''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 1 hour up to an exciting day ride (about 6 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 let your horse cool off 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.
1 hour: $55
2 hours: $65
4 hours: $130
Day ride (approx. 6 hours): $250
"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 currently one out of 2 Monty Roberts® Instructor in all of Canada.
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 Monty Roberts’ books "Shy Boy" and "The Man Who Listens to Horses", I wanted to learn more about the language of the horse called Equus, how to use it and how I would get that 50/50 partnership based on trust, confidence and most importantly no violence.
After I was fortunate enough to see one of his demonstrations live in Germany, I decided to take the Introductory Course in Switzerland with Heidrun Weiss, one of his certified instructors. Having a better idea of his concepts, I worked with different types of horses to gather more experience. In 2016 I passed my Introductory Exam which brought me to the next step of going to Monty Roberts Flag is Up farm in Solvang, California for the advanced course. That involved working with unstarted young horses, wild and untouched mustangs and remedial horses. After completing that course I continued to refine my horsemanship skills at home and at a sanctuary in northern California gentling wild mustangs, getting them ready to find their forever home.
In February 2018 I successfully passed my Advanced Exam at Flag is Up farm, judged by Monty himself and the current head instructor. I was invited to stay on for the last stage of becoming a Certified Instructor of Monty Roberts’methods. That involved a 3 month internship on his farm. During those 3 months I got to work with many horses in different stages of training together with other interns, as well as assisting Monty. A big part of this whole program of becoming a Certified Instructor is being able to teach these methods to others. I was able to do many public demonstrations and teaching a variety of different courses to students.
In May 2018, my dream came true and I was handed my certificate as a Certified Instructor by Monty himself.
Monty's mission is to leave the world a better place for horses and people too and I am joining in by offering courses at Wettstone Guest Ranch, teaching other people the language of the horse "Equus" and showing them the value of having the horses want to do what we ask and not forcing them, building a partnership based on trust, confidence and no violence. I am also offering starting horses of all ages and problem solving of any type.