Horseback Riding

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The "ranch horse experience" is central at WTR. Our riding program is lead by certified American Riding Instructors Association (ARIA) instructors. This structured approach is well suited to all abilities--whether you are a timid beginner or an avid rider. Many of our horses were born on the ranch!

We match our horses to your ability and we offer plenty of riding variety: Riding instruction, half and all day scenic mountain and valley trail rides, fishing rides, trailblazing, trotting and loping, cattle work, a natural horsemanship clinic, arena work, a gymkhana, and private lessons. Trail rides explore the spectacular Weminuche and Piedra Wilderness Areas surrounding the ranch, and our wranglers always stress safety, learning and fun. We believe strongly the more you learn about horses, the less you fear, and the more fun you’ll have!


describe the imageAdult rides are divided according to experience, ability, and objective. All  groups have the opportunity for half-day and spectacular all-day trail  rides. Regardless of your level of skill, we assure you will have the  opportunity to learn more--whether it’s your first trotting or cantering  lesson or learning to trot or lope without a bridle! Our terrain is  rugged, yet plentiful open meadows provide picturesque opportunities for  controlled trotting and cantering. Want a different riding challenge?  We offer a natural horsemanship clinic, trailblazing, cattle work, and a  wilderness trout fishing ride.  For safety, riders weighing 225 lbs or more will be limited to walk-only rides.

Children & Teens

The Pony Express, 3-5 year olds, are introduced to horseback riding on "pony" rides twice each

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day.  Attentive counselors spearhead natural crafts, games, short hikes and swimming.

The Saddletramps, 6-10 year olds, receive riding instructions, ride THEIR horse for the week, learn about the outdoors and southwest history, plus have nature hikes, picnics, crafts, scavenger hunts, and swimming. Babysitting can be arranged for children 5 and under.

The Bandits and Posse (ages 11-12 & 13-17) help construct their week with choices from activities like half and all day rides, water-skiing, hiking, fishing, team games and challenges

Family rides are also offered during the week. You'll be amazed that your kids won't miss TV, the mall, or the Internet!!

Look at the FAQ page for answers to many of your questions. Or you can call us, we would love to answer your questions.

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