Missouri Foxtrot Ride

Missouri USA: (IRMO01)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/mo_misouri_foxtrot.aspx

Missouri USA
Experience the smooth-speed and agility of the exceptionally even-tempered gaited Missouri Foxtrot Horses while riding in the Missouri Ozarks - south of the glacier line in the heart of Missouri's cattle country. Relax and experience the pleasures of country living and ride over endless trails in the Meramec River Valley.

Your starting point is a small family farm set on the spring-fed Meramec River in East Central Missouri. The surrounding countryside is home to wild turkey, white-tailed deer and many other native Missouri animals. Great Blue Herons nest in the sycamores. Bass and trout flourish in the Meramec River and nearby streams. Your ride begins at your cabin door!  Explore rivers, caves, forests and farmlands.



This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent at the same location.

Our Cabin-Bunkhouse was built in 2005 from cedar logs hauled in by our own team of Percheron draft horses and constructed and decorated with a cowboy theme. Your surroundings will transform you to out west! There is a 6 person hot tub/spa pool to relax in when not riding. On cool evenings gather around the stone hearth, by the fireplace, made from local river rocks. Enjoy the view of our large lake from your porch, a very romantic setting for special occasions. If you want more excitement than just relaxing in the evenings in the quiet, calm of the ranch, you can always head into the nearby towns for movie theaters, music halls (bluegrass and western country music), and local watering-hole pubs. If you want to enjoy some other points of interest, during, before or after you ranch stay, the town of Cuba (12 mi) and Rolla (30 mi) have antique shops with quirky vintage items and there is a winery in the region as well! The Onondaga Cave is 25 minute drive form the ranch - guests favorite!!  Meramec Spring Park is beautiful in the spring and has a trout hatchery! Wi-Fi is available and laundry facilities are at the guests disposal.

There is 1 private double occupancy bedroom in the main ranch house. It has a Queen size bed and its own private bath and shower.

There is a 2-bedroom cabin. The cabin can accommodate 7 riders at the max, one group for the entirety or two groups can each take a bedroom; one room has 1 Queen size bed and the other room has 2 double beds. Finally, there is an optional futon in the living room for a single. The cabin is equipped with a full kitchen and stove, refrigerator, microwave oven, dishes, tableware, pans & cooking utensils and cable TV. The bathroom is shared in the cabin.

Room Occupancy
There is no single supplement fee if you are wiling to share.

We provide breakfast daily, lunch and two country BBQ dinners. For the dinners not included: there are many local restaurants in Bourbon nearby the ranch which your hosts can recommend for you or else you can bring groceries on your own and make meals in the kitchen of the cabin! Bourbon has a nice grocery & deli open till 9:00pm. Guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol if they wish.

In 2021 we did not offer meals, and we are doing the same this year. The cabin has a full kitchen. All other contact is outside and six feet apart on horseback. 
We have many restaurants open, with dine in and take out within a few miles of the ranch! And we offer an outside grill for guests to use.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to guests with special dietary restrictions with prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.


Riding Level
Your mount will be selected with your own riding abilities in mind. Rides are adjusted to each individual's riding abilities for the riders, as well as the horses! "Fox Trotting at its Finest," is what we like to call the special gaited horse rides we offer on our beautiful and healthy Missouri Foxtrotting Horses - they are smooth, quick, sure-footed and kind, able to handle the hilly and rocky 'outlaw trails' in style.

At the ranch we have a very special relationship with our herd of 30+ Foxtrotters, Tennessee Walkers, Quarter Horses and Draft Horses. We have bred, raised and trained them to provide guests with the finest riding opportunities. In addition, the "Big Girls," our Percheron draft horses, can be used for pulling the hayride wagon in the summer and sleigh rides in the winter.


Sample Itinerary- subject to changes
Below is a sample itinerary only. Upon your arrival your hosts will help you design a riding holiday that is right for you. You have many trail riding options, roping, horse-drawn hayrides or sleigh rides in the winter. In addition to riding there is hiking, bird watching or swimming in the nearby river.

Day 1
In the afternoon you arrive at the 500-acre family-operated cattle and horse ranch. Meet your hosts and settle into your secluded log cabin or room. Take time to admire the view of the sparkling lake from the porch of your cabin. Your dinner is served from an authentic chuck wagon while nearby musicians play Bluegrass music around the campfire. The evening ends with an old-fashioned hayride, behind a team of coal black Percheron draft horses, into the sunset. The following days will offer a variety of riding excursions into the Meramec countryside. Several days will include a short morning transfer for horses and riders, giving you a wide range of trails to explore.

Day 2
The morning ride introduces you to the gait of the foxtrot horse so that you will enjoy a smooth ride across the ranch, returning for a cowboy lunch at the house. After lunch it is back on the trail to explore rock bluffs decorated with drawings by the Osage Indians.

Day 3
Ride across country and over a ridge to a neighboring homestead that raises buffalo and other animals. Our host Fran will give you a tour of her farm, after which you will enjoy your lunch on the front porch of her log house while watching buffalo graze nearby. A fast-paced foxtrot ride returns you in time for dinner.

Day 4
Time to Cowboy Up! You can help saddle and load your horse before heading to Blue Springs Ranch. From Blue Springs Ranch you can see some of the most spectacular lookouts over the Meramec River. Your ride today will cover miles along river frontage and through farms, ranches and hardwood forests. You climb the landscape for impressive views from bluffs over looking the river. You will enjoy a saddle bag lunch overlooking the Meramec River. This is a challenging all day ride that you will not want to miss.

Day 5
It is time to saddle and load up to head deeper into Ozark country for today’s ride. We will be unloading our horses at the Brazil Campground to ride the Berryman Trail. You will be riding switch backs and thru thick stands of pine forest. You’ll enjoy your saddle bag lunch overlooking the forest.

Day 6
Transfer horses and riders to a completely different area: Dry Fork Creek. Ride on the Lenauer Farm, settled by German immigrants in the late 1800s. This unique farm still has huge stands of virgin timber though you will ride under huge stands of oak and maple and through pastures of cattle along Dry Fork Creek. Let you horse gait back to the woods to a natural rock bridge, complete with a cave and spring-fed pool of water. This is where you will have lunch today. Afterwards, a short ride takes you back to the ranch for the evening. Relax, fish, or reflect on the great day you've had.

Day 7
Departure after breakfast.

Non-riding Activities
When you aren't riding, you can choose to just sit back and relax in the hot tub or a rocking chair on the front porch with a beverage, or keep active and go fishing, hiking or bird watching. Nearby in the summer, the cool and refreshing waters of the Upper Meramec River provide great swimming holes and cool serenity amongst the scenic background of gravel bars, sand bars, and towering bluffs. Canoeing, Kayaking or Rafting down the Meramec River is easily available.
If you like star gazing or moonlight activities by campfire, we offer a BBQ grill and fire pit, and wood to make a marshmallow roasting fire nightly!
We can also arrange stagecoach rides, a tour of our cattle pastures and a tour of a local historic cemetery dating back to 1869.
Onondaga Cave in Leasburg Missouri is also just a 20 minute drive from the ranch.

Rates and Dates for Missouri Foxtrot Ride

Rates include:

Accommodation, 1 night of Blue Grass live music, 1 hay wagon ride, 5 guided horseback riding days

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    20227 day trip, no meals included$1450

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:

2022 Transfer is not available - rental car mandatory! $0
2022 Private trip supplement, dbl, pp $155
2022 Private trip supplement, single -- please inquire $0
2022 Single supplement $345
2022 Non-rider rate, dbl $1,150

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, no meals include... 1 /8 Reserve

Dates Note: Extra days possible -- please inquire.
Sold Out Dates (as of May 2nd 2022): May 2 to Jun 4, Oct 1-14 & Nov 1-6

Rates do not include:

Meals (there are many nearby local restaurants the ranch can recommend for you), Transfers & Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Bourbon
Airport: St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)
Transfer: --

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Source: NOAA

Summers are generally humid. Average daily temperatures range from 78 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit across the state. A typical July day may be around 66 degrees Fahrenheit just before sunrise and may reach 85 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit by mid-afternoon.  There are periods of almost constantly changing weather and periods when the weather is settled and stable.  
The best time to ride is in the Fall.

Winters vary from year to year and geographically. Winters are fairly brisk and stimulating, seldom severe and may feature short spells of extreme cold or unusual warmth. Temperatures vary from north to south. The average daily temperature in January varies from 25 degrees Fahrenheit in the northwest to 34 degrees Fahrenheit in the southeast Missouri “boot heel

The average annual precipitation is 36 inches in northwest Missouri, where winters are fairly dry and the greatest percentage of annual precipitation comes during the summer. In southeast Missouri, average annual precipitation is 47 inches, most of which falls in spring and autumn. About 46 percent of the annual precipitation in the northwest occurs during the May and August, during crop growing months, compared with 34 percent in the southeast.

What To Bring:
The ranch has all sizes of riding helmets available and strongly encourages riders under 16 and novice riders to wear one. Bring your own if you prefer!

This list is only a guideline for you

Travel documents and Voucher

Flight tickets


Visa (check with your consulate)


Comfortable Riding Apparel

Full or Half Chaps (optional)

Riding Boots or Shoes

Approved Riding Helmet (Strongly Suggested for Riders Under 16 yrs)

Riding gloves


Rain Slicker


Jacket or sweater for cool evenings

Warm Weather Tops

Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts



Underwear and socks


Bag for dirty clothes

Light Jacket

Heavy Jacket

Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes

Swimsuit (optional)


Personal Toiletries

Insect protection

Personal medications

Sore cream (for the emergency)

Sewing kit


Camera and enough extra films and batteries

Belt pack

Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)

Sun glasses with strap

Sun tan lotion and lip balm

Saddle Mounted Water Bottle