with Tammy Pate

February 6 – 13, 2022 

Includes food, lodging, 15% gratuity, sales tax, personalized horseback riding for 5-7 night stay, yoga equipment, and workshop instruction ~ please note that no additional tipping is expected and airport transportation is not included.

Learn about Elkhorn Ranch’s strategies, including this season’s low-risk deposit program

We are delighted to welcome Tammy Pate to Elkhorn Ranch to lead our Horsemanship and Yoga Retreat workshop.

Elkhorn’s rural Sonoran desert setting provides a perfect environment to step away day-to-day life and immerse yourself in an experience focused on learning and camaraderie, with people and horses. The ideal size of this workshop will be 6-10 participants, and friends or partners are welcome to attend and enjoy a vacation week without participation in the yoga aspects.

This retreat is designed to help develop a stronger horse and human partnership. You will gain awareness of mental and physical balance, gain confidence and above all, improve communication through timing, balance and feel with your horse. Riders of all levels and disciplines will benefit from the insights and deep understanding of horses. You will build building and refine skills needed to advance toward your goals, whether on a ranch, on the trail, or in the show ring. You will learn about:

  • How to increase your Inner Balance through a personal yoga practice;

  • How to be in the proper frame of mind before interacting with your horse;

  • How to develop feel with your horse through timing and balance;

  • Ground work practices that relate to riding;

  • Behavioral aspects of horses;

  • Ranch culture;

  • Situational approaches to safely riding on trails;

  • How to gain confidence while pushing the edge of your comfort zone.

Whether you have been riding all of your life, or you have always wanted to ride, this retreat will give you the guidance, support and confidence to maximize your riding experience.


Tammy Pate was literally raised on horseback. Born into a ranching family in Montana, her father was a rodeo steer wrestler who spent his free time teaching Tammy and her sisters all he knew about horsemanship and riding. Her grandmother, Betty, instilled in her the deep values of the ranching life: a reverence for nature and the practical skills ranching families needed for the demands of their rural life. She married her husband Curt Pate, who was then a rodeo announcer and followed him into the demanding life of managing a cow camp. Together they developed innovative, gentle way fo training horses and managing livestock. During this time, she raised her own children, literally, in the saddle, carrying them with her on horseback to work with Curt on the ranch. These rich experiences, along with a growing interest in the benefits of Yoga on the equestrian body, have led Tammy to share horsemanship knowledge.

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