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RIDING2018-07-31T19:11:30+00:00

HORSEBACK RIDING

Experience gentle or loping rides through the desert and more vigorous trips up into the mountains – including all day ventures with sandwiches or a mule-packed hot lunch.

WESTERN STYLE HORSEBACK RIDING

Western style horseback riding at Elkhorn Ranch provides adventure and a great way to see the incredible scenery of the Baboquivari Mountains. The ranch’s ten thousand acres provide plenty of remote canyons and mountain country to explore, a true wilderness experience. Experience gentle or loping rides through the desert and more vigorous trips up into the mountains – including all day ventures with sandwiches or a mule-packed hot lunch.

With six guides, small riding groups are arranged carefully each day so that you may have the length and pace of ride you desire. Beginning riders of all ages have the chance to build skills and confidence while more experienced riders can find challenge and stimulation.

Horses have been raised and trained here for years and we pride ourselves on having the variety that makes for fun and safety. The right horse and saddle remain yours throughout your visit.

RIDING SCHEDULE

Sunday is the horses’ day off and a chance to hike, swim, play tennis, sightsee or just loaf in the sun. Many guests use Sunday as their travel day. Beginning in January, there is no riding on Thursday afternoon to provide time for the barn crew to catch up on horseshoeing, doctoring and training. Thursday is a good day for activities around the ranch or a trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

SAFETY

Your safety while riding is very important to us. Please help Elkhorn Ranch guides keep you safe by reading the riding tips in your cabin notebook, ask questions as you go and pay attention to your guide, your horse and the other people and situation around you. Children must be six or older to ride. There is a 250 pound weight limit for all riders.

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Yes – We have a 250 pound weight limit for riders.

You’ll find gloves to be a good safeguard from sun and cold. Light weight cotton gloves are sold in the ranch store.

Two compartment “pommel bags” slip over the horn of your saddle providing a handy spot to put your lunch on an all day ride or odds and ends. A water bottle and small camera fit easily plus other small odds and ends. An extra coat or rain coat may be tied on the back of your saddle — your guide will help you tie it on the saddle correctly.

Western style cowboy boots are critical for safety while riding. All Elkhorn Ranch riders wear smooth sole boots with a heel and no laces. Exceptions are granted only for medical reasons, and with advance notice. Many boots are available for borrowing at the office lending closet up to size 14.

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