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.
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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.