Horseback Riding at the ranch
Horseback Riding Policies
Horseback riding is only available to those riders under 240 pounds or athletically built. Horseback trail riding is available to ages 3 & up. Kids, ages 3-6, may be led by one of our wranglers depending on their ability. Riders with questions regarding medical considerations should contact the ranch and/or have a doctor’s note prior to arriving. Advanced riding is available at Red Horse Mountain Ranch once the rider passes the advanced test. Each rider should fill out the Activity Information Form when making their reservations. If you have any questions regarding the horseback riding policies, please contact the Ranch Manager at (888) 689-9680 ext 2.
Dude Ranchers’ Association Horse Safety
Red Horse Mountain Ranch has been a Horse Safety Program member since it’s beginning. The program is a reflection of a proactive approach by the Dude Ranchers’ Association to promote safe horse programs. The program provides an educational opportunity through two seminars. These seminars promote continual evaluation of safety procedures and skills.
This program is a reflection of the member ranches and our responsibility to give guest riders enjoyable horseback riding vacations along with exercising the highest degree of care. Each certified ranch must be re-certified every three years. The owner, operator or manager must attend both seminars to complete or update current certification. Be sure and look for the DRA Horse Safety Logo before you book your dude ranch vacation.
Your Own Horse for the Week
- Horses are certainly front and center at Red Horse Mountain Ranch and we offer all types of Horseback riding during your dude ranch vacation. All rides will leave the valley floor and climb to unique vistas, viewpoints, or peaks except for the horseback rides with the younger children. Advanced and beginner horseback riding is available. Advanced riders must complete the advanced test, allowing us to see your ability to control the horse and to make sure you and your horse are a good match. And each guest, 3 years old and up, will be given a horse and a saddle for the entire time they’re on the ranch.
Kid’s Horseback Riding Programs
- Children, ages 3 – 11, are welcomed to participate in the Kids’ Trail Ride, while the little “buckaroos” (ages 3-6) will enjoy horseback riding in our ranch valley. The rides are geared towards the age group involved. Little cowboy and cowgirl boots are available to borrow, but parents beware, kids usually want to keep their boots at the end of the week for souvenirs and we’ll need them for another adventure. We also require each kid to wear a horseback riding helmet which will be provided for their stay. Once each child has met their horse and is fit to their saddle we will venture off into the ranch valley or onto gently sloping hills. Horseback riding inherently offers lessons in focus, assertiveness and self-awareness. All ages may join the Kids’ Trail Ride if space is available.
Advanced Horseback Riding & The Advanced Test
- The Advanced Horseback Ride is a combination of walking, trotting, and cantering and is offered a number of times throughout the week. This horseback ride is absolutely exhilarating and, as always,your safety is most important. Even an accomplished rider will tell you that every horse is different and it takes a little time for you to meet. We make sure you and your horse are ready to kick it up a notch before heading out on the trail. All riders wishing to do the Advanced Ride, regardless of riding experience, will be tested by our wranglers prior. Talk with your experienced wranglers to see if you could use a few pointers to advance your trail riding experience.The Advanced Rides are only available in the mornings since typical afternoon heat during the summer is too warm for the horses to do advanced riding.
Family Horseback Riding
Family horseback rides give parents with kids, 3 and over, a chance to ride together while at the ranch. The wranglers will make sure you and your children are comfortable and properly equipped. Family rides are also at the discretion of the wrangler. Family rides are usually shorter than most rides for the sake of the children.
Daily Scenic Horseback Riding
You’ll have 300,000 acres with miles of trails, a knowledgeable wrangler, a trusty horse, and the ability to go wherever your skills can take you during our horseback riding vacations! Every morning the wranglers have your horse saddled and waiting for you when you decide to ride. The wranglers will make sure you are comfortable and properly equipped before you get on your horse. If you need a few pointers, don’t hesitate to ask your wrangler for a little help. Please remember that your safety and the horses’ safety are always kept in mind. We have a variety of riding trails, all of which leave the valley floor and climb into the surrounding mountains. Enjoy riding through pastures, along wide trails, on open hillsides, and through narrow, wooded paths. We recommend you bring your camera. Each scenic trail ride will last between 2-4 hours.
The All Day Horseback Ride
On certain days of the week, an all-day ride is also available. You will experience the backwoods, creek basins, and breathtaking views from ridge lines. A lunch will be made for you to take in your saddle bags. Be prepared for this ride. Wear layers; the weather may not be the same atop the ridges as it is down in the valley. Typically, most all-day rides climb and descend a total of 8,000 feet in elevation. The All-Day Rides are approximately 6 hours in length, returning you back to the ranch in the mid-afternoon.
Our goal while you’re here at the ranch is to become comfortable with your horse. You’ll only need to sign up for the horseback lessons and there is no extra charge. It’s best to talk with your wrangler at the lesson and give them a few tips on what you’re wanting to work on. Horseback riding lessons are a great way to improve and work on your horsemanship during your week stay at the ranch.