This 120,000 square foot indoor/outdoor facility is located on State Line Rd in Cleveland, Missouri. Just minutes from Kansas City, Overland Park, Lee's Summit, Harrisonville or Bucyrus and is the perfect place for:
Rent the Indoor Arena and Covered Warm-Up Area for your next equine event. Contact Dave for pricing and availability. 2014 is booking fast!
Bored of the same old activities? Looking for fun family entertainment for all ages? What about an original "perfect date" idea? Trail rides and instruction are available for individuals and groups for $40 per rider (which includes the horse and all tack). Guided trail rides only.
Weekday and Week-end Trail rides available.
Call 816-618-7673 (Dave) or 816-519-2211 (Kenna).
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Spring Break Ranch Camp- a Day Camp for Kids on horses over Spring Break- Dates March 17-19, 2014. Three fun-packed days at Lone Wolf Ranch. Horses and Fun provided! LImited Space, Reserve your spot today.
COWBOY WORD- " Saddle Memories "
I was over at the barn yesterday and I was looking over the saddles that we use for trail rides and lessons, making notes of repairs, cleaning needed and yes that old cinch needs to go wall hanging for the mud daubers.
It kinda rings true that the tack we use says alot about the person, you can tell if they ride a lot or a little, you can see if they are into those bits designed by the spanish inquisition, or favor a more moderate type. You can also see a big difference from a working saddle and a pleasure seat.
It always pains me to look at a saddle that some one bought and it just sets there a gatherin dust, it will never have a story to tell. Its kinda like driving by an old ranch house that has been abandoned, the windmill winds around lacking a full set, the fences are drooping and if you look close you can tell this was one nice place at one time. But let's get back to the saddle.
My first experience with saddling by myself was a little amusing if you were watching, everytime I got the blanket on the Shetland Pony, he would reach around and pull it off, so I got smart and thru the saddle right behind the pad. Well this time that minnie bronc stomper reached around to what I thought was to grab the saddle , wrong, he grabbed me with a firm bite and went to shaking me around like a coyote and when he was all done threw, me to the ground and added in a few stomps on my backside for good measure.
Well when your 6 years old and you have just been wipped by a onery cuss you pick your sorry ass up and run home. If I'd of known what was coming next I would have went the other direction. My mom drapped me over the John B Crapper and proceeded to use a scrub brush on my back to remove any unfortunate dirt or germ that tried to cling on, and after she removed the first layer of skin she proceeded to paint my entire backside with that purple power methiolate.
Boy i can still feel that burn. But even today when I look at that scar on my back I grin with a little pride that I survived my first horse wreck with a memento for life.
We all have war wounds of one kind or another, it comes with the journey. We have all bought a little real estate on our backsides, and if you havent gone down that road, " my horse never bucks" well friend it can and it will happen. You cannot forsee everything and sometimes there is no apparent reason for a wreck but they happen. If you are a poker player sooner or later your going to draw a bad hand.
But what we take from the experience, the grit , the dirt, the love of what we do makes it all worth the bumps. I have seen many people taking to drapping there legs over the saddle, or hanging in a stirrup to long before they mount, or just trying to ride one that aint in the mood today. Sometimes you have to see the signs and change your plan a bit.
So the next time you get that saddle out and go to inspecting it , recall some of those experiences that you and that saddle have had, you will have more to come good and some bad, but if you take care of that old saddle it will share all those memories good and bad.
And when that day comes when were like the old showman, Buffalo Bill Cody and you have to be winched up in a harness and set on your horse you will set on a saddle with a life full of memories looking back over a lifetime of glorious times. And if the only thing you got left when they drop you in a hole is that saddle then I would count myself a wealthy man.