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Wild Mustangs & Natural Horsemanship

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 21 reviews.San Diego, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Michael

2 hours
Includes equipment
Up to 2 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This is a natural horsemanship clinic for all skill levels - beginner to advanced and covering various aspect of horsemanship and communication with the magnificent wild mustangs rounded up from US wilderness. Participants will work with mustangs and choose either a training or riding experience.

The training experience entails asking the horse to move left/right and forward/backward as well as changing speeds and stopping. First the horses will be moved using traditional rope halters. After gaining proficiency with ropes, we will move to liberty where we will move and control the 1000+ lb animals using ONLY our body language. No whips. No ropes. No equipment whatsoever.

The riding experience will focus on prepping horses and riders. Natural horsemanship doesn't use bits in the horse's mouth. Instead ropes will be tools used to control the horses first from the ground and then on horseback. The terrain vary for every rider and is based on the proficiency of the rider and communication with the animal.
This is a natural horsemanship clinic for all skill levels - beginner to advanced and covering various aspect of horsemanship and communication with the magnificent wild mustangs rounded up from US wilderness. Participants will work with mustangs and choose either a training or riding experience.

The training experience entails asking the horse to move left/right and forward/backward as well as changing speeds and stopping. First the…

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What's included

  • Equipment
    Fresh horses and all necessary tack are provided including ropes, pads, sa...
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/ person
Fri, Oct 23
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$165 per person
$165 per person
Mon, Oct 26
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$165 per person
$165 per person
Tue, Oct 27
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$165 per person
$165 per person

Meet your host, Michael

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 21 Reviews
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I'm a passionate equine lover experienced with horses, donkeys and mules. My specialty is taming wild mustangs using natural horsemanship methods. Natural horseman mimics how horses interact with other horses and uses those techniques to train.

I'm a 2 time winner of a wild mustang competition where trainers take wild horses who have never experienced humans and are given just 90 days to transform them into willing partners with humans.

I practice my craft on one of the largest ranches remaining in San Diego County with miles of trails and big open pastures where horses can be horses.
I'm a passionate equine lover experienced with horses, donkeys and mules. My specialty is taming wild mustangs using natural horsemanship methods. Natural horseman mimics how horses interact with other horses and uses those techniques to train.

I'm a 2 time winner of a wild mustang competition where trainers take wild horses who have never experienced humans and are given just 90 days to transform them into willing partners with humans.

I practice my craft on one of the l…
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Where you'll be

The activity takes place on Hidden Oaks Ranch located in bucolic Valley Center - a rural city in north-east San Diego. It may be the largest horse ranch remaining in San Diego. It is 360 acres of nature with miles of trails and world class horse facilities plus a wide variety of domestic animals (donkeys, goats, sheep, cows, mules) and nature (deer, turkeys, coyotes) + a friendly pack of ranch dogs.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 21 reviews.

Hara
March 2020
This was a really unique experience. Michael not only tailored it to our ability, but he explained to us everything that involves with training a horse. He also took time to talk us through step by step how we could start to train our own horse and sent us a lot of information after the experience. The location is exquisite and the trail just beautiful. We will definitely do it again! Thanks Michale and give Rose a hug for me
This was a really unique experience. Michael not only tailored it to our ability, but he explained to us everything that involves with training a horse. He also took time to talk…
Riva
March 2020
We had an amazing time with Michael and his mustangs (and dogs!) would 100% recommend to anyone in the area - a very unique and special experience!
Lauren
February 2020
Michael is a special host, I felt so welcomed, and the horses were so beautiful, gentle, and I connected with them very quickly. We went on the trails, did exercises with the horses, and Michael was great to go at my pace. This is definitely an experience I will continue to go to! And such a special ranch and property, with so much history and stories. You must experience this for yourself!
Michael is a special host, I felt so welcomed, and the horses were so beautiful, gentle, and I connected with them very quickly. We went on the trails, did exercises with the horse…
Kelly
January 2020
The entire thing is hands-on, from getting the horses out of the pasture to saddling them to learning how to handle them, and Michael and Johanna are both knowledgable and welcoming. They are very kind to the horses, and they are excellent both with the horses and with people. After only 20 minutes of training, we were out on the trails riding, even though I'd never been on a horse before in my life. Even for first-time riders, this is an excellent experience.
The entire thing is hands-on, from getting the horses out of the pasture to saddling them to learning how to handle them, and Michael and Johanna are both knowledgable and welcomin…
Lisa
January 2020
This experience far surpassed our expectations. Michael and Johanna explained all about wild mustangs, and how they relate to and communicate with the horses so that the horses (which Michael adopts from the government's wild-mustang round-up program) go from completely wild animals to something even a beginner can ride. They don’t have a ton of horses, so this is a *very* personalized experience (NOT you and 10 other riders, each getting 2 minutes of the instructor’s attention). In our case, it was just my husband and me and Michael and Johanna. They did such an amazing job of instructing us how to handle the horses in a safe, gentle and effective manner. So much so that, after less than a half hour of training in a small ring, my husband (who had never been on a horse before) and I were able to ride well enough to go out on some simple trails with Michael and Johanna as our guides. And the ranch could not be a more beautiful place to ride. Michael is a kind and generous host, full of interesting facts, and with informative answers to every question we asked (and we asked a lot). It was a treat to witness this world, to see the life of people who take this natural approach to horsemanship, and to be part of it for an hour or so. It really made my husband want to go horseback riding again, but we can’t imagine having an experience to match this one anyplace else. I wish they had a weekend riding retreat there, because we really didn’t want it to end. This really is a stunning, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This experience far surpassed our expectations. Michael and Johanna explained all about wild mustangs, and how they relate to and communicate with the horses so that the horses (w…
Roseanna
December 2019
I highly recommend this experience. It was magical and Micheal and his help were amazing which made a wonderful experience and one I will never forget. I felt safe the whole time and was in awe by the beautiful ranch and of course the Mustangs. A slice of heaven! Thank you so much! You Rock Micheal and so did Rose! ❤️ 🌹😃
I highly recommend this experience. It was magical and Micheal and his help were amazing which made a wonderful experience and one I will never forget. I felt safe the whole time…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

More tips

All abilities are welcome! Safety is of paramount importance for the participants and animals. Sessions are uniquely tailored to the desires and abilities of the participants along with the willingness and communication with the mustangs. We always have a great time with the animals!

What to bring

Guest should wear closed toe shoes (preferably boots or other substantial footwear).

Guests should bring hat for warmth or protection from the elements.