''The essential joy of being with horses,
is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace,
beauty, spirit and fire."
Are you ready to break away from the treadmill of everyday life?
Yes? Well then giddy up and get ready for an amazing horseback ride through the Crown Lands of British Columbia.
Adjusted to your riding ability, we will guide you through the forest, open fields and through water. We go out on trail rides in small groups, from 2 hours including a snack and water that will be packed in your personal saddle bag, up to an exciting day ride (about 8 hours).
Adjusting to your daily programme, we try our best to take you out on a ride when you feel like it.
During the hot summer days, after a long ride, you will also have the opportunity to go swimming with your horse in Henley Lake at our ranch.
We offer horseback riding for the general public as well. You don't have to be a guest of Wettstone Guest Ranch to join us on our trail rides.
2 hours: $65
4 hours: $120
Day ride (approx. 8 hours): $220
Overnight trips by prior arrangement. Ask about the possibilities!
"Let the horse choose to be with you, where there is force there is no will, there is no harmony"
No matter which level of riding you are at., beginner or advanced, young or old, I will help you understand the language of the horse, and show you how to communicate with them in a non-violent way.
I offer basic group and private lessons in an outdoor arena (square and roundpen) or out on a trail ride.
Group (up to 5): $30
At the Wettstone Guest Ranch we offer a one week kids camp during school vacation.
They will learn about horses in a fun and playful way, shown how to groom, saddle, bridle and lead their own horses from the ground and on horseback.
Not more than 8 kids per one week session
Ages: 8-16 years
Drop off: Sunday afternoon by 2pm
Pick up: Friday after breakfast around 11am
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included in the price plus a little snack between lunch and dinner
5 nights, including accommodations, riding lessons, trail rides, all camp activities, and meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack)
In training a horse, the most important aspect, before everything else is to love them, love what you're doing, love training them. If you don't have that, you're not going to have the patience to get you and your horse through training in the first part. All the other things like methodes and thechniques are things you develop by trying. The foundation is to love the job, that horse your training and to have fun!
I am in training to be a certified Monty Roberts Instructor.
Who is Monty Roberts?
Monty Roberts is an American horse trainer who promotes his techniques of natural horsemanship through his Join-Up International organization, named after the core concept of his non-violent training method. Monty Roberts believes that horses use a non-verbal language, which he terms "Equus" and that humans can use this language to communicate with horses. In order to promulgate his methods, Roberts has authored a number of books including his original best-seller, "The Man Who Listens to Horses", and regularly tours with a live demonstration. He runs an Equestrian Academy in Solvang, California and an "online university" to promote his ideas.
Why did I choose his methods?
After reading his book ''Shy Boy'' and ''The Man Who Listens To Horses'', I wanted to learn more about his methods. I was inspired by his non-violent and non-verbal (Equus) way of training horses.
I was able to go to his Flag is Up Ranch in California to have a closer look how his whole setup was at the ranch, where I also met Pat Roberts who was able to explain more about Monty's methods to me.
In 2013 I went to one of his live shows in Germany, which was the first time I saw him in person working with horses.
Still inspired by how he works with horses, I chose to take the Introductory Course in Switzerland with Heidrun Weiss, one of Monty Roberts' certified instructors.
My next step will be to go to Monty Roberts Flag Is Up Farm to work with un-started and untouched horses.
I do believe that there are many good horse trainers out there and that Monty Roberts isn't the only good one. There are always good and bad things in everything. In the end, I will pick out the good parts, the parts that make the most sense to my horse from each experience and develop my own ''best'' concept.