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Trail Rides

Step away from the hustle and bustle of the busy day. Come and bring your family for an hour long trail ride on Ironwood Springs tranquil trails though the while the Root River sings its song. Enjoy nature, flowers and wildlife on horseback. Ironwood Springs has horses suited for every level of rider. Trail rides are an hour long walking ride and cost $30 per person. This time includes a short riding demonstration required for all riders (if any person signed up for the ride misses this demonstration they will not be allowed on the trail ride). Minimum 2 people required for rides and maximum 12 people per ride.

We offer trail rides Thursday - Sunday while weather permits and by appointment on other days. All rides need to be scheduled in advance. Book online using the calendar below or call the Arena at 507-533-9933. Parties larger than 8 must to call to make a reservation.

For the safety of all riders and horses, the following rules are enforced:
  1. Must be 8 years of age or older (if under 8, pony rides are an option)
  2. Maximum weight is 225 pounds; larger horses are available for riders up to 240 pounds but must be arranged in advance.
  3. No double riders.
  4. Close toed shoes only (no sandals).
  5. Long pants.
  6. Helmets are available and required for riders under 18 years of age.
  7. Liability Release Form must be signed for all horse related activities.

Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance or payment will be forfeited. In the case of inclement weather (as determined by Ironwood Springs), a refund may be granted if rescheduling is not possible.

Minnesota Equine Liability Law Sec 3 (604A.12) Livestock Activities: Immunity From Liability

Subdivision 1. Definitions.

  1. For purposes of this section, the following terms have the meanings given them.
  2. "Inherent risks of livestock activities" means dangers or conditions that are an integral part of livestock activities, including: (1) the propensity of livestock to behave in ways that may result in death or injury to persons on or around them, such as kicking, biting, or backing; (2) the unpredictability of livestock's reaction to things like sound, sudden movement, unfamilar objects, persons, or other animals; (3) natural hazards such as surface or subsurface conditions; or (4) collisions with other livestock or objects.
  3. "Livestock" means cattle, sheep, swine, horses, ponies, dockeys, mules, hinnies, goats, buffalo, llamas, or poultry.
  4. "Livestock activity" means an activity involving the maintenance or use of livestock, regardless of whether the activity is open to the general public, provided the activity is not performed for profit. Livestock activity includes (1) livestock production; (2) loading, unloading or transporting livestock; (3) livestock shows, fairs, competions, performance, races, rodeos, or parades; (4) livestock training or teaching activities; (5) boarding, shoeing, or grooming livestock; or (6) riding or inspecting livestock or livestock equipment.
  5. "Livestock activity sponsor" means a person who sponsors, organizes or provides the facilities for a livestock activity that is open to the general public.
  6. "Participant" means a person who directly and intentionally engages in a livestock activity. "Participant" does not mean a spectator who is in an authorized area.
Subdivision 2. Immunity from Liability, except as provided in subdivison 3, a nonprofit corporation, association, or organization, or a person or other entity donating service, livestock or facilities, or equipment for the use of nonprofit corporation, association, or organization, is not liable for the death or injury toa particpant resulting from the inherent risks of livestock activities. Subdivision 3. Exceptions. Subdivision 2 does not apply if any of the following exist: (1) the person provided livestock for the particpant and failed to make reasonable efforts to determine the ability of the participant to safely engage in the livestock activity, or to determine th ability of the participant to safetly manage the particular livestock based on the particpiants representations of the participant's ability; (2) the person provided the equipment or tact for the ivestock and knew, or should have known, that it was faulty to the extent that it caused injury or death; (3) the person owns or leases the land upon which a participant was injured or died because of a man-made dangerous latent condition and failed to use reasonable care to protect the participant; (4) the person is a livestock activity sponsor and fails to comply with the notice requirement of subdivison 4; or (5) the act of omission of the person was willful or negligent. Subdivision 4. Posting Notice. A livestock activity sponsor shall post plainly visible signs at one or more prominent locations in the premises where the livestock activity takes place that include a warning of the inherent risks of the livestock activity and the limitation of liability under this section.

Email Wrangler or call 507-533-9933 with questions about either the Horse Programs or Trail Rides. Interested in advanced options for a trial ride? Contact the Arena directly.