Spend your equine vacation relaxing, riding, and rejuvenating with our Rocky Mountain Horses in southeastern Minnesota. All vacations are limited to 4-5 guests and are facilitated by two instructors. The low facilitator to guest ratio fosters a relaxed atmosphere and allows plenty of time for individualized attention. Lodging and all meals are included.
Listed below are the horse vacations offered in 2013. Click on the links to read a description for each horseback riding vacation. Further down on this page you will find a general description of components included in all vacation packages. Visit our Registration Form to sign up for one of our vacations.
A 6-Day Equine Vacation
- Dates still TBD for 2013
A 4-Day Vacation Experience
- Dates still TBD for 2013
All of the equine vacation packages offered by Equine Connection @ Stone Bridge Farm include the following:
Stay on the Farm
Breathe the fresh air, relax by the campfire, meander with horses in the pasture, wake to the sound of chickens…. enjoy life on an American horse farm. You are invited to stay on the farm throughout your vacation.
Daily opportunities for horseback riding will be designed to suit riders of varying experience. Stone Bridge Farm has an indoor riding arena which is fantastic for lessons and fun horseback riding activities. There is also an equine obstacle course and numerous places for horseback riding around the farm property. Our local trails have a lot to offer, from flat terrain, scenic streams, narrow wooded paths, to steep rocky climbs to beautiful vantage points.
Your equine vacation facilitators will select horseback riding activities and trails that meet the desires and skills of participants. The pace of the riding will also be adjusted based on the comfort and experience of the participants.
In addition to horseback riding, we will be spending time learning lessons from horses through a variety of non-riding horse activities. Some of these equine activities will include time in the round pen, grooming and tacking, obstacles, and much more. Non-structured time with the horses is also possible. Click here to view photos of people connecting with horses in their own way.
Camping with Horses
Campfires, trail riding, cooking over a fire, horses tethered nearby, marshmallows and traditional American s’mores, and plenty of time in nature will all be part of the horse camping experience. Click here to view photos of camping.
The Epona Approach
The Epona Approach was developed by Linda Kohanov, best-selling author and thought leader in the field of Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning. Both workshop leaders are Epona Approved Instructors.
By using The Epona Approach, they will guide you in new creative ways to connect and partner with horses and humans. These activities will enhance your skills with horses and have many applications to your personal life and interactions with others.
All of the horses at Stone Bridge Farm are Rocky Mountain Horses (Rockies). Rockies are known for their calm, people-loving dispositions and smooth, flowing gait. They are a joy to ride because of their smooth movements. Training and guidance for riding gaited horses will be provided throughout your horse vacation.
Homemade breakfast will be provided each morning. Lunches and dinners will be catered from a selection of local restaurants. We are able and willing to accommodate special dietary needs. Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. If you’d like to have alcohol with dinner, you are welcome to bring your own.
- Day Prior — Arrive sometime after 3pm
- Course Duration — Each day will have 6-8 hours of organized time. The remainder is available for whatever your heart desires. The specific schedule will be determined upon arrival based on the week’s weather forecast and the group’s preferences.
- Day After — Depart anytime before 11am
Stone Bridge Farm is located in southeastern Minnesota, near the beautiful Mississippi River Valley. Stone Bridge Farm is in a picturesque location, surrounded by hills and agricultural land within close proximity of numerous horse trails. The beautiful river city town of Red Wing is 20 minutes to the east.
The farm is located only 45 minutes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, so travel in and out is straightforward and simple. An airport shuttle to Stone Bridge Farm is available at an extra cost of $75.