Authentic Horsemanship at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch
AH Horsemanship is located at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch in Shell, Wyoming – East of Yellowstone National Park and Cody. We have the privilege to listen, talk, learn and ride with visitors from around the world. They come from different walks of life and there is a rich variety of riding levels and equestrian experience ranging from beginners to intermediate and professional riders competing in the global arena. All these people share a passion for riding and horses. Our guests also have a wealth of information, ideas, feedback, opinions and experience to offer. At the same time our team of equestrian staff and management has witnessed repeatedly the results of inadequate horsemanship.
After carefully observing all the above with an open mind, we started shaping the Authentic Horsemanship program at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch with only one focus; to create a fun, safe, open minded and respectful equestrian program. We are constantly shaping our program because like most things in life, it is an ever evolving journey to reach the goals we have set for our program. The more we learn and listen, the more we notice how much we still have to learn to get where we want to be.
Our goal is to maximize the potential imbedded in the relationship between each horse and rider.
A simple goal!
The AH brand has one simple goal: to make a positive, successful experience for both horse and rider. The AH concept is about respecting and taking care of horses by learning how to be a capable and honest leader of your horse – not projecting unnatural human feelings onto the horse. It is also about knowing your own and your horses’ limitations. The best way to be honest to your horse is knowing your own limitations and being honest with yourself. It is also about having an open mind and the willingness to learn and change and the desire to remain humble and to keep learning and exploring.
If your definition of Natural Horsemanship is respectful, safe and professional horsemanship you will find our AH Horsemanship concept very appealing. We organize horsemanship clinics and training on a regular basis to not only constantly improve our knowledge about horses and horsemanship but also to share with our guests.
Authentic Horsemanship (as we define it)
Horses, like most animals, are authentic in nature and are devoted to survival. They rarely have any intentions other than the drive to be truthful to their origins. As a herd animal, they are committed to their herd and depend on them in order to survive. We believe that the more we observe herd behavior, the better we will be able to understand how to harness the horses’ potential to be great partners for their human counterparts.
At AH Horsemanship, we believe that whoever works with and trains our horses and riders needs to have the 3 C’s of Character, Conduct and Competence. One cannot train for Character or Conduct, but one can train for Competence. The more Competence one has, the more Character and Conduct it takes to use the Competence in a positive, responsible manner.
The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch
A 650,000 acre riding and adventure paradise in Wyoming
The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an all-inclusive upscale working cattle, riding, fly-fishing and adventure guest ranch in Shell, WY (east of Cody and Yellowstone National Park). In addition to riding, working cattle and fly-fishing, we offer an array of non-riding activities and adventures such as trapshooting, archery, canoeing, hiking, biking, 4×4 tours, etc.
Limited to approximately 25 guests per week from all over the world and with access to 85 horses, a 1:1 staff / guest ratio and the owners and management actively involved with the well-being of our guests, we are committed to the highest standards of culinary experience, lodging, staff (we speak 4 languages), horses and personal, almost customized attention. We are very multi-cultural and diverse.
Every year The Hideout books long before the start of the season, mostly because of word of mouth and returning guests. As we do not plan to increase the number of guests per week please book your vacation long ahead of the season.
The Hideout Lodge & Guest a – Not your typical guest ranch.
We are a small guest ranch with approximately 25 guests per week, to keep our guests’ experience personal. Our guests leave The Hideout feeling as though they are not guests, but family. Elevations in this area range from 4,200 to 13,200 feet and offer because of the many exposed formations a unique variety of terrain and scenery resulting in a broad range of climates and biodiversity. With close to 650,000 acres to explore you will seldom ride the same trail twice or feel crowded.
Our Horses – AH Horsemanship & Training
Our horse program is managed by AH Horsemanship & Training. The key to Authentic Horsemanship is having an open mind towards horsemanship, riding and horses and the desire to continue learning where we can.
We have a variety of horses that are well taken care of and can be matched to any riding-level. Each rider will be matched to a horse based on their riding ability and will experience the vacation they were looking for.
Advanced riders will find hundreds of thousands of acres to ride on great horses with great cowboys, wranglers and guides. Beginner riders will find patient teachers and instructors who enjoy sharing their love and passion for riding. Our string of horses consists of excellent Quarter Horses & Mustangs.
Trapper Creek Lodge
Historical Upscale Working Cattle, Horse and Riding Guest Ranch.
Built in 1927, The Trapper Creek Lodge is one of the finest and most elegant log buildings that can be found in the greater Shell, Wyoming area. The history of Trapper Creek Lodge can be dated back to 1882, when the first settlers arrived in the Big Horn Basin. During the roaring 20s, the 16-1 Stock Ranch (as it was called back then) was owned by The Wyman’s and welcomed affluent guests and “dudes” from the Eastern states, including Ernest Hemingway, Owen Wister and Theodore Roosevelt.Read more