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Von Doeler's Ranch, Rutherglen

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Von Doeler's Ranch is located just 25 minutes East of North Bay. It offers beautiful Trail Rides including to Talon Chutes Waterfall, Overnight Riding Packages, Cabins on the lake, English and Western Riding Lessons, Summer Camps, Event's, Weddings & More!!

The ranch is located on 180 acres with over 40km of beautiful trails and it runs right along Talon Lake. There are over 10 large turnout fields and an 8 horse barn. There are 3 riding rings; a training ring, dressage ring, jumping ring/barrel racing ring. There are currently 44 horses on the farm.
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  • We went for a weekend trail ride and cabin package a few years ago, and immediately felt a home! Now my daughter rides here regularly, taking lessons and competing. We like to have girls weekends at t...  more »
  • Best trail riding experience ever! Amazing caring people are running this 3 generation ranch! Definitely a must visit if you like to experience the nature, best of yet the crown land adjacent to the r...  more »
  • I visited the ranch with a couple of friends with really different levels of ability and experience around horses. The staff were great and made sure everyone was comfortable with their horses. The tr...  more »
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  • My husband and I did the 2.5 hour Rough and Tough. First off, our experience with the staff was incredible. They were really friendly, easy going with letting us pet the horses in the pasture, and really good with returning calls in a timely manner. Our tour guide was also awesome in providing direction and being friendly. Overall, customer service was superb. The ranch itself is gorgeous as is the land surrounding it. Definitely worth a trip out to admire our Canadian landscape. Now, as for the ride itself... It was not for the weak, I tell you. It lived up to its name -- rough and tough. If you have serious experience on a horse, you'll enjoy this ride immensely. If you've only done relaxing trail rides in the past, you'll need some serious confidence and a serious sense of adventure. The best way to describe the Rough and Tough is to say it's hiking with horses. There are some steep inclines both up and downhill on rocky and/or muddy terrain. You'll need good control of your horse as he slides his way down, and uphill to keep him moving. The trails (path through the woods is more like it) were narrow so you were also required to be able to push into the trees to help your horse and to avoid your own scraped knees. All in all, I've been on trail rides where you could easily sleep through them, if you so desired. This was not one of them, and it was aaaamazing! Definitely fun, definitely adventurous, and all in all required such a connection and trust with your horse which really, isn't that what riding is about? :) Great value here. Highly recommend!
  • Wonderful experience, the staff and guides were experienced and kind, taking the time to guide the group through basic safety and riding instructions. The Ranch is absolutely beautiful and well maintained, you can see the love and care they have for their horses and other animals. They are adding a lounge which is really promising for the months to come. The riding through the trails and the creek, followed by a waterfall sightseeing was really nice and relaxing, it truly shows how beautiful Canada is. The owner showed us around after the ride, explaining a bit of the farm and new plans, he was very kind and welcoming, we will definitely go back to experience the cabins next. 100% recommended.
  • Such a great place, awesome people and great riding. We will be back!!!
  • Had an amazing time with wonderful people! Like a little slice of heaven tucked away on a horse ranch with lake front cabins and waterfalls. Excellent bonfires and BBQ too! Going back every year!