Advanced Horseback
wilderness mentor guide

Unique advanced horseback guide Skills

Our advanced horseback guide training focuses on the skills and advanced back-country experience that are mandatory for leading high level experiences as a horseback guide. While at the ranch, build your knowledge of wildlife and plant species. Learn how to address the unique challenges that different seasons and habitats present.

Then put your advanced wilderness skills to the test as you journey with experienced advanced horseback guide instructors into remote wilderness locations. By riding off-trail and spike camping in the back-country, you’ll gain the awareness, navigational proficiency and horsemanship skills that are essential for all high level advanced mountain guides. This will also provide new challenges that push you out of your comfort zone and allow you to experience a transformational journey.

Building on the skills covered in our 1 and 2 week Wilderness Horseback Guide programs, we train you for advanced wilderness guide jobs. We focus on the following areas:

  • Site selection and construction for spike camps in remote backcountry
  • Horse-care in extreme environments and conditions
  • How to prepare and continually adapt to the challenges of each unique season and habitat WHILE GUIDING GUESTS
  • Wildlife identification and tracking
  • Plant species identification and practical uses
  • Bushcraft and wilderness survival skills for advanced horseback guides
  • Wilderness navigation by reading the land and using landmarks and blazes
  • How to plan for and lead complex wilderness experiences in increasingly remote environments
  • Advanced training for bear and cougar safety
  • How to adhere to the regulations of each specific park and territory
  • Firearm safety and use
  • Advanced management of trips and staff

advanced horseback guide skills

As you grow your proficiency and knowledge during this advanced horseback guide program, the scope of wilderness guide jobs available to you expands. Upon graduation, you’ll have the experience to be a horseback guide for wildlife viewing tours, spike camping trips and other adventures that require great competency in the remote back-country. You will be able to mentor guests on their own transformational journeys.

The ultimate goal of our Wilderness Advanced Horseback Guide program is to provide you with a greater understanding of the land and to bring you closer to nature. As we prepare you to lead a high level wilderness experience, you’ll naturally become more attuned to your surroundings and to the rhythms of each new environment. This high level of situational awareness in nature is pivotal to your safety and success, regardless of which wilderness guide jobs you are pursuing.

As our advanced horseback guide students become more attuned to nature, we’ve found that their personal development reaches new heights as well. Learning how to live close to nature and adapt to the harsh realities of the wilderness draws out confidence, determination and problem-solving skills. The high risks of the remote wilderness and the small margin for error that each advanced horseback guide deals with further instills the ability to lead with confidence and take decisive actions, more than any theoretical leadership training ever could.

With the confidence and skills you develop during our advanced wilderness guide training, you’ll live out the defining characteristics of true mountain guides. Develop an enthusiasm for exploring remote backcountry, a commitment to learning from nature, and a passion for sharing the heart of the wilderness with as many people as possible.

3 Steps to your unforgettable adventure

If this sounds like the advanced horseback guide training opportunity you are looking for, complete our Wilderness Readiness Survey to begin the booking process.

Talk with one of our mentor guides

You'll discuss the details & goals of your adventure

enjoy your wilderness adventure with us!

Leave the chaos of city life behind as you reconnect with nature and yourself

We offset guests' flight carbon production by investing in sustainable community forest management

5% of each trip supports conservation efforts in the Chilcotin Ark

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5 Benefits of Nature that You Need now!

1. Reduces stress
2. Improves memory
3. Fights mental fatigue
4. Boosts creativity
5. Builds relationships
5 Benefits of Nature