Junior Ranch Hands



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This is an opportunity of a lifetime for all horse lovers!!  And a dream program for any parent that is looking for a program that instills fundamental moral values of respect, responsibility, work ethic, and teamwork for their children.









What is the program about?

This program has been designed to breathe life back into the term “work ethic”.  We empower our kids and adults with the satisfaction in a job well done simply because it was well done.   A ranch is all about respect and hard work.  The rewards are infinite if valued.  A ranch “crew” has an earned hierarchy that must be respected in order to maximize safety and maintain order.  That “crew” must also be made of individuals who can critically

think, problem solve, report, and act in an ever changing environment. Being a Junior Ranch Hand is a way of life.  It does not only exist at the ranch.

Our trainees are expected to be respectful, courteous, and helpful at all times and in all places.  They are also expected to work hard on their studies and other pursuits.


Who can play?

 The minimum age is 8 years old.  We have no maximum age.

Weight restriction - Trainees must weigh no more than 210lbs (this is for the safety of the horses)

 We are looking for trainees that love horses and love the ranch lifestyle.  The rest can be taught.


 What steps to take to get into the program?

  Step 1 – Read through all of the information above. in each tab.

Step 2 – Contact Lea at 520 709 9302

(leave a message if she doesn’t answer – she gets busy playing with the horses)

She will take you through the rest of the steps and get you registered.


This program is packed full of hands on experience which includes:


Western Riding Lessons

Ranch Operations

Tack Orientation and Application

Grooming Equipment and Application

First Aid – Humans

First Aid - Equine

Horse Anatomy and Conformation


This program is as much a character building program as it is about physical learning:


Work Ethic (doing your best even if someone isn’t looking)

Responsibility (owning your successes and mistakes)

Respect (for yourself, those around you, the animals, the environment, and the ranch)

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving (without Google)

Inner Strength (pushing through when it would be easier to quit)

Communication (without texting)

Registration Fee:

 The registration fee is a one-time nonrefundable fee of $50.


One-Time meaning you are registered for as long as Hangin’ Saddle Ranch runs a Junior Ranch Hand Program – so if it takes you a couple of years to complete the program you will not be charged again for the registration fee.


It is transferable up until the participant attends  the orientation “Sonny”.  After that it is not transferable.


If you miss the “Sonny” dates on the calendar we do periodically run them through the year if space opens up in the program.

If you want to expedite the process you can book this session as a private lesson however the cost will be an additional $25 above the registration fee.

The Registration Fee includes:

 Registration into the program for 1 participant


“Sonny” – the first and required session for the program.  During this session you will receive:

  -family passes for the  Hangin’ Saddle Ranch Sonny Day Event and Graduation

  -1 shirt

  -1 bag

  -1 Training Binder

 Fees and Packages: (how to secure a spot) The fees are $50 per session and there are 12 sessions (excluding the orientation "Sonny" which is included with your registration fee) Package "1 and done" Save 15% by paying in advance for the entire program – savings of $90 = $510 due no later than than the day of your orientation (“Sonny” session) Package "2 Bites" Save 10% by paying in 2 installments for the entire program – savings of $60 = $540 1st payment of $270 is due no later than the day of your orientation (“Sonny” session) 2nd (final) payment of $270 is due no later than 30 days after your orientation (“Sonny” session) Packages do not include the Registration fee which is due at the time of registration. Securing your Spot Paying for sessions is the only way to secure your spot. We only have 8 spots in each of the 2 programs. **The exception for this is the orientation “Sonny” – there is no set maximum. They will fill up very quickly and people who pay for the entire program upfront will get priority. Refund Policy and Rescheduling **Refund Policy: All payments are non-refundable. However, missed sessions can be made up at a later date or a riding lesson voucher can be issued. In the event that the ranch has to close due to weather or ranch disaster the session will be rescheduled. If the participant is unable to attend the new date a riding lesson voucher can be issued. It is unlikely that you will receive more than a few hours’ notice to a rescheduling because we only shut down during extreme situations. Rest assured that we will give you as much notice as we have.


Session Schedule


See Calendar for specific dates


Sessions run

9am – 1pm


9am – 11

Horses and Chores


11 – Noon



Noon – 1pm

Ranch topic





Participants should strive to be on time in order to participate fully.

This is a tight schedule for the amount of content.

Late arrivals may miss out on riding.


What to Expect and What is Expected at orientation “Sonny”?:


We have 2 confirmed dates for orientation - “Sonny” session.

They are both the same and you only need to attend one of them.


2018 Dates -TBA





When you arrive you will be greeted in the parking area (anywhere out front of the ranch house).  If for some reason we miss seeing you drive in, come knock on the front door.  You are welcome to bring your whole family but they must all be attired properly and follow the rules.


Hour one : Introductions, ranch rules, and meeting all the characters (crew, horses, dogs, and chickens)

Hour two : Reviewing the training book and going over expectations

Hour three: Meal time – we are all about sharing and caring at the ranch so we like to do potlucks

(there is nothing more “ranch” then a good ol’ fashion potluck)  -- Please bring a food item to share.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates on what everyone is bringing (and to update what you want to bring).

We do this now because we had one potluck with 5 potato salads.  All very good but still a lot of potato salad.

Hour four: The benefits and rewards available to earn with this program as well as a discussion of the Arena Camp Out and Sonny Day Showcase.

Always try to arrive on time.

We have a tight schedule to follow in order to complete all the content.

Proper attire is needed (see "What to Have" tab above)

All trainees and their parent/caregiver (for minors) must participate in the Ranch Orientation "Sonny".

There is no additional cost for the parents to participate in this camp.

It is important to us that the parents are equally aware of how the ranch works, what will be expected of their child/ren, and the rules.


This is a prerequisite into any of the other 12 sessions.

If you are unable to attend the scheduled “Sonny” you may book a private session ($25 fee) or wait for a future session to open up

(however, you cannot start the program until you have completed “Sonny”)


“Sonny” is a Ranch and Program Orientation only.  There is no ride lesson in this session.

What to Bring and Not Bring


Every trainee is expected to arrive ready to work.

Trainees that arrive without the required attire, gear, and grooming may not get to participate in certain parts of the camp.

 Attire: (minimum requirements)

  Conservative shirts (meaning they cover the chest and tummy)

  Long pants (cover your rear)

  Hard Toed Shoes or Boots (this is a safety item and non-negotiable)



 Gear: (minimum requirements)

An EQUESTRIAN Helmet (that has not been involved in a significant fall involving the head).

This is optional but highly recommended for trainees over the age of 18.



Grooming: (minimum requirements)

Hair – brushed, and pulled back (if long)

Teeth – brushed

Body – not stinkin’   - this does include body odor and perfumes.

The horses have a strong sense of smell and have been known to turn away from strong odors. Plus, the horses stink enough for all of us!

One of the fundamental values that we encourage is respect and that includes respecting self by being clean and tidy.

What else may be useful to bring to camp?:

Bottled Water – we will always have extra water around.  This is a ranch in a desert.  But most of the time people bring personal bottles so that they can remember which is theirs.

Hat – A cowboy hat or ball cap is useful for keeping the sun off of the face during chores and non-riding activities.

Cool Clothes – when it is real hot outside a cool cloth helps tremendously.

Cold Weather Clothes – when winter sets in it can get a bit nippy outside.  It’s a good idea to bring some layers.

Sunglasses – it is Arizona after all.

What should you not use as camp?:

ELECTRONICS – the only exception to this is devices with cameras – and cameras should only be used when the trainee has no other tasks.  Texting, Phone Calls, and Gaming is not allowed in the work area.  If you need to take or make a call you will need to step into the backyard area or the parking area.

Requirements / Awards / Volunteering

Details - Arena Camp Out

Details - Sonny Day and Graduation

Requirements for completion:

In order to complete the program a participant must attend all 13* sessions (12 sessions+ “Sonny”).

This does not mean that it has to be completed in one season though.


Awards and Rewards:

 Certificates of completion are awarded at the end of each session.   This certificate will name the trainee, the camp, and the date of completion.


Award Ribbons are handed out to trainees that complete the program during the Sonny Day Event and Graduation.  The ribbons awarded are personal achievements and ability awards.  It is not a hierarchal award.  The program leaders/owners will determine over the entire program which trainee shares similar learning styles and traits as the ranch horses.


Specialty Awards can be earned such as the Trail Rider Award.  This is earned by demonstrating a proficiency of riding and responsible behavior during the course of the program.  This award gives them access to the Trail Rider Orientation and participation in HSR led trail rides.



Junior Ranch Hand Trainees may be invited to interview for the position of Volunteer Junior Ranch Hand once they have completed the program.  Volunteering comes with perks and only those that we feel are capable of doing the job are "hired".   This is not a training program.






You will pick a “crew” to join during registration and most of your sessions will be booked into that schedule.

If you are unable to attend a session and want to try to make it up you can see if the other “crew” has space available.

If so, you are more than welcome to join them as needed.


Details about Arena Camp Out:

The Arena Camp Out is pretty much what it sounds like.  We are opening up the training arena to pitch tents and camp out.


The Camp Out is on the Friday before HSR’s Sonny Day Event and Graduation.


We have a bon fire, potluck dinner, some games, marshmallow roast, and camp out.  In the morning we will wake up with the rooster and start getting ready for the ranch’s main event.


We will have adults on hand to act as chaperones.  We do welcome and encourage parents, grandparents, or other relatives to act as chaperones as well.


There is no cost for this event.  This is our celebration with all of the trainees and a chance to just be silly.


Participants will need to bring their own camping gear.


Details about HSR’s Sonny Day Event and Graduation:

This is graduation day!  It is also a day to celebrate ranch life.  It is a public event.


The trainees will showcase their riding skills to their families and the public.  They will be awarded their ribbons and any special awards they have earned during the season.  They will also be expected to show their knowledge of ranch life by helping to run the event.


The public will be coming out to see riding, do pony rides, feed the horses treats, and learn about ranch life.


Our Junior Ranch Hand Trainees will be leading horses on the pony rides, showing guests how to safely feed the horses, keeping the grounds clean and tidy, upholding safety rules, monitoring information tables, and many many more tasks.


This is a great way for the trainees to put together everything they have learned and pay it forward.

"Sonny" - Orientation

You only need to attend one of the dates.


2018 - TBA


“Crew A” is our slow and steadies.

This is the crew you want to be in if you want to space your sessions fairly even throughout the year.

Ideal for adults working nights or stay at homes as well as homeschool kids.


 October 4  “Tucker”  Tack & Grooming – Part 1

 October 18  “Stretch”  Tack & Grooming – Part 2

 November 1 “Buck”   First Aid for Riders – Part 1

 November 15  “Tess”   Horse Assessment – Part 1

 December 6 “Shady Lady”  First Aid for Riders – Part 2

 December 20 “Roy aka Buddy” Horse Assessment – Part 2

 January 10 “Merlin”  First Aid for Equine – Part 1

 January 24 “Jack”   First Aid for Riders – Part 3

 February 7 “Sweet Pea”  First Aid for Equine – Part 2

 February 21 “Flex”   Horse Assessment – Part 3

 March 7 “Showdown”  First Aid for Riders – Part 4

 March 21 “Zack”   First Aid for Equine – Part 3


“Crew B” is our lump sum trainees.

The dates do coordinate with local school breaks.

So this is a good crew for adults who can take vacation time and for school kids.


 October 9 “Tucker”  Tack & Grooming – Part 1

 October 10 “Stretch”  Tack & Grooming – Part 2

 October 11 “Buck”   First Aid for Riders – Part 1

 October 12 “Tess”   Horse Assessment – Part 1

 January 1 “Shady Lady”  First Aid for Riders – Part 2

 January 2 “Roy aka Buddy” Horse Assessment – Part 2

 January 3 “Merlin”  First Aid for Equine – Part 1

 January 4 “Jack”   First Aid for Riders – Part 3

 March 12 “Sweet Pea”  First Aid for Equine – Part 2

 March 13 “Flex”   Horse Assessment – Part 3

 March 14 “Showdown”  First Aid for Riders – Part 4

 March 15 “Zack”   First Aid for Equine – Part 3


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