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WIND IN YOUR HAIR
RIDING

DISCOVER RIDING IN THE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS OF UTAH

It's Not Just A Ride...

It's An Experience!

*We only take intermediate and experienced riders on the trail.

 

Ride in the beautiful mountains near Park City, Utah on gaited Paso Finos, Peruvian Pasos, and Kentucky Mountain Horses, the smoothest, most comfortable horses in the world.

 

We ride all year round. You'll enjoy spectacular scenery and wildlife in all seasons.  You will get the "Wind In Your Hair!"

We also offer private horsemanship lessons for beginners. However, beginners cannot go out on the trail.

Australian stock saddles, English saddles and Endurance saddles are available. All saddles have sheepskin covers and add to a secure, comfortable ride.

*Note: An intermediate rider is defined as one who is very comfortable at the canter either in an English saddle or, if in a western saddle, without having to hold on to the horn.

An experienced rider is  one who is comfortable at both the canter and the gallop, either in an English or a western saddle. For western riders, this would mean not having to hold on to the horn.

Even if you think you may not be experienced enough to ride with us, please call anyway. We can refer you to another barn which can accomodate you.

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So beautiful you and your horses are. How healing it is to have met you, and ridden, in the wind.           -Rochelle

MEET THE
BREED

Paso Finos and Peruvian Pasos are Spanish horses. The ancestry is Andalusian, Spanish Barb, and Spanish Jenet. They do not trot. Instead, they have a very smooth, 4-beat lateral gait which they inherited from the Spanish Jenet. The Jenet is extinct but the gait is carried on in the line. A loose translation of Paso Fino is "fine step" and they are amongst the smoothest gaited horses in the world. The paso corto is equivalent in speed to a slow, collected trot or a jog, and the paso largo is equivalent in speed to a long extended trot. Most trotting horses would have to be doing a big, long extended trot or even the canter in order to keep up with a Paso Fino doing the largo, but the rider is just sitting there and getting gently rocked. The canter is like sitting in a rocking chair, and the gallop is like riding a cloud.

The breed was originally developed in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic for the Spanish Conquistadores to ride in the New World. They wanted horses which would be comfortable for many hours in the saddle. They needed to be strong and have great stamina and endurance. Paso Finos and Peruvian Pasos are renowned for their naturally hard hooves, smooth gaits and sweet dispositions. They are very sure-footed, making them unparalleled trail and mountain horses. 

The first Paso Finos were brought to the United States in the early 1950's by an American woman who had been living in Puerto Rico. The average height is 14 hh - 15 hh and they come in every color! Paso Finos are incredibly versatile, excelling in trail riding, endurance riding and pleasure riding. They are very intelligent and easy to train, learning new things quickly. They are also very people friendly and their temperament is gentle and kind, whilst at the same time being energetic. The Spanish call their spirited nature "brio", which is their essence, their heart and their spirit.

The Peruvian Paso has the same lineage as the Paso Fino and was also bred to carry the Conquistadors into the New World. In Peru the Spaniards bred the mares with Fresian stallions. The result was a horse that still has the same smooth four beat laterial gait of the Paso Fino but it has a higher stepping, more swinging gait called the termino.

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MEET THE OWNER

Hello, I am Sueanne Clark, owner of Wind In Your Hair Riding. I had my first ride at the age of 6 months, when my grandfather held me in his arms and cantered me around the paddock with him on his Thoroughbred mare, Bonnie, in Melbourne, Australia, in 1951.

I was hooked, and started begging for a horse as soon as I could talk! I would cry myself to sleep at night because my parents wouldn't buy me one, but still I managed to ride fairly regularly all my life. I have ridden, exercised, and trained many different breeds throughout my life, including a string of polo ponies in Hawaii.

Since 1988, I have been teaching people from as young as 4 to as old as 84 years old to ride.

In 1983 I rode a Paso Fino in Hawaii on the beach for the first time and knew then that it was the breed for me. In 1988 I became the trainer of a large heard of Paso Finos, and it has been pure love ever since. I purchased 7 of them, 6 of whom I had raised from foals and trained. In 1997 I started Wind In Your Hair Riding with those origional 7 horses. At one time I had 17 Paso Finos in my herd!

I now have 6 Paso Finos, 4 Peruvian Pasos and a Kentucky Mountain Horse in my herd. I still call them all my "babies"! Their sweet and gentle nature, incredibly smooth gaits, stamina, sure footedness and spirit (the Spanish call it "brio") makes them the most fun, exciting and comfortable ride anywhere.

We ride all year round, even in the snow! Come ride with us! 435-901-4644

OUR GUESTS

This was a grand experience and Sueanne could not have been more lovely. A real seasoned and expert equestrian who takes awesome good care of her clients as she does of her beautiful Paso horses.

Very detailed for quality riding and safety. Heavenly and picturesque location for riding....

                                                -Loretta Zahn
                                                   08/25/2019

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WHAT GEAR TO BRING THIS TIME OF YEAR

SUMMER

 

1. Light weight riding gloves.

2. Hat or helmet. (Riding helmets are available.)

3. Bring a long-sleeved shirt to protect against sun and wind burn.

4. Stretchy leggings or loose-fitting pants for easy mounting and dismounting and comfort in the saddle.

5. Riding boots or shoes with a smooth (but not slick) sole and a low heel. Tennis shoes are okay as long as they have a dip in the arch area which creates a bit of a heel.

6. Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses.

7. Smart phone or camera.

8. Two 20 or 24 oz. sports water bottles.

If you can, refridgerate one and freeze the other bottle. No screw cap bottles please, as they are hard to manage while on horseback.

We have water bottle holders and accessory pockets on the saddles. We also have leather "toggles" to tie clothing to the saddle.

 NO HOUR OF LIFE
IS WASTED THAT
IS SPENT IN THE SADDLE

~Winston Churchill

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