born and raised in the Midwest. MN and WI, her passion has
always been horses and the outdoors. Her grandpa Andy Bursaw owned
and ran a farm with horses, milking cows and growing Corn... She loved
to go visit the horses! in 2018 found out Jen's great great
grandfather raised horses for the Calvary and her Native lines also
had been known for their horses.... Its in Her Blood!
was able she purchased Chico in 2001, a 2yr old Paso Fino gelding and then began her journey into her life long horse passion!
Jen Learned then about Natural Horsemanship Training from her mentor
and friend Mark Allen of MN. Jen learned about bitless riding, good
horse communication and has not preferred since to put a bit in a horses
mouth! Jen has learned the Horse Language and trains horses, she
doesn't 'break' them.. She has a gift with horses and communicates in a amazing way,
she loves to help others learn the same philosophy and has taught
Jen moved to the Hill Country of Texas. She purchased a small ranch and
started boarding and trail rides. Her passion of Drafts began
there where she started rescuing horses and one was a draft named
Lightening whom she still owns today... Since then Jen tries to do her part and rescue
6-10 horses a year, rehabilitating them and giving them a good life
on the ranch!
Due to the
horrible Texas drought and lack of hay in the area, Jen decided she
needed to move back north where the grass was plentiful for her
She found a ranch on CL in Spokane, WA. Jen was determined to
make this work as it was a huge move across country yet again, but
the Spokane Ranch had all the prospect she desired for being a full
blown ranch! In 2011 Jen moved to Spokane from TX Hauling 2
loads of horses and other ranch animals all the way with her.
Spokane Trail Rides and Boarding was born!
Jen met Jared. Jared is a Combat Veteran and Jen shared her passion
for horses and ranch life
gift with him, he is now a full fledged horse lover and together
they have brought
Veteran Horse therapy to a new level for himself and others.
Jen and Jared together found how horses can heal Veterans Wounds and
open up a whole new world of Equine/Animal Therapy for people who
need it! Unfortunately Jared chose to take a different route
in life and is no longer with the ranch, but forever & always in Jens heart,
soul & her mind and will always be apart of the dream. Without Jared, Jen would might
never have become aware of Combat Veterans Battles, needs and gifts
therapy brings or started the next step in the journey Mountain Refuge Ranch in Metaline Falls, WA.
Where she is building a Luxury 3 cabin B&B dedicated to Veterans
& Volunteers but will also be open to general public. Camping
is now open for Volunteers and Veterns.
Trail Rides and Boarding today
includes a full service boarding stable, Private Trail Rides for the
general public, Lessons 8yrs and up, Veteran Therapy, Natural
Horsemanship Training, Authentic Ranch B&B and Ranch Camping
added in 2018, Sleigh Rides 2019 and future Carriage Rides, family petting ranch days and
birthday or event parties!
Draft Horses, Miniature Cattle, rabbits, chickens, alpacas', mini goats,
German Shepherds, Wolf
hybrids, Great Pyrenees, Anatolians, cats and ranch dogs are all abundant at the ranch!
Jen is a true country woman with a true Passion and love for
all kinds of animals! Her gift with animals and dream made
reality is to share them with people and continue the dream!
aspiration is to build a Bed and Breakfast Ranch on her Mtn Property
in Metaline Falls, WA, just north of Spokane!
Ck out the NEW project at Mountain Refuge Ranch!