Idaho Western Pleasure Ranch riding holiday in USA - Far and Ride
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Idaho Western Pleasure Ranch, USA


• Summer Ranch Stay



Type of horses:

Quarterhorses, Appaloosa and Paints as well as a team of Percheron/Percheron crosses for wagon rides

Nature of horses:

Safe, responsive and sensible

Height of horses:

Weight limit:

240 lbs / 17 stone / 108 kg

Tack type:



Travel Advice

Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.

Ride Description

Idaho is a relatively undiscovered gem on the ranching map, but this state offers surprisingly beautiful landscapes. As well as riding through cattle you may chance upon deer or bear, or other native wildlife in the mountains, whilst Red-Tailed Hawks circle overhead.

This 75 year old family ranch has been welcoming guests since 1991. Back in 1940, the family bought logged land to turn into fine ranch land and began breeding Red Angus cattle. They now own a second ranch, located about six miles away and both ranches are home to their cattle - with the calving grounds being at the lower ranch and the summer pastures at the higher ranch. There are 1,100 acres to explore either on horseback, mountain bike or on foot.

The ranch breed their own horses and train them using a system called the Basic Handle which was founded by Monte Forman and Pat Wyse. Each horse is handled gently and begins their early training in the round pen before progressing to trails under the tutelage of the wranglers for a couple of years before becoming mounts for guests. There are horses for complete beginners as well as responsive and athletic horses for experienced riders. They also have some Percheron and cross-breeds which pull the horse wagon and can offer this experience to those who wish to sit back and relax.

Trail rides venture through open meadows, quiet forests and along slow moving creeks. Try your hand at cattle sorting, cattle drives or arena games - or take a lesson in the arena. The month of September is restricted to Adults only, whilst the months of July and August offer special Children's Packages. This ranch really does offer options for everyone.

Even though they can comfortably sleep 40 guests (and can do so for private groups), they limit their capacity to 20 guests so that everyone has a more customised experience.

See Programmes.


Food & Accommodation

You stay in either rooms in the Grand Lodge, which has both an upper and lower level, or in self-contained cabins.

All rooms in the Grand Lodge have private bathrooms and at least one Queen bed - some rooms have additional beds and can sleep 3-4 people.

Three of the cabins contain two Queen beds and two twin beds, sleeping 6 guests, and the fourth contains 1 Queen and 2 double beds. All cabins have at least one bathroom, basic kitchenette and a log-burning stove. The cabins are traditional log-style cabins with lots of exposed wood.

It is not possible to request particular rooms - you will be allocated the most appropriate room for your group size, but may be upgraded subject to the discretion of your host and room availability.

Three meals a day are included, except on Saturday's (departure day) when only breakfast is provided.

Lunch may be taken at the ranch, or may be a packed lunch to eat out on the trail.

Cookouts are provided during the week, with home-reared beef steaks prepared over the fire. On one night, dinner is provided on a river cruise boat.



There are many activities on offer for when you are not riding, or if there are Non-Riders in your party, including the following:

Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Hot Tub, Pool Table

The above on-site activities are included, but if you wish to venture off-site then there are a host of activities available at extra cost (payable locally):

Kayaking, Fly fishing or Lake Fishing, Golf courses, White water rafting, Silverwood Theme Park, Glacier National Park


Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: General good health

Age limit: 6 years. Children Programme 8-16 years.

Tuition: Lessons are available from beginner to advance level.

Included: Accommodation, all meals and scheduled ranch activities including daily riding.

Not included: Flights, drinks, transfers, insurance.


Travel Information

Spokane International Airport (GEG), which is actually in Washington State, is the nearest airport at c. 90km from the ranch.

We recommend that you hire a car and drive yourself ( we can provide driving directions) but transfers can be arranged for USD 275-295 each way (1-4 people).

Airport: Spokane International Airport



Summer Ranch Stay

The main activity during the summer months is horse riding. You start with an orientation where the wranglers introduce you to your horse for the week and give instructions on how to ride and what to expect.

Each day you will set out on morning and afternoon rides exploring the northern Idaho mountains, valleys and meadows around the ranch. One day you may pack up for a day ride to Grouse Creek Falls for swimming, or take a perimeter ride with views of the Selkirk and Cabinet Mountain ranges. One evening you can saddle up for a dinner ride, where you reach a campfire where ranched raised beef steaks are being grilled for you.

Other horseback experiences on offer include lessons in the arena, moving cattle, cattle sorting and arena games. The ranches 70x100 covered arena also means that horseback activities can take place even if it's raining. Fast and slow rides are on offer, but you will have to pass an assessment to join the fast rides.

A special children's programme is available for 8-16 year olds in July and August. During the week they are responsible for their own horse and learn how to care for the horse as well as its equipment. They are provided with a horsemanship manual to help expand their learning skills and at the end of the week they can take part in a horse show with trophies and rosettes! (Please note that children under 13 years must wear a helmet).

Activities also continue into the evening, with a different option available each night. One night you can enjoy a Dutch Oven cookout with cowboy music around the fire; another night you can take a ride in one of the horse-drawn wagons.

Mid-week an evening dinner cruise is included on Lake Pend Oreille (mid-June to end August), where you can look out for bald eagles and their nests whilst dining on the Shawnodese. (On this evening, children take part in a kids campfire with hot dogs).

Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 20
Ability description: All abilities can be accommodated, from complete beginners to experienced riders.
Type of ride: Ranch Stay
Total riding time: Approximately four hours each day (two hours in the morning and two in the afternoon).
Departure dates: 2021: Arrive Sunday, depart Saturday from 30 May - 2 October.

Shorter stays (min 3 nights) may be possible, with arrival on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday each week - please enquire for further details.
Pricing: 2021:

350 per night per person single
343 per night per person sharing
234 per night per child (6-12 years)

All prices include 8% taxes and 15% service charge already so that there are no hidden costs to pay when booking.

Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.