From our herd of 60 horses you will be assigned your own horse for the duration of your stay. Our head wrangler will match the horse and rider according to ability, physical requirements and horse temperament. Goosewing wranglers are experienced horsemen & women and will instruct you in our arena and on the trail on how to ride well for a memorable Jackson Hole horseback riding experience. All wranglers are First Aid and CPR certified and have taken the DRA horse safety course. If all you want to do is walk and enjoy the scenery, we have the perfect trail; if you want to trot and lope, we have rides appropriate for this as well. We also have cattle work (team penning) available for those who would like to try and are advanced enough to control their mounts. Rides go out Monday – Saturday to different areas of the National Forest and Wilderness. We offer two, four, and six hour long trail rides. There is no riding on your check-out day. Riding on your check in day consists of being fitted to your horse and saddle and riding in the arena or taking your loping test (this is only available for arrivals between 4:00 and 5:00 PM). The ranch uses mostly quarter horses or quarter/draft crosses. The weight limit varies based on height, physical fitness and trails. Children 6 and older can join the riding program, but must be able to control their horse and follow instructions. We recommend cowboy boots, or riding shoes. Boots should have at least a 1 1/2 inch heel and be slick soled. Enclosed shoes and long pants are required. We have riding helmets with sun visors available by request. We also have gel pads for the saddle seats.
- Each ride is limited to 6 or 7 horses per wrangler
- Riding lessons available in the arena or on the trail
- Trail rides fit to your riding ability, beginner to advanced. Walking to loping
- Loping rides and lessons available after rider passes riding test
- Cattle work available
- Bareback riding available
- Horse swimming available
- Barrel Racing and Pole Bending
- Riding Games
- 2, 4, or 6 hour trail rides
- Lunch rides
- Sunrise Breakfast rides
- Kid only rides
- Adult only rides
- Family rides
Horseback trails and riding activities are prearranged each evening for the following day. Sign up typically begins at 6:00pm. Riders can choose from a variety of trails, arena lessons, team penning, or horse game options. Our head wrangler will help you decide what option fits your ability and interest best. Rides will go out in rain or snow, but will be canceled for lightning. Trails are subject to change based on weather, riders ability and trail condition.
Pack trips are available only in the 5 and 9 night packages.