Some might be surprised that a lot of first-time riders come to the Rancho for vacation. Many of our guests simply have a love of animals, are interested in learning something new, or want to enjoy the surrounding area and beautiful climate. In the last two weeks, we’ve had a lot of “newbies”. Let us introduce you to a few:
Tim had taken a few head-to-tail trail rides throughout his life, but had never really learned how to ride. He came to the Rancho, though, with his sister who is an avid rider and repeat guest. He was on a horse within an hour of arrival and learned the basics of proper position in a slow and safe ride through the nearby fields. He divided his time throughout the following week between half-day rides and cultural excursions so as not to wear himself out. He admitted that his backside hurt a little bit the first few days, but by the end of his vacation he was able to sustain a long, slow canter. We’re pretty sure he loved it and will visit again!
Cindy always had a love of horses and the freedom of being in the open countryside with them. She spent her week at the Rancho on quiet rides, simply walking through the beautiful fields. She practiced Spanish with Juan, her wrangler, and caught up on all the latest news of the area while absorbing the warm sunshine. In the evenings after dinner, she was perfectly content to retire to the quiet of her room where a comfy bed and good book awaited.
Emily, a flight attendant with KLM, accompanied her friends to the Rancho for one day of fun and sun while on layover in Mexico City. While her friends had all ridden before, she was new to the sport. All she needed, though, was a good attitude, a little bit of courage, and a fantastic horse. She had all three and could be heard giggling in the back of the pack as she rode. It was such a new experience for her, but she loved every minute of it. Not to anyone’s surprise, she went right back out there after lunch and did it all again!
Stephen and Zach
This father and son team arrived at the Rancho to celebrate Zach’s sixteenth birthday. While the visit was short (Thursday through Sunday), they did a lot of riding plus enjoyed two excursions. And to top it all off, they had several intense battles over darts and pool in the bar. We’re not quite sure the end tally, but we think Zach might have smoked his dad in both!
Jefferson Community School
A group of 23 students age 12 – 16 from Washington, Seattle in the United States visited the Rancho for 11 days. While their primary purpose was to provide humanitarian assistance to the locals in rural Mexico, they also had time for a little relaxation. Group horseback rides, long hikes in the countryside, and singing by the campfire were all on the agenda during their stay. The Rancho took care of all the details and made sure they had a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
George Ann was planning a trip to Mexico City and decided to add on a week-long stay at the Rancho. This city girl was eager to ride as much as possible and to master the canter before leaving. And canter she did! On her last ride, she was actually following the wranglers through a series of twists and turns – a natural obstacle course of low-lying bushes. While she could have taken the shortcuts, she followed the leader and was ecstatic she could. We hear that the time she spent relaxing with a drink by the pool and in the hot tub between rides helped her do so well!
So, even if you’re not a rider (yet) there’s plenty to do at the Rancho. Just let us know what type of vacation you’re looking for and we’ll make it happen!