Tours by Horseback
"No hour of life is lost that is spent in the saddle" - Winston Churchill
Experience the Ranch as it used to be, and walk through the village and around the corn and hay fields with our knowledgeable trail boss. This is intended to give guests an introduction to horseback riding as well as a historical interpretive tour of the Ranch through a whole new experience and perspective. Group sizes are small which allow us to cater to your needs and to answer your questions throughout the tour.
Tours by Horseback will run on weekends in May and June, 5 days a week in July and August, and weekends in September, 2018.
Orientation and Horsemanship
Your Trail Boss will provide an orientation prior to the tour covering basic horse protocols; how to approach a horse, how to mount, dismount, stop-go-turn, as well as basic horsemanship skills; greeting horses, learning about body language, their likes and dislikes, and getting to know them individually.
Please allow up to 2 hours in total which includes basic riding and horsemanship instruction and orientation, time in the saddle during the tour, and time spent visiting and grooming the horses.
All participants must read and completely fill out the risk & release waiver before they are allowed to participate in the trail ride. Age restrictions youth 9-18 years, ID is required to verify the age, and waivers must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. (All individuals signing the waiver must be able to read and understand the waiver or have an interpreter to explain the information.)
Weight limitation: 220 lbs
Closed toe shoe required, sandals are not allowed. Riders are recommended to wear boots with heels, and jeans for safety and comfort. Dress according to the weather and don't forget sunscreen.
Riders must wear an approved helmet. We do provide helmets, although a personally owned ski helmet is acceptable if it is CSA approved. Bicycle helmets not acceptable.
Adults & Children (minimum 9 years old) - $60.00 + gst per hour, per person
Please call the O'Keefe Ranch with a minimum 24 hours notice if possible to pre-book horseback rides at 250-542-7868
***Tours by horseback are subject to availability- times may change due to weather and availability of horses.