Most of our guests are surprised to learn that the Music Meadows herd lives out in our huge ranch pastures almost completely on their own. But the reality is that horses evolved over thousands of years to wander large swaths of land. Their digestive systems function best when they’re grazing 18 to 20 hours out of every day, slowly adding forage at a steady trickle and keeping that gut healthy. They’re also socially happiest when living in a herd with other horses, keeping their stress levels low and their boredom to almost nothing.
In the winter the herd grazes on dormant grasses, pawing through the snow to reach it when necessary. Supplemental feeding of hay is only needed if the snow is quite deep, and typically a big wind follows our snow storms, which I think is nature’s way of opening up the range for the animals to forage. We also provide a supplement for the winter months called Sweet Pro (create a link to sweetpro.com). It is a solid block made from the fermented byproduct of the ethanol plants. They gnaw and lick on and in the process they get probiotics, enzymes, protein, salt, and minerals, which allows them to digest 25% more of the forage consumed, which really helps them stay very healthy even on winter pasture. If you haven’t ridden during the winter, you’re missing out on a very special experience. (Check out the winter riding video on our home page!) The quiet and stillness of winter is a special thing, and to ride through the snow on a warm horse with the jagged peaks of the wild mountains rising into the blue sky is something you’ll never forget. Join us!
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6076 County Road 119
Westcliffe, CO 81252