This is a 4 evening plus a weekend course designed to get people started in the wonderful world of horse packing. We would start by going over all the basics and practicing at our ranch in the ibex valley before we put your newly developed skills to use on an overnight trip in the mountains.
The basic plan:
Tuesday, June 16: 6:00-9:00 at our place, intro to horsemanship, safety, saddling, packing, basic horse care, knots, hobbling, etc. + a pasture ride
Wednesday, June 16: 6:00-9:00 at our place, review and practice riding and packing
Thursday, June 17: 6:00-9:00 at our place, more review and practice riding and packing
Friday, June 18: 6:00-9:00 at our place, final day of practice riding and packing, getting organized for tomorrow’s overnight
Saturday, June 19: Meet at our place at 8:30, Load horses and gear, drive to trailhead, ride into mountains and set up camp for the night. It is 3-4 hours on the horse but the students are responsible for all the packing and saddling so when we start riding and get to camp may vary a bit! If we make good time, we can go for another ride, go for a hike, or just enjoy the view.
Sunday, June 20: Wrangle horses and pack up camp and trail back to trucks, truck back to ranch, unload, say ‘bye’ to your favourite horse and head home. Everything should be wrapped up by 5pm but it depends on a few things.
Who is welcome:
- Anyone with a good attitude and moderately physically fit (need to be able to walk a while and get up on a horse)
- Over 12 years old that does not need to isolate in the Yukon (either fully vaccinated or been in the Yukon 2 weeks prior to the start of the clinic).
- Anyone under 16 would need a parent or Guardian to take the course with them.
- No horse experience necessary.
While this course is designed to train people looking to work in the tourism industry, it is by no means exclusively for those people. It could just be a fun experience where you learn a little bit about that way of life, get some experience working with bush horses, and get the invaluable opportunity to forget about your real job. A family looking for something new, horse crazy person looking for an excuse to play with horses, bored person looking for an adventure, people wanting to meet new people, whatever you want!
Up to 8 people
Objectives: (in no particular order)
Get horses and ourselves working, teach some people a dying skill; train people for future employment; get people outside.
This is professional training/education so, depending on your intentions, you may be eligible for funding.
We will provide lunch and dinner on the 19th and breakfast and lunch on the 20th. It will be basic camp food, meaning nothing fancy but lots of it.
What you would need:
All personal clothing and bedding to be outside all day and spend a night in the bush (we go regardless of weather), a good attitude
What we provide:
Very quiet and experienced mountain horses, riding saddles, packing equipment, community camp equipment (tents, stoves, etc), hopefully a bit of knowledge, and a great time!
Please don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or would like to contact one of our references from past courses!
We get hauled around by our very laid back, friendly, big boned mountain horses. They are all percheron/quarter horses crosses and are pretty keen on treats.
Johnny and June are half brother and sister. Even though June is our smallest and youngest horse, she rules the roost. She has the little white snipe on the left side of her nose.
Dolly and Reba are full sisters. They are our big girls. Dolly is 2 years older and her nose is a little bit lighter. Reba is a few pounds heavier.
We can take up to 6 adults or the equivalent number of little people on our Santa Sleigh.
Weddings are the first thing that comes to mind, but could be a birthday party, corporate event, photo shoot or anything else that a team of horses would add to the experience. It could be at our place out here or we could truck the whole program to another location. We are very open to ideas so let us know what you got. The hourly rate would start when we catch the horses to load or harness here and would finish once the horses are turned loose in the yard.
We have a wagon now, but need the snow to melt before we can decide on a route. It is available for events in town if someone has something in mind.
We are 18km from the North Klondike Highway turn off when heading west on the Alaska Highway towards Haines Junction. Once you pass the Takhini Crossing pullout with info. signs and mailboxes at Km 1454, keep an eye out for our driveway on the north/right hand side of the Alaska highway at Km 1455. There is a Canadian and Yukon flag at the end of the driveway and big reflectors on the flag poles if its dark out. It's #93689 and there are blue gates to go through (please close behind you). Once in the yard, turn right down the hill. You will see the wall tent and horses by now. Please park somewhere by the horse trailer.
In good driving conditions we are 10 minutes from the North Klondike Highway turn off so plan for that. We, along with everybody else, have a very busy schedule this time of year so please do your best to be punctual. We have built in some time between rides for pictures and to keep on schedule, but if you are more than 20 minutes late we may have to cancel that ride out of respect for the other bookings. We would much rather you arrive 15 minutes early than 15 minutes late. If you are early and we are out on the sleigh, feel free to check out the wall tent or say hi to the other fat horses in the corrals.
* PLEASE DO NOT GO INTO THE CORRALS OR FEED THE HORSES IF WE ARE NOT AROUND *
WARM WINTER GEAR as this is an outdoor event! There is a wall tent to warm up in before and after the ride, but while on the sleigh you provide your own heat so dress appropriately. We will provide some blankets but you should dress like there is nothing. Layer up as it makes the ride much more enjoyable for everyone when you’re toasty! It is typically colder but less windy in the Ibex Valley compared to Whitehorse so expect that. If it is -25 we will still operate but give you the option. If it is -30 or below we will cancel the ride. We can either provide a refund or do our best to reschedule when this happens.
MUG/THERMOS. We will have disposable cups if needed, but if you have a favorite mug or want something that won’t spill on the sleigh, bring that.
We provide hot chocolate, tea, and some cookies. If you’d like anything besides that, please bring it along!
Cash or etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
There will be a wall tent with a wood stove to warm up in, but the bathroom is an outhouse, so probably best to take care of any nature calls beforehand if possible.
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