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True West Horsemanship

with Ben Longwell

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Zapata Ranch

April 21 – 28, 2024

‘On The Trail’ Horsemanship. An in-depth study of equine communication and how to become an effective leader for your horse.

The Program

Participants will gain a thorough understanding of the progression from groundwork to ridden work, not only in the arena but in circumstances on the trail and also in the classroom. There will be a focus on understanding the “why”, “when”, and “how” behind the “what” that is commonly taught in horsemanship clinics.  Participants will be prepared with improved understanding and practice with the horse before facing a variety of practical, real-life scenarios. We will be addressing common situations riders face, working to improve communication on all levels with feel, understanding, trust and in an encouraging and fun environment.

Spend your first several mornings practicing groundwork and drills in the arena, and ride out onto the ranch in the afternoons to try out new skills and exercises in a wide-open setting. Ample time in the classroom will also cover the history and basics of riding, horsemanship and tack. Later in the week, head out on longer rides through bison & cattle pastures as well as the Great Sand Dunes National Park to gain experience traversing the stunning and varied terrain. 

Recommended for intermediate to advanced riders only. If you are unsure whether this workshop is a good match for your skill level, please feel free to reach out to us at stay@ranchlands.com or 719-641-2089”

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About Ben Longwell

Ben Longwell grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado, riding horses and working cattle. After finishing school, he spent much of his time doing day work for different ranches & outfits in the area, learning from the skills and experience of the ranchers. He also spent a year working as assistant trainer at a Quarter Horse breeder in Colorado learning the basics of colt starting and true horsemanship.

After spending much of the next six years in the colt starting & horse training business, his knowledge and experience continued to expand. During this time Ben worked on a 300,000 acre cattle & horse ranch in Wyoming, where he was also involved in conducting horsemanship clinics and demonstrations.

Ben has worked with some great horsemen in the West, adding to a lifetime of practical equine experience. He is influenced from the methods of such horseman as Tom & Bill Dorrance, Ray Hunt, Richard Caldwell, Jeff Sanders, Martin Black, Buck Brannaman, Dave Weaver and others.

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Rates

$4340 includes all activities, instruction, and meals. Tax and gratuity not included.

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Zapata Ranch

Set back in a shady cotton woodgrove beneath the majestic 14,000-foot peaks of the Sangre De Cristo Mountains lies the historic Zapata Ranch headquarters and lodge, which was established in the late 1800’s. Elk, mule deer, migratory birds, eagles, and black bear also call this area home. The rooms are beautifully furnished and have an elegant southwestern decor that gives them the feel of home. All rooms have individual tiled bathrooms and views that are private, peaceful, and beautiful in any season.

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