The Spotted Horse Ranch

The Spotted Horse Ranch


We’ve got a few fall and winter dates available! A spattering of weekdays here and there.

Do you homeschool? Work from home? Depending on your internet requirements we could just be the perfect spot for your next ”office with a view”.

No promises for video conferencing.

Homeschoolers did you know our guidebook includes some fun activities for the kids to discover and learn while on our property? Not to mention local activities like Muddy Boots , The Spotted Horse Ranch, and the Jack Pine Studio each less than 10 minutes away. The cabin sleeps up to 8 adults and 12 total guests so grab your group!

Head to our calendar and check dates before our next email goes out and they’re snagged.

Speaking of email, are you on our list? Head to our website to book and to sign up.

I'll call you guys in the morning, but maybe you can update here too..everyone OK?
Can't wait to see you guys soon!
Love, your Cleveland Girls!! Jodi, Kim, Amelia, Olivia.
Missing the Ranch, and the Hills today!!
Thanks again, as-always, for a lovely ride!
Camping here at the Spotted Horse ranch and can’t say enough how beautiful and serene it is. I love walking and hiking the trails and watching the horseback riding. Mike and his staff are amazing.
This is my first visit at Spotted Horse and won't be the last. I have enjoyed the trails and seeing the ladies take the riders out, had visits from Daisy, Ben and Jerry and can't say enough how much I have enjoyed our camping here. Thank you Mike and staff for the amazing stay.
Highly recommend adding a visit to The Spotted Horse Ranch during your stay at our cabin! It’s just around the corner!
I spent three years as a trail guide over The Spotted Horse Ranch before I had my son and opened my brick and mortar store for Knot Just Rope . I love that place, the people, and the animals. Yes, they have campsites (camper or even tent set up) with electric/water hook up as well high lines for your horses. If you prefer stalls, you can rent those as well. So, if you are looking for somewhere to camp and ride your horses in central Ohio, then SHR is a great place to check out.
I adored this place, this man, his staff, his step daughter Ashley Williams Uhl and The Spotted Horse Ranch we will see you in September!
We came for the horses but made other friends to

We are a small 500 acre ranch that features guided horseback riding on over 30 miles of trails! Cowboy Cookout Rides are featured, and we love having groups out!

Party Hall for rent, and a great family & horse friendly campground, stalls avail. Spotted Horse Ranch first opened it's barn doors in 2000, after almost 5 years of moving livestock, clearing land and clearing trails, building barns, campgrounds and our home. Our dreams and goals of continuing a working ranch while providing recreation and education to the public have come to fruition! Spotted Hor


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Benny 2013-2022

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie—
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find—it’s your own affair—
But… you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!).
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone—wherever it goes—for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long—
So why in—Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
Rudyard Kipling


Ranelle P. wrote on trip Advisor:
Amazing private ride
We booked a 2 hour private ride. Joey took us on a beautiful exhilarating ride. One of the best rides we’ve ever been on. The property was beautiful and well take care of. All the animals seemed well taken care of. Rhonda was great organizing trip. The bathrooms were extremely clean and air conditioned. We’ll be back.
Written June 26, 2022


Michelle G.
5.0 star rating7/14/2022
This place has authentic trail riding. We requested our favorite horses when we booked a private ride.
Last time we came we rode with another group and it was fun, too, but I liked having just the 2 of us and our guide.
Our guide even took us off trail to explore & there were streams for the horses to drink from.

Next time we come to ride, we are going to do the cowboy cookout because it smelled amazing as we rode by the group that had their horses relaxing while
they were eating


Teresa P. wrote on Yelp:
5.0 star rating4/2/2022
My friend and I visited on April 2, 2022, in honor of her 60th birthday. We were very impressed with how well the animals are treated, and that was a huge plus in my opinion. When I called to make the appointment, I spoke with Ellie and asked whether they did anything special for birthdays. They didn't have anything special to offer, but Ellie offered to make my friend a "Junior Cowgirl" certificate for her birthday. She loves it!

Joey was our guide for the trail ride. We decided on a private tour for just the two of us, plus Joey. Joey was amazing. She talked to us and explained everything. She did a great job of providing tips for us as we were riding. I managed to slip off my horse, and Joey had to help me get back on. She was amazing. Without her, I could not have managed.

Make sure you check out the gift shop area. The shirts are wonderful souvenirs.

And, be sure to tip your wrangler. They work extremely hard. Joey kept us and the horses safe and managed to lead us through a wonderful trail. It was a truly amazing experience.

The only suggestion I have would be for the wranglers to take a moment to introduce each person to his/her horse. Let us get to know the horses (and let them get to know us) before the ride begins.

I had a truly wonderful adventure at The Spotted Horse Ranch and hope to visit again soon

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Good Mornng! Just a friendly reminder - the only way to make reservations is to call us! If the answeringmachine picks up, that means we have our hands full (of horses, cows, sheep, lambs, water buffalo, dogs.... :)
Leave us a message, an be sure to speak slowly and clearly, and we WILL call you back as soon as we can! If the phone is busy? Keep trying! That just means we are on the phone! :)
Everyone have an awesome weekend, be kind, and be patient! :)
Spotted Horse Ranch


They won't last long, so to schedule your time for a photo shoot, CALL the OFFICE Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm 740-32-7433
Sorry, but we do not make reservations online!

If the Answering Machine picks up, be sure to speak slowly and clearly, and to leave a call back number! (...and please have a working voicemail! ;)






Appy Saturday!


Our favorite Cowboy Poet,
Baxter Black,
Passed away June 10. The world lost one helluva man!


Missing the Ranch, and the Hills today!!
Thanks again, as-always, for a lovely ride!


Dog, chicken and cow - SPOT ON!

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Photos from The Spotted Horse Ranch's post 06/19/2022

From our barn to yours!!!
Here are a couple of our Ranch Daddies....

Spotted Horse Ranch 06/07/2022

Spotted Horse Ranch

In case you missed it, our fried Shawn Ireland and the crew from came back out to the ranch!

Spotted Horse Ranch Shawn is back with her friends at the Spotted Horse Ranch in the Hocking Hills! And, there’s a population explosion! It’s spring, and the farm staff wants y...


folks please quit trying to book ride on Facebook or e-mail as I do not get this stuff the same day just call the ranch # 740-332-7433 leave a message and some one will call you back to set up a ride thanks SHR


Wise words . . .

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Daisy has decided that the best way to grow more Great Pyranese is to plant fur. Duh!


Latest review on Yelp! (and one of the funniest yet most direct!)


Looking for full time Ranch Hand for working ranch in Hocking Hills. Livestock knowledge required. Honest, hard working, dependable, ability to follow instructions, stay focused and work independently. General ranch maintenance, repair, upkeep etc.
Send PM with experience and REFERENCES.
Also seeking a few PT Trail Guides - MUST KNOW HOW TO RIDE, follow instructions, and have excellent customer service skills. Send PM with experience and REFERENCES.

Photos from The Spotted Horse Ranch's post 03/31/2022

Angus/Longhorn Cross
Black & white heifer $500
Red & white $550
Call Mike 740-332-7433




Dear Mother Nature,
Please get back on your bipolar medicine!


If you have been trying to reach us, but have only talked to the answering machine ...
We can't leave you a message if your VOICEMAIL IS FULL!!!!


That was a fun time...

...when you reach for a saddle and...


Sheep Traffic Jam

Some of us that live here are sometimes late due to: our flock of Turkeys standing in the middle of the drive; a bunch of Chickens standing in the drive; having to stop and pet the dogs; sheep running amuck, confused as to how they got out; a sneaky cow or 5 walking up and down the fenceline; and occasionally, a herd of Water Buffalo standing wherever the heck they want to.... ;)

Live Happy Live Well - Spotted Horse Ranch - Hocking Hills, Ohio 03/19/2022

Live Happy Live Well - Spotted Horse Ranch - Hocking Hills, Ohio

In case you missed this...

Live Happy Live Well - Spotted Horse Ranch - Hocking Hills, Ohio

Photos from The Spotted Horse Ranch's post 03/19/2022

June has “boundry” issues...

Photos from The Spotted Horse Ranch's post 03/19/2022

Our first riders of the season were a phenomenal group of international students, on Spring Break from Cincinnati! Students from China, South Korea, India, Vietnam and Thailand taught us a few things. And it was our honor to take them on their first horseback ride!

The Spotted Horse Ranch 03/18/2022

The Spotted Horse Ranch

Reservations are necessary, and can only be made by calling 740-332-RIDE
(age and weight restrictions apply)
More info on website

The Spotted Horse Ranch Hocking Hills Horseback Riding Adventures! Cowboy Cookouts, Camping and Party Hall The Spotted Horse Ranch

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Horseback Riding, Camping, Party Venue, Wedding Venue,



17325 Deffenbaugh Rd
Laurelville, OH

General information

Guided Trail Riding for all experience levels! We have 25+ miles of trails, and take riders from 8-80+!
"Cowboy Cookout Rides" are the most unique offering in Hocking Hills - we saddle up and ride for about 2 hours, then meet up with 'Cookie' at our "Chuckwagon" out in the woods for a most delicious lunch prepared over an open fire! After some story telling, tall tales and good food, mount up and ride for another 2 hours before heading back in! An experience you won't soon forget!
Our campsites are set up for your rigs, with water for horses and electric, stalls available. Tent Campers Welcome!
Our Party Hall can accommodate 75+ people, with a huge fire ring and picnic tables right outside!
Check out our web site:

Opening Hours

Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 5pm
Sunday 8am - 5pm

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