Take in the fading daylight as it stretches oak shadows into elongated shapes. Hear bellowing cattle as they meander around the hillsides. See the silhouette of soaring birds and witness critter activity as the day transitions into night, riding into the sunset at Deer Creek Hills.
Join a Docent-led outing, travel on cattle paths and ranch roads on this 4400+ acre working cattle ranch. Approximately 2 1/2 hours riding time.
This ride is through open country over a variety of terrain. Climbing and descending hills and creek crossing are involved with this outing. Groups travel at a walk and usually are from 10-15 in size. Horses should be accustomed to riding in groups, open fields and crossing creek beds.
Gates open at 4:00pm - ride out at 5:00pm. Sunset occurs at 5:54pm - ride finishes at 8:00pm. Remember to bring a flashlight or headlamp for this outing.
The SVC's goal is a safe and enjoyable outing for all. Helmets are optional though recommended for adult riders, but REQUIRED for riders 16 yrs old and younger. Sorry, no exceptions. THIS OUTING IS NOT SUGGESTED FOR BEGINNER RIDERS.
Rate your riding ability when registering. Select the from one of the following;
- Experience: Rider should have more experience than a Beginner rider.You the rider: clearly understand Horsemanship practices; tacking up, well balanced seat, properly mount & dismount, unassisted.
- Controlling the Horse: Rider can bring a horse to an emergency stop, bend, able to control horse at a walk, trot, backing a horse and keep a proper distance between riders.
- Riding Environment: Rider can manage basic trails with more obstacles, creek crossings, small hill climbing and descending.
- Experience: Rider should have more experience than a Novice rider.
- You the rider: has a confident balanced seat and has ridden horses with different skill levels and training. Rider should also be able to recognize and resolve horse's physical signs of pinned ears, aggressive head shaking/bobbing, tail swishing, teeth bearing, jigging, popping up, uncontrolled backing or spinning, etc.
- Controlling the Horse: Rider can control the horse in all movements at a walk ,trot, canter, etc.
- Riding Environment: Rider has the ability to handle more trail obstacles, creek crossings, climbing and descending hills at a quicker pace.
- Experience: Individual has more experience of an Intermediate rider. Rider has years of technical experience on and around horses as a trainer, horseman competitor, show riding and at event rides.
- You the rider: can handle many difficult and unexpected situations, with confidence. Possesses a true independent balanced seat. Can mount and dismount of both sides of their horse, if need be. Has the ability to help other riders, if needed.
- Controlling the Horse: Rider can control a horse at all times, in any circumstance. Rider knows how to safely navigate, maneuver or position their horse in group rides, if a situation calls for advance horsemanship.
- Riding Environment: Ride has ability to handle all trail obstacles, creek crossings, climbing and descending hills at a quick and confident pace.
Space is limited to 20 attendees total per ride – Sign-up Online now! $10.00 registration fee.
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