FREQUENTELY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR GIRLS HORSECAMP
How much experience do I need to attend camp?
We welcome beginners and up, ages 9 – 18. Most of the girls come from Alberta but we also get girls from across Canada, US, UK, Germany, France, Hong Kong and China.
How much time do I get to spend with the horses?
Wildhorse Ranch Programs are horse immersion and have about five hours a day of horse time. We teach basic horsemanship, natural horsemanship, ground work, skills for trail rides, mounted games, drill team, barrel racing and more. Girls move into more experienced lessons according to their ability.
Our staff ratio is very safety oriented; 1 staff/3 girls.
Can I bring my own horse?
No we have a closed herd so we don’t allow you to bring your horse. We have a large herd of well trained horses of many different breeds and sizes to choose from.
Our horses are part of our family, they are never leased or sold at the end of the year. We also rescue horses from “bad situations”. Some of our horses have been 5 years in the rehab program. We are only starting to use them now. Like humans, sometimes it takes horses a long time to heal.
Where do we stay? Can I bring a friend?
You stay in Rustic Cabins, 4 people/cabin and yes you can stay with your friend(s). About 75% of the girls do not bring a friend and it does not take long to make friends as you have a LOVE of horses in common. We let you pick your own cabin mates and we consider this camp a “growth experience” so there are only the camp girls in each cabin. The evening counsellors stay in a cabin close by and they are on call to handle any problems that might occur.
Can I come to more than one camp?
Yes, we welcome you to stay for as many weeks as you would like, the more time spent with horses the better your horsemanship becomes! Over the weekend you can help with ranch chores, walk n talk with the herd or just relax, catch up on sleep, read or play games. The horses need time off during the weekend so we don’t ride, sometimes you can help out with some groundwork on the “green horses”.
Do we have chores?
Absolutely, we have a list of daily chores that you will do as a cabin group. There are horse chores, dining hall chores and evening chores.
Activities may include: campfires, campfire songs, a variety of games, a wagon ride to Thunder Lake, quiet time for reading or conversation with friends, a hike, games, crafts, movie night etc.
Can I bring my phone? Can I phone home?
We prefer that there are no phone calls during the week, some exceptions apply for severe homesickness, birthdays or special occasions. We are a techno free camp so no cell phones are allowed.
Bear spent 15 years working as a fireman/fire chief so his medical training is excellent. Diane and key staff members have First Aid and CPR. Our closest hospital is in Rocky Mountain House which is only 15 minutes away and it has a large number of doctors.
Registration and Refund Policy
Registration: Please call: 1-403-729-2910 to check availability, register your child’s name and then the registration package will be emailed out to you. Payment: We accept e-money transfers, money orders and credit cards (add a 5% convenience fee to use credit cards).
Booking Policy: Full payment needs to accompany the application, non-refundable, but may be transferred (must have a signed doctor’s note stating medical reason for not showing up) to be used for up to one year.
Where are you Located?
We are 2 hours NW of Calgary, or 45 minutes west of Red Deer, 2 hours SW from the Edmonton International Airport, 10 miles south east of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta Canada. If you are flying in we can pick you up/drop you off at the Calgary YYC, contact us for details.
Arrival and Pick-up
Most camps: Drop off is after 4:00 pm Sunday, please come to the office on the deck to check in
Pick up: On Friday afternoon you can watch your child as she shows you the skills that she gained during the week but please remain as an observer not an instructor. This is an excellent opportunity to take photos. catching horses starts at 1:30 and we are finished by about 3:00pm
Please do not let dogs out of your vehicle, we have 4 resident dogs and 2 cats.
Thanks for your cooperation