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The Mission


Our mission is simple: Provide rescue horses with the support they need to find a new home.

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The Mission


Our mission is simple: Provide rescue horses with the support they need to find a new home.

Our Foster Program concentrates on finding rescue horses a home. Often these horses have been surrendered due to the owners' inability, financially or physically, to further care for their beloved companion. Thankfully there are places like Walking 'N Circles Ranch (WNCR), The Horse Shelter, and horse rescues like them that are able to take in and care for horses until they can find their forever home. Even though these shelters have many dedicated ranch hands to help with the day to day chores, there are always a growing number of horses who need to be ridden and trained. In our program our fostered horses will receive months of solid riding and training which will keep them physically and mentally fit to be better candidates for adoption. When you ride with us part of your fee goes to helping these rescued animals.

We prescribe to a natural training method. We believe that spending time with the animals and gaining their trust is paramount in turning theses horses around. Abuse doesn't always come in the form of violent acts but can be found in neglect. Humans can neglect the horse's mind, not giving them the structure and stimulation a domesticated horse thrives upon. Many of our horses come to the rescue not only with malnourished bodies but broken spirits. Our program concentrates on slowly rebuilding the horse physically and mentally through a relationship built on trust, respect, and understanding. Each horse at Enchantment Equitreks has come from a rescue situation. Our core ranch horses have been through our training program and have blossomed into healthy and happy horses who love their job. The Foster Program allows us to reach even more animals who need a second chance, a little time, and a lot of compassion.

Although clients ride our seasoned ranch horses, sometimes a foster horse excels in its training and is  available for clients during their stay.

To follow the progress of our current foster horses or read about previous success stories visit our blog page or follow us on Facebook at Enchantment Equitreks.


Meet our foster horses

Jake came to us with a malnourished body and a starved psyche. He had severe trust issues and would flee at a moments notice. It has taken us almost a year to bring him out of physical pain from his feet. We are now working on feeding his mind with positive reinforcement and learning to trust. We know this handsome man has a long way still to go but he makes little gains everyday.

 

Mia may be little but she has a big attitude and huge heart. With a red dun coat, tiger striped legs, and a flowing mane and tail,  she is the prettiest mare to grace our barn. Our stocky foster came to us with scars around her head and mouth indicating some physical trauma. She can be a little hard headed and heavy on the rein but she is willing to go anywhere. We look forward to softening her heart and mind with a little love and lots of riding.

 

 


Foster Updates

 

We have adopted Teddy! When we first looked at this big red gelding he arched his neck, wrinkled his nose, and laid his ears back preparing to strike out at any one who dared venture too close. Such behavior earned him the mobster like name, Vinny, but like all tough guys his sweet nature peaked through. Once we were able to bring him home his rough attitude melted and we realized that he is nothing more than a big teddy bear. Now dubbed Teddy, this gentle giant has divulged his ranch horse training and a trail horse willingness.

We have received Rain's official adoption papers! This sweet bay mare came to us two years ago as a foster and we just couldn't let her go. Her kind nature and easy jog has made her an asset to our core ranch horses.

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Accommodations


Nestled in the pines at the very end of the Rocky Mountains you will find...

Accommodations


Nestled in the pines at the very end of the Rocky Mountains you will find...

Enchantment Equitreks provides multiple day horseback rides in New Mexico, with food and lodging accommodations.

Our 140 acre ranch is located at the southern most point of the Rocky Mountains, just 40 minutes east of Albuquerque and an hour south of Santa Fe. The two story guest house is nestled on a juniper and pine tree ridge overlooking the valley bellow. Decorated in a rustic and eclectic southwest style, the guest house offers three bedrooms, two and a quarter bath, a shared kitchen and common room filled with books and games. We offer free WiFi and access to laundry service.

We are landscaped for relaxation. Wooded paths lead to reading nooks, hammocks for naps, meditation alcoves and quiet spaces for yoga. Our hot tub is available year around and the pool is open during the summer. Through out the property are vegetable gardens, fruit trees, and berry bushes just ripe for the picking. Bicycles are available for further exploration. We are minutes from golf courses, hiking and mountain biking trails, ski areas, and the river. 

Continental Breakfast

New Mexican cuisine is wholly unique, rich with local ingredients, slow cooked meats, and spiced with roasted green and red chili. Our meals not only showcase this local flavor, but our ingredients are plucked straight from our gardens, local farms and ranches. Each morning you will be greeted with a European style breakfast set out in the guest house or patio. Lunches will often be picnics during the day's ride. The evenings will be filled with sit down, family style dinners, relaxing next to a fire and gazing out at the stars. We are able to accommodate many food restrictions and allergies for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten free menus.

LOCAL activities AND ATTRACTIONS

  • Hiking in the Sandia Mountains (mountain bikes also available on the ranch)
  • Golfing at Paa-Ko Ridge and many other golf courses in Albuquerque/Santa Fe area
  • Kayaking
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Your Wranglers


A Couple of Cowgirls

Your Wranglers


A Couple of Cowgirls

Justyn Vogel and Mel Graham

Meet Mel Graham and Justyn Vogel, the dynamic mother and daughter duo that run Enchantment Equitreks. Thier passion for horses has taken them from ranches to show rings, race tracks to trail rides. For many years these women traveled all over the world for riding vacations. During this time they worked with the local horse rescues. It was in 2012 that they decided to combine their love of travel, trail riding, and rescue horses. They spent a month in Africa volunteering with Mozambique Horse Safari learning what it would take to start their dream business. Mel laid out their five year plan to Pat and Mandy Retzlaff and Mandy replied “Darling, why wait? Go home and just do it.” That is exactly what these ladies did. In 2013 they sold their house in town, moved to the country, and started Enchantment Equitreks with only three rescue horses.

From then on they have become the trail guides, wranglers, horse trainers, chefs, and all of the many positions it requires to run this small family business. “We want to keep our business small because we don't want to lose the intimate and personal touch with our clients. We hope they feel like they're here riding with friends and become part of the family,” Justyn explains.  So let these cowgirls take you on a New Mexico adventure.

We are continuing our cowgirl legacy by inspiring and hiring young equestrians. Meet our outfitter intern, Paige Brandon. When she isn't involved in FFA events or training for Rodeo Queen, she is at our ranch working horses. She started at Enchantment Equitreks in 2015 as a groom and quickly became a trail guide. As we build our Foster Horse Program,  Paige will be included in the training process of new horses. We belive that hands on experince is essential and that there is always something new to learn in the horse industry. We look forward to working with this talented and enthusiastic young lady and we know she is excited to meet you. 

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Reviews


Reviews


Named 1 of 11 top ranch vacations for solo women travelers by equitrekking

In 2015 we were included in a Darley Newman's Dude Ranch Blog as one of the top ranches to visit as a single woman traveler. Run by a mother and daughter duo who have traveled the world on horse back, we know what comfort can be found in female companionship. We do not charge a single's supplement, we provide airport transportation, and we tailor each ride to our client. Enchantment Equitreks takes the guess work and stress out of planning a solo vacation!

 

(October, 2016) Linda McCormick said:

My daughter and I had an amazing vacation that went above and beyond our expectations. I highly recommend Enchantment Equitreks to anyone looking for a fun and adventurous way to explore New Mexico. Justyn and Mel were exceptional hosts and guides. The horses were sweet and well trained and the rides were all beautiful with different terrain and breathtaking views. Riding with them was very comfortable, like we were exploring new trails with friends. And to top it off, no adventure is complete until you try authentic southwestern cuisine which Mel and Justyn cooked up. All the meals were fresh and delicious. The cottage was very cozy and comfortable and even had fresh flowers on the bedside table. It is obvious that Justyn and Mel have a passion for what they do and go the extra mile to make your vacation truly enchanted. 

(June, 2015) Geneviève Lemay said:

I am from Quebec, Canada. I just came back from Mel and Justyn 's all inclusive horseback riding vacation...

Just wonderful They are extremely well organized! Going in trails with them and my new French friend Marion was never boring! It's surprising how they can describe history and nature from New Mexico! Lovely and safe horses.

Accomplished and talented Cooks. A "Feel like home" emotion during all the trip.

 

(May, 2015) Siri Nyrop said:

Enchantment Equitreks delivers!  I had no idea of the breathtaking landscape diversity just around ABQ, but Mel and Justyn led rides that went from mountains to arroyo and bosque.  We crossed a mesa that held the bones of dinosaurs and ruins of first settlers, bird-watched along the Rio Grande and followed an arroyo that challenged horse and rider.  Mel and Justyn are skilled horsewomen who have transformed rescue horses that once suffered neglect and abuse into trusted, willing trail companions.  What a great achievement, if you care about horses.  Oh, and the food was excellent, as were the charming accommodations.  Mel and Justyn are wonderful hosts.  Oh yeah, I’ll be back!            

 

(July, 2014) Bev Lumia said:

Let me begin by quoting my 11 year old granddaughter, Chloe, "I can't wait to come back next year to ride with Justyn and Mel". Let me second that. These are two fun women running a very professional business. Their horses are very well trained and not at all boring to ride. We went on two trail rides, each at a different place and both were interesting and beautiful. Because Chloe is a much better rider than I am, Justyn would sometimes take her off to do some more advanced riding and then join back up with Mel and me. On the second day we had a picnic lunch which was both delicious and healthy. We both enjoyed Mel and Justyn; they made us feel comfortable immediately and conversation was easy going and interesting. I look forward to going to new places to ride with them next year

 

(June, 2014) chris @ jen coleman said:

What a wonderful day!!! it was my daughters birthday and we took the one day trip. These wonderful ladies treated us like queens. We had the most perfect ride. The scenery was spectacular. great lunch, and best of all we were treated as family and not just a client, a huge difference from the trail rides we've taken in the past! We will be coming back here every year from here on because each year will be a different experience. There are so many wonderful places in New Mexico to see that we will never be bored !!!!!

 

(July, 2013) Judi Turner said:

This was about my 28th horseback riding vacation. The hospitality was incomparable. I loved the two hostesses even before I left home because of the welcome feelings I experienced through the emails. Their 150% commitment to providing us with a memorable experience was evident during all of our waking hours. They trailered us far and near to make sure we had the opportunity to ride in the many different landscapes that Albuquerque provides. We were stunned by the beauty every day. All of their equipment, and I mean ALL, is of high quality. It's the kind of equipment and tack that would be acquired by people who have ridden horseback all of their lives and know what's good and what's comfortable. They also drove us through the towns and took us to a museum and a horse rescue and lunch out so that we could have a feeling about the local flavor of the towns they had lived in all of their lives. They cooked healthy food every single day. And I mean gourmet. They spent time with us and allowed us to get to know them. I could write 15 pages and just begin to relate what a deeply satisfying experience this was, but that would be like telling the plot of a movie just before you are going to go see it. The discovery of the new day, the new ride, the horses, the food was a big part of the adventure. So I'm not going to spoil it with details. This ride holds a special place in my heart.


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