Saturday, May 23, 2015

Chilcotin Holidays

Leslie's story about being a horse guide

Don't hesitate, just start to LIVE! Leslie's journey to become a horse guide.

It is incredible to watch how our environment can change people in seemingly no time. Most of our guests, students and staff who come to our ranch are in a state of transition. They are up and ready to start to LIVE. This place attracts people who don't want to follow the mainstream – but want to find their own way, and want to challenge themselves and learn how to be a horse guide in the wilderness.


It is a similar story for Leslie, one of our guide school students who is now one week into her training to be a horse guide, her case sounds like it was meant to be.


While trying to find a part-time job at home it started to look like every door in her life was closed until she heard about us on the internet in April.


Convinced that wilderness guiding would be the change she needed in her life, she booked herself into our second horse guide training program of the year.

“It feels like some sort of horse therapy”, Leslie says. Horses are sensitive – they feel you, read your body language and they will test you. Our horse Steel did exactly that on Leslie's first day, while she was trying to trim Steel's front hoof. Leslie was nervous and afraid of working on the foot of a 300kg animal. For many people it is quite a scary thing to do. But she understood that everybody here goes through the same process and other students needed more instructions and pointers too, not just her. On the second day after Leslie felt more confident and comfortable doing it, the 'miracle' happened and Steel held her hoof up for her right away - gently and voluntary.

Working with horses, learning the different knots and being able to saddle it up all by themselves is what makes people feel involved and more confident. Shoeing a horse takes patience – mostly with yourself and with the horse. We take another approach here, we believe that failures are not the end of the road and there is always something beyond. We learn from our failures and we celebrate our successes, give our best and work step by step towards the end goal. It might be hard in the beginning, but pursuing your goal of becoming a horse guide IS achievable.


This whole environment that we provide is what sets us apart. During our horse guide training, people experience lots of new things they might be afraid of. But fear is only a lack of exposure. What matters most is the attitude about it. Having students learn how to shoe horses is the perfect example. It is a lot to learn and a lot of of hard work, but with the right attitude it can be done. And where else can you gain “hands-on” experience on how to trim and shoe a horse within 2 days? You don't need to have experience to do a horse guide school. Many of our students have never even sat on a horse before. It's all about the right attitude and mindset! All you need to bring here is yourself – your true self – there is no need to pretend to be someone else but who you are when you work with horses. They see through us right away. When you are here you can be honest about who you are – and in return you'll probably learn more about yourself and your hidden strengths and weaknesses.


Take every challenge with a smile on your face and keep the end goal of becoming a horse guide in mind. You'll soon find yourself making one huge step after the other. We have seen this progress with everyone who has been to the ranch.





































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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