A lot of work goes into getting ready for the summer riding season. One of the most important tasks is to make sure all the tack: saddles, blankets, bridles, breast collars, and saddle bags are clean and ready for riding. Who knows what kind of surprise we’ll find in one of the saddle bags!
This is the tack room in the barn. The saddles gathered dust all winter long. Now that summer has nearly arrived, they’re ready for a horse and a rider.
Don’t miss the spectacular beauty as the Tetons wake up from a long white winter. Aspen trees are newly green; the air is filled with the their downy seeds. Although there’s still plenty of snow in the mountains, Larkspur, Arrowleaf Balsamroot, Service Berry, and Chokecherry are beginning to bloom at Moose Creek Ranch. And the small ambitious House Wrens are singing their hearts out.
We open for riding on June 2. Join us for a springtime horseback ride in Idaho. We offer 1 hour to 1/2 day rides at Moose Creek Ranch. Full day rides are limited to the Decoster Trail and other low elevation trails right now. A couple more weeks of snowmelt and we hope to be riding to Hidden Lake.
Natural History on Horseback
Small Bird With A Big Voice
The tiny House Wren fills the aspen woods with it’s bubbly song all summer long in the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. When the House Wren sings it’s as if the whole bird is song. One the most interesting facts about the House Wren is that the male builds several nests at the start of the breeding season, then sings his heart out in hopes of persuading a female to mate with him. The birds build cavity nests in some of the most interesting places, old cans, boots, as wells as tree cavities and nest boxes. The pair fill the cavity with small twigs, then often line the nest with spider egg sacs. When the spiders hatch, they help the nestlings by devouring parasites. Click on the link to find out more about this songful bird.
Listen to it’s ebullient song on this video.