Campbell Hills Guest Ranch is a horseback riding ranch with an emphasis on natural horsemanship with great horses for all levels of riders. When horseback riding, we consider the different skill levels of riders and their expectations.
Horses are our teachers
Horses don't care how much you know, but they know how much you care. We use a technique called Natural Horsemanship, which is based on the principles developed by Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt, Mark Rashid
, Josh Nichol
and Pat Parelli
. The practice centers on the relationship between the horse and rider, forming partnership and trust on the trails. The principles of natural horsemanship are based on the psychology and body language of the horse, and work to create a safe, fun, and respectful horseback riding experience.
No bits in our horses mouths
We are very proud to ride our horses in bosals
and rope halters instead of painful bits. Our horses are used to these aids, which are soft and gentle and create a responsive and happy ride.
A personalized horse for each guest
When you come to stay with us, we will assign you a horse for the duration of your stay. Before we go on our first trail ride, we’ll introduce you to your horse in the ranch arena. We will explain how to communicate with your horse, as well as the basics to have an enjoyable trail ride.
Trail riding for beginners and more experienced riders
We offer two, half-day trail rides per day, as well as full day horseback riding. We also offer Natural Horsemanship Courses
and rides of various gaits, whether you want to walk, trot or canter. We assess every guest’s ability in the Ranch arena to make sure both rider and horse are safe when out on the trails.
Swimming and bareback rides
On hot summer days we like to take the horses for a swim in a nearby lake (only available on full day rides).
Helping care for your horse
We encourage all our guests to participate in caring for their horse. We always appreciate help with daily grooming, feeding and giving them baths on hot summer days.
Never ending trail rides, just for you
With endless miles to explore, you will seldom ride the same trail twice. Our wranglers will guide you to pristine lakes and stunning viewpoints here in the Interior of British Columbia.