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Spring 2020

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Hello everyone!!

We weren’t entirely sure that we would get to write this blog and share with you all that June 15th is the date that we will be opening.  A month and a half has gone by without any guests, but rest assured, projects never stop around the ranch. Owning animals, means that fences need to be mended, horses need to be exercised and of course feet.  Feet ALWAYS need to be tended too.  Our days have been packed solid, and always end with a ride to unwind.  We are so excited that you will be able to join us on these rides soon!

We do ask that you be kind during this time.  While we do our very best to oblige to health codes and navigate through with our small business, we ask that if you are feeling ill that you cancel your ride.  Also, please share our little business with your friends/family, and if you have had the pleasure of riding with us – please leave us a review on google and Facebook!  These small, free gestures help our little business during these crazy times more than you know!

If you have any questions for us, or want to get your adventure booked – please don’t hesitate.  We will send you all the information you need!

 

Stay up to date on our current adventures on Instagram and Faceook!  

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Hello 2020!

Leaning Tree Trail Rides

Greetings from the crew!
When the doors close at the end of fall, the work doesn’t end.  We continue riding when we can, the boys and girls, mini’s and donkeys need extra food when the temperatures fall dramatically, and hooves still need to be trimmed of course!  We let everyone have their well deserved time off to be horses to play and run free together and the winter activities that ensue like skijoring and sleighing behind the minis is something you will find me (Amara), doing as much as time and weather permit!  So while there are a lot of email inquiries flying into the inbox weekly about coming for winter rides – I sadly have to remind people that we are still closed, and that just as much as the animals enjoy their time off – so do we 😉  We haven’t seen much of the trails as the snow is quite deep .. but we are excited to get out there when the snow lessens to clean up fallen trees so that you can all enjoy the beauty that we call home!  Until then – here’s a little look in to what the animals (and a bit of us), have been up to!
  

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FALL!

Just popping in to say hi to everyone who is stopping in at our website planning their adventure!

We aren’t even sure how this season just flew by so fast, but here we are – informing all of you that we are on the homestretch before the boys go out to pasture and we close the doors on another AMAZING season.  Rides will be booked up until October 20th – so if you are wanting to come back, or visit us for the first time .. please don’t hesitate to book.  Weekends are all booked up so if you can make it out here during the week – we can find you a spot!

In the meantime, we have been enjoying the cool mornings (with no bugs!), riding the youngsters and having a little bit more time to ride the horses we haven’t been able to ride all season long – that being Teddy and Major 😉  As well as finish up the last of the projects to prepare for winter – cutting wood and getting bedding and food ready for the animals!

We can’t thank you all enough for the love and support we continually get DAILY – this has been the most unreal adventure to share with so many people we would have never met otherwise!

July 2019

If you’re on Facebook or Instagram – don’t forget to give us a follow .. all updates and current photos are posted there (as you know – this space gets heavily neglected during riding season!)

Just popping in to say hi!  We have been getting A LOT of rain in these parts and at times challenging our bookings!  Mosquitoes and horseflies of course are crazy, but for them most part, our morning rides have been more than amazing.  Major has been visited a plenty by previous riders who have been itching to get back on him, and of course many tears have been shed when they have to leave their new best friend behind.  We are going to start a Major board in the barn for all the art we have been given from kids .. what an amazing feeling to own this guy!

Aside from that, Shawn and I are busy keeping the horses exercised (the grass has been plenty, some bellies are larger than they should be!), keeping the yard trimmed up and booking rides.  So on that note, the summer is zipping by and if you haven’t booked yourself a spot – please do .. spaces are becoming limited.

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer and finding some sunshine in between these crazy Alberta storms!  Here are a few of our visitors from this season ..

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Happy Spring

We hope you have been tagging along for the ride over on Facebook and Instagram, where we try to keep as current as possible with life around the ranch. Winter hit us like truck in February, and while we made it through, there were some long cold nights and our fur balls needed extra love in the food department just to ensure they were comfortable. Winters here can be long, and while we are officially in ‘spring’, we got a lovely dump of snow today to remind us we aren’t out of the grasp of winter just yet 😉 We have been moving some of the boys out to pasture to let the yard dry up, and everyone has been getting their hooves trimmed, dewormer, and daily exercise. We are super excited to get everyone rolling for another fun year with all of our lovely guests! Stay tuned for that exciting day we open the doors – but until then, we will be waiting for the snow to melt down those trails, in the round pen and the fire pit! See you all soon!!

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2018 Year End

It felt like yesterday that we were writing that the doors would be opening soon .. and today, I’m writing about the end of the season #2!!

2018 surpassed every expectation we had of this journey and we are really excited for the future. We have met faces from all of the world (which is still insane to us!), from all walks of life and watched so many dreams of riding a horse come true. While we try not to take this lifestyle for granted, both Shawn and I know we do at times .. we have some pretty awesome horses that make this happen day in and day out and when you beautiful visitors tell us we are so lucky – we know! 😉
We spend an incredible amount of time behind the scenes ensuring that our animals are cared for, educated and ready for all kinds of riders from beginner to experienced. Some days are long and exhausting, but the good ones outweigh those crazy ones! Our horses continue to be kind and patient and they deserve the biggest applause of all. We know every single day that they get saddled that they are going to give it their best. We are pretty excited to be integrating the up and comers throughout the next few seasons – so it won’t just look like Teddy + Major do all the grunt work around here haha.
A few shout outs to those who have made this year a pretty outstanding:

Westlock Veterinary Center – Cali Lewis, Sven, and everyone who makes each of our visits a good one. Thank you for putting the care of our animals #1. The professionalism and love of what you do is exceptional.
Barr-North Veterinary Services – Dr. Cera … thank you for keeping our horses happy with every adjustment we bring them in for.
Sizzlin Stitches & Custom Advertising – For our lawn chairs, hats and jackets that we get to advertise with – we can’t thank you enough for your hard work!
Laurie McKay, Wilma Kowaluk-Ladouceur + Ed – THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts – our horses wouldn’t be as fat as they are without you guys lol ❤ .. They love pretending to be wild out there!
To our friends and family – our biggest supporters of all. Cheering us on from the sidelines and helping us exercise our horses during visits!

To all of you, who like, share and book rides/birthday parties with us. It wouldn’t be this awesome with out you. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your adventure and we can’t wait to see more new faces and hopefully ones we’ve seen before come back!!!
Shawn + Amara

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The Longest Winter EVER

Everyone living in Alberta is feeling the same as me – if you aren’t … you clearly love freezing all the time 😉  It has been a harsh one .. but we are nearing the end of it.  The horses are starting to shed (super exciting, but no one likes eating that flying hair!! haha), and we are looking forward to watching the 3+ feet of snow in the round pen and throughout the trails melt so we can get back into both!  We don’t have an anticipated start date just yet, but if you are reading this and you want to get your name on the calendar for your summer adventures .. send us a message!  We have limited spaces for birthday parties, so don’t hesitate on securing your date!!

A little look into our winter! ..

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Out and About

It’s certainly a great thing that we didn’t plan on officially opening Leaning Tree till May … as Mother Nature spent all of April being an emotional mess.   Despite the weather set backs, we have continued to spend many hours on the backs of the horses – flagging trails, exercising and prepping.  You know, the usual!

So, we will leave you with some imagery of the last few weeks, because writing isn’t always the forte 😉

 

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Below:  Pepper in the round Pen.  For the 5 minutes it was dry!
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Hello snowstorm.
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FINALLY dry enough to hook up Bombur to the cart and make some miles!
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The ocean front property has disappeared, the sun is shining and the yard is turning green!!
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Till next time!

Spring

It’s been a little while since we’ve shown up on our blog, but it’s Spring and with Spring it means we are hustling around here!  Horses have been shuffled around, the lawn has taken top priority for Amara as she buzzes around with her lawn sweep and rake, the pastures have been tidied up and the hair has been flying around getting stuck in our mouths with every visit to the barn.  We’ve been doing a lot of our own rides – exercising the horses and checking out new and old trails.

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Rosie LOVES people so when Alex showed up on the bale … she was a happy horse.
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There’s one thing we are sure of – if you get to hang out with Teddy or are ever so lucky to be mounted on him for your ride, you are going to a) fall in love b) smile a lot
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Pretty exciting to have this photograph of Shawn and Tara featured on AB Recreation and Parks Assn on Instagram!  If you haven’t checked us out there … go!  @leaningtreetrailrides
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Natalie is addicted to horses and jumping anything available to jump!
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We had our favorites up from Calgary for a visit .. and though the chickens are perhaps the girls’ least favorite animals (and much like everything around here, they are overly friendly), the horses are always getting loved on.  Though they could have brushed for hours, we threw the saddle on Dallas and went for a walk.
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So that’s a tiny look at to what we’ve been doing (that has been photographed anyways!)!   Stay tuned for more fun from the ranch!

For more adventures, news and updates follow us on Instagram!!  @leaningtreetrailrides

or send us a message to chat about your summer adventure

we look forward to meeting you!

March!

Winter has been slowly going away and truthfully, I am ready for it!  It has been awhile since I’ve updated the going ons around here – which of course just seems to be the usual!  Exercising horses when it’s warm, sleigh rides through the forest .. you know, the good stuff!  Ensuring bellies are full for those cold blasts – BUT, hair is starting to fly and ending up in my mouth which only means one thing … SPRING!  Days are longer and warmer and sitting in front of the computer working gets harder and harder.

We are looking forward to filling up the spring and summer calendar with rides, so don’t hesitate.  Head over to the contact button and shoot us a message!

We have had a whole bunch of birthday party inquiries – and yes, we would be so excited to have your youngsters celebrate their birthday out here!  Please send us an email, we’d love to chat with you!

If you are looking to fill up a weekend with adventures, please check out THIS incredible cabin on Airbnb literally minutes from us!  A cabin to sleep in and horseback riding .. what more could one person need in life 😉

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Taya our niece stayed with us for 9 days in January .. and we always had an abundance of activities (and chores) to do!
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No matter where I go in the yard, they know where I am and they are hoping for some kind of goodies.
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Hours and hours of sleigh rides.  Soon the skis will be put in storage and the wheels will be out!
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Frosty and snowy days …
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Denny enjoying an afternoon treat
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Rosie, Belle + Bo
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The nieces spend a lot of time at aunty and uncles … and with the animals 😉  lucky girls right!
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So until next time .. hopefully we will be sloshing around in puddles and lessening the layers of sweaters on horse rides 😉