Five Star Ranch

Information for the trail horse enthusiast

Welcome to Five Star Ranch

Welcome to Five Star Ranch. We are a community of horse people who like to get out and do activities with our horses. From trail riding to show jumping and dressage, we love sharing our days with our horses.

Do you love spending time in nature with your horse? Are you looking for a horse related job?
Is your idea of a the perfect family vacation include your horse? Five Star Ranch provides useful information and reviews of trail areas, horse bed and breakfasts, and even dude ranches.

Thinking of buying a new saddle? Maybe you’d like some thoughts on the leather versus synthetic saddle debate.

The holidays are around the corner, need gift suggestions for the horse nut in your life? We have compiled a list of some of our favorite ideas for horse lover gifts and horse books that are guaranteed to make the horse-person in your life very happy.

Don’t have a horse suitable for riding the back country? Let us guide you on how to select a trail horse.

Since we are moving into the season where we travel more with our horses, we’ve recently added a horse trailer safety inspection checklist article that has many tips on how to stay safe on the road.

Like horseman every where, we worry about the proper care of our horses, especially their joint care. Once you have a horse with tendon or joint issues, you worry a lot about your horse arena footing because the wrong footing can hurt the horse worse. Is your footing too deep? Too shallow? What are the best footing materials? We discuss these issues as well as the merits of having your own indoor riding arena.

Thinking of building a new stable and want horse barn design ideas and tips on choosing the perfect pole barn building site selection? We provide insights on that as well as horse fence options and safe fencing practices.

News-worthy Horse Articles

The site features a variety of articles and stories about horses – all from the horse lovers perspective. Here are a few highlights from recent articles:

Tack Room Wardrobes – Horse Blankets for Warmth and Fashion. Fun article showing some of the new trends in horsey clothes.

Did you hear about the amazing Netherlands horse rescue when 100 horses were stranded on a sliver of land for three long days? This story gives a little background and points you to the video of the rescue that will bring happy tears to any horse lovers eyes.

Quarter horse mare grazing.

Do you own an older horse? Our tips on senior horse care and horse retirement shares practical advice on enhancing the quality of life for your horse and keeping your senior horse happy and healthy.

Looking for a horse trailer? Our article on horse trailer selection walks you through the many questions to consider when purchasing a horse trailer.

Could you afford to replace your prize show horse if the worst happened? This isn’t a subject most of us like to dwell on, but the reality is, horse insurance is a necessary evil if you own an expensive horse. This article tells of things you need to know when evaluating horse insurance policies.

Want a vacation that includes horses? This new area of the site explores guest ranch vacations and horse friendly bed and breakfasts. We review ranches we’ve stayed at personally or learned about in our travels. We also include a number of trip reports to trail riding fun spots. Recently we added a trip report to the LBJ Grasslands in Texas.

Have a favorite horse breed? We love all horses here but some of us have a special place in our hearts for Quarter horses and Friesians. If you like looking at Friesians, you might check out our pictures from the Oct 2007 Friesian horse Keuring.

If you’re looking for someting new and different to do this summer, the Cheyenne Frontier Days is something the whole family might enjoy. My daughter took some awesome pictures at last years show that I’ve shared.

Horse community

Horse people relate to other horse people. Have you ever gone to a strange place and get into a conversation with someone and discover you share a common love of horses? Immediately there is a bond and many of the normal walls and formalities are transcended. Horses bring us closer together.

Quarter horse mare Annie

Shared Love of Horses

This site was built to serve as a platform for horse people to share thoughts and horse experiences. Have a favorite horse trail? Did you recently try a new fly spray that works great? Want some tips on horse retirement options or building an indoor riding arena? What was your favorite horse vacation experience? Share it us and we will help share it with the horse community.