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Missouri

Horsemanship: Basics and Beyond in the Ozarks

Saddle up and get ready to ride! Learn about equine behavior, grooming, saddling and riding a horse as you enjoy the tranquil forests of the Ozark Mountains.
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Program No. 23158RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
849
Special Offer
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Missouri

Horsemanship: Basics and Beyond in the Ozarks

Saddle up and get ready to ride! Learn about equine behavior, grooming, saddling and riding a horse as you enjoy the tranquil forests of the Ozark Mountains.
Length
6 days
Starts at
849
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Program No. 23158 RJ

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Mar 27 - Apr 1, 2022
Starting at
849
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 3 - Apr 8, 2022
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849
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022
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May 1 - May 6, 2022
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
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849
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 30 - Nov 4, 2022
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849
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No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Mar 27 - Apr 1, 2022
Starting at
849
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 3 - Apr 8, 2022
Starting at
849
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Apr 24 - Apr 29, 2022
Starting at
849
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

May 1 - May 6, 2022
Starting at
849
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
Starting at
849
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Oct 30 - Nov 4, 2022
Starting at
849
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

At a Glance

Journey to the foothills of the Ozarks for a week-long immersion into the basics of horsemanship. Experience the bond between human and horse for the week as you learn animal science basics, grooming, saddling, western riding style and enjoy ranch life. The experience wouldn’t be complete without a four-mile bluff ride followed by a picnic lunch, seeing a farrier demonstration, and going on a hayride when the herd is released for the evening. Spend an afternoon getting to know your fellow Road Scholars during a tasting and exploration at a locally owned winery, and delight in cowboy campfires to round out each evening.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Mounting your horse and several hours of horseback riding daily. Sturdy shoes and pants required.
Micro Group
Micro Group
These adventures feature our smallest group size, with 12 participants or fewer.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Groom, saddle and feed your horse all week as you experience a special relationship with your new friend and develop your equine behavior knowledge.
  • Depending on your skill, learn the basics of Western Riding, from tack and groundwork to neck reining — and even take on an obstacle course to show what you have learned!
  • Enjoy cowboy life with a barn dance, campfires, and a farrier demonstration.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room. Our schedule allows us to customize this experience for every group. If you would like to spend the majority of your time with the horses, our instructor is almost always available. If you would like to spend a lot of time exploring the other amenities that Trout Lodge has to offer, we can arrange this during your stay. This is a Micro Group program, with 12 or fewer participants.
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Steve Schmich
Steve Schmich is a retired teacher who is passionate about sharing his great love for the outdoors with others. During his teaching career, he taught health, physical education, and outdoor education. Steve has specific interests in aquatic ecology and geology.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Steve Schmich is a retired teacher who is passionate about sharing his great love for the outdoors with others. During his teaching career, he taught health, physical education, and outdoor education. Steve has specific interests in aquatic ecology and geology.
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Melissa Voyles is right at home on the ranch and in the saddle. Passionate about riding horses since she was young, Melissa became an instructor with The Certified Horsemanship Association in both English and Western riding. Following the horse and ranch career path, she started out as a part-time wrangler at the Triangle Y Ranch and worked her way up to ranch director. She loves sharing her passion of horses and horsemanship skills with others. Melissa also holds a BS in animal science.
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Megan Buskuehl was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota, where her fascination with horses started because of her father. He was a ranch hand of sorts. She grew up hunting fishing and just being outdoors. Graduated HS in 2007. Married in 2010. Graduated college for Vet Tech in 2011. Moved around a bit exploring and then finally settled in Missouri on 16 acres in October 2017. Megan was hired with the YMCA Ranch in March 2018 and continue my fascination with horses, including owning two of my own.
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Teri Claar has been working with the YMCA and in camp programing since 2007. She has a huge passion for bringing people to the YMCA to experience the high quality programs it has to offer. Teri graduated from the University of Akron with a BA in Early Childhood Education but has spent most of her professional career in programming. She enjoys traveling as well as outdoor education and sports.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
How to Think Like a Horse: The Essential Handbook for Understanding Why Horses Do What They Do
by Cherry Hill
Roadside Geology of Missouri
by Charles G. Spencer
Washington County, Missouri: including its History, the Horine Cemetery, the Hughes Mountain State Natural Area, and More
by Sharon Clyde
Missouri Geology: Three Billion Years of Volcanoes, Seas, Sediments, and Erosion
by A.G. Unklesbay and Jarry D. Vineyard





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