Horse Ranches & Equestrian Centers

Cowboys and cowgirls practice social distancing on horseback during a trail ride scenic viewpoint in Napa, California.

A Guide to Horseback Riding Vacations while Social Distancing

  Bandanas and masks have always been associated with cowboys and spaghetti Western movies. Now, due to COVID-19, the western bandana, mask and social distancing practices will be a way of life for horseback riding vacations. Most of us are chomping at the bit to get back in the saddle. But what does this new …

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Grand Teton Horseback Riding: Jackson Fork Ranch Review

It’s no wonder John Wayne spoke fondly of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The movie Big Trail was filmed in Jackson Hole back in 1929. It was the Hollywood cowboy’s first speaking role and his first time to ride a horse! I recently went on a Grand Teton horseback riding vacation at Jackson Fork Ranch and rode …

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The Life of Miniature Donkeys at Tollen Farm, Oregon

A visit to Tollen Farm in Wilsonville, Oregon is a little like a visit to Willie Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for farm lovers. Though you won’t need a golden ticket to enter, you’ll enter the playful, whimsical world of miniature donkeys, gardens, and farmhouse decor. This 4-acre eco-friendly farm is just outside 3o minutes outside Portland …

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Looking out to Big Sky, Montana from Big Horn Peak near the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park from between my horse, Essie's ears.

Dude Ranch Montana: Covered Wagon Ranch Review

  On a cool Sunday afternoon in late September, I arrived at Covered Wagon Ranch in the Gallatin Valley. Big Sky country was beginning to experience the fall color change in western Montana. Nelly, the teacup pig, worked the grounds of the ranch like a Hoover vacuum cleaner, eating the grass around her. Cowgirls walked …

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Horse Riding in Donegal County, Ireland

A horseback riding vacation in County Donegal, along the Wild Atlantic Way, is an experience that will delight the heart of every equestrian.  Beach riding in California is dying due to high insurance premiums forced on public riding stables and the closures of many equestrian centers. Thank goodness there are plenty of horse trekking opportunities …

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Equestrian travel expert Nancy D. Brown on her roan quarter horse, Essie, looking out to Meadow Lake in Gallatin National Forest, Montana

Best Horseback Riding Vacations for Single Travelers

I’m often asked for the best horseback riding vacations for single travelers. I had the opportunity to write about solo riding tips on Horse Rookie, an equestrian blog for rookie and experienced riders. Have you ever wanted to go on a horseback riding vacation by yourself? I provided some of my favorite horse ranches to …

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