At the Lodge at Blue Sky, we practice a specific style of natural horsemanship that focuses on communicating and working with each horse and its unique personalities. We are excited to offer equine experiences that provide an opportunity to learn more about our horsemanship practices and how we care for train, and ride our horses. Our trail rides are among our most sought-after experiences at Blue Sky and we strongly encourage guests to book their rides well in advance. In addition to trail rides, we also offer unique horsemanship lessons, equine wellness experiences, and much more.
Traditions of Natural Horsemanship
At the ranch, we train our horses in the tradition of Tom and Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt and the modern day horse whisperer, Buck Brannaman. We believe that our trail horses and our ranch horses should be continually worked on the ground to correct bad habits and ensure the safety and welfare of our riding guests. We work on recognizing the signals that horses give us and we vary the routines to keep it interesting for the horse.
Foundations of Health and Wellness
Horsemanship at Blue Sky is not just about the riding. We believe it starts with how you learn to care for a horse, your sensitivity to how they are feeling and recognizing any health problems that need to be tended to prior to training. We think it's important for the horse to be groomed properly with special attention to diet, supplements and foot care. The ritual of tacking a horse properly and making sure the horse has the proper hydration at all times is key to proper horsemanship. We take our time with the horses and address them as individuals with their own unique needs, limitations and potential.
The Lodge at Blue Sky
- Practice the art of cowboying with one of our trained cowhands. Learn about and practice the western ranch riding techniques of riding, roping, and cutting in our state of the art Riding Arena. This is a very hands on, fun, and authentic equine experience not to be missed.
- 1.5 – 2 hours
- Children ages 8 and older
The Cowboy Way
- Experience an introduction to the philosophy and practice of natural horsemanship as you explore the essence of the human/horse relationship through nonverbal communication, action and perception. Arrive seeking an understanding of a horse and leave with a powerful connection, deeper understanding and enriching sense of realignment. Guests will work through what we call "groundwork" which will build a foundation of communication and then practice newly found skills in the saddle.
- 1.5 hours
Riding Lessons in the Remuda
- Spend an hour in the arena with one of our equine instructors. Lessons are highly customizable based on a guests’ comfort and experience, and includes pole work, cavaletti work, dressage and equitation.
- Ages 6+
- 1 hour
Equine Healing Experiences
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