The Program

Interested in working with horses in the tourism industry? Looking to improve your skills in the backcountry? This program is for you! We will deliver this program in several different ways in order to accommodate peoples lifestyle.

This can be taken as a weekly lesson, as a weekend program or a week-long camp.

For experienced horseman who want to take this program as far as they can, we will be offering other options such as map reading, wilderness first aid and O.C.C.(Outdoor Council of Canada Group Management).

There is also survival and backcountry cooking. The longer courses will be run as several week long programs.

Wilderness wrangler / Trail guide

1) Safety on the Ground (1/2 Day)

  • Approaching and catching the horse
  • Haltering
  • Leading the horse
  • Tying using a quick release knot
  • Moving around the horse

2) Horsemanship (1/2 Day)

  • Understanding the horse as a prey animal
  • How to read the horse
  • Communication
  • Establishing safe boundaries

3) Rider level 2 technical riding (national certification) (7 days)

  • Written test
  • Stable management (tacking the horse up)
  • Riding (skills independent walk trot and beginning of canter work)

4) Trail riding skills (2 days)

  • Trip preparation
  • Safe riding practices on the trail (lecture and practice)
  • Animal encounters
  • Encountering other user groups

5) Backcountry skills (1 day)

  • Care for the horse in the back country
  • Camp set up
  • Bear awareness

6) Field trip (1 day)

  • Loading and trailering
  • One day trail ride in Kananaskis country
1) Intermediate horsemanship (1 day)

  • Halter work
  • Control of the horses feet

2) Rider level 3 technical riding (national certification) (7 days)

  • Written test
  • Stable management
  • Riding skills (walk, trot, canter a pattern)

3) Trail riding skills (2 days)

  • Planning a route
  • Crossing obstacles
  • Encountering steep hills

4) Backcountry skills (1 day)

  • Setting up a trappers tent
  • Leaving no trace

5) Overnight field trip

  • Practical use of all acquired skills
  • Overnight trip to Kananaskis country
1) Advanced horsemanship (1 day)

  • Round pen work
  • Gaining the horse’s attention

2) Rider level 4 technical riding (national certification) (5 days)

  • Written exam
  • Stable management
  • Riding skills (advanced pattern in all gates)

3) Outdoor Council of Canada equine field leader level 1 (2 days national certification)

  • O.C.C modules
  • Managing the group
  • Field session

4) Backcountry skills (2 day)

  • Survival situations
  • Equine first aid

5) 4 day field trip

  • Route planning
  • 4 days/3 nights
  • Camp set up and take down
  • Horse care
  • Horse-packing level one and two (3 days)
  • Group management (2 days)
  • Wilderness first aid (5 days)
  • Map reading (1 day)
  • Advanced wilderness Equine first aid (2 days)

Additional Information

Skill for rider level 4 can be acquired before starting any of the levels. With the exception of the horse packing all other skills can be acquired by other training facilities (e.g. wilderness first aid, map reading etc.)

We can travel to other facilities to teach horse-packing level one because we do not require livestock to achieve this.

We will honour any other riding certifications that give the students the required skills for the rider level.

Packing a horse for the back-country (3 Full Days)

1) Indigenous people of Canada and packingHow did packing methods differ between cultures

  • How the indigenous method of packing influenced modern packing
1) Survival

  • An important method of transportation
  • Ability to move large loads over rough terrain
  • Bringing food and supplies to remote areas

2) Exploration and Opening up new country

  • Exploring mountain passes in the back country
  • The role of the pack horse
1) Properly fitting the equipment on the Horse/Mule

  • How to fit the breast plate
  • Proper fit of the crupper
  • Saddle blanket and pad
  • How to tie a quick release knot on the saddle and why

2) Modern vs. traditional equipment

  • Decker saddle
  • Sawbuck saddle
  • Plastic pack boxes
  • Wooden pack boxes
1) Weight distribution

  • How much weight
  • How to distribute the weight between the pack boxes
  • What is a top load and what is the maximum weight

2) Choosing the pack animal

  • Size of the horse
  • Preparing the horse to carry a pack
  • Breed of horse best suited to pack

3) Barrel hitch

  • What is the barrel hitch used for
  • How to tie a barrel hitch to a pack horse
  • How to tie a barrel hitch to a saddle horse

4) Mantying

  • When and why do we make bundles (mantying)
  • How to make bundles
  • How to put together odd shaped objects into a neat package

5) Basket hitch

  • When do we use a basket hitch
  • How to secure a load using a basket hitch
  • Securing bundled objects to a pack horse
  • Securing bundled objects to a saddle horse
  • Securing pack boxes

6) Single diamond

  • What is a single diamond hitch
  • When do we use it
  • How do we secure the load using a single diamond hitch

7) Double Diamond

  • What is a double diamond hitch
  • When do we use it
  • How to secure a load using a double diamond hitch
1) What to pack

  • Food
  • Supplies
  • Back country gear

2) Basic equine first aid in the back country

  • Wound care
  • Saddle sores
  • Lameness
  • Puncture wounds

3) What to do if you have a wreck

  • Basic equipment repair
  • Pro active measures

4) Hoof care

  • How to pull a shoe
  • What to do if a shoe falls off

5) Basket hitch

  • When do we use a basket hitch
  • How to secure a load using a basket hitch
  • Securing bundled objects to a pack horse
  • Securing bundled objects to a saddle horse
  • Securing pack boxes

6) Single diamond

  • What is a single diamond hitch
  • When do we use it
  • How do we secure the load using a single diamond hitch

7) Double diamond

  • What is a double diamond hitch
  • When do we use it
  • How to secure a load using a double diamond hitch

8) High lines

9) Hobbles

10) Where to camp

Company Info

Painted Warriors Ranch,

Mountain View County, Alberta

403-637-9138

tracey.paintedwarriors@gmail.com

Rates

The price for each individual 13 day module is $1250.00, which includes accommodation and all certification.