Another element of our winter program is the horses. Whether you are coming with the focus of our top notch riding program or just want to ride a little to take a break from skiing, we’ll get you in the saddle, having fun and learning!
Sitting astride one of our horses resplendent in their warm, thick winter coat is also an experience not to be missed. It’s a lot different than riding on summertime trails, with the blanket of fresh snow under the horses hooves!
We keep a few trails around the ranch packed down during the winter. Because of the snow, and the colder weather, we keep the rides to a slower pace and only go out for an hour or so. Whether you ride on a warm, sunny day or on a day when the snow is falling gently on you, it’s an experience not to be missed!
Horsemanship Clinics and Lessons
For those looking for a more in-depth riding experience, we offer riding in the Indoor arena each day. Here, you’ll be able to learn how to communicate better with your horse and improve your riding skills.
The ranch’s full-sized and HEATED Indoor Riding Arena is the reason this can all happen at Vista Verde.
The Indoor facilities include stalls, grooming areas and a large tackroom so you can enjoy all aspects of horse care in comfort.
It just wouldn’t be right to spend time in a winter wonderland without singing a line or two of “Jingle Bells.” And you can do just that when you head out on our “one horse open sleigh” around the ranch.
Or, if you would like, hop on our big sleigh pulled by our team of Percherons and help the wranglers feed our resident herd of horses each day.
Either way, it’s a wonderful winter experience while the horses do all the work.
Quality horses and in-depth instruction
The Vista Verde riding program and has helped our guests far exceed their expectations in regards to how much they can learn in a week. From both demonstrating what our trainers are teaching our young horses to helping you learn how to better communicate with your own horse during one of our many clinics, you might find that you never want to leave the arena because you’re having too much fun!
We have invested in a breeding and training program as well, to help ensure that we are bringing in the next generation of fabulous horses for our guests. We breed some of our well-pedigreed mares each year to our own stallion and are enjoying the wonderful foals as they grow up at the ranch. As a guest, you can enjoy seeing these foals as they are born and begin the training process. Often times our training staff are working the young horses while they are teaching you to work with and train your own horse. It’s just amazing how much there is to learn about horses, and our team are here to share that with you.
Everyday the ranch offers a different and interesting clinic or horseback experience that can be great learning experiences for novices and experts alike. Our training staff have developed a variety of different clinics to explore the different aspects of horsemanship, and they are suitable to all riding levels. From basic horsemanship clinics to more focused cattle work clinics as well as some that are just focused on bringing it all together through fun games, you can expand your horsemanship knowledge dramatically through the week.