Horses 101: Annual Vet Checks

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Well, this past week we completed our annual vet check, and we were grateful to have all of our winter staff members there to help!  While Jeannie works full time with the horses throughout the winter, we also had our part time wrangler Andrea, our maintenance guys: Jim, Rob, and Matt; our chef Lauren, our office manager Jody, and finally our ranch manager Cory up at Challenge Course Pasture helping to catch each and every horse for their annual worming, vaccination, and routine check.When you have a herd of 80+ horses, vet checks are extremely important!   Vetting each individual horse is crucial, especially with a busy summer season approaching, as a healthy horse means a happy horse; and of course a content horse means happy guests and staff members! You may wonder, what are some key aspects that you look for when checking the health of 80 horses?Teeth! If you aren’t well acquainted with horse biology, then you might not know that just like humans, teeth are « Continue »

Thinking About A Road Trip To RHMR? Check Out These Worthwhile Detours For Your Journey

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Mountains, beautiful freshwater rivers, massive lakes, lush green forests; and some of the best wildlife in North America:  does Idaho come to mind? It should!  Here at Red Horse we know how lucky we are to be located in the middle of this beautiful northwest landscape, and we want to share this with our readers. For those of us who are lucky enough to call Red Horse Mountain Ranch home, or for those fortunate guests who have shared time here with us, we know what an amazing place this is, and it wouldn’t be the same if we weren’t located here in the Idaho Pandhandle. It is always so enjoyable to see the awe on our guest’s faces when they arrive here at the ranch, and this expression is seen from their first day, to their last day with us.  Many times our guests have commented that when they imagined Idaho, they certainly underestimated its’ beauty.  If you have the chance to visit us here at Red Horse and are planning on making a road trip of your vacation, see below for some great « Continue »

Multi-Generational Vacations At Red Horse Mountain Dude Ranch

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Dude ranches are an amazing place for a family to grow closer, especially when it comes to family reunions or a parent-child vacation, but sometimes this can be hard to organize as people lead busy lives!  Family members can enjoy time here together even if a full-scale reunion isn’t possible.  In today’s hectic world, people of all ages have jam-packed schedules of work, school, sports, and anything else that may get in the way of some peaceful relaxation in the outdoors with loved ones.  Multi-generational vacations at Red Horse Mountain Ranch are a great way for family members to share some quality time together. Here at Red Horse it is a joy to see this, as many of our guests, new and returning, spend the week strengthening bonds, friendships, and relationships.  This can be hard to do to in day-to day life, especially if your loved ones live a distance away.  One of the greatest things about our ranch is that there is something great for all ages, so parents, grandparents, young « Continue »

Red Horse Mountain Staff: Meet Sarah Dunbar, Wrangler and Guide

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Sarah has been here at Red Horse Mountain Ranch for several years as a seasonal and year-round wrangler, and she has a unique bond with horses.  When guests come to the ranch and head out on trail rides, they expect knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides, and that’s what they’ll get with our wranglers!  Sarah has a great way of sharing her horse knowledge, and this not only spurs fun and great conversations, but it also makes a few horse-shy guests feel at ease.  She has been working with horses for over 11 years, and her career began at age 16 by learning pole bending, relay racing, and barrel racing; she also spent time as a horsemanship instructor and trail guide.A couple of years later, Sarah got her personal horse, Hawk, and the two have been bonding ever since.  Shortly after her newfound friendship with Hawk began, she continued trail guiding in Stehekin, WA, before finding her way to beautiful northern Idaho, to apprentice with Kathi (she and her son Danny are the RHM « Continue »

Horses 101: Ten Horsemanship Tips For A First-Time Ranch Goer

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When our guests arrive at the tack barn for their first ride of the week on Monday mornings, they are always excited to meet their assigned horse!  While some of our guests may already be experienced and advanced, it is a first time for many, and some might be a little unsure about their experience with horses.  We always pair each individual rider with a specific horse, one that will make the most comfortable experience out on the trails.  It is always important to put aside shyness and let your wranglers know if you are a bit uneasy around horses, as it will make it easier for them to help! There are a few things about horsemanship that can make a new riders experience here at Red Horse Mountain much more enjoyable, and gaining more knowledge can also help to build a better relationship between you and your horse throughout the week.  These tips are meant as a guide, but your stay at Red Horse will for the most part be guided by your wranglers!Tip #1: One of the most important « Continue »