The overall objective of these horseback riding training programs is to provide the basic working knowledge and practical skills required by a professional guide. It includes many aspects of guide outfitting and adventure tourism such as horse handling, shoeing, packing, horse care, camp preparation, wilderness skills and operational procedures. The programs prepare participants for entry level positions within the guide outfitting industry, adventure tourism, guest ranches, fishing lodges and riding stables. They are also designed for individuals intent on starting their own adventure tourism or guide outfitting business.
Outdoor Adventure Tourism is the fastest growing sector of the tourism industry. The overall objective of this program is to provide participants with a solid base of combined working knowledge and practical skills to be a wilderness guide in the guide outfitting industry and adventure tourism with focus on horse handling. This builds confidence and character, and enables satisfactory production and performance as entry-level guides within the industry. The one and two week programs are intense and designed for individuals intent on learning and developing the basic skills, knowledge and attitudes that are required by a professional guide. It is designed for those seriously interested in a career within guiding, and is applicable for individuals with specific goals (i.e. lead guide, managing or owning your own Guide Outfitter or adventure tourism business).
Ready to take your wilderness adventures to the next level? The advanced wilderness guide training focuses on the skills and advanced backcountry experience that are mandatory for leading high level adventures as a horseback guide. While at the ranch, build your knowledge of wildlife and plant species, and learn how address the unique challenges that different seasons and habitats present. Then put your advanced wilderness skills to the test as you journey with experienced instructors into remote wilderness locations. By riding off trail and spike camping in the backcountry, you’ll gain the awareness, navigational proficiency, and horsemanship skills that are essential for all high level mountain guides. Prerequisite: 1 or 2 week Wilderness Guide Training or the equivalent in both horse and wilderness experience.