Moon Run Ranch offers continuing education clinics, featuring masters
from all disciplines such as natural horsemanship, centered riding,
natural horse training, dressage, jumping, cow working, new techniques
in farrier-shoeing, chiropractic, and animal communication. The trail
riding around the ranch is another wonderful way for horse and rider to
maintain that special bond between themselves and nature. The Snowmass
Creek Valley is the home of Moon Run Ranch and the starting point for
one of the trail-heads of the Maroon-Snowmass Wilderness. From the
ranch proper there is a private trail which leads directly up Johnny
Draw to Hunter Pass and then the Capitol Ridge trail to Haystack Mtn.,
and from there deep into the wilderness.
Moon Run Ranch is owned and operated by Holly Fuller McLain; a
prominent horsewoman who has trained and shown world champion and Honor
Role Quarter horses, as well as, AHSA-US Equestrian 1st Year Green
Working Hunter Horse of the Year. Because of her classical training in
both Western and English disciplines, she brings a unique knowledge to
her Out-West boarding facility. Originally from Pennsylvania, she grew
up on a farm without horses. She would look through old photo albums
and would find picture of her grand parents on their horses. After
begging incessantly, at the age of eight, she finally got a horse. That
one horse started a life long quest for knowledge in the art of
horsemanship. She is currently training people & horses, and
offering her knowledge to all who come to Moon Run.
Canales –Mauricio has been at Moon Run Ranch
for twenty years, and is a quiet, steady force in the every day
workings of this special place. Originally from El Salvador, he worked
on his father’s ranch as a young man. He is 38 years old, and
has a family in the valley. You will see him driving heavy equipment,
mowing lawns, feeding & handling the horses, repairing fence,
irrigating the fields, and any thing else that the ranch requires.
Mauricio is gentle when handling your horses and recognizes when we
have a medical problem with the animals. Always smiling, he adds a
positive energy to your experience at Moon Run.
– Lynn Mooney is originally from Rome, Georgia and has been
the valley for 8 years. She is going on her 8th summer here at Moon
Run. She was classically trained in English riding through the U.S.
Pony Club and then moved her riding career toward Western disciplines.
Outside of daily ranch chores, Lynn spends individual time with each
horse here at Moon Run Ranch. Over the last 5 years Lynn has been
giving beginner lessons, exercising client horses and accompanying them
on rides. She also aids Holly in finishing horses to be sold. Her
natural quiet demeanor with the horses carries over to her relationship
with her clients as well. When working with the horses she emphasizes
good ground manners, standing while mounting, and a quiet, respectful
response to the riders’ seat, leg and hand. Communication is
natural and quiet so the horse and rider develop a true partnership.
All horses are groomed and properly cooled down following the session.
Lynn will be glad to help with any behavioral problems or other
problems the rider may have with the horse. She can be a great
educational tool for you and your horse and add to your riding
Lynn is currently married and raising her daugher, Abbey.
The Next Generation
Abbey Harris, catching
Getting ready to ride
Clients are encouraged to tip any employee that serves them well. Most
staff members work several jobs to make ends meet. They cheerfully help
you with your horses to make your experience a good one. Please show
your appreciation with a thank you and all tips are very much
appreciated. Year-end bonuses are definitely encouraged.
Photos from 2006!
New - See photos from 2008 - 2009!
Roaring Fork Cattle Club 2010 Photo
New Ranch Photos - 2010!
New Ranch Photos - 2011!
New Ranch Photos - 2012!
New Ranch Photos - 2013!
Shining Stars Foundation Photos - 2011