About Horse & Hen
As you pull into Horse & Hen, you will pass original ranch outbuildings including the milkhouse, root cellar, and Walker Homestead Cabin built in the late 1800’s. As you pass the haystack you will most likely be greeted by the resident Border Collie, Lou, and see the chickens roaming. If you look south, you will see a large garden full of vegetables that grow well in Routt County. To the north you may catch a glimpse of Norma, our family milk cow and maybe a few goats. Straight ahead is the Guest House, a 4-bedroom home with beautiful views of the Cog, Yampa River, Wolf Mountain and the historic Grain Elevator. Horse & Hen is a quaint, family-friendly farmstay open to local families and travelers alike. Guests will find clean, beautiful, country charm inside, where handmade quilts and farm decor adorn the rooms. After a restful night, guests will be served a bountiful farm fresh breakfast complete with our farm-fresh eggs, salad greens, and local sausage or bacon. During the day guests can help on the farm with chores, including feeding and watering animals, milking a cow or goat, collecting eggs, working in the garden, or irrigating the hay meadow. For recreation guests can partake in fishing the Yampa River, bird watching, or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
The history of this ranch runs deep. The story starts in 1934 when Charlie & Peroda Fulton, Ryan’s Great-Grandparents, purchased this ranch. One of their sons, Chuck Fulton, bought the Ranch from his parents in 1946 when he came home from World War II. Chuck Fulton was a well-respected rancher and a great man, who imparted so much knowledge on Ryan and whomever else would listen. For Ryan, the importance of conserving the land and carrying on the ranch was deeply ingrained from an early age. After his military service and marriage to Rachel Starr, Ryan and Rachel returned to the ranch in 2010 to raise the 5th Generation on this beautiful ranch.
Shortly after moving home to the ranch, Rachel and Ryan added a couple chicks. A month or two later, Ryan came home from the livestock auction with 11 goats, the start of our Boer goat herd. Each year we learned many lessons and continued adding new animals, planting new seeds, and learning from our mistakes. We currently own a couple horses, a few
cows, 30 chickens, several pigs in the summer months, and a large Boer goat herd. Just like Charlie and Chuck Fulton, Ryan still uses the draft horse team to feed the goats with a hay sled on skis in the deep snow.
It is important to us that the knowledge and traditions Chuck Fulton imparted on us do not end with us. We want to share the experience of milking a cow, seeing where a chicken lays an egg, walking through a hay meadow, and many other simple pleasures of farm life with our guests. This is even more imperative as children become increasingly removed from the land and where their food comes from.