“Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.” ~Josephine Demott Robinson
Watching children have the freedom to run and play under Montana’s Big Sky, is one of the best parts of a Sweet Grass Ranch vacation, where children and grandchildren abound. Sweet Grass started out as a kids’camp years ago, hosting kids ages 9 to 19 for the entire summer; we understand the magic that happens between a kid and a horse. We don’t have a “formal” separate children’s program, as kids are welcome to participate in all aspects of ranch life. There is no designated age limit for kids, but for horseback riding your child must be big enough to sit up, hold the reins themselves, and pay attention to their horse. We are lucky to have several wonderful kids’ horses and offer “pony” rides for the very young and lessons, progressing to gymkhanas, bareback rides and a host of horse-related activities designed to build comfort and confidence. Teens often go on their own rides, swim their horses, and participate with cattle work. We offer kid-only rides, fishing trips and overnights upon request.
Sweet Grass is well set up for kids’ entertainment with a variety of activities, including soccer, volleyball, softball, paintball, campfires, the natural waterslide, pool, cards and board games. Kids are welcome to help feed pigs and bum calves or any of the young animals around the ranch.
For those looking for a little adult alone time, the ranch does take adult only rides, offer adult only weeks in September and can arrange babysitters with some advanced notice.