Saturday, September 19, 2015

Chilcotin Holidays

Starry Skies in the wilderness


Becoming a guide in British Columbia

My name is Maddie and I am 18, from the UK. I decided to come to Chilcotin Holidays on my gap year to do the 1 week Wilderness Guide Training Program, in order to learn more about horses and becoming a guide, and also to challenge myself and grow independently.

On the drive up to the ranch I was really nervous, but the warm welcoming made me feel right at home. We stayed at the ranch for the first few days, and I learnt how to shoe horses and pack them for trips out into the mountains. It was hard work, but completing it successfully was a wonderful feeling. I liked getting closer to realising my dream of becoming a guide, and I was lucky to have an amazing instructor too! I also rolled a bale of hay for the first time. It feels great when it finally rolls of it's own accord down into the pasture!

We rode the horses along mountain ridges and down valleys, and saw marmots and mountain goats along the way. Spending time in nature was a welcome change from city life, and the starry skies were so beautiful. The picturesque morning sunrises at  made the early starts to retrieve the horses much better too. Aside from observing the incredible scenery, both out in the mountains and at the ranch, learning how to look after the horses and understand basic veterinary care was really interesting, because at home I'd never been involved in looking after horses beyond simple grooming and riding. However, my inexperience at the beginning of the week didn't hinder me, and by the end of it I had overcome my fears about working so closely with horses in an unfamiliar location, and felt a lot more confident. I am so glad that I pursued my goal of becoming a guide, and I am excited to see what other opportunities are presented to me.

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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