Homeplace Ranch - Horseback Riding
Start time is 12:30 PM; back to the corrals at approximately 3 - 3:30 PM.
$125 (plus GST) - for a 3 hour experience. This includes our mounting and dismounting instruction (or skill check if you are an experienced rider), introduction to your specially selected horse and its cues, then approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours on the trail. The trail time includes a"cowboy coffee" break at a look-out point or meadow, so that the riders - and the horses -have a chance to relax and stretch before riding back to the ranch. Back at the ranch, interested riders are invited to learn how to remove their saddle and thank their horse with a gentle grooming. We ride in western saddles, but encourage good general horsemanship, so anyone with previous horse expereince will be comfortable.
Cowboy coffee (made fresh over the open fire) is provided, but if you wish a snack, please bring something that will pack into a small saddle bag. Sandwiches/bunwiches without mayonnaise, cheese and crackers, non-bruisable fruit (oranges are good, but avoid bananas), Granola bars, chocolate bars, trail mix - are all good options. Please also bring a slim bottle/canteen of water or other cold beverage.
What to expect:
All groups are very small - maximum 6 -7 riders - so that everyone can hear the guide and receive individual attention.
Safety is our most important value, and because our foothills, forest and meadow terrain is not safe for a lot of fast riding, most rides will be at the walk, or occasionally a brief trot - but the latter only for riders who wish to do so and are in good control of their horse.
What to wear:
Footwear is very critical - students must have smooth soled shoes or boots with at least a one inch heel. Riding boots (either Western or English) are great, but dress boots or even rubber boots work well also. As you will be doing some work in the corrals, rubber boots work best if we have had some moisture.
Jeans or long pants, a long sleeved shirt (for riding through the trees), and layers for warmth or light rain are recommended. Do not wear short pants - that do not cover down to the ankle - as riding will be very uncomfortable!
Helmets are optional, but a good idea, especially for junior riders. If a proper riding helmet is not available, a good fitting bicycle helmet or hockey helmet is adequate. A cowboy hat is always acceptable - we love to see our riders share the spirit - but must be secured with a rodeo string (a string under the chin) to avoid the hat blowing off and spooking your horse.
Minimum age is 7 years... No maximum :)
Weight limit is 220 lbs, except for an experienced or long legged rider, when we may be able to make an exception.
When you call, please be prepared to give the height, weight, and riding level for each rider - so that we can match you with just the right horse!
Booking and cancellation:
We will require a credit card number upon booking, but only in case of last minute cancellation. Please pay for your ride in cash or by cheque made out to Homeplace Ranch, at the time of your ride. Cancellation will not be charged if greater than 48 hours in advance, or by mutual agreement in case of bad weather.