Rawhide Ranch – Nashville, IN

For Spring Break last week (and to celebrate our oldest’s 6th birthday) we headed about an hour south of Indy to a fun little ranch. The birthday girl LOVES horses (she packed a different horse-themed shirt to wear every day of the trip), but had never really seen one up close before, so we decided this was the place to go… and we are so glad we did!

Rawhide Ranch was great! It’s right down the road from Brown County State Park and is less than 10 minutes to downtown Nashville, IN, in the middle of gorgeous, rolling hills that are high enough to sometimes make your ears pop. Kids have to be at least 7 to go on actual trail rides and to zip-line, so we’ll definitely go back again next year so she can partake in the big kid stuff (btw: SEVEN sounds SO much older than six. How can we already be only a year from SEVEN!?!). Even without those activities, we still had a blast. This year’s trip included “pony rides”, hikes, eating lots of yummy food and exploring quaint Nashville, skipping rocks, watching zip-liners, games and puzzles in our room, delicious breakfast at the on-site Banded Rooster Restaurant, and learning a little bit about what goes into taking care of horses.

Every single employee was fabulous: friendly, and super helpful. When they found out we were celebrating a birthday and that the birthday girl was a horse-lover, they went out of their way to introduce her to each of the horses and show her various ways they take care of them. She ate it all up and loved every minute of it.

The forecast called for rain every day, but we really lucked-out weather-wise. We brought a bunch of books, puzzles, and games along with us, just in case, but we were happy that we got to spend the majority of our trip outdoors.

Here are some of the photos from our trip. Check out the faces the horse is making behind them:

We missed our 6 week old chickens at home, but got to see some cute full-grown ones:

This is love:

Learning how to skip rocks:

Playing games on the porch:

Trying to figure out how to play horseshoes:

Family time in the room:

She’s 6 years old! This was taken on her birthday. She’s been saving this horse jacket for months and didn’t want to wear it until we were at the ranch:

Loving every minute of her “pony rides”:

Summary: it was a fantastic vacation and we highly recommend this ranch. The best part is how close it is to Indy — and we’re already planning some day trips again soon and another overnight trip next year.

P.S. I’m reallllllly bad about blogging lately (I am at LEAST a half dozen sessions behind…), but decided a personal post might get me back into the swing of blogging. Hopefully I’ll get caught-up soon because I have a bunch of sweet kids, families, and even an adorable newborn I need to share lots photos of!

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