often have lots of questions for our secretarial staff when making
reservations. We have listed, and answered many of them here. We
would appreciate it if you would glance through these questions and
answers before you make your
reservations call. If, after looking these questions and answers
over, you still have not found the answer to your question please call (208)
think that Yellowstone Horses Outfitters is among the top family oriented
horseback riding businesses in the world!
1. Weight limits 2. Ages 3. Credit cards 4. Chuck Wagon Supper only 5. Never ridden before 6. Weather 7. Snacks 8. Riding double with an adult 9. Riding
double 10. Riding without an
11. Arrival time 12.
Gratuities 13. Memento photos 14.
Pay before or after ride 15.
Payment ahead of time? 17. Are you assigned a
riding order 18. Running the
gates will be locked 20. Release forms 21. appropriate clothing 22. How fast a pace 23.
24. How much time
will we spend in the saddle
horses for all weights, including large horses for large
do you have to be to ride your own
the children be of school age and able to follow
Sorry about that; after 24 years of accepting
checks we now only accept cash, and most credit cards. Even if you plan
with cash, when you make your reservation, as a guarantee that you will
honor the reservation,
we will ask for your credit card number. This card
information will only be used if you fail to show for your
a beautiful evening ride followed by a mouth-watering Dutch oven meal
with all of the works.
Call for availability and more details. $75.55
12 & older 11 & under $66.05
we have never ridden before?
ride, our wranglers and guides teach a basic
horsemanship and safety course. At this time we try to
level of ability. Using this determination, we then match our
the appropriate horses.
about the weather?
located just 2 miles from the Continental Divide; the weather can
suddenly. A clear sunny sky can be replaced with a rainstorm
30 minutes--and vice versa. Because of extreme situations, we
have several "loaner"
jackets and "Yes" we do ride in the rain and
If you have coat and gloves, bring them, you can always leave them in the car.
take snacks on the Half Day Rides?
warmer days we encourage you to bring a drink, with
a string attached, and tie it to your saddle horn. However,
you not leave any residue on the forest floor. Our motto: "Leave no Tracks"!
child is old enough to have their own
horse, but are afraid to ride by themselves, can they ride with an
to provide an enjoyable experience for
everyone. In order for a child to ride with an adult the
in front of the adult, in the
saddle and the
must also remain in the saddle! Although the comfort of both riders is
reduced, riding double can be done up until about 50 pounds. (Riding
behind a saddle
extended period of time will hurt a horse's back!)
There have been occasions, at the last minute, when a child who earlier
planned to ride has become reluctant. Rather than spend a lot of time
telling the youngster, "You're not afraid!", or "There is
nothing to be afraid of!” our wranglers and guides will simply mount everyone
else, paying little attention to the child with the anxiety. The guides
will also quietly ask the rest of the group to brush off the child’s negative
responses and allow the youngster to assume that they surely will be left
behind. (they won't be) After the group is mounted and lined up to leave the
corral, the child's saddled horse will be placed in line right behind the adult
that the child is "begging" to ride with. Nearly always, as the group
starts to leave, a child's fear switches from "having to ride a
horse" to "getting left behind"! At this point, in most cases,
the child will cautiously allow the guide to boost them onto their horse
and invariably, for the rest of the ride, the child will be in Seventh
Heaven! If the fearful child has accepted getting left behind, and after the
group has left the corral, one of the wranglers will stop the group and tell
them (for the child's benefit) that he has decided to let the child ride
with the adult for a ways. The child’s horse will still be in line right behind
the adult’s. The child will then be placed on the horse with the adult (they
will both be uncomfortable) and within a half mile or so the child will
decide to go ahead and ride their own horse! In twenty eight years, we
have never had a horse leave the corral without a rider and come back without a
rider; the fear always subsides.
though they are a lot more bother, you will still only be required to
regular fee for the child. NOTE:
The adult should never indicate,
at any time, that he or
she will not go if the child doesn't!
the ride has been reserved, that means the ranch cannot not
the reserved horses to someone else; therefore, even
someone with reservations chooses to "back out", they will still be expected to pay
for the ride.
individuals ride double?
children old enough to ride by
themselves, go the ride without an adult?
must be accompanied, and have a release form signed, by someone who is
of age or older.
should we be there?
things to look at and
things to do like roping a dummy steer or visiting with others who are
ride. Although not required, it won't hurt to be a half hour
although much appreciated, is not mandatory but the
price of the ride does not include gratuities. Your guide
give you a great experience.
lots of genuine cowboy hats, chaps, and lariats. For those
it, we have the facilities to professionally photograph you while
dressed in this
genuine cowboy attire, posing or standing beside your horses.
much time do we spend in the saddle?
all depends on the group. Some groups take longer to mount
some groups want to travel faster and further than others, and some
to take short cuts and reduce the amount of time in the saddle.
we do not
charge by the hour; we're just trying to make this a great experience
for you! The
time it takes to participate in the horsemanship demonstration,
mount the horses, and adjust each rider's stirrups is included in
the overall time frame.
stop and take pictures?
by all means! In this day and age of
digital cameras, we expect riders to take lots of casual pictures as we
However, horses do not like to be left out and if they think they are
being left behind,
they will become very nervous. Therefore, if you are in a situation, or
in which you would like to stop to take a picture just let your guide
he will be happy to stop; in fact, if you wish, he will eagerly take
pictures for you, with you in them. This can be done over and
hesitate to ask.
are not running in a time frame)
stop by yourself to take a picture is bad for two
reasons; 1) Your horse will "dance and prance" trying to get back
with the group and consequently your photo will not be the quality you
You might get hurt as your horse strives to rejoin the group!
16. Do we need to send our payment ahead of time?
years we have found the equestrian public to be very responsible
We know things come up at the last minute and plans need to be changed,
especially where family groups are concerned. We ask, as a
courtesy, that you notify us as soon as possible if your plans
we can give your horse to someone else, or find extra horses if you
we allowed to ride where ever we want to?
leaving the corral area, your guide will stop and allow riders to
locations. This can be done as often as you want during the
you do not have "assigned seats". However, for safety purposes we ask
you not to break away from the group, or attempt to pass another horse
traveling. (Horses have a "pecking order" and might kick at,
run from, another horse who is trying to pass)
run our horses?
Our horses are not the sleepy, fat horses that are frequently found in
commercial type riding situations. Most of our horses are
horses, or semi-retired professional horses. Many of these
been previously owned by professional calf ropers, team ropers, steer
and barrel racers. We have found that these horses, after
little, and no longer winning in professional competition, are still
trail horses; these horses are still competitive and far superior to
saddle horses. Although our professional rodeo horses are now working
slower environment, their speed and agility is still there; they are
the mountains every day and their physical condition is similar to that
race horse being used on the track! With these factors in mind, running
horses can be dangerous; not only for the person who is allowing their
run, but for the person who is riding another horse that instinctively
compete with the running horse!
are home to many
burrowing animals such as rock chucks, wolverines, and badgers; they
burrow in the soil
leaving holes that running horses could step in and break legs! If you
run your horse, go to one of the businesses that have the
horses; you'll actually have to work to make them trot!
there a time that the ranch gates will be
Do we sign release forms?
forms will be signed by everyone. Anyone who pays for someone
else besides themselves
will sign a release form as the responsible party but the riders who
are being paid for will also sign the back of the same release form.
the appropriate clothing?
depends on the individual. ideally
you should have pointed, leather soled cowboy boots, a
long sleeved shirt, denim jeans, chaps,
broad brimmed hat and light leather gloves; of course this is not
everyone will be wearing their "tenny runners", and that's
fine; just don't jam theminto
stirrups! We insist that you only insert your shoes far enough in the
stirrup to allow you to step out without
catching your shoe.
wear shorts, which is all right as long as you are prepared to receive
scratch or two as you travel along the trails. You
won't need a hat, except for looks; but it still wouldn't
rub on some sun-tan lotion.
weather is questionable, a jacket or rain coat would be recommended.
fast a pace will we be traveling?
group's choice. Ordinarily, our rate of travel is quite
group wants to slow down, all they need to do is notify the
fluctuation in the travel rate can take place at any time but we try to
proceed at a casual,
constant pace. (we don't want to excite the surrounding livestock or
start a horse race)
Can we fish or ride boats after the ride?
are many things to do at the ranch before and after the scheduled ride
including fishing, boating, playing volleyball, cooking in outdoor barbecue pits, and for the children, catching frogs!