Wilderness Experience Horseback Guide Training in Canada

Educational Course in North America’s Wilderness

Your outdoor adventure on horseback

Travel to Canada and experience an unforgettable horseback guide training in either seven or fourteen days on a western ranch amidst British Columbia’s untouched nature. During your first days on the ranch you learn essential skills like how to saddle, shoe, and pack horses, horse training and how to care for horses, but you also learn about food preparation and how to live (safely) in the wilderness. Afterwards, you can use this newly acquired knowledge for several days on a ride in Canadian back country. After completing this extensive advanced course, you have both the skills and confidence to lead guests on the horseback in remote back country or to go on your own wilderness adventure. Acquire valuable knowledge on the topics of horse care, camp management, and outdoor safety and simultaneously get to know Canada’s untouched nature in an incomparable way.

Thanks to its huge forests, picturesque fjords, numerous lakes, rough coasts, high glaciers, and a rich fauna, Canada is a perfect setting for an impressive nature experience. In this course you are at close quarters with Canada’s beautiful nature and discover the majestic mountain ranges and wide valleys of the second largest country in the world on horseback. The breathtaking flora and fauna provides optimal conditions for an unforgettable training adventure in the North American wilderness!

Services Our Services

Included

  • Placement in the course
  • All meals during the course
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Excursions
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • English speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • 24/7 support throughout the course
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Certificate
  • Accommodation during the course

Not included

  • Flights
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses and optional excursions
  • Visa fees

Canada | Basic Horseguide Training

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.CAN-002
1 Week 1.400 €

The prices stated in euros are approximate values. Due to sharp fluctuations in the exchange rate of the Dollar, all prices will be calculated at the time of enquiry.

Canada | Basic Horseguide Training

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.CAN-002
2 Weeks 2.300 €

The prices stated in euros are approximate values. Due to sharp fluctuations in the exchange rate of the Dollar, all prices will be calculated at the time of enquiry.

Canada | Advanced Horseguide Training

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.CAN-002
1 Week 1.400 €

The prices stated in euros are approximate values. Due to sharp fluctuations in the exchange rate of the Dollar, all prices will be calculated at the time of enquiry.

Requirements

Requirements

To participate in this Wilderness Experience you need to be at least 19 years old and have average knowledge of the English language in order to understand the instructions of the course supervisor. You should be interested in nature and outdoor-life and be motivated to participate actively in the course programme. It is generally an advantage if you know how to ride a horse, but beginners can participate just as well. Furthermore, you should be physically fit, since you regularly take long hikes and rides in often rough terrain. This is also why a document concerning your state of health as well as a vaccination certificate is required from every participant. You also need travel health insurance before departing to Canada. To participate in the advanced course you need to participate in the basic horseback training for one or two weeks first (see below).

Details Your backcountry adventure in Canada

Details

Your backcountry adventure in Canada

First of all, you fly to Vancouver International Airport and spend a night in a local hotel or hostel. The next morning an Express Shuttle brings you from Vancouver to your accommodation: a ranch a few hours north of Vancouver amidst the untouched wilderness of southwest British Columbia. After you had lunch on the ranch you will be introduced to the field of outdoor and adventure tourism and get a suitable horse – your companion for the next days.

 

You spend the following days acquiring essential skills about horse husbandry and horse care: you practice saddling, bridling, and hoof care. You also learn special techniques for packing, guiding and leading your horse and you practice bareback riding. Furthermore, you get to know important safety rules and acquire cooking skills for living in remote wilderness settings. On the fourth day (one-week course) or respectively on the seventh day (two-week course) you leave for your packtrip adventure for several days that leads you through ancient forests, wild flower meadows, wide open valleys and impressive mountain landscapes. The following few days you ride from camp into the wild while getting acquainted with essential outdoor skills like starting a fire, building a shelter, supplying for water and food, as well as first-aid measures and wilderness survival strategies. An experienced guide accompanies you and shares his experiences and knowledge about horses, outdoor, and nature with you. On the last day you ride back to the ranch to have a farewell dinner and start your return trip, packed with many new skills and impressions.

Each participant receives a certificate after successfully completing the course.


Course subjects

Course subjects

During your Wilderness Experience you'll deal with:

  • Western-style horseback riding
  • How to saddle, shoe, and pack horses
  • Wilderness survival skills
  • Mountain horseback riding through rugged terrain
  • How to care for horses in remote wilderness settings
  • Wilderness camp and range management in remote settings
  • Wildlife safety, with a focus on wild animal safety
  • How to plan, prepare, and lead horse pack trips
Accommodation

Accommodation

During the first days of your Wilderness Experience you live on a horse and guest ranch amidst the wild nature of southwest British Columbia together with other participants of the course where you sleep in tents. On the ranch you get breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. There is also a ranch library; and you can use deck chairs to relax in the large garden. The wilderness area that surrounds the ranch measures 5000 square kilometers, belongs to the ranch itself and is the setting for your upcoming ride.

After a couple of days – in the one week course on the fourth day; in the two weeks course on the seventh day – you leave for the Canadian wilderness and sleep in a wilderness camp. These are located far away from the usual tourist trails and can range from big canvas tents to rustic mountain huts. All necessary food items are carried by you and your group and are either prepared in one of the camps or on the way.

 

Everybody interested in a Wilderness Experience abroad should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.

Advanced Course

Advanced Wilderness Horseback Guide

You have successfully completed the one- or two-week horseback training or participated in another course in which you’ve acquired essential horse and wilderness skills? Then you are ready to take your wilderness adventures to the next level! The advanced wilderness guide training enlarges your knowledge and skills concerning the handling of horses, leading guests in remote settings, and life in the wilderness even more. Just like the preceding course, the intensive training starts on the ranch and lets you use the newly acquired knowledge in the midst of remote nature areas a few days later. The focus is put on:

  • How to prepare and adapt to the challenges of each unique season and habitat
  • Wildlife identification and tracking
  • Plant species identification and practical uses
  • Wilderness survival skills
  • Wilderness navigation by reading the land and using landmarks and blazes
  • How to plan for and lead complex wilderness trips in increasingly remote environments
  • How to adhere to the regulation of each specific park and territory
  • Advanced training for bear safety and cougar safety
  • Firearm safety and use

The goal of this course is to provide you with a greater understanding of the Canadian backcountry and its unique nature, which is especially important for living and surviving in the wild nature, and which makes you an even more confident outdoor guide. You not only get to extend your practical skills, but you also test your limits, gain new confidence, broaden your horizon and develop a deep bond with Canada’s flora and fauna. After completing the course you possess the necessary knowledge and experience to be a second guide on wildlife tours, camping trips and other outdoor guest tours and work your way up to be a lead guide.

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