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The Spirit of Equus—Horses at Siwash Lake

We invite you to meet the gentle, responsive, magical horses of Siwash Lake, BC... Spending time with them is the highlight of a luxury ranch holiday and we have a beautiful herd available to suit your experience—whether you are entering the realm of Equus for the first time or are a seasoned equestrian.


Our horses love to buck and play when they are together in the wild. But when they come in to the corrals each morning to partner with our special guests, their professional training takes effect. Settling to a familiar routine at the barn and on the trails, they really do enjoy their work! 

Guests consistently tell us they have never seen such happy, healthy and well-mannered horses. To us, they are family members.

At Siwash Lake, unlike other dude ranches, we own all of our horses and none of them are rented. Our horses live at the ranch year round, and most have been with us since they were very young. A few were born here.

We favour the western Quarter horse breed for its sturdiness, agility and suitability for the Cariboo's wild and varied riding terrain. Most of ours are pure bred Quarter horses, but we also have some Arabs, Paints, Draft Crosses and Appaloosas.

We have a herd of 30 or so horses and they are such exquisite, gentle creatures. Content with their way of life at Siwash, they are calm and eager to please—for we keep them naturally, allowing the herd to graze freely together in expansive pastures every evening.

To us, they are precious and we treat them with the utmost love and respect. When they get too old to carry guests around, we reward their years of dedicated service by allowing them to retire and roam free in our pastures for the remainder of their lives. Quite a few of our herd have lived well into their 30's!
  Siwash offers a highly personalized equestrian experience with gentle horses