Our organization has had 6,000 plus visitors over fifteen years tour our game preserve. Our tours start out with a short briefing about the fundamentals of riding our horses. Our horses are highly trained endurance horses. Once the briefing is completed, we give a brief hands on horse control session with a riding instructor. Once we feel comfortable that each guest can safely mount and control their assigned horse, we will spend the balance of our session in the field touring the game preserve. Our riding sessions are a two hour experience with an instructor as your tour guide. We do not allow our visitors to endanger themselves or our horses. Safety is always our first priority.
Driving a cart requires the same basic skill set as riding a horse. We begin our instructions on a cart with an instructor teaching everyone the way our horses are trained to respond to your commands. Our horses are trained to respond to the same instructions from the saddle or a cart. We give everyone the chance to feel the importance of proper balance and the movement of your hands controlling the horses.. This hands on instruction normally involves a brief time before heading out in the field. All of our horses start out as riding horses. Driving skills are given to a horse after their basic riding skills are operational. Our driving horses come in different sizes with a varying degree of skill set. Our driving horses have become our most popular option for our guests.
Our tour instructors and horses have been working together for at least seven years. Our instructors normally drive a cart for everyone's safety. An instructor on a cart leads most of our tours. Our horses are trained to ride side by side behind a cart. We want to prevent a horse from leaving their position while in the field. If a riding client is feeling uncomfortable riding a horse in the field, we secure their horse in place and transfer the rider to the lead cart. The horses do not go on the same route every time. Our horses will not go blindly in the same direction. Our horses are trained to only respond to the instructions given by the person controlling the reins. All of our horses are trained to drive and ride together. Our guests can take out a saddle horse or a driving horse once we feel comfortable that everyone is safe.
Cassanova came to us nine years ago as a temporary placement. A family asked us to hold him until they could find a buyer for him. We agreed to help and he was abandoned here. He was a very traumatized horse.
He is a saddle horse being crossed trained to drive a cart. He has learned a lot but it will take some time to get him fully cross trained for driving on our game preserve tours.
Napoleon Bonaparte is the head of the herd. He has been running his crew for years. He is not the largest horse but he has the strength to keep everyone in line.
He is a very talented riding horse. He has been working our game preserve tours for over ten years. He is a reliable master in the field.
Napoleon treasures his place at the head of the pack even in the field.
Romeo is a true lover with a passion for the ladies. He is the master of teaching novice riders the fine art of riding. He is a robust master at his craft.
He has been helping support horses for eleven years. He kept everyone fed while they were in training. His even temperament and loving manners makes him a true lover to both horses and people.
Diva earned her name by being the most popular lady with her male herd mates. She holds her head high while giving her herd mates a run for their money. She lifts her head while showing her stuff.
She loves to be in front while setting a mean pace. She has conditioned many a tough guy in training. Her awesome looks and winning personality makes her the envy of every female in the herd.
Cinderella came to us with a pair of red shoes and an aversion to running with conditioned herd members. She thought a brief jaunt around the pasture was plenty of work for her royal self.
She was rude when asked to keep up with her herd mate Diva. She thought that women was a silly girl for working the men into the ground.
She is almost finished her training to take out guests on her cart
Diesel is the newest member of the ranch team. He is a young man on a mission. He has more energy than any dog on our team.
He has been training for over a year. He is becoming a loving partner with a passion for field work. He is the future of our critter clearing detail on our tours.
Sunshine is a fine saddle and cart horse. She has been our front line horse for leading tours. She has been leading from the front for over seven years.
She is the queen of the tough girls. She has a strong personality. She is an enduring female lead horse. Her courage and determination has made her our best cart horse.
A generous local family donated 007. We found him at a local auction over eleven years ago. He is a great saddle and cart horse.
He is a versatile man of mystery. He has the temperament and size to take novice riders in the field after a short raining period. He has been a true star with first time horse novices. He is a tough guy with a big heart for the ladies.
Tinkerbell is a wonderful saddle and cart horse. She has been giving tours and saddle lessons for over ten years.
She specializes in hauling our weed spraying equipment. She does both weed control and grass eradication along our fence lines. She is a master at escaping our pastures. She has found every opening to escape and torment the horses from outside the fences.