Here are some of the items our wranglers carry on the trail and what you may need to consider bringing with you on your Colorado horseback riding adventure:
1. Extra Leather Strings
2. Multi-tool/Leatherman or Hoof pick
3. Rain jacket/poncho
5. First Aid Kit
6. Vet Wrap
7. Insect repellant
8. Lunch/Snacks for an all-day ride
9. Phone for emergencies (won't always work in remote areas, but you can often get to a high location with service)
10. Small saw
11. Bute for emergencies
Joining us for vacation this summer and need to know what to pack for your trip? Stay tuned for our horseback riding must-haves or packing checklist so you're prepared for all of our offered activities.
So, Colorado Guest Ranch Dog of the Year isn't exactly a real award, but I thought this pup deserved some props on being, well......all-around cool. She's got spunk, an independent, go-get-those-squirrels-attitude, and a strong desire to be cute. Here's her bio (she helped put it together):
Madly was born and reared on the flat plains of this great state and then quickly moved to Denver for a short stint of city life. Displeased with chasing the lazy park squirrels and rabbits, she opted to move to where the Old West still lives, where the creatures get to frolic in pastures and up great big, rugged boulders.
Much to Bex's disapproval, she likes people food and horse manure, so Madly's focusing really hard on eating "good" dog food (Madly insisted on putting quotations because she doesn't agree with Bex yet). The guests this summer at Elk River Guest Ranch will hopefully help by not feeding her scraps. She really wants to maintain her girly figure.
Madly also enjoys digging, lying spread-eagle in the snow, and going for horseback rides. Her favorite colors are brown and camo. She can stick her ears straight up, and if she's lying down on the ground she'll let you rest your head on her for a nap.
This girl's fired up to meet you this next summer!! Besides hanging out with Madly, if you'd like to check out what the rest of your week will entail, our next blog will give you a glimpse of our all-inclusive, weekly schedule. Stay tuned! :)
1) Horseback riding is just sitting.
Believe it or not, more accidents occur when you're simply walking along than when you and your horse are trotting and loping. Why? Because when you are trotting and loping, you are forced to become a more involved, attentive rider. If you insist on just sitting (as opposed to cueing and working with the horse), you're likely to be taken wherever the horse wants to go (to grass or home).
2) My horse loves to be at the front.
I hear this a TON trail riding on the Colorado guest ranch. Here are a few things to keep in mind: One, if your horse is at the front, he/she may have a faster gait than the others. Two, you could be pushing your horse forward/encouraging it to walk faster with your body language. Last, you are in control of where your horse goes. If you kick or squeeze your horse, it will go faster. Begin by making sure you aren't sending mixed signals to your horse (pulling back and squeezing, for instance), and then work to ensure that you can control where your horse is in the group.
3) Horses are like big dogs.
While some attempt to cuddle with their horses and feed them treats in order to get a certain response, horses are a completely different animal. Unlike dogs who tend to be predators, horses are prey animals. Their first instinct in the sight, smell, or sound of danger is to flee the scene. Plus, if you try to train horses by feeding them treats all the time, you'll end up with a HUGE animal pushing into your space with little or no regard for your safety.
4) My horse sleeps standing up.
This is partially true. Your horse can sleep or nap standing up, but they do have to lie down in order to get into REM sleep.
5) My horse is white.
Horses may have white on them or look white, but they aren't genetically white. Most of the "white" horses you see are actually gray, cremello, or perlino.
Rather read about guest ranch dogs than about horses? Stay tuned for the Colorado Guest Ranch Dog of the Year's appearance in our next blog! http://www.elkrivergr.com/blog/madly-colorado-guest-ranch-dog-of-the-year