Playing with Baby Horses
Just when you thought dude ranch vacations couldn’t get any better
A couple of years ago, my family took a Colorado dude ranch vacation. Maybe you read about it here? If not, I’ll summarize it for you in a few words: boots, horses, hot tubs, cattle drives, and jaw-dropping scenery. A good time was had by all, but especially by me since there was also no shopping, cooking, or cleaning for a week.
I wouldn’t have guessed that the folks at Vista Verde could improve the experience, but I would have been wrong.
First, they remodeled the (already awesome) cabins. Then they built a swimming pool. Now, they’ve introduced a weekly foal clinic.
One of the highlights of our vacation, was tiptoeing into a darkened barn to see a newborn foal. Just hours old, she was all legs and eyes. While it was special to us, it was business as usual for the ranch staff. Because they have a breeding program, there are babies every summer.
In an effort to get guests involved, Vista Verde started a weekly foal clinic where guests of all ages get to help halter-train, gentle, and socialize the baby horses (seven in all this summer). Not only does it turn the people into horse lovers, it also turns the foals into people lovers — an important quality for guest ranch horses
Follow this link to find out more about Vista Verde Ranch. They are open (mostly) year-round, but due to Colorado weather, baby horses are a summer phenomenon.