Let’s discuss about the top vacations at dude ranches. Combining nature, horse riding and relaxation in to the perfect holiday. This are the top places for a horse riding vacation, most of them are from the US but there are some other cool places outside the US.
In Texas, nothing is done small, and this 1,500-acre ranch in Hill Country is big on wide-open spaces. In operation since 1856, Wildcatter Ranch Resort & Spa’s history has been featured in “Lonesome Dove.” Of course, the ranch is all about horses and provides group and private rides for riders of various skill levels. Sticking with a Western theme, the resort offers horseshoes, enjoy wagon rides and watch Western flicks. Or, they can hunt for fossils, join a scavenger hunt, bike, hike and canoe. There’s no need for tents at Wildcatter. Sixteen luxurious suites that include stone fireplaces are available in its Cabin Suites, as are rooms aplenty in the ranch’s hotel. For a more unique experience, rent out the two-bedroom Homestead cottage, Wildcatter’s original ranch house, or O.T.’s Cabin, a two-bedroom, two-bath guesthouse with full kitchen, dining room and living room.
Offering weekly trips into Yellowstone National Park, the 7D Ranch has a kids program geared for kids 3 – 12 years old, but kids of all ages enjoy participating in the activities. Their children’s program allows young people to experience ranch life and come to understand the connections to the natural world. Ecological relationships are taught by example on daily hikes and rides. Children are introduced to the world of livestock and horses by patient wranglers who take great care to build kids’ confidence.
Texas Ranch Life in – you guessed it – Texas, USA, is an authentic working ranch where you can immerse yourself in western cowboy culture. Enjoy open-range horseback riding over the ranch’s 20 miles of rolling hills and vistas; and when you’re not horseback riding, try your hand at fishing, hunt for dove, quail, coyote and raccoon, or explore thousands of acres on trails by bike or ATV. Texas Ranch Life prides itself on a highly flexible rate policy, meaning you can tailor your ranch vacation according to your budget – there are opportunities to both save and splurge! Riding and non-riding activities are all charged separately, so you will only pay for what you use – so if riding or fishing are not your thing, you won’t pay for them. Nightly rates start as low as $140 and you can even bring your own horse – so why not rent a paddock and save money on hiring a ranch horse?
A few details about horse ranches. Dude ranches are unique and fun for several reasons. “It’s a more personal vacation than Disney or cruises,” says Colleen Hodson, executive director for the Dude Ranchers’ Association. The association has 100-plus ranch members west of the Mississippi. “You’re there with no more than 200 people. It’s a place to connect and reconnect,” she says. “It gives you time to eat and play as a family.” From rustic to luxury, all ranch lodging is clean and comfortable. But some ranches offer more amenities, like afternoon hors d’oeuvres, WiFi, TVs, hair dryers, etc. If you’re looking for massages or a hot tub, a resort ranch may be a better option than a cattle ranch. Also, not all ranches serve alcohol. So if you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner, you may have to bring your own.
If you liked your horse ranch holiday you may think at getting in to horse riding as a regular activity. Starting with horse riding is not as expensive as it was before. Horses for sale are becoming cheaper and the maintenance is not very high compared to 5 years ago.
Horses for sale is a trending search on Google, more and more people find out that riding a horse every week or day is no longer something very expensive or an “aristocracy only” activity. Here is the top advice if you plan on buying a horse. Your number one priority should be your personal safety. It does not matter how good looking a horse is if it’s not well trained, well-mannered and with a steady temperament.
Looking for horses for sale? HorseWeb is the world’s first (and oldest) horse classifieds website. As crazy as it sounds, we are almost a quarter-century old. That is nearly an eternity in internet life-cycle terms! Launched back in May of 1995, the website began its existence as “everything horse-related,” from horse, trailer and saddle classifieds, to news and articles, an event calendar and link directory, etc. If you are old enough to remember what the word “portal” meant back then, then the term “equestrian portal” would accurately describe the HorseWeb of that era.