Learning How to Ride a Horse – Three Bars Guest Ranch
Learning How to Ride a Horse at Three Bars Guest Ranch
Not everyone that books a Guest Ranch vacation comes from a horse related background, that is why we are here to help you learn how to ride a horse. There are often guests that have never had the opportunity to pat a horse, let alone climb up into the saddle. Here at Three Bars we are happy to help, we teach a lot of people how to ride. Three Bars looks at many factors when choosing the appropriate horse for each rider.
Tyler Beckley, Ranch Manager and Owner, takes us through some of the steps that helps make that lifelong connection between Horse and Rider happen at Three Bars..
Q: What information do you take into consideration when selecting a horse for your beginner riders?
Our guests provide information to us at the time of making a reservation. This information includes: Age, Physical Stature, Riding Ability and Confidence. We also take the opportunity to talk to each of our guests upon arrival. These conversations allow us to gain insight into specific concerns each person has about the riding experience. All of these factors give us the opportunity to select the perfect horse for each riding individual. Luckily we have over 100 horses on the property to choose from.
Q: What makes your riding program at Three Bars different from those at other ranches for beginner riders?
Safety is paramount at Three Bars. We want to ensure a safe, positive experience for all riders, not just our beginners. This begins with the horse! The horses here at Three Bars are hand selected by the Beckley Family. We are very fortunate to have some of the best tail horses anywhere. The second component is the Wrangling/Guide staff. Each Wrangler is trained to provide lessons, both in the arena and out on the trail. By providing our guests with riding techniques, we feel we are able to solidify or possibly improve a riders technique. A unique feature Three Bars has is that we are able to send many rides out at a time that cater to very specific needs. Each ride consists of no more than 6 guests max and a qualified wrangler. Our Guest to Wrangler ratio is what allows us to tailor each ride to suit the needs of our Guests. On any given morning, we take up to 9 rides out. These rides vary from a short 1 hour ride for those that request it, walking rides, trotting rides, fast rides (trotting and loping), lesson rides, adult only rides, kid’s rides and everything in between. We also run a full lesson program to help you learn how to ride better.
Q: What are the actual trails like?
We have a lot of diversity in our terrain right on the ranch, and in the forested land that surrounds us. We have the ability to ride on the flat, through the water, climb the mountain located behind the ranch and any combination in between. As we have many trails and 60,000 acres, there is somewhere new to explore every day. The scenery is unique and breathtaking.
Q: Why do you select a horse for each rider for the duration of their stay?
We believe building a strong partnership between horse and rider allows our guests to have a positive experience when riding at the Ranch. Many of our return guests will request the same horse that they had the previous trip as the bond they created is such a memorable one. That being said, if our guests at any time would like to switch horses, we will do everything we can to accommodate that request.