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Shelby Ranch:
Horseback-riding and Ranch adventures for all!

Is your family craving Ranch fun?

Horseback riding

Trails adventure

Trail Riding Adventure

Explore Shelby’s Ranch Woods: Available ALL YEAR !

Horseback forest trail rides in Nova-Scotia! No experience  needed for this 1.5-hour horseback ride! Enjoy the beautiful outdoors, as this ride takes you along some of the most beautiful Pictou County forest trails. Book a solo ride, or bring your family and friends!

Little Lil Pony adventure

Lil Rancher Pony Rides

Lil Rancher pony rides are for ages 2 and up! 

All pony rides take place in our pony ride corral with an experienced Shelby Ranch Wrangler leading the pony. Riders can freely enjoy their ride, and completely abandon any worries about steering or controlling the pony.


Adult Riding Lessons

Has learning to ride always been put aside? Look no further - this is where your lessons begin. Start at any level, with our 1-hour tailor-made lessons in the relaxed environment of an indoor arena, with safe, patient, well-mannered horses and one of our experienced Shelby Ranch wranglers to help you feel comfortable all the way through your progress. 

Children Riding Lessons

Our Riding lessons are a hit with kids and teens every time! Safe and fun-packed 1hour lessons adapted for all children from 2 years and up in the relaxed environment of an indoor arena, with safe, patient, well-mannered horses and one of our experienced Shelby Ranch wranglers.  The lessons are always easy-going and fun! May kids and teens live their equine passion to the fullest - Giddy-up!

Online Programs

From the comfort of your home, learn everything an expert wrangler needs to know about caring for the most beautiful animal ever!

Come join our herd of horse-lovers, and access our exclusive Shelby’s Ranch online portal for just 20$ per month! Topics that can be found on the portal include: how to care for a horse, horse behaviour, bonding with a horse... and so much more! ​


Our events

Family Ranch Adventure

Family Ranch Adventure

For 4 hours you get access to our Petting Farm and unlimited Pony Rides! Yup, we’ve got your backs best-parents-ever!

This Ranch Adventure  is packed with fun, cuddly encounters with our furry friends on the petting farm, as well as a mechanical bull challenge! Memories that will last a lifetime!

Wagon Rides

Join in for a ride across the ranch grounds in an authentic horse-pulled wagon! Take in the scenery, enjoy a trot-paced tour of our beloved horse haven using the eco-friendliest means of transport ever! Don't forget to treat yourself with a hot apple cider or chocolate at the end of the ride!

Wagon rides
Image by Alexandra Lowenthal

Axe Throwing

Have fun throwing some axes with your family, friends and/or colleagues. A non-stop bonfire is available to warm up during the winter. Add to the fun by indulging in some warm treats like hot apple cider or hot chocolate, and make the most of our beautiful ranch outdoors setting. This is sure to be a fun and truly memorable moment for everyone!

Ranch Birthday Parites

Was there ever a better way to make your day really special? At Shelby’s Ranch, turn your birthday party into one fabulously fun celebration!

Pony rides galore, interact with our funny furry friends on the Petting Farm, and challenge yourself on none other than the awesomest Mechanical Bull!

Ranch Birthday Parties

Living the Ranch life

Virtual ranch Visit

Virtual Ranch Visits

It is now possible to visit the ranch virtually! Depending on the day, you might get to interact with Buster the goat, Porky Pig, S'mores the llama, and others of our petting farm animals.
Virtual ranch visits are ideal for families with small kids, for virtual birthday parties, corporate meetings, and school groups.

Ranch Camp

March Break Camp 

Spend your March Break or Summer with horses! Learn how to ride them, learn how to care for them, interact with the other animals from our petting farm and let your equine passion run free! Need we say more? If you are a horse lover aged between 5 and 12, come join us for a week of riding and ranch adventures March 14 to 18 from 9am-3pm!

Horse Camper

Spend the night in our charming little horse trailer equipped with living quarters. ​Imagine waking up to horses grazing in the pasture, and spending your day trail riding and enjoying a relaxing ranch adventure! The camper sleeps 2 people and includes a kitchenette, toilet, and small shower. 

Horse trailer Shelby Ranch


Stay overnight at Shelby Ranch's bunkhouse, a fun glamping accomodation for a family of 4. The cabin is nestled in a field near the back of our beautiful 48-acre Pictou County property, where a babbling brook adds to the relaxing atmosphere.