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2017

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!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
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Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
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Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017

Playtime!
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017

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!

Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017

Toboggan rides behind the horse are a must around here!
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017

The Christmas Tree hunt!
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - 2017

Birthday Party!

The snow had quite literally disappeared the day before we held our first birthday party here at Leaning Tree – and what a perfect afternoon it was with this awesome family.  Corbin’s aunts and uncles travelled up here to celebrate his third birthday.  We had mini cart rides, crossed off his dads bucket list item to ride a horse, fed the chickens and of course … played with Toby the cat.  Rounding off the afternoon with lunch by the fire, cake and presents.

We want to thank you all SO much for choosing us to make your little mans third birthday an awesome one!!!

LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride
LTTR - Birthday Party Horse Ride

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 😉

 

Leaning Tree Trail Rides - May

Below:  Pepper in the round Pen.  For the 5 minutes it was dry!
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - May

Hello snowstorm.
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - May

FINALLY dry enough to hook up Bombur to the cart and make some miles!
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - May
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - May
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - May
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - May
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - May

The ocean front property has disappeared, the sun is shining and the yard is turning green!!
Leaning Tree Trail Rides - May

 

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.

LTTR - Spring!
LTTR - Spring!
LTTR - Spring!

Rosie LOVES people so when Alex showed up on the bale … she was a happy horse.
LTTR - Spring!

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
LTTR - Spring!
LTTR - Spring!
LTTR - Spring!
LTTR - Spring!

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
LTTR - Spring!

Natalie is addicted to horses and jumping anything available to jump!
LTTR - Spring!
LTTR - Spring!

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.
LTTR - Spring!
LTTR - Spring!
LTTR - Spring!
LTTR - Spring!
LTTR - Spring!
LTTR - Spring!
LTTR - Spring!

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 😉

LTTR - March

Taya our niece stayed with us for 9 days in January .. and we always had an abundance of activities (and chores) to do!
LTTR - March
LTTR - March

No matter where I go in the yard, they know where I am and they are hoping for some kind of goodies.
LTTR - March

Hours and hours of sleigh rides.  Soon the skis will be put in storage and the wheels will be out!
LTTR - March
LTTR - March
LTTR - March
LTTR - March

Frosty and snowy days …
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Denny enjoying an afternoon treat
LTTR - March

Rosie, Belle + Bo
LTTR - March

The nieces spend a lot of time at aunty and uncles … and with the animals 😉  lucky girls right!
LTTR - March
LTTR - March
LTTR - March

So until next time .. hopefully we will be sloshing around in puddles and lessening the layers of sweaters on horse rides 😉