Each horse has a custom-fitted saddle, saddle pad and bridle at the ranch. Photo © Nancy D. Brown
Happy horses at The Ranch at Rock Creek
If I were a horse, I’d want to live at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana. Barn Manager Val Darlington clearly cares about her horses and wants them to be as comfortable as the ranch guests. Well, maybe that’s going a bit too far, but Darlington does believe that a horse fitted with the proper saddle pad, saddle and bridle, is a happy horse. Happy horses help to make happy horseback riding vacation memories.
Relaix and Chateau Ranch
As the ranch is a Relaix and Chateau property, it follows that the equestrian program is top notch. The Ranch at Rock Creek offers horseback riding vacations for both English and Western riders, as well as well-trained horses for all riding levels.
When I was visiting the ranch, we had English and Western equestrians in attendance. General Managers Maja and Thomas Kilgore took the advanced riders up into the mountains where they spotted a wolf. Of course, the wolf wanted nothing to do with the horses and riders and vanished into the trees.
For the beginning riders, there are wide, flat trails leading to Rock Creek. The ranch is open year-round and offers wagon rides, with sleigh rides available in the winter. My visit was in April, but another guest had stayed here in the winter and said it was a magical experience.