We, my wife and I, and our two children 5 1/2 and 2 1/2 stayed from 11-22 through 11-26 of 2011 including Thanksgiving. I was not sure exactly what we were in for but were very pleasantly surprised. If you are looking to sit on top of some horse and have it walk you around a trail with a bunch of others, you are looking at the wrong place. If you want to be treated like friend and family, and actually how to care for, and ride a horse, this is definitely the place. The owner, Miss Leigh McCourt and her wonderful family of two daughters and various pets, made us feel welcome from pulling in the driveway.
The lodging is bunkhouse style, which was odd for my wife and I but the kids loved it. We had our own bunkroom with a huge attached bathroom with shower, jacuzzi tub, two vanities, and two walk in closets, a mini fridge, coffee maker (and coffee!) .
Each day we got up and the kids helped feed the various pets, chickens, puppies et al. and then had a great fresh cooked breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, and various pancakes or waffles or some sort of toast or biscuits all of which were wonderful.
After breakfast each day we were off to get the horses and learned how to brush them down, put on the blanket, saddle, bridle, then walked them down to the arena where the lessons began. We rode 4 different times only because we took a break on Thanksgiving where Miss Leigh put on a wonderful spread that was absolutely delicious. Then after dinner she had arranged for some entertainment as well that the whole family loved.
On friday night, our last night we went to a local rodeo and our 5 yr old boy got to "Mutton Bust" ride on a sheep and scored a 64. We were pretty proud of him! And Miss Leigh can sing too as she sung the National Anthem to start the show.
We would highly recommend Sugar and Spice Ranch for any mother daughter team that has any interest in horses at all and they will love it. On the last day they let you sign your bunk and we saw people that had returned 5 and 6 times. Incredible and if we are still in TX next summer we will come back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sugar and Spice Ranch is exclusively for mothers and daughters who want to spend a week having the best bonding experience of a lifetime. Imagine bunking with other moms and daughters in a real bunkhouse and riding your very own horse for the week. You'll learn how to care for your horse by learning to tack up, groom, bathe, feed, turn out, and of course ride. Moms will feel like kids again and your daughters will get the camping experience while still having the security of being with mom. You'll do virtually everything together including riding, swimming and on the last day of camp you will even participate in a team horse show. Now "Bonding Families Through Horses."Wyoming Packages: Wyoming Bound!!!! Yes, The Sugar & Spice Ranch is heading to Wyoming!!! The Sugar & Spice Ranch offers week long vacation packages to the general public in August in Wyoming. As always, we will be offering mother and daughter packages at our Texas location. But in Wyoming, our vacation packages are available to families and individuals, as well. That’s right, dads, sons, grand moms, grand dads…Aunt Nancy…everyone is welcome!!! You will spend your days riding through some of the most breathtakingly beautiful mountain ranges in the high country and places so remote you are bound to see plenty of wild life. Don’t forget your cameras. You’ll end each day with a hearty meal and gather around the campfire to enjoy tales of yesteryear with some very interesting characters!! You’ll bunk each night in cabins that will be reminiscent of days gone by, Lit by lanterns and in the quiet of the night you’ll hear the bugling of the powerful bull elk off in the distance. You have the choice everyday of trail riding, fishing in many ponds and creeks where you’ll find Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout, or hiking and nature walks. Swimming is also available in some beautiful fresh water ponds. These are all-inclusive packages and we can’t wait to share them with you all. Be one of our guests and experience what happens when TEXAS & WYOMING Come together!!!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Sugar & Spice Ranch Bandera, Texas