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 dinner.

Day 2

Monday

7:30- 9:00 Breakfast made to order during this time period each day.

10:00-12:00 Join practitioner Marc Holzman for the morning yoga practice – this practice is designed to wake the body up and begin to connect with the complete body. We will practice postures from the hatha sequence system with a focus on alignment and breath.

12:30 Gather at the main lodge for lunch

Gather by the corral at 2:45 for an introduction to the wranglers and a short demonstration of the riding techniques used on the ranch. Mount up and ride to the ring for a brief evaluation 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 week long stay.

6:00 Light yoga practice focusing on post riding stretching.

Wine and appetizers at 6:30

Day 3

Tuesday

Meet at the corrals at 9:15 for a morning ride or chose to take a lesson in centered riding techniques. During the lesson you will recognize the great symbiosis between balanced riding techniques and the body awareness brought by yoga

3:30 – 5:00 Meet at the Yurt to practice additional postures from the flowing vinyasa sequence and build on your repertoire.

Day 4

Wednesday

This morning you can choose between a trail ride or another lesson in the arena.

3:30 – 5:00 Yoga session

Day 5

Thursday

After breakfast we will do a picnic ride into the high mountains surrounding the ranch.

4:30 – 5:30 Afternoon yoga to restore and refresh after the picnic ride.

Day 6

Friday

10:00 – 12:00 Yoga session

In the afternoon move the ranch cattle and participate in a team sorting competition, a fun opportunity to utilize your new found riding skills with this old cowboy game

Day 7

Saturday

Enjoy a final morning ride before lunch at the ranch and a 3:30 – 5:00 yoga session

Day 8

Sunday

Departure after breakfast and a sad farewell to new found friends.

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 11, 2021
Jul 18, 2021
Aug 22, 2021
Aug 29, 2021

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $3,000

  • Single Supplement
  • $300

Departure Dates

Trip Starts
Trip Ends
Jul 10, 2022
Jul 17, 2022
Aug 21, 2022
Aug 28, 2022

Pricing & Options

  • Base Price
  • $3,150

  • 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