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Meeting: Sandpoint, ID
Airport:   Spokane International Airport (GEG)       Train station:   --
Transfer: --    Distance: 90 miles

We recommend you rent a car, however if you prefer, transportation can be arranged for an additional fee from Spokane International Airport. Check-in is from 3pm to 6pm and check-out is by 11am.

Tack: Western (John Fallis or Vick Bennett Balanced Ride Saddles)
Horses: Quarter horses, Appaloosas, and Paints
Pace: About 3-4 hours in the saddle per riding day - Pace is adapted to guest riding level
| Walk | Trot | Canter |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (1 to 5 out of 5)    All riding levels
Age: Min 6
Weight: Max 240 lbs / 110 kg
Riders: Min 1 riders Max 20 riders

Riding Equipment
A saddle can make the difference between a great ride and a terrible ride for you and your horse. Therefore, we provide our guests with quality, custom made, John Fallis or Vick Bennett Balanced Ride Saddles. These saddles create a more comfortable ride for you and your horse because the seat design is nearly flat to place the rider on the horse’s true center of gravity. Also, the rigging design reduces the bulk under the riders' legs permitting more leg contact with the horse and promoting more control. This design also reduces pain in your knees while riding. Finally, the stirrups are designed to hang farther forward than conventional stirrups to increase the rider's stability and balance.
Our horses are our greatest asset, so we believe it is vitally important to take care of their comfort. With this in mind, we have chosen to invest in WYNGZ RidezCool saddle pads, which are designed to be lightweight, flexible and comfortable.

Riding Groups
We prefer to ride in small groups of about 5 riders for one wrangler.

Fitness Level
Riding a horse is often viewed as the physical output equivalent of sitting in a chair, however, we can assure you it is not. A research lead at Texas A&M shows that on a 1-hour long trail ride with a combination of walking, trotting, and cantering, you could burn up to 300 calories. This would be equivalent to an hour spent participating in a Zumba class, downhill skiing or snowboarding, using a step machine, surfing or playing tennis.
This is why we recommend taking a daily walk or bike ride before your stay, in order to get your body ready. Even a little bit of extra movement each day will make a difference when you get to the ranch. Second, strengthen your core. Your body’s balancing tool on a horse is your core. Lastly, get your stretch on! Getting on your horse requires a little bit of legwork. Helping your body out ahead of time by doing just a few stretches per day can go along ways to prep you for riding. Of course, we do have mounting blocks to give you a little boost and help to relieve the stress on your horse’s back while mounting.
Do you have to be in perfect shape to go on a dude ranch vacation? Absolutely not! But, a little bit of proactive work ahead a time can help to prevent or lessen the time it takes your muscles (and your rear) to get used to riding a horse.

Children ages 12 and under are required to wear an SEI approved riding helmet. Also, anyone 18 years old and under, visiting the ranch without a parent/guardian on site is required to wear an SEI approved riding helmet. Adults are not required to wear a helmet, but it is strongly encouraged.

Pet Policy
We do allow dogs in the cabins but not in the rooms at the lodge. There is a pet fee of $15 per night per pet.  Guest pets are not allowed on any rides so please bring a crate your dog can stay in while you are away.

We are very proud of our four-legged working partners. We maintain a herd of more than 50 registered Quarter horses, Appaloosas, and Paints for our saddle horses as well as one team of Belgian Percheron crosses, three teams of Percherons and one team of 1/4 Percheron for our sleigh and wagon rides. 
Our horses are worked with and handled at an early age to begin adapting them to their future uses. As two-year olds, we begin their official training, getting them used to the saddle and working them in the round pen. They then graduate to the arena, and then to some short trail rides. We use a training system called the “Basic Handle,” founded by Monte Forman and Pat Wyse. This system creates a safe, responsive, and sensible horse. Of course, we carefully breed and maintain horses that have a disposition that lends itself to the guest ranch industry.
As three- and four-year-olds, these horses are used as mounts for our trail guides. Then, as five-year-olds, they begin their career as mounts for our guests. We use both mares and geldings and rotate mares in and out as they produce more offspring for our future string.
Our quality ranch raised horses are perfect for the beginner or the experienced rider. Our goal is always that our horses would be gentle enough for a beginner but light, responsive, and athletic enough for an advanced rider to enjoy.

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Selkirk Mountains Guest Ranch
Tour Code: GRID02
7 days / 6 nights
Dates : June to September

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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A 2024 06/02 - 08/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip - All-inclusive S... 1 /20 Reserve
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Tack: Western (John Fallis or Vick Bennett B...
Horses: Quarter horses, Appaloosas, and Paints
Pace: About 3-4 hours in the saddle per ridi...
Walk, Trot, Canter,
Airport: Spokane International Airport (GEG)
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