What Vicki Offers

Are you feeling sad or anxious about how the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting your life?  Come spend time with the horses and learn from them how you can inhabit these strange times with serenity, joy, and the peace of present moment awareness. 

The first hour is free time to journal, paint, or just be with the horses in their beautiful pasture.  Second hour is an optional guided Equine Assisted Learning session focused on self exploration.

Join us every Sunday and Wednesday from 12-2.  RSVP required to maintain social distancing.  Email Vicki at ridgemarkfarm@gmail.com or call at 831-419-2627.

This is a program for women who want to expand their spirit of adventure and have the often transformative experience of camping outdoors with horses.  Participants will learn how to set up the horses' camps and take care of their feeding and watering.  You will also learn to set up your own camp, from pitching a tent to setting up the communal kitchen.  Learning about the local ecology and the plants and animals that inhabit the environment around our camp rounds out the environmental education component of these weekends.  Cowgirl Campouts include trail riding for those with horse experience, and hiking, biking, yoga, guided meditation, or just relaxing for everyone.  Horse(wo)manship Sessions are also available for those who want to do some personal exploration.  These weekends will focus on learning good horsemanship skills in an environment of female camaraderie, adventure, admiration of nature, and good ol' fashioned fun!

Cowpoke Club and Campouts

Cowpoke Club is an opportunity for kids to be outside and experience the joy and benefits that hard work outdoors with horses brings.  In this age of iphones, tv, and oh so much 'screen time', mental health professional have actually named this disconnect from the outside Nature Deficit Disorder.  In Cowpoke Club and Campouts, I use the skills I learned horse camping with my dad to help kids connect with nature and their peers, develop bonds with animals rather than avatars, and appreciate and care for the environment.  


Instruction is based on the Ridgemark Farm Horsemanship Curriculum.  Cowpoke Club is a full immersion experience into ALL aspects of horsemanship, which means kids will be expected to participate in performing basic ranch chores under supervision. 

Cowpoke Campouts are extended versions of Cowpoke Club.  We spend the night at the ranch in tents....care for the horses....sing songs around the campfire....and play!


Vicki Rose has been been teaching riding lessons and training horses since 1989.  She loves teaching riders of all levels safe and proper horsemanship whether in the arena or out on the trail.  Vicki is most passionate about starting colts and doing groundwork with horses both young and old.  She believes the groundwork lays the foundation for all successful riding, and she includes it in all her lessons.  Whether you have an interest to go on a relaxed, stress free trail ride or perhaps learn how to trot and canter with balance and grace, Vicki can help you meet your goals.  

Horse(wo)manship Sessions

Horse(wo)manship is a program Vicki developed that teaches women how to connect to their authentic selves and navigate life’s challenges through the help of a horse.  In their herds, horses naturally move through their days by skillfully navigating the relationship challenges listed below. They have evolved to survive in the wild by learning and refining their relational skills within their herds.  To become a horsewoman is to become a part of their herd.  The horse that does not successfully navigate these skills is at risk because its successful collaboration with the herd assures his/her survival.  And the opposite is true as well-the overall success of the herd depends upon each member's ability to refine these skills.  Even though the horses we use in our programs are domesticated, they still retain their instinctual nature and behaviors.  The principles behind Horse(wo)manship are universal and not entirely species-specific, which allows us to learn directly from they way these magnificient beasts move amongst each other.  In this way, horses can be our greatest teachers for navigating the sometimes difficult social circles in our lives.
Through our exercises with the horses, we'll explore certain themes which arise in our lives and oftentimes can:
    •    Create difficulties in our relationships with others
    •    Inhibit our ability to achieve our goals and dreams
    •    Hamper our ability to be our true authentic selves
Vicki's Horse(wo)manship program will teach you how to:

Become More Mindful and Present

Access the Power of Detached Observation
Communicate Clearly
Learn How To Collaborate with Others
Know When to Lead and When to Follow 
Match Your Body Language to Your Feelings and Intention
Set Boundaries and Command Respect of Personal Space
Have Confidence Which Will Give You a Feeling of Safety
Trust Yourself 
Navigate Transitions

Learn How to Let Go When Appropriate
Advocate and Speak Up For Yourself and Others
Listen Better
Set Goals and Regroup After Setbacks
Use Energy and Life Force To Your Benefit
Set Clear Boundaries Between Worktime and Playtime
Understand and Transcend the Predator/Prey Dynamic 
Work With Distractions

By observing the horse, working with them in the round pen, journaling, and practicing short guided meditations, Horse(wo)manship participants learn that horses can be the greatest teachers for the lessons of our lives. In the Horse(wo)manship work, we learn about and actually practice working through the challenging themes in our lives that keep us from living a life of lightness, freedom, and full presence in our authentic selves. 

Traditional Riding Lessons 

Cowgirl Camping Adventures

Drop in EAL Sessions

Women's Wellness Retreats


Vicki offers transformational retreats for women at the beautiful oceanfront Yoga del Pacifico resort in Troncones, Mexico.  Just a 40 minute drive from the Ixtapa/Zihuataneo International Airport, we promise that you will come away with your body recharged and your spirit renewed.  We'll practice themes in Vicki's Horse(wo)manship Curriculum and learn how to successfully negotiate and transcend the changes that mid-life brings.  A combination of daily yoga, meditation, and Equine Assisted Learning sessions with the horses will help you learn to isten to your authentic self.  Nutritious food, massage, free time, and beach bonfire 'letting go' ceremonies will help solidify your new practices and get you ready to take your new skills home with you and start living your VERY BEST LIFE! 

See our Retreats page to read more about upcoming and past retreats.

Vicki manages the retired horses that are boarded at Castlewood Ranch.  With over 40 years of experience keeping horses, you can be assured that your horse will receive the best of care.  Click on the photo below to view photos of the facility and for boarding rates.  View our Retired Horse Management Rate Sheet here: