Our family comes to the Palm Springs area a couple of times each year. We have long talked about going horseback riding in the region and finally found the time today to do it. After looking into the various options, we decided on Crazy Horse Ranch because we were intrigued by the philosophy of the owner, Jacklyn, who takes a natural approach to training horses. We were also very impressed with the idea that the ranch was a horse rescue facility.
The car ride up to Morongo Valley was breathtaking and worth every mile to get to the Ranch. When we arrived, the horses were ready for our arrival. Jacklyn was very patient and great with every member of our party. She spent some time talking about communicating with the horses and how to ride them safely. Having been on a good number of trail rides, I have to say that this was the best introduction to horses and trail riding that I have every received. Our entire party felt very comfortable and in quite capable hands. We found a good rate for the ride through PalmSprings.com ($45/hr). This is an excellent deal and there were no issues with that rate when we arrived. If there was ever an issue with helmets at this facility, it is not an issue now. There were helmets, in good condition and adjustable, for all members of our party.
The trail ride itself was very relaxing and unhurried. The landscape, Jacklyn herself as guide and the patient horses created a wonderful trail ride experience. Our daughter owns a horse and had a number of questions for Jacklyn about natural horse training (she is classically trained in English riding) and Jacklyn spent about an hour entertaining her questions and providing constructive advice. She is very excited about having some new skills to take home and work on with her horse. Truly, we cannot wait to go back the next time we are in the area. If you are in the desert area, please give Jacklyn a call. You will have a wonderful horseback riding experience to cherish for years to come.
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