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Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Arena Ride

2015 was an exciting year for Horseshoe Canyon Ranch.  We have had a marriage, travel, an engagement, a new Hoover baby and even a successful back surgery.  Not to mention, the joy of seeing returned guests and getting to know the new ones. It’s always bittersweet at the end of the season watching staff go and taking the horses out to winter pasture but we love to see our employees have success in their endeavors and look forward to seeing the ones that return for another year in the spring.

Adventure guide Morgan & Wrangler Tember got engaged.

Adventure guide Morgan & Wrangler Tember got engaged.

Wrangler Scott and Jennifer welcomed Boone Howard Hoover to their crew.

Wrangler Scott and Jennifer welcomed Boone Howard Hoover to their crew.

Wrangler Emmi Lou got married.

Wrangler Emmi Lou got married.

Adventure guide Tucker got his back fixed.

Adventure guide Tucker got his back fixed.

Wrangler Cameron returned from his two year LDS mission in France. So with the family complete the entire Johnson Crew went to Thailand on vacation.

Wrangler Cameron returned from his two year LDS mission in France, so with the family complete the entire Johnson Crew went to Thailand on vacation.

2016 brings a new chef, Levi Hill. He is a super guy and an amazing talent in the kitchen.  He is very enthusiastic about sharing his wonderful dishes with you.

Levi and his lovely family.

Levi and his lovely family.

The Lodge is undergoing a pretty extensive remodel, a new kitchen, new roof and all the logs replaced.  It’s a lot of work, but it will be beautiful and we can’t wait to for you all to see it when it is finished. It will now match our remodeled pool area we did last May.

HCR lodge getting a face lift.

HCR lodge getting a face lift.

The process of purchasing some new trail horses is an annual event during January and February. We have been fortunate to come across some pretty neat new prospects. Hopefully they will all work out and be added to our trail string sometime this year. At the end of last season we retired good old Buster, who was 28 years old and gave him to a very happy 5 year old cowboy. We will miss the old man, he leaves a big saddle to be filled.

Good ol Buster.

Good ol Buster.

Horses enjoying some r & r on winter pasture.

Horses enjoying some R & R on winter pasture.

We are truly blessed to do what we do and we are grateful for the people we work with and come in contact with. We are appreciative of you and your families that make our jobs so rewarding.  We are continuing to learn and grow in the wonderful world of family outdoor recreation and we hope you join us for what is going to be an awesome 2016!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

 

The fall foliage is on it’s way and the Ozark region is one of the best places to take in the magnificent color.  With the cooler temps and changing leaves autumn can be one of the best times to experience Horseshoe Canyon.  Horseback riding, cook-outs, riding the zip-line and rock climbing are an example of what you can do doing your stay.  Give Jaime a call and make your reservation. 1-800-480-9635

Peek color happens near the end of Oct - the 1st part of Nov.

Peek color happens near the end of Oct – the 1st part of Nov.

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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.

 

 

 

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.

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

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Wonder what happens during the winter months at Horseshoe Canyon?  Projects… Oh you mean what does the livestock do during the winter months?  Not much.  They get a well deserved break after a season of trail rides.  As you can see below, in the photos, the horses just kind of hang out and eat hay.

Smokey

Thistle - hairy winter pony. She will be one in April. Time goes by so fast. It seems like we were just waiting for her to be born.

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Igor

Scout

The goats are equally as busy  this time of the year with the exception of them “baking” more goats – they should start kidding in April.

Lisa is starting to show. She is known for having triplets.

We always have a few early kiddings - this little guy was a day old in the photo, born Jan. 23.

This little girl is his twin sister. I have never known a goat to have twins that looked just alike. It is not unusual for them to be born different colors.

Occasionally we have surprise kids - either from purchasing a goat that turns out to be pregnant, how this kids came about or from some unauthorized breeding of young buck/billies. Which we frown upon at Horseshoe Canyon.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

We have many projects we do during our down time from the guest ranch season.  Barry  decided it was time for a pavilion.

Concrete done and onto the support beams.

We are happy that Scott & Jennifer have stayed to help us through the fall.

Aaron, you can't be tired. We just started.


Seeing some progress...


Hmm. Scott? So he went on a "girls trip" with his wife (Jennifer), mother in-law and grandmother in-law and this is how he came back.

Strong woman.

Almost done!