Horseback Riding in Wyoming

Yoga and Horseback Riding with Marc Holzman

Overview

We are pleased to offer a week of combined yoga and riding at the Bitterroot Ranch, with yoga sessions led by Marc Holzman. The physical alignment one strives to achieve when riding horses is the same as the alignment one practices in yoga, so the two work together in beautiful harmony. Whether you are more familiar with horseback riding or with yoga, you will be challenged by and find joy in the week’s activities.

Each day will combine yoga sessions as well as exhilarating rides in the vast Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. There is also the option of riding lessons if you would like to focus on improving your riding during the week. Marc’s yoga practices weave together the movement of a Hatha class with rich philosophy.

Guests stay in comfortable log cabins on either side of the river which are situated for privacy and to afford magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

Meals are taken in the main lodge and particular attention is paid to the cuisine and wines served.

  • Overview:
    There are over 120 riding horses on the ranch, consisting mainly of Arabians and Quarter Horse crosses (14-16hh). The Arabian horses are raised and trained exclusively for the use of the guests, who often like to visit the mares and foals. The ranch also has some excellent Welsh ponies for children. The horses are trained western and are used to being neck reined; they do not go on contact. All guests are asked to post the trot and to stay in two point or galloping position for the canters and when climbing hills. This is important to us as it keeps the horses from getting sore backs. Those who do not comfortably adapt to riding in this manner will be kept on slower rides.
  • Equipment Required:
    Helmets are required, there are some available to borrow.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Quarter horses, Arabians, draft crosses
  • Trip Pace:
    To suit riders
  • Tack:
    Western and Endurance
  • Weight limit:
    The ranch has a limited number of horses for riders over 180 lbs.

There are no separate activities planned for non-riders, who can take advantage of this unique location to fly fish, hike and visit with the ranch animals. With a rental car the town of Dubois is about 40 minutes away.

At the ranch. We can provide details for services for transportation from the Jackson Hole airport or the Riverton airport.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday: Arrive at the ranch between 2-6pm and settle into your comfortable log cabin accommodations. Join your hosts and other guests for hors d’oeuvres at 6:30pm before a welcome barbecue.

Day 2

Monday: Enjoy breakfast made to order between 7:30-9:00am. Mount up and ride to the ring for a brief introductory ride to make sure you are well matched with your horse, tack, and fellow riders. After this session go on a trail ride in the scenic wilderness surrounding the ranch. There are endless interesting destinations with varied terrain to be explored and no ride will be repeated during your stay.
Lunch is at 12:30pm and afterwards join Marc for yoga practice, designed to begin to connect completely to your body. You will concentrate on postures from the Ashtanga Vinyasa system with a focus on alignment and breath. Time to change and relax before cocktails at 6:30pm followed by dinner.

Day 3

Tuesday: Meet at the corrals at 9:15am for a morning ride or choose a lesson in centered riding techniques. During the lesson you will recognize the symbiosis between centered riding and the body awareness brought by yoga.
At 3:30pm, after lunch and relaxation, meet at the yoga yurt to practice additional postures from the Ashtanga Vinyasa system and build your repertoire.

Day 4

Wednesday: This morning head out on another trail ride or lesson in the arena, followed by an afternoon yoga session.

Day 5

Thursday: After breakfast depart on a full day picnic ride high into the mountains. You will have a picnic lunch and then the ride back to the ranch.
At 4:30pm stretch out in another yoga session before dinner.

Day 6

Friday: After breakfast is a 9:30am morning yoga session. In the afternoon take part in a friendly team sorting cattle competition, a great chance to practice the riding skills you’ve been perfecting this week

Day 7

Saturday: Enjoy a final morning of riding in the spectacular landscape surrounding the ranch. Yoga this afternoon to round out your week.

Day 8

Sunday: After breakfast is the sad farewell to new-found friends and departure.

Itinerary Addendum

This itinerary is flexible and can be modified to fit your interests. Changes may also occur due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

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Trip Dates & Pricing

Departure Dates

Trip Starts
Trip Ends
Jul 12, 2020
Jul 19, 2020
Aug 23, 2020
Aug 30, 2020

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $2,900
  • Single Supplement
  • $300

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Contact Hadley Fox

Of all our ranch vacations, this one offered the most variety of terrains and rides. Every day a different surprise - Wind River and Absaroka ranges, Elk range, river canyons, volcanic ash hills, cattle driving, riding lessons, yoga, fly fishing, easy hikes to great scenery between rides, very well cared for horses, healthy but hearty meals with fresh veggies and wine, immaculate rustic cabins and excellent entertaining and knowledgeable hosts, the Fox family, attending to every detail. A total escape from the business stresses! This was the best ranch vacation we have had. So we're going back again this year!

Ferguson, 2019