Archive for the ‘Horseback riding’ Category

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

With our 2014 season coming to an end we have hauled all but a few horses to winter pasture for some well deserved r & r.  Shoes off and an abundance of green grass, what more could a horse ask for on their winter break?

Timon enjoying  all that grass.

Timon enjoying all that grass.

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Yellow Snow.

Yellow Snow.

Sling Blade exploring his new surroundings.

Sling Blade exploring his new surroundings.

 

 

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

 

From left to right: Scott, Bryan, Shannon, Emily, Cameron and Chadwich

From left to right: Scott, Bryan, Shannon, Emily, Cameron and Chadwick

The summer season has come to a close and with that, it’s time to say goodbye to some of our wranglers who are headed back to the “real world”.  Tember (left earlier in the season), Bryan, Shannon, Emily and Chadwick all headed off to college. We would like to give them a big THANK YOU for their great attitudes and hard work.  Some days they would be up before the sun and going to bed way after it had set but always had a smile on their face.  We hope you all have a great school year and will return to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch for the 2014 season, if we could only be so lucky.

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Wranglers

One of the wranglers job is fitting the rider to a horse.

One of the wranglers job is fitting the rider to a horse.

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Wranglers

Being a wrangler sometimes is more than just trail riding.

Being a wrangler sometimes is more than just trail riding.

They are there to help with a smile.

Wait? What?  Sleeping on the job.  :)

Wait? What? Sleeping on the job. :)

Horseshoe Canyon Guest Ranch Wranglers

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Wranglers

Bryan riding Phred and getting him ready to be put in the dude string.

Bryan riding Phred and getting him ready to be put in the dude string.

Horseshoe Canyon Dude Ranch Wranglers

Wranglers at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch

Watching Scott work a new horse in the round pen.

Watching Scott work a new horse in the round pen.

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Wranglers

Tember guiding a ride to a cookout.

Tember guiding a ride to a cookout.

Being able to swing up on a horse is not a requirement, but it's fun to try.

Being able to swing up on a horse is not a requirement, but it’s fun to try.

Everyday the wranglers saddle and unsaddle between 15 to 40 head of horses.

Everyday the wranglers saddle and unsaddle between 15 to 40 head of horses.

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Wranglers

 

Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Dude Ranch

HAPPY TRAILS! And best of luck you you all in your next adventure.

HAPPY TRAILS! And best of luck you you all in your next adventure.

 

 

 

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Cameron Johnson: Son, Wrangler & Office Staff

Cameron Johnson: Son, Wrangler & Office Staff

 

When five of your staff members (one being your son) graduate on the same night it makes things a little tricky back at the ranch.  Especially when the rest of the staff wants to come and support everyone.  Thanks to Jennifer, Scott, Sara and Bryan for staying back and tending to the 50 guests that evening.  Congratulations to Cameron, Marissa, Laura, Lynzi and Kennedy !  Enjoy life as it comes and good luck in your next chapter.

Laura: Kitchen Staff & Past Wrangler

Laura: Kitchen Staff & Past Wrangler

Marissa: Office & Kitchen Staff

Marissa: Office & Kitchen Staff

Lynzi: Kitchen Staff

Lynzi: Kitchen Staff

Kennedy: Office & Kitchen Staff

Kennedy: Office & Kitchen Staff

Cameron with his Grandparents: Martha and Jerry Johnson.

Cameron with his Grandparents: Martha and Jerry Johnson.

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Morgan supporting Cameron.  lol

Morgan supporting Cameron. lol

Marissa, Cameron & Laura

Marissa, Cameron & Laura

A lot of the staff came to support the graduates.  I guess you could say we are like family.

A lot of the staff came to support the graduates. I guess you could say we are like family.

 

Monday, August 27th, 2012

So you have thought to yourself, “Would a dude ranch be a good place to hold a family reunion?”.  And of course our answer would be “YES”!  A little bias maybe but here are the reasons we think you should consider it:

1. No planning.  Okay, you do have to plan when you want your reunion and how everyone is going to get here but after that it’s a snap.  The activities are all ready figured out.

Traditional dude ranch activity: Trail riding.

No so traditional dude ranch activity: High adventure – walking the cable bridge.

2. No cooking or meal plans to work out with one another.  That in itself if worth it’s weight in gold.  I say that because when we have had the Johnson Family reunion we all had to take turns making meals for the group.  If your group is large, that is not always easy.  We ended up making pizza by ordering on the phone.  Martha was not too thrilled.

Grandfather, son, grandsons and nephews.

 

3. There is something for everyone.  Horseback riding to rock climbing to canoeing to zip lines to just sitting on the porch enjoying a good book.  It is not uncommon when you get your family together that they all don’t like the same thing.  It’s okay, we have it covered.

Sisters with their granddaughters.

4.  Everything is included in one price.  Other than some souvenirs or snacks from our Trading Company there are no extra charges.

So if you have been wondering if this kind of vacation would make for a good family reunion, again we say “YES!”

Son and Father. It’s a great way to get reconnected with family.

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

One of our highlights of the year is when the LA Center for the Blind come to horseback ride & rock climb in the fall. Thanks Morgan for putting together this video of their experience.

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

The 2011 season is over for the most part (there is still one more chance to book a ranch vacation this year – the week of Thanksgiving!) and we decided a staff trail ride on the Buffalo National River  would be fun.

All loaded up and ready to go.

When I said we "all" thought it would be fun, well Morgan (climbing guide) might not have thought it would be fun. But he was a good sport and came. Cody Johnson, also might not have thought it would be fun but trail riding meant missing school.

The plan was for everyone to go to the other side of the river and take a group photo. If you notice the wet pant legs on Cody and Barry... the rest decided not to follow.

Just imagine 6 other riders on that rock bank and how cool it would have looked. :)

Time to come back. The water wasn't too bad but the weather was not exactly swimming temps.

Oops, found an even deeper spot.

The Peanut Gallery.

Barry's turn to make his way back across.

Getting ready to get his legs wet, again.

We stopped at a place that is called The Suck Hole to eat snacks, and for some of us, dry off. This location got it's name because there is place under the bluff where the water is "sucked" under the rock and comes out further down the river on the other side.

Morgan climbing. He almost was the third person to get wet in the river when he couldn't find any holds to climb back up. Fortunately he finally found his way.

Missing two family members. Creed is a little two young for this length of a ride and Cameron is a responsible child and didn't want to miss school due to homework load.

Jason getting some R & R before we finish out last two miles.

Thank you to our 2011 staff for such a great year!

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Horseback riding is probably the first thing that comes to your mind when you think, “dude ranch”.  Saddling up and heading down the trail, listening to the horses feet hit the ground, can be very therapeutic. It’s good for the soul.

Typical Monday Morning Trail Rides – “Get to know your horse.” 

Waiting...

Scooby is one of our kid's horse that has been her for about 10 years.

The Ozark rocks make for a scenic ride.

"Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys..." :)

Ookii (Anatolian Shepherd) decided to take a rest and hang out with me while I took photos.

You will ride past or through the herd of goats probably more than once.

Rusty has been her for the past 8 years. We purchased him at an auction from an Amish boy.

Tember riding one of her favorite horses on the ranch, Ricky Bobby.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

SPRING SEASON

The start of the season the grass starts to green but the blossoms and leaves have not started yet.

Spring Season + Spring Break = KIDS!

...and their parents. :)

Waiting for the "riders" to arrive at the cookout site.

Hints of greener days and leaves starting to show on this hat and jacket day.

Spring at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch brings baby goats - lots of baby goats.

Like last year we had a litter of Anatolian puppies born April 6 - there are 10.

The blossoms come out and the grass starts to grow - Dogwood tree

Barry Johnson coming back from the wrangle.

Great day for fishing.

Danny wanted a photo with his fish but the fish was a little too much to stand close to.

Jason (climbing guide) - wet ropes = heavy.

At the first rain drop, Danny and I packed up our fishing gear and made it back nice and dry.

Rain or shine there are always barn activities.

Oops - Jason slipped on the rope lowering Angie down.

Sloan could go no higher, the ceiling was in the way.

Sherman Mountain Boys

Spring is one of our favorite times on the ranch (next to fall). It is ever changing and most of all full of great families – new and old.  There is plenty of time to come and enjoy this wonderful and interesting time of the year with us.  It’s not over yet.

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Just before spring break hits and guests start coming in we welcomed back Tyson/SVI.  This is their 3rd year to hold their “team building” at the ranch. They are such a great group to work with and we really enjoying having them every time they visit.

The first challenge...

Mike explaining things.

The winners of the challenge got to ride in the wagon down to the ranch. The rest of the teams had to hike.

Our staff and children. Tember, Jason and Cole where the guides for the teams.

Barry talking about the ranch before the trail ride.

Lea our "German Cowgirl". She said I shouldn't take her photo because she looked like a "durf". We finally figured out she meant a dwarf like on Snow White.

Barry explaining the in's and out's of the trail ride experience. The how's, why's and what for.

Cowboy Cody demonstrating it.

Thanks for coming and see you again next year!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

      I hope you and your families all wintered well.  The weather is turning warmer and the horses are feeling good and starting to walk on fresh iron.  I think I even saw a hint of green when the snow melted…We have stayed busy this past fall and winter and have added a few new activities for 2011.  The eastside Via Ferrata for starters is world class fun and includes a caving section and a single cable bridge across a 60ft span of bluff…spooky! 

            We are offering a late spring discount you may want to take advantage of…I know the kiddos are still in school until the end of May, but if you can get here we are taking  20% off the spring rates from April 25th thru May 29th.  The summer is filling nicely, and the rates are still holding at 2009 levels.  Remember as a returning guest you get an additional discount as well.

            If you are in the facebook world and haven’t added us as a friend or “liked” us, please do.  You can keep in touch with us and find out about new stuff or last minute deals.  We also love to see your pics from the Ranch.

            I have a favor to ask…If you enjoyed your stay here; please consider writing a few comments on www.tripadvisor.com or another site like Yahoo or Google.  We rely on your good experience to help spread the word about the Ranch.

            We would love to see you back this year and will do everything we can to ensure you have a wonderful time and one the children will talk about the entire year…

                                                                                                                                                                    Have a great day!
                                                                                                                                                                    Barry, Amy, kids, and all the  
                                                                                                                                                                    H.C.R. Staff