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~Marcy,
New York
 

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"As a single dad I was looking for an opportunity to do something different with my daughter. Theme parks and beaches are nice, but I wanted something that would be unique for us, strengthen our bond and draw us even closer. Roller coasters and sand can't build the bonds like horses, hard work, sweat, flies, and Godly people!

 The first year we visited the ranch, she was 6 - she turned 13 this year - and we have just completed our 10th trip! My older daughter now goes with us and loves it just like we do. The blessings, friendships, and even the work, have been more than I ever dreamed of or would have thought to ask for and there is no doubt that God brought the Tennessee Guest Ranch and the ‘Ranch Family’ into our lives!"

 

~Ben Lavender, 

Alabama

 

 

 

     

Experience a Dude Ranch Vacation in Dunlap, TN

Enjoy the simple things in life when you stay at the Tennessee International Dude & Guest Ranch. This cozy dude ranch vacation in Dunlap, TN, is the perfect place to go horse riding on sunny trails in the great outdoors. Upon checking-in at 5 P.M. C.S.T., you’ll be assigned your very own working horse who will become your faithful partner while at the ranch! After check-in, you'll meet and greet your fantastic new ‘horsey companion’ with carrots and apples and then get your family settled into your horse-themed guest room. Whether you are staying a few days or a week, you will experience what life was like riding the range in the 1800s!

 

 

After dinner, there’s time for stargazing while listening for the call of the coyotes in the valley before 'hitting the hay.’ You can also enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or roast some marshmallows over the campfire.  

Rise and Shine

On the first day of your dude ranch vacation, you’ll rise and feed your horse before you eat breakfast. After the horses are fed, and you've milked the cows, collected the chicken eggs, and handled any other morning ranch chores, you’ll enjoy your cowboy breakfast on the back deck or in the Biblical-themed dining room.

Basic Horsemanship 

Following breakfast, you'll begin your first day of horsemanship training. For novice cowboys and cowgirls, we'll start with horse safety, grooming, and basic horse care. 

 

 

Next, you’ll saddle up and put the bridle on your horse. The entire family will soon be ready to mount up for their first cowboy training session in the ring. You'll enjoy some great family fun on horseback to develop (or improve) the skills your family will need while on the trail!  

 

 

Beginners, who have never been on a horse before, through riders of all levels, will enjoy this unique horsemanship skills training session! After a couple of hours of cowboy fun in the saddle at the ranch, it's finally time for a break! Water the horses, get them some hay for lunch, and head to the guest ranch house for some ice-cold southern sweet tea...and lunch.

 

 

You’ll soon be back in the saddle again! Advanced riders wishing to hit the trail the first day may request a horse-riding test in the arena, after getting acquainted with their horse during a short mounted session. 

 

 

After lunch on your first day as a beginner, novice, or intermediate rider, it's time for cowboy training session number two. Yep...just a little more cowpoke training, and you'll be the best horse handler in the south! Mounted games with your family will determine who's the best at their newfound or improved horsemanship skills!  

 

 

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End of the Day

Soon it will be time to take care of your magnificent steed for the evening!  Unsaddle your horse, groom him down, feed him, and bed him down for the night. Enjoy a hot shower, dinner, and an old fashioned game of checkers or dominos with the family on the back deck, enjoying the beautiful stars and listening once more to the coyote calls. 

Halcyon Days  

During days two, three, four, five, and six at the ranch, it’s time to hit the trail after farm chores each morning. Don't forget to pack your saddlebags and water bottles for a day on the trail! Each day's destination is a new adventure through the beautiful Sequatchie Valley. God's majesty will be seen everywhere you turn throughout your daily time in the saddle on the trail. Enjoy an authentic chuck wagon breakfast and dinner during your stay at the ranch, just like the cowboys did on the trail during their cattle drives!


Trail Rides

You’ll use all your newly acquired cowboy skills in the wide-open spaces! Lunch is always eaten on the trail, riverside. While the horses take a break in the shade, unpack your Cowboy Bible from your saddlebags so you can join in on our unique Bible Study - ‘What the Bible Has to Say About Horses!’

 

Did you know there are over 217 scriptural references about horses in the Bible? We won't have time to round up all the scriptures during your stay, of course, but you won't believe what you will discover about God's use of horses! For those wanting a more in-depth Bible study during your vacation, inquire about our Creation Vacation package that can be added to your horse ranch stay at no charge.

 

Each day is a different trail to another part of the beautiful Sequatchie Valley. Breathtaking views are everywhere you look from your saddle! Depending on the length of your stay, you can enjoy our favorite restaurant ride during the week or our old fashioned country 'church ride' on Sunday!

 

After a beautiful ride and a relaxing afternoon with your beloved guest ranch horse, it's time to head back and unsaddle your horse, hose him down, feed him, and bed him down for the night! 

Customize Your Stay  

Stay for a minimum of two days or up to a week!  The best arrival days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays at 5:00 PM.

 

Stay at least four days or more, and learn how to 'rope' and ride. Don't worry. We use a fake cow, so it's all cowboy fun and no danger!

 

Stay five days, and you've earned the right to join in on our restaurant ride located at a 100-year-old dairy farm!

 

Arrive during the week on a standard check-in day and stay on through Sunday, and you'll be riding to cowboy church the old fashioned way...by horseback! That's right; you'll love our 'Ride to Church' Sundays!  Enjoy an early historic country church whose original members all came by horse! They even welcome us in our boots and jeans!  

Rider Safety 

Helmets are provided, or you can use your own. Helmets are required for all riders unless approved otherwise by the ranch owners on an individual guest basis. 

 

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Gorgeous views abound at the ranch
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Even your horse's view sfrom the stalls
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Your Vacation

Our family-owned-and-operated ranch offers the best price options in the South and the West! Build your own guest ranch stay to fit your family size and budget. Read what others have to say about Tennessee International Dude & Guest Ranch.

 

Select from one of the three types of ranch accommodations we offer:

 

  • Standard Cowboy Stay
  • Deluxe Cowboy Stay
  • Exclusive Ranch Owner Stay

Then choose how many days you would like to stay.

 

All accommodations and packages include your very own guest ranch horse, three meals per day plus snacks, lodging in the main guest ranch house and your own cowboy (or cowgirl) wrangler to teach you everything you need to know about horses! Bring the whole family or enjoy a ranch stay for two!

 

 

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