From the Horses Mouth Blog

Isaac and the chainsaw
A New Horseback Riding Arena

A new, bigger and better horseback riding arena is in the works at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch. Our current outdoor arena, although adequate for our current horseback offerings, leaves little room for the growing list of horseback arena activities we have rolling around in our...

Blue Skies at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch
Spring Horseback Riding

Spring is one of my most favorite times of the year in the panhandle of Idaho. Watching the land wake up from its winter rest, hearing the spring birds return to sing their songs of spring, and smelling that earthy springtime fragrance draws me...

Julie Close Up
Mares in Foal

Yesterday was a spa day for two of the expecting mothers. Friday and Julie had an afternoon filled with brushing, braiding and beautifying with two very horse crazy neighbor girls. ...

Roley riding a good ranch horse
Idaho Guest Ranch in the Spring

What goes on at an Idaho guest ranch in the spring? Western Pleasure Guest Ranch is open year round, with activities changing to reflect the seasons here in North Idaho. So what does happen around here in the spring?...

Colt Starting
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...

Western Vacation
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...

His and Hers Boots
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...

Uncle Dan
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...

Pink cowgirl boots
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....

My Professor the Horse
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...