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
It was an incredible year of learning, growing and loving every second we had with all the wonderful people who joined us here at Leaning Tree Trail Rides. Not only did we get to be a part of birthday parties, trail rides, surprises, cart and pony rides but we got to be a part of a confidence building, starting horses and helping people get back into the saddle. We thought young minds and were a psy-ed class for one little cowboy who was being home schooled. What adventures we had! What was a plan to just trail ride became so much more. Although we are blanketed with snow .. well, ice now, we have been prepping for our 2018 season. Horses still need to be fed and exercised, upkeep on trails, and plans of improvement to make the 2018 season an even better one.
We welcomed a few more critters to the ranch. Amara was messaged at 11pm at night about a mini needing a new home – Duke ended up winning over Amara’s heart while he had his week trial here and some how Shawn got a very vocal and smart potbelly pig named Lenny during that pick up. A little (and I mean little!), low line angus calf was gifted to us this fall by one of Amara’s photo clients .. we named him Dan .. and Amara loves to walk him down the road and watch people do double takes at what she is walking. He is currently at the farm with Amara’s parents’ with all of his buddies. Two beautiful mares made a home here, Cheyanne + Jesse – another Jesse! – and you will be sure to be seeing the Palomino and Dun in many photos!
For those wondering how Major and Teddy are – they got to enjoy some well needed down time to be a horse. They’ve heavily enjoyed doing what they love to do – eat – so you will find Major back here at home getting some much needed exercise!
As for the Christmas holidays .. it will be spent at home, with our family .. both human and furry families 😉 We want to wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas and we can’t wait to have you adventuring with us next season!
Here are a few new photos! Don’t forget to follow us on instagram (@leaningtreetrailrides) and on Facebook for current updates!
In the middle of our crazy season, we took a bit of down time with our family + horses and headed back to one of our favorite places to trail ride (other than here!) – the Ya Ha Tinda – to get married after 7.5 beautiful years together!
Toboggan rides behind the horse are a must around here!
The Christmas Tree hunt!
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 😉
Below: Pepper in the round Pen. For the 5 minutes it was dry!
FINALLY dry enough to hook up Bombur to the cart and make some miles!
The ocean front property has disappeared, the sun is shining and the yard is turning green!!
Till next time!