We Welcome You and Your Horse to the Bar SZ Ranch
We offer many unique riding experiences as the Bar SZ. Our standard ride begins in an enclosed arena where everyone can adjust to their horse and receive personal riding tips. From there we move out to the beautiful backcountry. Our horses aren't the typical 'nose to tail' trail horses, they have jobs outside of trail riding and we enjoy teaching each of our riders how to actually ride a horse.
Michelle Borland is our lead instructor and has been teaching for over 20 years. With an emphasis on confidence building and safety our first priority is to help each guest feel relaxed around horses. We tailor each session based on the riding level of the group, let our team know what skills you've been working on. It doesn't matter if you are eight or sixty-eight, our riding instructors have the expertise to insure you will enjoy your ride.
Need a little more? There is always fun to be had at the Bar SZ. Our wranglers can help arrange roping and cattle gathering. There is nothing like working a cow from the back of a horse to make you feel what it’s like to live out West. For the youngsters, the Bar SZ provides special lessons and games to make it fun for the whole family.
Bar SZ Riding Rules
"The door to safety swings on the hinges of common sense." ~Author Unknown
- Please wear close toed shoes and long pants when riding.
- Everyone must sign a release of liability before they may be permitted to ride.
- Please remember to wear sunscreen and bring sunglasses.
- Please drink plenty of water before you ride, it's not safe to carry water bottles while riding. There is a place to store personal belongings at the riding arena.
- Please do not wear loose flowing clothes, backpacks, purses, loose water bottles, or large cameras. Anything that blows in the wind can cause a horse to spook.
- In order to ride by themselves or participate in trail rides, children must be able to follow directions, properly steer, and know how to stop a horse.
- Children who cannot ride a horse all by themselves may still ride. You will need to schedule a pony ride for your child. Pony rides must be scheduled at a different time from our standard trail rides and will be tailored to your specific needs. We can accommodate up to 4 children, and the length of the session can vary per your request. Pony rides include the option for your children to play different kinds of rodeo and gymkhana games. Pricing will depend on the amount of time your child rides.
- We recommend that everyone wears a safety helmet while riding. Helmets that meet the ASTM Equestrian Standard are available to all riders. Everyone under the age of 18 is required to wear a helmet.
- A safety demonstration will occur before each ride. Please be on time to your riding appointment so that you do not miss this important information. ONLY participants who can listen to the safety demonstration and follow directions will be allowed to ride on their own. Children or participants who are unable to follow directions may be required to have a 'leader' (someone who walks next to the horse to ensure the rider's safety). Please note that a maximum of two people can be led during a scheduled riding time.
- Safety is our number one concern. Each rider will learn to ride and guide their horse before any ride begins. Our instructors will ultimately determine the type of ride that will take place in order to keep everyone safe (some riders may not be allowed to participate in a trail ride, if this happens, we will create a very fun riding experience that takes place in the arena).
- If you would like to take a family or group photo while out on the ride, our guides can assist you with that. Please do not place phones in your pants pockets while riding (many phones have been lost out on the trail).
- No eating or chewing gum while riding.
- Please wait for instructions before helping with any of the horses, we are concerned about your safety and will make sure that your interactions with our horses are fun and safe.
- We offer many unique riding experiences at the Bar SZ Ranch. Our standard ride is a trail ride that winds through the back 400 acres of the ranch. Our horses are not the 'nose to tail' trail horses. They actually have 'jobs' outside of trail riding and we enjoy teaching each of our riders how to actually ride a 'real horse'.
- We also provide Team Building events using horses (both mounted as well as on the ground) for companies who are looking for bonding activities.
Bar SZ Large Group Rules
- You will need to have your large riding group divided into smaller riding groups prior to the scheduled ride.
- We prefer to only take up to 10 riders at a time. We can however accommodate up to 12 to 14 riders on special occasions. This will have to be scheduled ahead of time to make sure that all of our staff and horses and available during the time of your ride.
- We can allow for NO LESS than 1 hour time blocks for your group to ride. The time block that is scheduled will include both the riding time and the amount of time it takes to get each member of your party on a horse. There must be a 15 minute break in between each group that rides.
- When planning for your large group to ride, we can't accommodate more than 2 children who cannot ride all by themselves. Children MAY NOT share a horse with an adult. We can have a staff member 'pony' a child (this will allow for your child to go on a trail ride, but they must be able to sit on the horse by themselves).
- We can take no more than 6 kids under the age of 12 on any single trail ride.
- When planning for your large group to ride, please note that we can only take 2 riders weighing over 240lbs at a time. For their safety, riders weighing over 200lbs must be reasonably athletic (able to get on and off the horse without threat of injury to themselves or others). Please note that we don't weigh riders nor do we want to discourage anyone from riding. We are simply making sure we do our due diligence in order to keep both our horses and riders safe at all times.
- Trail rides with large will cater to making sure that ALL members of the ride are safe and have a good and enjoyable time. For this reason, all riders will be asked to keep their horses to a walk while on the trial ride. Separate lessons may be scheduled if individuals want to ride at a faster pace. If possible, it's best to divide your group based on each individual's riding experience.