Taking your horse along for a camping trip opens up a whole new world of trail riding adventures. Horse-camping allows you to go farther and stay longer, and will help you develop a whole new relationship with your horse. You’ll be limited only by your personal time, the weather, and how much you can conveniently take with you.
But before you load up and head off for an overnight with your horse, you’ll need to invest some forethought into preparing and planning for your trip.
1. Do Your Homework
First, how much camping experience do you have? If you’re a veteran outdoors person, great. If you’re not, don’t let that discourage you. Just keep in mind that when you take a horse camping, it adds a whole new dimension to the outing.
To get a preview of what’s involved, it’s a good idea to attend an expo or seminar that offers horse-camping clinics or demonstrations. This will help you identify opportunities, decide what kind of outing most appeals to you, and what kind of skills and gear you’ll need. For example, there’s a world of difference, say, between setting up camp at a KOA site next to your truck and trailer, and an outing that requires you to ride into a wilderness area with everything you need for survival on the back of your horse.
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Mike Stacy Clinics Continue with Success
On June 19th at Loma Vista Ranch, 10 riders and 28 spectators were on hand to see Mike Stacy ride and to get a personally signed book from Rocco Wachman. The event was a huge success. Thank you to Sharon Dorociak, owner of Loma Vista, for allowing us to hold the clinic at the ranch; additional thanks to Sean Englund, ranch manager, for having the ranch so well presented for us.
The crowd and the riders learned many things. Mike specializes in building the confidence of the horse and rider as a team, kind of like team building with your horse.
Please join us for the next Mike Stacy Horsemanship Clinic on Saturday, August 7th from 10am-1pm at American Ranch. All Levels are welcome to participate; the cost is only $50 to bring your horse and ride. Mike specializes in bringing confidence to horse & rider. Ride with Mike one time and you will learn the difference he can make with you and your horse! Also, ask Mike about personal one-on-one lessons or with any issues you or your horse may be having.
Rocco Wachman will again be in attendance to sign copies of his new book, published by Harper & Collins. It has been selling like hotcakes, so make sure you are in Prescott to get a personally signed copy from Rocco! You’ve seen him on Dr. Oz & Cowboy U, now come meet him in person! Rocco also teaches at the popular Cowboy College in Rio Verde, AZ. When you come to get your book signed make sure to ask him about the classes at Cowboy College, you won’t believe how affordable and fun it is to get involved!
Olsen’s Grain will be there with FREE samples and coupons! Manufacturer Reps will also be there and will be offering lots of cool stuff! A special thank you to Michelle at Olsen’s Feed for all of her help and support. Having Olsen’s behind the event, along with all of the dealer reps, means a lot to us and the future success of the Mike Stacy program.
Free snacks and drinks will be provided.
American Ranch Covered Arena is one of the nicest arenas in Arizona. It is located at 9500 N American Ranch Rd. Prescott, AZ 86305. Check out their website at www.americanranchprescott.com for a map.
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