What makes our horsemanship program so unique?
We ride strictly in the vein of Buck Brannaman style horsemanship. Shayne heads up the program, and has ridden in over 400 clinics with Buck over the last 20 years. All of the wranglers at the ranch are on the same page and most of us have been riding this way for several years now.
We place a strong emphasis on groundwork, which lays the foundation for everything that we’ll be doing horseback. Groundwork sets the foundation for soft and balanced riding and helps get your horse with you.
The ranch is all-inclusive. Horsemanship isn’t just practiced in an arena. We practice it while working cattle, roping cattle, driving cattle over timbered mountains, or riding up a trail. Not many places give you the opportunity to expand your horsemanship in so many varied environments.
Our horses are great teachers. Our ranch geldings are gentle, patient and every single one of them knows how to work a cow, be roped off of, and can perform very advanced horsemanship movements. You are always welcome and encouraged to ride our horses, but you are also welcome to bring your own horse to ride as well!
In addition, this way of riding works with any kind of horse, regardless of discipline.
This program caters to ALL experience levels. Each person will be challenged to his or her own ability, and oftentimes our guests leave feeling that they have far surpassed what they thought they were capable of! We are interested in improving you, as well as the horse you are riding, and we give 110% each day in order to help you achieve that goal.
You get LOTS of one-on-one attention. Typically, our guest to wrangler ratio is no more than 3:1 and oftentimes it’s even less than that.
We teach horsemanship every single day of the year.
“Tell me and I Forget, Teach me and I Remember, Involve me and I Learn” – Ben Franklin
Whether you come out during our peak season, or during our intense winter horsemanship sessions, you’ll get more than you expect and leave with skills you can take home to your own horses.
Just a few of the things riders may learn from our program:
Safe trail riding techniques like creek and log crossings,
Navigating steep terrain (think Man from Snowy River!),
Riding through tough terrain and timber
Healthy Cattle management –sorting, cattle driving and general handling
Our horseback riding program is all about the Buck Brannaman style of horsemanship, and is the central activity at McGinnis Meadows Ranch. Buck’s style is a method that is both gentle and effective and creates a unique kinship between horse and rider. We believe that by utilizing the horse’s natural instincts we are able to gain their trust and loyalty.
You will have more hands-on time with your horse than any place else. With our large herd of well taught ranch horses, we can accommodate anyone from the beginning rider to the experienced riding enthusiast. We will match you with a horse that best suits your skill level, or you can bring your own. Using all the same tack that we use, Slick fork saddles custom made by Kent Frecker, Jeremiah Watt snaffle bits and mecate reins, we spare no expense to ensure you an authentic experience in this way of horsemanship.
Learn the Buck Brannaman style of horsemanship daily in a relaxed clinic style environment customized to your needs with our horses or yours in small groups. With personalized instruction from our team of experts, you can continue to focus on furthering your horsemanship skills each day. If you are interested in applying your horsemanship skills to cattle work, we have a unique program here at the ranch to help you gain the skill sets you’ll need out at graze, or in the meadows sorting cattle. (You’ll have to come for a visit to see what it is! ). You’ll soon feel comfortable heading out on the cattle drives offered 2-3 times a week, exploring country in any direction from the ranch, and learning to work cattle sorting cutting, and ranch penning. You are welcome to ride and experience as much as you wish.