A Ranch in the heart of a wilderness

The Teepee Heart Ranch, Km 84 – Imagine a small, secret and wild valley, hidden in the heart of the Chilcotin Mountains in the West of Canada. It’s Native American country. Now, imagine that you are going along the 84 kilometers of track which lead, across barren hills, canyons and pine forests to this valley. Along the way, you may well see some bald eagles, black bears and wild mustangs. You have arrived! The wooden gates to the ranch are opening in front of you. Wood, light and magic are the raw materials here.

The ranch holds the secret to the marriage of tradition and innovation. The old barn reminds us of the historic heritage of this ranch straight out of the Far West, dried pin-wood logs crackling in the stoves, the spirit of the Last Frontier is still here. As for the new barn, it bears testimony to the vitality of this lifestyle with its solar panels and the satellite aerial which give us a welcome. Nevertheless, we believe that a renewed approach to the rancher’s life true modernity which implies understanding of the indigenous vision, cohabiting with the local wildlife and, of course, cooperating with the horses.

Indeed, the horses are at the heart of the Teepee ranch: our paint-horses and quarter-horses are bred from the best stock from around the world without forgetting the courageous ranch horses and the thousands of mustangs which galop across the Chilcotin hills which means that we have three categories of horses: magicians, ambassadors and rebels!

Our horses can run wild over 550 hectares of changing landscapes including flowering prairies, forest tracks, mature forests as well as lakes, streams and humid areas where the beavers are the main architects. In addition, the ranch has been granted a permit which allows us to make use of 165 000 hectares which gives us a huge territory crisscrossed with tracks and where there is a cabin.

This area spreads out as far as the national parks. The landscape is composed of high altitude passes, alpine lakes and snowcapped summits. The indigenous species include cougars, wolves, grizzlies, black-tailed deer, moose, elk, golden eagles, great grey owls and humming birds which herald the coming of Spring.

Quality, nature and magic

The Midsummer Night’s Dream horses (MND) – our vision of what horse breeding should be.

What we believe! We are convinced that it is possible to raise horses of international caliber which are selected for their majestic bearing while at the same time respecting their ethological needs on the one hand and their individual genius on the other hand so as to promote their physical, mental and emotional well-being (body-mind-spirit). What this means on an every day basis is that our horses, which are the sons and daughters of world champions, live freely in the wide-open spaces while at the same time being able to come back at any time to the comfort and security of the stables. They live in a harem which affords them a thriving, stable and structured social life notwithstanding the strong and privileged relationship that is built up with people. Our horses feed mainly on wild grasses and plants which grow without fertilizer but also on hay which is exclusively produced on the ranch. They drink from natural springs and the many streams and they breath the pure, clean air at an altitude of 1,300 meters (4,000 feet). Here they can develop their performance and their intelligence by being in touch with a rich and vibrant environment. It also means that we have chosen to respect their natural biological and individual rhythms.

Our stallion breeds naturally with the mares and lives with them and the foals throughout the year. The mares give birth naturally without any unnecessary intervention from us. Priority is given to the foal’s education by the mother and the group. The foals are weened naturally. They are given the time they need. Any health care, manipulation or education is undertaken with total respect for the foals’ integrity. Observing and listening to them is primordial. Last but not least, this all means that we are constantly seeking to develop our autonomy and our skill set including equine osteopathy, phytotherapy, podology for beautiful and functional unshod hooves, the delayed breaking in of the foals without the use of the bit. We take care of the whole process. We also have the support of a network of professionals including vets, an interspecies communicator without forgetting our little bewitched helpers. In order to keep the age-old work we do relevant we seek to nurture simplicity, constantly question our methods and remain professional while never losing a sense of wonder. For us, this is essential.

logo mnd 2