The Horsemanship Experience or The Ranch Trail Ride
Looking to book a trail ride? Click HERE. Our trail rides are a relaxing way to get outside, enjoy some gorgeous terrain and well cared for horses.
We specialize in providing small group custom-tailored horsemanship experiences and trail rides to the general public for one-time rides as well as to regular riders hoping to take weekly riding lessons with us. You may hear trail companies boasting that they are not “nost-to-tail” only to experience being “wrangled” up and down a beach or along a path. If you’re looking for a rich horseback riding experience, read more about our horsemanship experience. You’ll be on a real, responsive horse that’s going to change it’s response to you based on the position of your hand, foot, sits bones, head and back positions. Not sure if this is a good activity for you? If you are interested in learning about horses, learning more about horses, or improving your riding (which helps lead to a happier, healthier horse), then this is the right place for you! If you “already know how to ride,” you may be frustrated when our guides suggest you change your hand position by a few millimeters. But that’s the real deal: these are real horses that will behave differently based on such subtleties as how you breath or where you look with your eyes.
Group and Private Horsemanship Sessions are ideal for beginners through experienced riders who want a more dynamic experience. We recommend children be experienced ages 6-9 years old or beginners 10+ to participate. Any rider who participates in the horsemanship experience must be capable of following safety protocol. If you have a special consideration, please make sure you speak with us over the phone before booking. Some factors that contribute to how we balance groups include total number of riders as well as the aforementioned bullets.
Horseback riding on responsive horses in open spaces is challenging. That’s part of the fun of the Horsemanship Experience. Yes! Part of the fun is the moderate to high activity level and the challenge. This is not a nose to tail trail, and many people experience a great approach using the fundamentals of horsemanship, walking away prepared to feel a little sore the next day! If you’re looking for pure relaxation, let us know! We can bring out an additional guide to work with you one-on-one and pull your horse along whenever necessary or create a custom private ride for you or your group. Want to read a little bit more about perceptions, expectations, and realities? Read our blog on our trail-based, lesson-based horsemanship experiences: What to Expect During Your Horseback Riding Lesson on the Trail.
While we do a great job of differentiating instruction for different skill levels of riders and ages, the horsemanship may not be appropriate for all groups. If you have a mixed group with some riders who wish to have a more relaxing trail ride, you can book your trailer land horsemanship at the same time. The horsemanship group rides in the same areas as the trail ride at the same time, so that both sets of riders can enjoy being together at once.
Our trail ride, while still more instructional than the horsemanship experience, is not so much about steering the horse as traveling along and enjoying the trail. Families, Mature riders and group parties who have folks who are not wanting to take the responsibility of following regular instruction on the ride should select the Ranch Ride. Riders who have been on many trail rides before should select the Ranch Ride trail. Riders who already know how to ride and do not want instruction should select the Ranch Ride. The Ranch Ride is a moderate activity level experience.
Riders who are enthusiastic about learning how to improve their riding and pushing the limits of their understanding and ability (whatever that ability is) should select the Horsemanship Experience.
We never let cost impede a group or individual from riding. If you have read our reviews and website and you are familiar with what we do but cannot afford the ride, please call us and speak with us directly. There are always weeds that need to be pulled in our voyage to develop organic grazing land for our livestock. Come get your hands dirty or ask about research and writing opportunities that we have as part of a work-reflect-write-and-ride approach. Please keep in mind that last minute requests for such opportunities are difficult to fulfill.
Looking for information on regular riding lessons? The average student who rides and learns with us for a year will spend approximately $35 a session. Please sign up for a horsemanship class and we will assess your ability and riding frequency. You’ll be able to come back the following week (s) at a generously discounted rate.
On our Ranch Trail Ride you’ll enjoy a brief greeting and grooming of your horse. This experience does not require as much instruction on grooming, handling on the ground or steering directions. Travel along and enjoy the trail! Families, Mature riders and group parties who have folks who are not wanting to take the responsibility of following regular instruction on the Horsemanship Experience should select the Ranch Ride. Riders who have been on many trail rides before should select the Ranch Ride trail. Riders who already know how to ride and do not want instruction should select the Ranch Ride. Riders who are enthusiastic about learning how to improve their riding and pushing the limits of their understanding and ability (whatever that ability is) should select the Horsemanship Experience.
The terrain of both of the rides is similar. The Ranch Ride is more structured, more enclosed, more “trail.” The Horsemanship Experience is in more open spaces, more direction, more contact with the horse.