Giddy up… the horses have arrived and Goosewing Ranch is starting to feel like home again! Big, tall, small, but not one is skinny… We have horses of all shapes, sizes, and colors; horses for beginner to experienced riders and something for everyone in between. We are so excited to have them all back on the ranch. It really is a long winter without them. The horses have spent the last few months down in Star Valley Wyoming, and have made the journey through Jackson Hole to get up to the ranch. Our horses are very lucky to get the winter off, which they earn after a long season of taking guests all across the Bridger- Teton National Forest and through the Gros Ventre Wilderness.
We have 62 head of horses on the ranch. The majority of these horses have been coming to Goosewing Ranch for years. The great thing about having the same horses year after year is that the horses learn our routine, and trails, and the returning wranglers know the horses and their personality which helps them pick the best horse for each guest. Our horses are leased through Yellowstone Horse Rentals, similar to many of the local guest ranches throughout the Jackson Hole area. These horses are the best at what they do. They stay calm in intense situations, they are very sure footed in varying terrain and weather conditions, and know how to show every guest a great time whether galloping through the meadows, or meandering across mountain tops.
Of course each horse comes with its own personality and behaviors. One of the more famous Goosewing horses is Snickers. She is a big grey mare with more personality then one can imagine. She is an escape artist, a belly scratcher, fence breaker, hobble runner, and the best darn horse to put beginner adult riders on. Snickers will take care of her rider on the trail, she might not be the fastest but she won’t be “bear bait”. Snickers best buddy is Goliath. Goliath is a small pure black gelding who loves children of all ages. He will cautiously carry the smallest of equine enthusiast through the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem to the more advance buckaroos on adventures excursions. He is also very smooth and comfortable to ride bareback. Stay tuned for more horse updates throughout the season.
Our wranglers are busy getting the horses in shape and ready for each of our guests. No matter if you want to ride high for views of the Grand Teton, or low along the river we have trails and horses to take you everywhere. Welcome back horses!