From the Horses Mouth Blog

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Can I be right and still be wrong?

What do you do when you encounter a problem in your life? I’m a son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, follower of the Christian Way, cowboy and here’s what fell out on paper today after I had encountered and obstacle in my life. The other day...

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How to Plan a Guest Ranch Vacation

So you are ready to start your search for your perfect guest ranch vacation destination. With hundreds of guest ranches spread across the western united states your options are vast and diverse. With options ranging from the rugged to the luxurious, how do...

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Becoming A Horseman

It seems winter may have begun to move in here in the northern panhandle of Idaho at the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. It is a beautiful day from where I sit here at my kitchen table, warm and cozy. My view of the...

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Idaho Forest Management

The 1100 acres of Idaho forest that make up the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch have been carefully managed since my great grandfather moved to northern Idaho from Colorado in 1941. In 2008 and 2009, the 640 acres that make up our Section 31 were...

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What to Bring on a Guest Ranch Vacation

We are often asked, "what should I bring with me on a guest ranch vacation?". So, in response to that question, here is my list of what to bring along with a few tips for making your guest ranch vacation an unforgettable life experience....

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My Professor the Horse

In the summer of 1991, three years after graduating from college, my wife and I started out on an adventure that would change our lives forever. Janice took one lady out for a horseback ride on the family ranch and a new way of life...

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Goodbye Mega Tree

Today we dismantled Mega Tree.  It was a bittersweet goodbye and ultimately we couldn't say goodbye just yet to the awesomeness that was Mega Tree.Mega Tree standing proud in the Great-room of the lodge.The dismantling of Mega TreeMega Tree preparing to exit the lodge.The top...

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Urgent News Bulletin

Urgent News Bulletin: Santa's eight tiny reindeer have all contracted Arctic Reindeer Fever and will therefore be unable to pull Santa's sleigh to deliver toys for Christmas.  The backup team has been called in from the Western Pleasure Guest Ranch.  Santa's team this year will...

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Winter Arena Exercises: Part 2 Let’s Focus On Legs

Let's focus on legs!I have never been a very athletic person. I was at the back of the line when they handed out the athletic DNA. Things like running faster, jumping higher, getting on my horse bareback (see previous post here) and posting without stirrups...

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Winter Arena Exercises, Part 1

Zeus my 2012 POA/AppaloosaAs we reach the midway point of December, our North Idaho countryside is usually covered in a blanket of snow, but this year it's not.  November put out a great effort with nearly 6 inches of snow here at the ranch. However,...