Indulge your senses in a three hour trail ride with Mac as he guides you through rolling Alberta foothills on horseback. You will start your experience with specific instructions on mounting, dismounting, leading and cues for your horse to ensure a smooth ride. Take a moment to ride in the arena to get the feel of your horse and settle into your saddle.
Once on the trail, you can expect spectacular vistas of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and sprawling mountain meadows covered with wildflowers and wildlife. Dismounting you will be treated to cowboy coffee cooked over an open fire while you sit in nature and soak in the beauty all around you. This horseback experience is for riders of all experience levels
Rides run April-November. (though on beautiful days in the winter too!)
Daily at 9:30-12noon & 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Cost: $125/person (+ 5%GST )
*Purchase a lesson in conjunction with your ride and receive 20% off the lesson
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.
Riding and Horse Awareness Packages:
Connect, Ride & Relax Package
2 Horse Awareness Sessions plus 2 Half-Day Rides
Cost: $260/person +5%GST
Connect, Learn & Ride Package
2 Horse Awareness Sessions plus 2 Lessons and 2 Half-Day Rides
Cost: $490/person +5%GST
Family or Group Package - 5 people maximum:
2 Horse Awareness Sessions plus 3 Lessons and 2 Half-Day Rides
Cost: $550/person +5%GST
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.