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2018 High and Wild Horsemanship Learning Adventures

High & Wild Wilderness Horsemanship Adventure Series

Come get High & Wild with us on a High & Wild wilderness learning adventure! Can you imagine a luxurious lodge set 80 miles from the nearest road only accessible by air or horses? Join us as we fly in for two learning adventure vacations, seven days and six nights each, of Natural Horsemanship set in the rugged mountains of Northern British Columbia. These trips are an opportunity to put natural horsemanship principles to purpose in a magnificent wilderness setting with horses raised in the wild.

High & Wild originally started as a one week get away for my family and a few of my students and clinic hosts. Before the first trip could happen a second trip had to be planned to handle the amount of people interested. Students from all around the world have joined us for this remarkable experience and 2016 will mark our 14th season!

The ultimate horsemanship experience!  This is not a dude ranch, it is a horsemanship learning adventure in a private setting high up in the mountains.  Take your horsemanship to a new level while working with Glenn and his team in this natural setting. You will work with sturdy mountain bred horses in some of the most beautiful country you will ever see. The location, environment and horses keep you swimming in adventure and horsemanship learning opportunities.

Fun and adventure is the key to these weeks and prior to participating everyone must demonstrate a minimum level of horsemanship that is equivalent to Stage 1.  The further an individual is in the stages program the more likely they will be to work directly with Glenn and actively participate in the training of the herd.
 

Week One – Horsemanship and horse development is on the menu each day. Some will have young horses to get started for their first ride while others will have quiet seasoned trail horses to prep for exploring the mountain trails.  This week is perfect for students just starting off on their learning journey while still getting a taste of adventure. Our advanced students will be challenged by Glenn to assist in training and development of the herd

Immerse yourself with this incredible learning opportunity with direct personal access to Glenn, literally from sun up to sun down, in this natural setting high in the mountains with wild horses in their purest form.

Week Two – Apply your horsemanship principles as we explore the mountains and prepare for even more adventure and time on the trail, some even 12 hours long. Your horsemanship skills and fitness level will need to be able to match this level of adventure.

Participants can choose to relax at the lodge or camp if the days adventure ride is too much or they just want to take it easy for the day. Prepping your horse for the rides are mandatory, but the trails are not mandatory.

Each day will be a new experience as Glenn and the team guide you though the mountains, the valleys, the rivers and untouched land.  
 

Week 1 - High & Wild Horsemanship Education Adventure... July 30 - August 5, 2018

Week 2 - High & Wild Wilderness Education Adventure...August 5- August 11, 2018

Go to the bottom of the page to download the application form with pricing

High & Wild General Considerations

On each adventure the participants need to be aware that they will be given a position of responsibility. Everyone is accountable for themselves, their horse and the other participants. Each week is a genuine experience, and your judgment and evaluation of a situation can produce some interesting learning opportunities.The following are general considerations for anyone who comes to High & Wild:

  • Great Attitude
  • The ability to saddle their own horse with a western saddle
  • Fit enough to hike some
  • Be able to mount unassisted
  • Overall willingness to help with any activities.

 

 

 

 

 

Students' Comments

That trip was certainly life changing for me. I enjoyed it so much that on the drive back home I got to thinking how nice it would be to take more time to do trips like that. So we sold out last March 1st 2004 and have retired to an area near a lake, where we live with our 6 horses. - Brightsand, Saskatchewan

A chance to see some of God’s handiwork up close. Atlanta, Georgia

While it was true enough we imparted some of our knowledge to them, overall the majority agreed the horses taught us more than we taught them. A tremendous respect was earned for these humble animals. - Switzerland

That I was able to come up here to this special place, and for such great leadership, support, advice and friendship. I have had unforgettable fun on this adventure and can’t wait till next year. I want to stay for months and months. - England

 

Hazel's Reflections of High and Wild 2005

Have you ever been somewhere on holiday for the first time and it’s been so great that you start to worry about going again because you can’t imagine it could be that good again? I made that mistake with the high and wild trip. I had such a special time last year that although I was really looking forward to going again this year I half imagined that unless it was exactly the same as the year before it couldn’t be as good. You can probably guess it wasn’t exactly the same but I can assure you it was every bit as exciting, educational and inspirational.  The high and wild trip is not a holiday as such. It has some of the essential components of
what we would expect from a holiday. It is certainly a serene break from the chaos and cares of usual life. The views and the scenery beat all normal holiday postcards. It boasts outstanding local attractions – elk moose, wild sheep - even the possibility of a bear or too. But nothing is signposted, not much is guaranteed and the clearest map you’ll get might look like this:

The peace of the mountains, the quality of company, the beautiful horses and the excellent food would be enough to persuade me to attend yearly on there own. But counted among the highlights for me are also being out at dawn watching the horses, the challenges, the unexpected and the absolute necessity to step out of ‘the box’, out of your comfort zone and come home in some small respect totally changed.  To fully explain one of the most valuable lessons I have learnt from my time in the mountains, I have to start at home with my own horse and horsemanship journey. I have
to remember the torture it has been to learn not to micro manage my horse, not to take away her basic responsibilities like looking where she is going and not walking into anything. From a ‘normal’ past the challenges on the road to natural start small and simple. 

As I walk out to the rough coral built beautifully from tree trunks high up in the Rockies, I have to adjust my eyes. I see a docile herd of horses. Most look like the gentle docile cobs we would expect to put our grandma’s on at home. But they have noticed me long before I am even close to the coral. These horses are fresh of the mountains where they have fended for themselves all winter- no feeds, no rugs, no one breaking the ice on the water, no one fending off the grizzlies and definitely no one to micromanage their every step. This is the real deal. 
Having acquainted myself with my horse ‘Cochise’, a beautiful Appaloosa brought in from town a few years previously. I spend the rest of the week realising just how capable our four footed friends can be. Cochise carries me over the ultimate in uneven ground, down steep slippery banks across deep fast flowing rivers, he steps carefully over fallen branches worthy of the cross country course back home. In exchange I walk the steepest parts and take as best care of him as I know how.  

These horses are by no means pampered but they are respected by everyone who rides them. Special care is taken to groom away anything that might be uncomfortable under their heavy western saddles. Saddles will be adjusted several times daily on the trail to avoid any saddle sores or discomfort and all steep part of the trail up or down are walked by horse and rider to avoid over tiring the horse or putting unnecessary strain on joints. The horses will work hard all summer and into the autumn and will then be turned out to the mountains again for the winter. 

When we, the parelliests, are not there the camps will be full of hunters, guides and wranglers enjoying a season away from the cities. We are extremely privileged to be able to spend the time we do in the mountains and it is due in part to the great generosity of Barry who owns the outfit and to the respect Glenn Stewart has earned from Barry in the years he worked for Barry pre- Parelli. 

This is an unimaginable trip to explain and it is hard to give it justice in words. There is something about the cabins built of logs, heated by little stoves stacked with wood, something about the big jugs of hot coffee and the smell of pancakes and syrup that makes you feel at home the moment you walk in. There is something so unique and refreshing about looking out of a cabin in the morning at a range of mountains, covered in trees, divided by rivers, topped by little clouds and knowing that somewhere probably not so far away, there is a big Grizzly bear going about his business. There is a strange reassurance and sense of achievement when you have successfully crossed a fast flowing river that has touched your horse’s belly. You know just how cold it would have been if you’d have fallen in because you forgot to keep your feet up out of the water as your attention was more focused on avoiding the rocks and following Glenn – our trusty guide and teacher. 

When we sit round the camp fire on the last night telling stories, we all fight to tell our highlights as so many are shared but there are plenty to go round. We wildly applaud and thank all the staff who have cooked our food, lit our fires flown our belongings round the mountains and shared some cowboy secrets. 
 

 

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