Welcome to a day in the life of a real rancher

Start the day by lending a helping hand and feeding our animals, starting with our rare breed of Grey-faced Dartmoor ewes. These lovely ladies are the heart of our ranch and they appreciate a helping hand at mealtime. See if you can spot cuddle-enthusiast Rupert, our homebred crossbreed.

Next up, you’ll get the chance to visit our happy hens. We have lots of different chickens, each with their own distinct personality. We make sure to challenge all ranch hands to spot eggs while they feed our feathery flock.

Make friends with our miniature ponies, Peaches and Tango – they love a good, thorough brush. Practice man braiding and help out with a bit of foot cleaning. There’s lots to learn and lots of hands-on experience.

Butch and Sundance, our dynamic duo of Pygmy goats, are sure to make an appearance sooner or later. They have a particular penchant for hand-picked hazel branches – find them a juicy one and make fast friends with this feisty pair.

Peaches and Tango, two dandy Shetland Ponies at Loose Reins A young boy practicing horse shoe tossing in front of a cabin at Loose Reins

The Buckaroo Club is available on select days during school holidays and some weekends, weather permitting, and kicks off at 10am and runs for 90 minutes. Don’t forget to wear suitable clothing and closed-toed footwear, like sturdy trainers or wellies.

Book online as an extra or email [email protected] to add to your booking.

£45 per session

Even more to discover…

Bring your four-legged friend. Meet the animals. Explore a trail. Discover activities to keep the whole family occupied. You’ll find there’s more to Loose Reins than you first thought.

Dog-friendly stays

What's a holiday without your furry friend? Discover all the ways we help you create the most paw-fect getaway possible.

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Loose Reins is home to a number of two and four-legged animals. From the furry to the feathery, there are so many new friends to be made during your stay.

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This is amazing walking country with views to match. Discover the Wessex Ridgeway and Shillingstone Village Trail by foot or jump on your bike and ride.

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From fun and games in your lodge or cabin, to helping look after the livestock here at Loose Reins, there's so much to do to keep the whole family entertained.

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