HORSEBACK WILDERNESS MENTOR GUIDE
Experience the next level of guiding by becoming a wilderness mentor guide
Imagine facing and overcoming new challenges, taking responsibility for everything you do, pushing past your comfort zone... And loving every second of it.
Our guide training is among the most challenging, fulfilling, and empowering experiences you’ll ever have. Join our supportive community as you train at our guest ranch before you ride into the mountains to hone your newly acquired skills with a back-country horse pack trip. The hands-on format of our outdoor guide training coupled with detailed written procedures is suitable for people with a range of outdoors and horse experience to complete beginners. From all aspects of horse-care to wilderness camp procedures and wildlife safety, we’ll teach you the broad set of skills that are essential for every horseback guide. Along the way, you will also learn how to solve problems and overcome challenges with a mindset of positivity, initiative, personal responsibility and contribution to the community allowing you to experience a transformational journey. These tangible and intangible skills will set you on your way to becoming a mentor to others. After completing our wilderness guide training, you’ll have the ability and confidence to lead guests into remote wilderness or embark on your own nature experiences.
After completing our wilderness mentor guide training, you will have the practical skills, solution-orientated attitude and working knowledge to be a horseback guide in remote wilderness locations. We break down the complex question of how to become a guide by relying on tested, established procedures that have produced scores of competent, empowered guides who have gone on to realize their dreams of living and working in the wilderness.
Our wilderness mentor guide training covers the broad range of skills that are required for entry level positions in the adventure tourism and guide outfitting industries, including careers at guest ranches, horseback riding stables, fishing lodges, back-country camping sites and more. This guide training is also excellent preparation for starting your own guide outfitting or adventure tourism company, as we expose you to many aspects of the guide outfitting industry. We also teach you the mindset and philosophy to be a mentor guide.
For both our 1 week and 2 week guide training, the first half of the course involves hands-on skills training at our ranch. The second half of your course will be spent in the mountainous back-country, where you will practice your skills and experience what it’s like to work as a horseback guide. Throughout this comprehensive program, you will have experienced wilderness mentor guides as your instructors.
Our guide training covers the following topics and skills:
Western-style horseback riding
How to saddle, shoe and pack horses
Wilderness survival skills
Mountain horseback riding, with a focus on safe procedures for riding through rugged terrain
How to care for horses in remote wilderness settings
Wilderness camp and range management during horse pack trips
Wildlife safety, with a focus on bear safety
How to plan, prepare and lead horse pack trips
Local flora and fauna identification
Nature Connection, Conservation and Stewardship and Personal Development
Responsibility, initiative, contribution, connection and positivity
Who you will become.
When you think about how to become a guide, horsemanship and wilderness skills are probably the first things that come to mind. Working as a horseback guide, however, is equal parts skill and character. Your ability to handle stressful situations in an unforgiving environment can quite literally be the difference between life and death. That’s why we integrate personal development and leadership training into every aspect of our guide training. From day one, our outdoor guide training challenges you to step up and take responsibility. And while we leave space for you to learn and make mistakes throughout your journey to becoming a horseback guide, we also hold you to a high level of accountability. The exponential learning curve and amount of personal development that comes with tackling new challenges every day and taking on responsibilities at a rapid pace is astounding. Graduates of our outdoor guide training emerge as empowered, capable leaders who take charge and step up to greater responsibilities, both in their guiding work and in their own lives.