Fort Collins, Colorado 
Phone : (970)988-2667

Eclipse Ranch

Dedicated To Raising & Training Quality Performance Horses 
                               Golden Retrievers

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Training includes full care boarding in a large individual paddock, run or box stall with turnout depending on availability. Horses are worked with daily. We provide hay and will blanket and supplement horses as long as owner provides them. We specialize in finishing reining and cow horses. All horses in our program must be committed to a long-term contract and must be started under saddle prior to arrival.


Head Trainer: Paige Melbye-Lara           LTE: $150

Paige showed in 4-H for 9 years, has been a 4H horse leader, certified 4H riding levels rater and was the 2015 Larimer County Fair & Rodeo Queen. She has given many riding clinics and has been featured on the cover of Group Magazine. She has over 25 years' experience training, riding, and showing.

At Eclipse Ranch, we are very thorough with the horses we train and only take a select number at any given time to ensure each horse gets the time they need and deserve. We work with kind and soft hands, and a lot of patience, but also a firm and strong nature when necessary to instill respect and willingness in our colts. Not just one way works with every horse, they all learn differently, so we have many different training techniques, developed over the years of training, to be able to find the perfect fit for each horse's learning style and ability.

We focus strongly on the overall health of the horses' mind and body, stretching and flexing horses daily to help soften their top line and build their core and back muscles to make for a "round horse" and not a "hollow horse", this makes the horses happier and makes it easier for them to ride out smoothly and willingly.


Please remember that all horses learn at a different pace. We teach and incorporate as much as is appropriate for each horse's learning level.

We have cattle as well for training on cutting, sorting and WCH.

Training Internship Program

Eclipse Ranch offers an internship program for qualified applicants who are considering a career in the equine industry or an equestrian lifestyle. This is an opportunity for individuals to further their riding skills, training, general horse care knowledge and stable management skills. Our ranch is a full-time, year round, family based operation which offers training, lessons, boarding, clinics, breeding and sales. There are no weekends or holidays when it comes to horses! If you are looking for a riding vacation then this internship is not for you.

Typical duties may include: (depending on ability, interests and length of internship)
- Grooming & Tacking & Wrapping horses
- Warm Up & Cool Down of horses
- Providing wound care as needed
- Exercising horses
- Round penning
- Starting horses under saddle
- Working clinics and competitions
- Stall cleaning, turnout, feeding and nutritional analysis
- Paddock maintenance
- Assisting vet, farrier, dentist, chiropractor, etc.
- Working with clients
- Assisting Instructors 
- Creating lesson plans
- Teaching lessons under supervision

To apply please send a resume, including 2 references, and a cover letter briefly describing why you would like to work with us and what your equine goals are. Please specify the month or months you wish to intern.

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