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 a safe and enjoyable trail ride.
Get Fit for your Trail Rides
Good overall fitness, strength and endurance are helpful because riding taxes many parts of the body. Sure, the horse is burning most of the calories, but all your muscles are working to hold your position on a moving horse and the faster you go the more they work. After five hours in the saddle you will have had a good workout. Your legs, your back, your core and your arms all come in play. Exercises like walking, running and biking can certainly help you, but they do not use all the same muscles to the same extent as riding properly does and you can surely be a better rider if you make a special effort to develop the ones you need most. After a long ride most people are pretty tired, but there is no reason at all why you have to be sore.
The better shape you are in, the more effectively you will ride and the more open you can be to enjoy your riding vacation.
We offer two, half-day trail rides per day, as well as full days horseback riding. We also offer Natural Horsemanship Courses in the Spring & Fall, and rides of various gaits, walk, trot or canter. This depends on skill level, weather and terrain conditions! We assess every guest’s fitness level and ability in the ranch arena or on the trails to make sure you have a good balance (no bouncing) & horsemanship skills and can handle a horse in walk, trot and canter. Both rider and horse’s safety is our highest priority here at the ranch.