– September 2012

Jamie Pearson wrote this fun story for

Just when you thought dude ranch vacations couldn’t get any better

A couple of years ago, my family took a Colorado dude ranch vacation.   Maybe you read about it here?  If not, I’ll summarize it for you in a few words:  boots, horses, hot tubs, cattle drives, and jaw-dropping scenery.  A good time was had by all, but especially by me since there was also no shopping, cooking, or cleaning for a week.

I wouldn’t have guessed that the folks at Vista Verde could improve the experience, but I would have been wrong.

Baby animals are as silly as baby humans. Maybe this is why they get along so well?

First, they remodeled the (already awesome) cabins.  Then they built a swimming pool.  Now, they’ve introduced a weekly foal clinic.

Baby horses!

One of the highlights of our vacation, was tiptoeing into a darkened barn to see a newborn foal.   Just hours old, she was all legs and eyes.  While it was special to us, it was business as usual for the ranch staff.  Because they have a breeding program, there are babies every summer.

I want a lap horse!

In an effort to get guests involved, Vista Verde started a weekly foal clinic where guests of all ages get to help halter-train, gentle, and socialize the baby horses (seven in all this summer).  Not only does it turn the people into horse lovers, it also turns the foals into people lovers — an important quality for guest ranch horses

Follow this link to find out more about Vista Verde Ranch.  They are open (mostly) year-round, but due to Colorado weather, baby horses are a summer phenomenon.