years or under. 

Semi-Private Riding Lessons: These lessons follow the same outline as the private riding lessons, but instead of receiving one-on-one instruction, students share their time with other riders. Each lesson can accommodate up to four riders and costs $85 per hour, per student.

Cow Penning Lessons (1 hour): Are you a proficient rider looking for an extra challenge? These hour-long lessons teach you how to track a cow and maneuver it into its pen, but more importantly, they teach you how to listen to your horse, trust its lead, and move in tandem with its movements. It’s a great exercise in horsemanship, and you’ll have a lot of fun as you learn! These lessons are $100 per rider and require a minimum of 2 riders, though we recommend 4 riders for the best experience.

Guests at our ranch often express interest in bringing their own horses to enjoy the beauty of the Tarryall Valley. If you would like to bring horses with you, please contact us for more information.

Ride For Staying Guests

For guests staying at the ranch, equine activities are not included in the nightly rate. Please see pricing above for the options available. 

The trail rides can be enjoyed by riders 6 and up. For your safety and peace of mind, helmets are required for riders under the age of 12 and are optional for all other participants. For the health and safety of our horses, we have a 275lb weight limit for participants.

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