4 Days Refreshing Ranch Vacation and Horseback Riding in Kansas, USA

Exciting Horse Riding USA

Refresh your mind in natural beauty surroundings and calm your relationship with Salt Creek Ranch's horses in Kansas, USA! Salt Creek Ranch stresses good horsemanship over simply "using" horses and taking time to develop both you and the horses' abilities. Prior to each ride, every guest participates in basic horsemanship instruction to ensure the safety of both guests and horses. There will be no regrets once you come here and experience it yourself.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 200 pounds / 91 kilograms

Highlights

  • Beginner horse riding
  • Intermediate horse riding
  • Certified and friendly instructor
  • Option to bring your own horse
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Beautiful surroundings
  • Comfortable rooms

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

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Accommodation

B&I Bunkhouse

For those traveling with (or without) their equine friends, Salt Creek Ranch is excited to offer the B&I Bunkhouse. Guests can enjoy a quiet evening on the front porch, overlooking native grass pastures and the outdoor pens and campground. The bunkhouse features two climate-controlled sleeping rooms, each furnished with two extra long twin beds, and a large shared bath complete with laundry facilities. Complimentary coffee, snacks, and a refrigerator are located in the foyer. Bed linens and towels are provided. Handmade Salt Creek Soaps are also available for purchase! The close location to the Flint Hills Nature Trail makes the B&I Bunkhouse an excellent addition to the cyclist's and equestrian's adventure.

Horse Motel and Camp

Salt Creek Ranch horse motel provides a quiet, safe and convenient overnight facility for those traveling with their horses. Here you will find graveled campsites, all with easy access for larger rigs. No backing your trailer into a campsite after dark!! Four of the six sites offer electric service and water. Spacious outdoor pens, indoor stalls, tie rails, and arena are available near the campsites. This is a very quiet area. Travelers can feel free to visit any of the several restaurants in the area with on-site management to watch over their animals.

Trailers can pull into a site, hook up, relax and spend a restful night. Next morning, just unhook and pull straight out - no backing up. Simple, easy, convenient. Outdoor pens and arena are close to all campsites, making it easy to care for your animals during your overnight stay.

Program

Overview

Osage County, Kansas farm displays various types of terrain ranging from planted hay fields, native prairie pastures and wooded trails with creek beds. Slow, peaceful horseback travel allows the visitors to relax and take in the plentiful plant life native to the area, as well as the awesome Kansas skies. The adventurous can even follow the deer and blue heron tracks along the creek beds!

Salt Creek Ranch provides horses, but you also have the option to bring your own horse.

Beginners trail ride

Spans approximately two hours here on the ranch. In addition to the above attractions, the final half hour will be spent visiting an 1870’s cemetery that lies within Salt Creek Ranch property.

Intermediate ride

Limited to a more experienced rider desiring an afternoon trip down the Flint Hills Nature Trail. Enjoy beautiful scenery, a multitude of wildlife, wildflowers in season, and long-horned cattle when the herd is home. This ride also spans approximately two hours.

Instruction

Salt Creek Ranch is pleased to offer to ride instruction by Carol Retzer, Osage County’s first certified level I centered riding instructor. Centered riding is used successfully by riders and instructors of all ages, interests, and levels, from pleasure riders to international competitors, and in therapeutic riding. It can be applied to any type of horse or horsemanship. Most of all, it makes riding more enjoyable for horses and riders. Centered riding techniques help promote suppleness, stability, and clearer aids, making riding more comfortable for both horse and rider.

These techniques can increase confidence and enjoyment and release tension in horses and riders, making training easier. They also help people cope with old injuries or chronic conditions that cause pain during or after riding. Centering and grounding techniques from the oriental martial arts are used along with body awareness, mental imagery, and sports psychology. Through increasing body awareness, inhibiting old patterns, and replacing them with a more balanced, free, and coordinated use of self, both horse and rider can move more freely and comfortably, and develop their best performance.

If you’re new to centered riding, it is recommended for you to ride a fairly well-trained horse during the clinic, that will allow you to work on yourself, as you learn centered riding skills.

Riding sessions will be one hour in length, with two to three riders per lesson. Lessons are tailored to student’s needs and interests. For riders new to centered riding, Intro to centered riding is offered. For qualified riders with previous centered riding experience from centered riding Lessons and / or CR Clinics, Salt Creek Ranch offers continuing centered riding sessions.

Horses

Horse must be able to work safely in a group, must be able to at least walk and trot safely in a group, and must not be disruptive or a danger to others in the class. If you’re new to centered riding, Salt Creek Ranch recommends that you ride a fairly well-trained horse during the clinic, that will allow you to work on yourself, as you learn centered riding skills. Stallions are not permitted. Horses should be current on all vaccinations and worming; current proof of negative Coggins and health certificate are required for all clinic horses. A few school horses are available for use in the clinic for a charge of 25 USD per day.

Stabling

Some stabling is available on site. Stall bedding is available for purchase; please clean your own stall. Horses hauling in and out each day should be tied to the trailer in parking areas (or in the trailer). Overnight camping for riders is an option, but please reserve a pen or stall for your horse’s overnight stay.

Location

This horse riding takes place in Kansas, USA.

Things to do (optional)

Horse-drawn wagon rides

Enjoy a leisurely ride in the wagon, pulled by a matching team of Haflinger draft ponies. The wagon will accommodate four guests comfortably in addition to the driver.

  • Choose a relaxing trip down the Flint Hills Nature Trail which is accessed just east of Salt Creek Ranch
  • Explore the hay meadows in the wagon here at the farm. Let your imagination run wild as you rock across the Kansas prairie!
  • These rides span approximately one and half hours

Customize your very own "Equine Adventure"! Groups can consist of both wagon riders and horseback riders! Fees for the above rides are 55 USD per person, plus applicable taxes.

What's included

  • Beginner horse riding or intermediate horse riding
  • 3 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Pens (10 USD)
  • Stalls (25 USD)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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