Friday, March 1, 2013

Chilcotin Holidays

What you can do with wilderness guide certification

Emilia and the Wild Horses

It has been 2 months since we brought the two wild horses in from the Mountains of Chilcotin and what progress we are making with them.
Emilia (who got her wilderness guide certification just a few months ago!) has been spending a lot of time with them trying to earn their trust and respect. It's not just about getting a bridle and saddle on like you see in the movies! It's all about an understanding between rider and horse! If you don't have trust in your horse how do you expect him to have trust in you. If you want a calm, stable, reliable mountain horse you need to build a partnership that will lead into and an amazing team. Unlike domestic horses, wild horses have stronger legs and giving them the tolerance against different types of mountain conditions and are capable of riding the highest peaks all day long. Getting your wilderness guide certification enables you to do these awesome things, and really interact with nature at its fullest.

Emilia has started building a relationship with these horses and they put their total trust in her. The bond has become visible. You can see them watch her and prove their trust by accepting everything she asks of them. Before we start putting the saddles on we put pack boxes on them to get them used to the weight. We test their limits by gradually filling the pack boxes with bells and rocks to get them used to noise and movement.

Emilia is seen here with the gelding. She spent all day patiently working with him to be rewarded with the success of yet another step forward, this time with pack boxes on.

We look forward to the day we can ride these terrains side by side with them.

Why not head on over to our Chilcotin Holidays Facebook page and vote for your favourite names for these two wild horses

Chilcotin Holidays

About Chilcotin Holidays

We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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