Colorado Dude Ranch
Horseback Riding Program
A horseback riding vacation at The Home Ranch will, without a doubt, be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Our wranglers at The Home Ranch are well versed in Natural Horsemanship and love sharing their passion for horseback riding with guests of all different experience levels. From our typical 2-hour trail ride to our all-day rides, you are bound to never tire from the stunning Routt National Forest, which totals over 1.1 million acres. If trail riding is not quite your calling, we have the answer for that as well. We proudly offer a multitude of lessons, workshops and clinics back at the ranch, from working cattle and roping to colt starting and horsemanship workshops. If the kids also want something more out of their horse experience, they can join our junior wrangler program. Whether it is or isn't your first rodeo, our horse program is set up to please a multitude of interests and experience levels.
Horseback Riding - Our Wranglers
Home Ranch Horsemanship
Horseback Riding Activities Beyond Trail Riding:
There is one activity that is widely known by many if not all of our returning guests, and that is the Friday morning Cattle Competition. Although many dude ranches do some type of cattle work or team penning, working cattle at The Home Ranch is different. You may be able to consider the actual cattle competition a type of team penning, which it is, but it is not your normal team penning. Just like our riding program, we like to take a little different light to moving cattle. We like to call it Home Ranch Stockmanship.
What better way to truly understand what it takes to be a cowboy than to learn the art that is western roping. Although many seasoned cowboys may make roping look like an easy skill to execute, it is only because they have been doing it their entire life. Once we hand you a rope and delve into the basics of what it takes to actually spin the rope above your head, you will soon begin to understand how much effort and practice it truly requires. The roping we do here at The Home Ranch is entirely from the ground, and rarely from horseback. We find that there is enough to be learned about riding a horse alone, as well as with roping from the ground. Mixing the two of them together is something that takes much more than a brief weeks practice.
Natural Horsemanship Training
The Home Ranch safety policy is pretty simple. We encourage all participants to read the sign posted at the barn, which reads: Under Colorado Law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to section 13-21-119, Colorado Revised Statutes. There is however another aspect to our safety policy, and it has to do with helmets. We do not provide or require any helmets when riding. If you would like to wear a helmet, that is fine and we respect that decision. We do ask that you either bring your own, or find a place in Steamboat that has one you can purchase.
Trail Riding - Our 2-Hour Trail Ride