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“Many of our horses came to us as adults, but we also have a portion of
the herd that is bred here, trained here, and prepared for our guests with the
sole intention of being good riding horses,” she says.
Most of the Vista Verde herd is made up of registered Quarter Horses;
other guest mounts are grade horses, draft horses and few other breeds.
“We look for kind-hearted, even-tempered horses with a solid build; good,
big feet; and good conformation,” she says.
While the Vista Verde horses are a big attraction for guests, the ranch also
offers a variety of other activities in the winter. Skiing, snow tubing and
snowshoeing take place outdoors at the ranch. Inside activities include yoga,
photography and culinary classes, along with a variety of massage treatments.
Accommodations for guests include private cabins and deluxe lodge
rooms, plus a fitness center. Gourmet meals and wine tasting area also part
of the ranch’s offerings.
AUDREY PAVIA is a freelance writer and the author of Horses for Dummies. She lives in
Norco, Calif., with her two registered Spanish Mustangs, Milagro and Rio.
IF YOU GO
WHAT TO BRING
Pack lots of moisture-wicking layers to
stay warm and dry while having fun in
the snow. Winter riding boots or good
winter socks are a must. Don’t forget
about those ears and fingers, too!
OFF-RANCH ADVENTURES IN
Skiing, snowboarding, helicopter sight-
seeing, hot air ballooning, ice fishing,
snowmobiling and even dog sledding
are all options for winter visitors.
For more information on Vista Verde
Ranch, go to www.vistaverde.com