D & K Ranch is a small local horse ranch that offers horse back riding on the Finger Lakes National Forest trails.
Our focus is on the rider and the horse. We keep our groups small and we are able to work with the comfort of the rider and change our ride, time and directions based on what is available for the rider.
Our goal in creating D & K Ranch is to not only enjoy our favorite pastime, but to also build and share the connection that people can have with horses.
To have a chance to learn and understand horses. There is far more to riding than you might expect. There are benefits beyond simple enjoyment; physically, mentally and emotionally, self confidence and the belief in yourself and what you can do. We will do this through...
We will help you communicate to the horse you choose.
This is what horses look for...we will help you...show the horse what you would like to see happen.
You will be working with a horse who will act as your partner to reach your goals.
Understanding that the horse trusts you to keep them on the right path.
"Patience, consistency and understanding must come from us before we look for it in a horse"
Hi I am Dakota and I love to go on long walks with friends!! However I feel most comfortable being around people who are calm and relaxed.
I have met many people on my trail rides and I really like when I can have a connection with them. I like people who work with me and are confident about my abilities and let me walk in the front of the group I feel very safe with them. For people who are timid and unsure about trails - I will keep them behind a horse who knows his business and walk slow until they feel better about being on a trail.
If you yell or act like you want to be in control of me instead of being my partner or a friend I will become frustrated and not want to be around you.
I have spent time with people who can't always use their words but show great interest in me with body language - that is how I also communicate:)
Hey there, I am Silver and I always like to know what is going on!! I like to protect my horse friends and get to know people who also know what is going on! I love to have fun and go on new adventures.
If you are naturally a person who is in charge or likes to be a leader then we will get along great. However I will every once in a while check on you to make sure you really mean what you say. I feel most comfortable with someone who makes a commitment and sticks with me. Sometimes if I think you don't mean what you say or you are not sitting right with me I might just stop and eat grass :D
I know with patience and understanding I can show you how to sit correctly and ask me to do tasks that can be fun together.
Hi guys my name is Jasper and I love being with people and my horse friends!! I am short but don't let that get in the way of being my friend :)
Since I have been trail riding I have met so many great people and horses who really helped me become more confident. I love trail rides and there is always a new adventure each time I go!! For me each trail ride is like going to a candy store or amusement park -there are so many awesome things to look at and check out, sometimes I forget to stay in the middle of the trail!
However I have learned one thing I do not like- horse flies!! If you see one of them land on my please please please kill it!! Otherwise lets go have fun!!
Hi folks my name is Traveler and I love being around people! I really want to show you the fun things we can see while on each trail. I feel best when you are relaxed around me, if you become worried about something then I will also become worried, however as soon as you relax I will know everything is ok.
I have a few different types of walking and trotting gates and if you ask correctly I can show you some of the fun movements I have learned at previous barns! However, my favorite thing is meeting new people and the adventures we can have on a trail!
I am a “been there and done that” kind of girl. I have played polo on the East Coast and traveled back and forth from Wyoming. I like to know what my job is and I take pride in it☺ The trails here in the Finger Lakes are fun and adventurous! And like traveler if you are relaxed, so am I. If you are excited then I will also be excited!! My favorite thing is to partner up with people and see what kind of tasks they would like to do together☺
Hi folks!! I really like being around children who are calm!! I know it is my job to take care of them, however sometimes it is tough because I am so tall, If you would like to lead me around I will put my head down so we can be partners.
I also get super excited on the trail so when we are not in the riding ring walking with a group, I feel most confident with the staff from D&K. The staff really help show me how to walk on trail with other horses without having to worry. This picture here is me with my best friend, Hemi!
I am a short horse who has seen many things in my lifetime! I have fun leading groups and walking in the middle of groups! I am so happy to be out walking everyday otherwise life would be boring!
As soon as I meet someone I try to figure them out as quickly as possible! If you are not sure about how to communicate with me then I will stop and eat grass most of the ride☺ If you tell me you are more interested in riding with the group then we can have fun together!!
At D&K Ranch: Wonderful stroll down a seasonal road, then into a wooded trail and finally a possible cool off through a shallow pond.
For more experienced riders we do offer obstacles along this trail you may try with your horse
Ride through scenic cattle pasture and venture down a wooded hill, winding through a fresh water stream that horses may sip from. Then on to a seasonal road where you and your partner may ride side by side. Then back through a beautiful meadow where we keep an eye out for deer.
Cowboy lunch provided on trail. Ride advanced trails through the Finger Lakes National Forest. Stop midway at a private location for picnic style lunch
Meet at winery for orientation - Transportation provided to trail - Guided trail ride - BBQ all you can eat - Live cowboy music at lunch - Have your hand at moving cattle via horseback - Transportation back to winery.
Tent, bedding included along with dinner over a campfire. Relax under the stars and wake up with coffee and light breakfast to ride out by 9am. Reservations required.
D&K Ranch is located on a seasonal road, so to find the best route or roads from North and South take the least seasonal roads possible.