Friday, April 5, 2013


Training of guide horses

Wild Cayuse Horses - Our Guide Horses

On the ranges of the North West the wild horses were called Cayuse horses. It was derived from the cayuse native people in eastern Washington and Oregan, who were noted for their expert horsemanship skills, the term came north with the early drover and miners and eventually referred to any wild horse that could be broken for ranch work.

In B.C, cayuses found an environment that particularly suited their constitution. Extensive grasslands and hot dry summers resembled the Southern climates from where they had come, and the cold winters were mild enough that horses could survive by pawing away the snow in the sheltered valleys.
Soon cayuses were at home in BC.

They joined those that had escaped in earlier years from the native people to form large herds of wild horses. The ranchers and wranglers saw these herds as the ready material they needed to carry on their business. The thrill of the wild horse chase and the toughness and skill of the horse trainer becomes part of the cowboy life in BC.

So guys and gal's saddle up those horses grab your lasso ropes and lets start rounding up those wild horses. Our guide horses are extremely strong and sturdy, and can take their riders high up into the mountains.

There are estimated to be at least 3,000 wild cayuse horses free-roaming in the Chilcotin region which means their have started to over graze so the guides from Chilcotin holidays were given an amazing opportunity to round up a couple of wild horses out of the mountains and bring them home to start the training process to become guide horses, these wild horses are free to anyone who can catch them, we managed to round up two and their are now slowly starting the training. Come visit us and our new guide horses!


About Unknown

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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