Horse Program FAQ
I have horses at home, do I have to go on my introductory ride?
Yes, this introductory ride is required for all guests due to liability and safety reasons. This introductory ride will help wranglers fit your height to the correct size horse, as well as access your riding level and comfort for you to enjoy longer rides.
How many people can go on a ride together?
For your safety and for the safety of others in your group, each wrangler guides six people maximum in a group.
Do you have weight restrictions?
Our maximum weight limit is 250 lbs., which is standard for guest ranches. The Biomechanics of horses limits the total weight they can safely carry for a variety of health reasons, including strained muscles, pinched nerves, and saddle sores.
We offer many activities alternative to horseback riding, such as roping clinics, groundwork clinics, and wagon rides for those who may be unable to mount a horse.
Do you have any pregnancy restrictions?
If a guest is 11 weeks or under in their pregnancy they will need to supply the Ranch with a doctor’s note permitting them to ride. If a guest is 12 weeks or further along in their pregnancy they will not be permitted to go on a horseback ride.
Can I ride more than once a day?
You can absolutely ride more than once a day. We suggest an early ride and a late afternoon ride to give the horses time to rest and enjoy their lunch.
Can I go on longer rides than just two hours?
Our rides are geared towards beginner level rides, however longer rides are available upon request once an introductory ride is completed.
I am an advanced rider; do you offer private, more difficult riding?
We do! Upon completion of your introductory ride, you can discuss our more advanced programming with our head wrangler. Options include loping rides, lunch rides, all day rides, or lessons in our arena. Your rider assessment level and our wrangler availability will determine which options are possible during your visit.
What kind of shoes should I wear?
Please wear closed-toe shoes that are comfortable. We ask that your shoes have a slight heel on them to better secure your feet in the stirrups.
Do you offer cowboy boots?
We offer cowboy boots in our outdoor shop for guests to wear on their rides. If you would like to purchase your own pair of cowboy boots, we also have these available in the outdoor shop.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Guests 18 years and older do not have to wear a helmet.
How old does my child have to be to ride with me?
6 years old is the minimum age for kids to join rides. Pony rides can be booked for our younger horse enthusiasts.
Is horseback riding available every day?
What is your earliest/latest ride?
This depends on the day. Some days our earliest is 8:00am, others it is 9:30am. Our latest ride will leave the barn at either 3:30 or 4:00PM.
Do I ride the same horse for every ride?
Typically, yes. We use our rider assessment to match you with a horse you will be comfortable on. Riding the same horse for each ride deepens your relationship with that horse.
Is horse backing available year-round?
Typically, horseback riding is available May 27 – October 15, however Montana’s unpredictable weather can shorten our riding season.