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Chilko Explorer Ride

Chilko Explorer Ride

Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter and Arab/Quarter cross
Pace: Walk, trot and long canters. Rides are from 10-25 km longs and are from 4 -6 hours in duration.
| Walk | Trot | Canter |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3.5 to 5 out of 5)    Good Intermediate
Weight: Max 200 lbs
Riders: Min 2 riders Max 10 riders
(per riding group)
Max Capacity 16

Riding Experience

All riders must be physically fit, able to mount and dismount both sides of a horse, walk, trot, canter, and saddle up. Guests are usually intermediate riders allowing us to enjoy great canters through the forests or across open meadows. Riding is a physical experience. It makes our senses come alive. If you are returning to the sport of horse riding after some time off, we highly recommend taking some lessons prior to your arrival at the lodge. It will make your trip all that much better! 

Rides are from 10-25 km longs and are from 4 -6 hours in duration. Our daily rides from the lodge offer a variety of excellent riding experiences. Explore the Chilcotin Plateau, which offers open grasslands, rolling hills, numerous small lakes, adjacent mountain peaks with unmatched vistas and a couple of hundred miles of riding trails. Tree riding is a big part of your week. We like to take some of our exciting windy trails at a fast trot or slow canter; we even named one of our rides as the "roller coaster". It is great for stretching your ability and improving your confidence. It is a lot of fun and we know that you will love it! 

We normally keep around 45 horses. The number one standard for our horses is attitude.  You can train everything else, but attitude is hard to change. Our horses are friendly and a joy to ride. The herd is a mix of many different breeds including Arabs, Quarter, Appaloosa, Paints, Draft, and Thoroughbreds. And you will be amazed at how well they do their job! We have many different types of horses to suit all different riders. No matter the breed of horse, our horses are chosen for their disposition, endurance, and strength. They are all very comfortable on the trail and in the mountains. A soft hand, a tasty apple treat, a nice brushing, and a good scratch is always welcome!

The guides love the outdoors, riding, and are experienced horse people. If you have never ridden with Western tack or saddle, do not worry. They can help you make the transition from English riding to the Western riding style. Your guide will show you the proper horse cues and show you how to tack your horse up. The guides can ensure that you are matched with the right horse for your riding ability and personality. Our equipment and tack are well maintained and fitted to the individual horses. All riding groups are kept small (max 8 riders in a group). 
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Chilko Explorer Ride
Tour Code: GRBC01
8 days / 7 nights ~$2,845.00
Dates : June to October

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter and Arab/Quarter cross
Pace: Walk, trot and long canters. Rides are...
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Airport: Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
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