Riverview Ranch & Resort

Horse Ranch and petting farm

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From the desk of Wrangler Roger: I've had several people tell me that they are confused about the pricing for our horseback riding and petting zoo.
So, I wrote this page to help explain it a little better.

How does the pricing work?

For groups of 6 or less people we charge $150 for an hour. ($25 for each 10 minutes extra).
So, if a party of 6 visitors, two of whom will ride the horse, stay for an hour we charge $150. If a party of four all ride for five minutes each and pet the zoo for the remaining 40 minutes we charge $150. If a party of 3 spends an hour riding and does not pet the zoo we charge $150. If a party of 6 rides for an hour and pets the zoo for an extra 20 minutes we charge $200.

Maximum of 6 visitors at a time on the property.

What will you be paying for?

After you arrive we'll ask you to fill out and sign the liability waiver and get helmets for anyone who may be riding. Even if you don't plan to ride you still need to sign the waiver if you want to be on the property. We'll figure out what type of equipment is best for the riders' size and a wrangler will saddle up the horse. If a child is too afraid to ride by himself we can put Mom or Dad on the horse and then put the child in their lap. But if we're going to do that, we'll need to use the larger saddle right from the get go. So, if you think we'll need to do that let me know before the horse is saddled up. You can expect that we will begin your visit with me leading one of our beginner horses. We will swap out riders periodically. How long does each rider get? That's up to you. If there are two riders we'll normally give two fifteen minute rides and then move on to the petting zoo. If the visitors don't want to do the petting zoo we can ride for half an hour each. We're pretty flexible so just tell us what you want.

While I am leading the horse with each rider the rest of the group will be watching, taking photos and petting our dogs, goats and other critters in the pasture. Feel free to walk alongside the horse to encourage riders or to take pictures. Kids who are not riding are free to run around in the pasture as long as they are responsive to safety instructions.

I usually don't mind people staying past their allotted time, if we don't have other commitments, but I charge $25 for each ten minutes of overtime.

How did our pricing structure evolve?

I played around a bit with complex pricing structures that seemed to need tweaking every time there was a different set of circumstances, which was every customer. Some people have riding experience, some don't. Some people want us to lead the horse, some want to ride free rein. Some people are afraid to get on the horse, some want to go too fast. Some people want to go on a trail ride, which we don't do. Some want to ride forever and others are more interested in the small critters and grooming the horses. Sometimes the weather is wonderful and sometimes we need to use the indoor riding arena to get out of the rain. It was difficult to nail down a pricing plan to address all the variables. I found that trying to account for all the variables in a complex pricing structure was confusing to customers and to myself. I've settled on a simple pricing structure now that seems to make sense for a variety of possible experiences. We are flexible with what we offer and a time based pricing structure seems to make the most sense. It preserves flexibility and allows each visitor to tailor their experience to their own changing interests in real time. You don't need to make up your mind about what you want and we don't need to tell you exactly what you will be doing until you arrive, and can see what is here. Horseback riding and petting zoo is available to you and you get to decide which you want to do in the time you pay for.

How long have we been in business?

We started giving horseback rides for hire in early 2020. We halted operations while COVID played out, and Started up again in spring 2021. The roof of our indoor riding arena collapsed in February, 2021 so, on the side of safety, we decided that we would not allow riders to control the horse themselves (free rein). Instead, I would walk in front of the horse with a rope clipped to the horse's halter and lead it while riders are on the horse. This is a very safe way for a beginner to ride a horse, but it might be a little boring for teenagers and adults.

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