To walk or not

Howdy! I just returned from not so sunny San Diego and the Dude Ranchers’ Association meeting.  While there I was able to have an enjoyable evening dining with Gene Kilgore.  Gene has been promoting dude ranching since 1987, and we are the fortunate recipients of the Kilgore Network’s Best Ranches.  We are honored to receive this award.  Thank you Gene! While at the convention, I gave a little presentation on how we handle colic here at the Home Ranch.  I have been working with veterinarians for over 30 years on what exactly to do with a colic horse.  A couple … Continued

Wednesday Night at this Colorado Dude Ranch

In today’s world we move so fast and are so entwined with our BlackBerries and iPhones, that folks are caught off guard when they join us for our Wednesday Night barn dance.  It is truly a time of celebration. Guests of all ages and the energetic staff gather upstairs in our old wooden barn.  There is a live band and an enchanting energy. Dance has always played an important role in our country, especially in rural areas.  It truly is in the spirit of community, and you can feel it at our ranch on Wednesday nights. Square dancing originated in … Continued

To Stand or Not to Stand?

This article was originally published October 27, 1997 by our General Manager Johnny Fisher.  We would love to have your opinion on the subject.  Please look for another article on urination in the coming months. Let’s not beat around the bush.  Why do you stand up in the saddle when your horse is urinating?  Although this question may sound humorous, what is probably more humorous is that I have developed an obsession with this question. I operate a guest ranch in Colorado, so already my sanity comes into question. It all started about 10 years ago. We had a new … Continued

Horse Safety

There are numerous books and articles on horsemanship.  Most of it is “how to”.  There are some basic items that need to be mentioned in order to be safe.  I thought that I should share some of The Home Ranch Horse Philosophy that our wranglers read and practice.  We are very much committed to operating a safe and fun program, and felt that maybe by sharing our thoughts it might help other horse owners. THE HOME RANCH HORSE PHILOSOPHY This piece is written in the first person, as our horse program is near and dear to my heart. We are … Continued

Winter Wonderland

It’s a beautiful day here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I just finished feeding our horses with our team of Percherons- Bob and Bill.  While out feeding, my mind wandered to some special times I have had driving during the holidays. The first that comes to mind is 15 years ago when my daughters were about 6 and 8.  It was Christmas day and my help was sick.  Casey, Laura and I went out to the stack with Kate and Ada, my team of mules, and we all loaded the sleigh.  My girls had to work hard to move those … Continued

Summer 2009

Our season is underway. We currently have a dozen women enjoying the unique experience of our yoga and horses retreat.  Tammy Pate and Janice Baxter head up this well-received program.  We’re having a lot of fun. Last week, we hosted our management training seminar with Conversant.  As always, it produced amazing results.  We feel so honored to be a part of this program.  This year, we had four participants from Ball Aerospace.  It was a special week, as members of the Atlantis Space Shuttle were repairing the Hubbell Telescope with parts designed and manufactured by Ball  We’ve had professionals from … Continued

Proud members

You may have noticed that The Home Ranch is affiliated with a few organizations: Relais & Chateaux Orvis Dude Ranchers’ Association Colorado Dude and Guest Ranch Association These organizations are your assurance of truth in advertising and quality.  We feel quite honored to be a part of these organizations, and we are also very active with them. Share this:

Spring?

We have closed the door on another wonderful season at The Home Ranch!  I would like to take a moment and say Thank you! to all of our winter guests and staff.  Thank you for all the memories, stories and laughs.  I will look forward to seeing you all the next time our paths cross.   Share this:

Still Lots of Snow

What a winter we are having!  Just when we think winter is over and spring is arriving, another couple of inches of snow fall and the temperature falls below zero.   We are all enjoying the longer days, and realizing that summer is just around the corner. Tayler is at a horse sale today in Denver looking for some new mounts for the summer.  Philippe is offering fly casting clinics on the snow covered back yard and is anxious to see the river start to break up.  Randy and Eric are starting to think about what they might find under all … Continued

DRA Meeting

I just returned from Tucson from our annual Dude Ranchers’ Association meeting.  It was a great trip, and I must say that I enjoyed not having to bundle up for a few days. Us dude ranchers – we’re an interesting bunch.  We are all head to head competitors, yet we are the best of friends.  There are no trade secrets in our world.  We all share everything and try to help each other out.  I have so much fun and learn so much from these meetings. Our industry remains healthy.  I think that people need what we offer: genuine relationships.  … Continued