Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Movie Quote: "I'm too pooped to poop." -Chance from "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey"
Dream Job: Preservationist (When I relieve myself in the National Forest, I make my rider pick it up.)
Favorite Hobby: Rolling on my back after getting the saddle taken off
If you had to defend yourself in the jungle, what would your weapon of choice be? Light saber
If you were invisible for 24 hours, what would you do? I would pretend to be a 6'3.5" invisible rabbit and call myself Harvey.
What makes you a great dude ranch horse? While I do grab an occasional snack on the trail, I'm just a love-able guy. I really enjoy taking out young'uns and showing them the ropes on how to be a cowboy. I'll even trot and lope if you ask me to!
There are all sorts of variables when it comes to taking a horse trip...how long you plan to be gone, how many people are going, how many horses are going, are you horse packing or not, are you trailering to a location and then riding out from there or riding out from your own property, etc.
Here at ERGR we have the luxury of being able to ride right out of our property without trailering and offer guests an overnight camp trip that heads out after dinner one evening. Then, we enjoy a beautiful sunset up at the top of a mountain with gorgeous views of the Zirkel Mountains and crawl into our sleeping bags for a peaceful night's sleep (we take up pads and pillows!). I realize that you may have different goals with your camping (more luxurious or pack as little as possible), but I wanted to offer this guide for what to pack if you're headed out on an overnight trip with your horses. It takes us three pack horse trips to get all our supplies up if we have 5+ guests, and you'll get a good idea after your first trip how much prep work it will take you.
OVERNIGHT TRIP LIST
-Horse highline (Long rope, Tree saver straps, and horse ties)
-Brush and comb
-Feed you may need
-Typical tack on the horses (includes lead ropes) plus saddle bags
-Matches and lighter
-Paper towel roll
-First Aid Kit
-Tarp for putting over saddles and any other items to keep dry
Food Related (Depends on what meals you're having and how luxurious you want the experience):
-Salt and pepper
-Susan's Homemade bread
Extras if necessary (depends on your location):
It's been quite a while since I wrote my last blog, so I thought I ought to catch you up on all the fun details as of late! We've had an incredible group of guests from all over the world come to visit us. The picture above is from last week when we had a family from Fort Collins and a family from Belgium come to visit. We took them to the Steamboat Pro Rodeo for our Fourth of July celebration, and the youngest two on the left took part in the activities! About a hundred kids were in the arena at once swarming after a calf and attempting to grab the ribbon from its tail--it was a hoot!
After a lot of early season rain, the mountains around Steamboat Springs got incredibly green which also meant that our summer flowers were gorgeous. I've never seen as many Columbine flowers in this grand state as we had on the trail leading up the mountain behind the ranch and up top.
I think pictures describe even better than my words what a fun summer it's been thus far, so enjoy the gallery below! :)