Colorado Dude Ranch Vacations

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Black Mountain Colorado Dude Ranch is one of the top guest ranches in the world, hosting guests every summer to give you a taste of the West. We offer unlimited horseback riding for an adventurous, authentic vacation.




Tarps, Puddles and Other Scary Horse Eating Things

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Man in cowboy hat holding a rope. There is a lasso around a horse in front of him. The horse is looking back at the man. So you want to introduce something spooky to your horse. It may be a new environment or a new object, or maybe it isn’t anything new at all but that darned puddle that he is always worried about. Helping horses gain confidence with new and potentially scary experiences starts with the rider’s ability to assert themselves in a calm and patient leadership role. Horses are herd animals, and in the wild they would look to the lead mare for direction. When your horse sees that you, his leader, is okay with something, he is more inclined to relax and be okay with it himself. Whether you are introducing your horse to a saddle for the first time or that puddle you cross every time you walk to the barn, it is important to let him check it out. If he is weary about something, he might blow out of his nose and try to avoid it but it is important to stay quiet and keep bringing him back to whatever it is that he finds spooky. It may take only a few seconds up to many minutes for him to allow you to lead him up to it but persistence and patience are key. Because horses are naturally curious animals this works to your advantage. More often than not his fear will turn into curiosity. Let him look at and sniff the object. Let’s say we are introducing a colt to a saddle for the first time. The best setting for this would be the round pen if the colt is familiar with working in one. Set your saddle in the middle and have him canter around on both leads until he has gotten all of his bucks out and he is listening to your commands. When you’re both ready, you can bring him into the middle with you, giving him treat and a face rub. Then introduce him to the saddle in stages. First on the ground, where he can stand next to it with you, calmly sniffing it, and then with you holding it. There is no reason why his first lesson with the saddle can’t finish with him walking calming around the pen with it on his back. Just remember if ever he gets overly anxious, take a step back until he is calm and listening again before progressing again. This method will work for introducing a lot of new things to your horse. Ropes, blankets, tarps… Time and repetition, exposing your horse to as many new objects and experiences as possible, will make for a confident happy horse. It is possible for even the spookiest of horses to learn to become “bombproof”. And yes, bombproof is a learned behavior  only a special few are actually born that way. The great thing about this is that every horse has the ability to be confident and reliable with new experiences and in new environments. Until next week!



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The Beauty of Colorado

Have you ever traveled to a dude ranch? Spending a week in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is a wonderful horseback riding vacation for the entire family to enjoy! We offer pack camp trips, fly fishing, skeet and trap shooting, and of course plenty of time on horseback. All meals are included in your package, so no need to worry about a thing when you spend a week at our ranch!

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A Sample Week at BMR!

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Colorado Dude Ranch Vacations - Black Mountain Ranch

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All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service

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