Posts Tagged ‘draft horses’
Date: December 11th, 2009
Some of you may know that we lost Zig, one of our wonderful Percheron draft horses, last year. Since then we’ve been trying to figure out how to replace him. Usually when you work with a team, you buy them as a team. It’s very difficult to replace 1 member of a team as they definitely have a relationship and a work dynamic. We borrowed Whopper from some friends to see if we could pair him up with Zag, and we also bought Ben and Jerry who are a younger team. So far we haven’t found the right fit for our sleigh pulling needs. Today Terry, Jo and Nicky hooked up Ben and Zag together and it looks like they might be a good match. Zag is bigger than Ben, but his maturity is helping Ben learn to be a good little draft horse. It was a beautiful day and I got chills up and down my spine when I looked out and saw them making laps around the Sunday pasture. That is just such a magnificent sight…no matter how many times I’ve seen it. Just like running the horses in from pasture, it’s something I never tire of watching.
Date: December 11th, 2009
I’ve always thought the words "rustic luxury" were overused, but the cabins at Vista Verde Guest Ranch and Resort actually fit this term. Inside, guests curl up on a comfy couch or other hand-made wood furniture in front of a wood-burning stove, and retire to very comfortable beds. The all-inclusive weeks include refrigerators stocked with drinks and snacks, and a few bottles of wine. The number of bedrooms varies in the nine cabins but all have hot tubs. There are also three guest rooms in the lodge. When full, the guest ranch tops out at about 40 guests.
The guest to staff ratio is 1:1 and the staff – from the wranglers to the chef – are superb. The food is labeled "Cowboy Cuisine" but you can expect plenty of gourmet touches in the entrees, with suggested wines to match. From the custom furnishings to the soaps to the saddles and the organic beef and lamb, the ranch stays local whenever possible.
Vista Verde Guest Ranch All-Inclusive Week-Long Packages
In the summertime, everything, from the horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing is included. In the winter it’s snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and backcountry skiing. Steamboat Resort is about 25 miles away for guests who want downhill skiing or snowboarding. The Ranch Manager, Ben Martin, accurately outlines the ranch’s philosophy: "There’s everything to do but you don’t have to do anything."
The ranch has a 40 percent return rate in the summer, and the guests include many families because the ranch has special programs for the children. In the fall, there are some adult-only weeks.