Here at Tod Mountain Guest Ranch, we have over 20 horses on the ranch, all trained and experienced to carry you safely along any of our trails. Our horses, all geldings, are mostly American Quarter Horses and we also have some Paints, Appaloosas, Standardbreds and of course Billy, our Belgian draft/Appy cross. You can meet them all here, and see more photographs of them all in our photo gallery. All are strong and sure footed, easily able to cope with the sometimes arduous terrain as we climb mountain trails to elevations of 1200m.
All of our horses live on the ranch year round and enjoy a natural lifestyle. Living as a herd, they are never stalled or stabled. From May to October, they are turned out on pasture during the night and brought into a smaller day pasture during the day, only to ensure that they don’t overeat which can lead to serious health issues. From November to April, they are free to roam the entire ranch, foraging for the last few blades of grass and enjoying a diet of grass hay, fed to them daily. Well loved and cared for, the well-being of our horses take priority over everything else at the guest ranch.
Our horses are experienced trail horses familiar with the local terrain. Strong, responsive and sure-footed, each one has been personally selected by the Ranch Owner for their temperament and ability. We will choose the right horse for you based on your experience and personality and he’ll be yours for your entire vacation.
Our horses are as varied in personality and experience as our guests and we work hard to match horses with riders so everyone gets a balance of safety and adventure on the trail. Whilst some of our guests prefer to keep the same horse for the duration of their stay, others like to try different horses. We will work with you to ensure that you get the most out of your horseback riding vacation here at the ranch.
We have some wonderful horses here at the ranch that you’ll love riding. Spend a little time at the barn and get to know your horse – just don’t forget to give him back at the end of your stay!