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  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Cost:
    $750/week
  • Ages:
    12 to 17
  • Gender:
    All Girls
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    27
  • Programs:
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  • Summary Profile

    About Wildhorse Camp

    Wildhorse Ranch specializes in horsemanship! Come for the FUN, the Friendships,  the awesome Horses and the Adventure of living life Outside! We provide opportunities to build self-confidence, courage, resiliency and self-esteem through working with horses and being on the land. We have caring, well trained staff and horses. Welcoming girls who love horses to spend LOTS of time with our herd. Suitable for beginners and up. Pick your own horse. Meet new friends. Love Life! Learn new skills like decision making and how to communicate effectively with the horses, other girls and staff members. Horses make us feel better and give us skills to decrease anxiety and stress.

    • Special needs: Not available


    COVID-19 Response 

    We are following all the Alberta Heath Systems guidelines. We provide easy access to hand sanitizers, there is constant "spray and wash" after using equipment and we also do not allow anyone who is feeling sick to attend camp.

    View recent COVID-19 updates from Wildhorse Camp


  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Wildhorse Camp currently has 1 program available; 3 TBD.

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    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
    Email
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 11 - 18+
    Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    $100 to $250
    Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|Entrepreneurship|Leadership Training|Public Speaking|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Debate
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 11 - 17
    Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    $550/week
    Arts & Crafts|Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 11 - 18
    Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    $550
    Arts & Crafts|Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 12 - 17
    Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    $750
    Arts & Crafts|CIT/LIT Program|Leadership Training|Horseback Riding/Equestrian



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    Editor's Review

    Three Things: Wildhorse Camp

    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at Wildhorse Camp



    User reviews of Wildhorse Camp  — Read all 7 reviews


    Forever in your Debt!
    Julian (Edmonton, Alberta) (Parent)

    As parents of girls that visit your camps on a regular basis we are forever in your debt! You are the ones that provide a safe & enjoyable retreat for our girls that takes them to a place that they can forget about the turmoil’s of the world and concentrate on something that they are all passionate about! You are true Heroes! Just Ride ... Read More

    A 10/10 Experience!
    Janette (Parent)

    I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your summer program. A 10/10 experience for Hannah! It is so wonderful to see these pictures of her BEAMING! She came away with so much confidence- "making 30 new best friends" and developing a special bond with Amigo. The experiences you provide will carry with her for so long.... hopefully until next summer! :) Thank you so much! Cheers to you and what you do! ... Read More

    Growing Up with Confidence
    Jenn - Edmonton (Parent)

    Phoebe had such as great time at camp and will definitely be back next summer. She really grew up in the short days that she was away. I am so pleased with the care and love that she was shown by your excellent staff. She wasn't home sick at all and came home more confident then ever. ... Read More

    Unforgettable Experience
    Luisa (Camper)

    You guys and your ranch bring so much peace to me, and I am sure I can speak for the other girls as well. Thank you again for a truly unforgettable experience and you can count on seeing me out and riding with you again!

    Heaven on Earth
    Kristen (Camper)

    Words cannot describe this camp. Fun – an understatement, incredible – just not good enough. This camp was Heaven on Earth. I love my horse and I never want to leave.

    Love coming here every year
    Karlie (Camper)

    I have come here every summer since I was nine it's such a great opportunity for young girls like me who love horses to spend five days or more on a such a beautiful ranch with horses all day Diane and Bear have made it feel like home every time I go back one of my favourite places too be. They have great well trained horses and always do what is in the best interest of their horses and love making new friends at camp ... Read More

    Experience real, let the magic of this place in and be forever changed
    Acacia Australia (Camp alumni)

    I stayed at Wildhorse Mountain Ranch for 2 months and it was the most wonderful time. I was blessed with the opportunity to learn from both Diane and Bear about horsemanship, gardening and Canadian ranch life. Being in such a beautiful place, surrounded by such special people and animals really has a lasting and profound effect on one's self. I could not thank them enough for this unique experience. Come to Wildhorse with an open heart and mind, something very special awaits you there. ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Rocky Mountain House, AB
    Box 7 Site 9, RR#3, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, T4T2A3
    Rocky Mountain House, AB
    Box 7 Site 9, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, T4T 2A3



    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins

    Amenities

    • Toilet in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Outhouses
    • Showers (indoor)
    • Showers (outdoor)

    More details about accommodations: Girls stay in classic pine cabins, located in our Old West Fort. 3 or 4 girls/cabin. Bunk bed accommodations. No power or running water in the cabins. Outhouses and water close by.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Wildhorse Camp technology free? Yes We have a no cell phone policy. Phones interfere with the socializing and interactions that are a big part of being at camp.



    Property Details

    Sports facilities

    • Horseback Riding Arena (indoor/outdoor)

    Landscape

    • Forested Area
    • Lake/Pond/River
    • Nature Trails
    • Open Field

    More details about property: Wildhorse Ranch borders on wild land so we often see deer, coyotes, foxes, and lots of bird life. We are an outdoor based camp where we LOVE life outside! We let you experience and feel The Spirit of the Old West, when life happened at a slower pace and technology did not rule the world. Come feel the difference! Campers enjoy our large fire-pit area and have great conversations at the campfire while roasting marshmallows! Our trail rides go through unique areas like: The Dragon Forest, The Park, The Horseshoe Forest, The Enchanted Forest and we often walk through the Fairy Forest & The Toad Forest.



    Rentals & Services

    Offers children's birthday party packages: Yes
    Birthday Party packages can be with or without horses. We can facilitate a Horse lovers party focused on games with and about horses! We have a large campfire area where you can cook food over the fire, picnic tables, rustic cabins if you want an overnight event and lots of natural areas to play games, go for a hike, look for bugs/toads/frogs and other fun stuff :) Contact us for details, Parties vary from 2 hours to 2 days.


    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    List of Possibilities for a Leadership and Skills Development/Outdoor Education Camps Touch the Earth©: • Experience hands on activities in a peaceful, natural setting • Learn about animal tracks & signs on an interactive hike to Thunder Lake • Practice patience while sitting in a talking circle and then use communication skills when its your turn to tell your story • Let the earth seep into your soul as you sit in the grass and listen to Bear the storyteller • Build your connection to the earth by participating in different activities involving our horse herd and the land. Living History: • Enhance tactile skills & senses by touching hides from beaver, coyote, buffalo, elk, rabbit and more • Increase your understanding of how first nation people/mountain men survived by watching and listening to a demonstration about snares and traps • Experience what it’s like to live as a community, sharing the events of the day around the Evening Campfire. Learning Leadership Through Horsemanship: • Before we start the horse program everyone goes through our “Safety Lesson”. This covers the basics of safe handling of horses on the ground and in the saddle. • Experiential and educational, incorporating confidence building, self-empowerment and skills development. • Practice communication, cooperation, connection and compromise – critical skills when working with horses and humans! • Learning to read energy is an important life skill and dealing with horses helps you understand/see and practice how to move energy • Explore new opportunities on the ground with a horse: by taking risks and trying things you wouldn’t ordinarily do, it will help increase self-esteem. Learning is a matter of trial and error.


    Available for private rentals: Yes
    Our facility has 9 cabins that sleep 4 each, 4 Cowboy tipi's, 3 Whelan Shelters, 20 2 man tents, a Cowboy Bunkhouse that has running water and power that sleeps 12 in bunk bed style dorms, big firepit area, access to bird watching on Thunder Lake, land based learning in our forests and fields, small meeting room, meditation area, Spirit Dancer Lodge, all rental is based on what you require so please contact us for specific details


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Diane Baker, Owner and Director
    B.Ed., Certified EAL Facilitator, Reiki Master, Guide and Outfitter,

    Horses! Horses! Horses! I have been a horse crazy girl all my life and I am passionate about giving girls an opportunity to spend time "immersed in horses"! I see a great need to reconnect to horses and the land, to put away the cell phones and just play on the ground and in the saddle. When we walk on the land and feel the earth, when we touch and hug the horses there is an emotion that comes up in us that gives us a sense of connection - One Earth One People.  Girls that attend camp often make life long friends and they reunite each year at camp for a joyful week of "catching up".  

    My desire is to empower girls to have them set goals, dream big dreams and reach for the stars! 

    "People may not remember what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel."



    Stories

    • Whisper and Mackie and their Life Long Friendship!

      Stories of the Wildhorse Herd:

      These two lovely geldings have been part of our herd for 3 years now, they are in their 20's and have been together for most of their lives so they are "attached to each other". Let me set the stage for today's story, they are always together, where one goes so goes the other. We have never had two horses share a food bowl but these two willingly share with each other all the time! I have been giving extra feed every day to 9 horses in the "pampered pony pen" - for a variety of reasons ( stories for another day), however we had our waterer freeze up so I had to turn most of them out back into the big herd... Mackie and Whisper were part of the extra feed group and I hated to put them back out but no water is not a good thing. However, today Mackie (who always whickers at me whenever I am out in the field or anywhere in the yard) left his friend Whisper and came up to the main gate and called me. I realized he really needed extra feed to I brought him up to the barn and gave him a bowl of his favorite foods and then I brought him a big pile of hay (plus a bucket of water). I thought Whisper would be OK out in the front field with the rest of the herd....
      At feeding time we could not see Whisper so we went on a search and we found him standing in the forest, head down, all sad and despondent... he was standing where he last was with Mackie... 
      I caught him and brought him up to the barn, Mackie saw him coming and his head came up out of the hay and he gave his friend a big whinny of welcome! Whisper on the other hand gave a half grunt/whinny that was more like "where have you been, I've been worried sick because I could not find you! You could have let me know you were leaving..and there was probably a bunch of swearing thrown in on the front end..." 
      Needless to say when I left them they were standing shoulder to shoulder, heads down enjoying the hay pile! Lesson learned: Next time I will take both of them!💖💖💖

    • Seeker's Home Forever

      Stories of the Wildhorse Herd

      Seeker ( aka Crazy Horse) bought at a select Quarter Horse Sale - something we seldom do, mostly we buy by private sales. He has been a work in progress, bought almost 5 years ago as a well trained rope horse/seasoned gelding anyone can ride... now how many times have we seen/heard that statement? What we have come to realize is that as soon as a horse leaves his previous owner there can be a huge adjustment for him once he arrives at his new place depending on so many variables. Usually we can only guess by their behavior/personality what their previous life was like. In this case Seeker withdrew from life in general and did not want to have anything to do with anybody, he put off a very big "Don't touch me"! So we slowly introduced him to the big herd and then turned him out and left him alone. He stayed way off by the forest, or just on the edge of the herd when the feed tractor laid out the hay for the day. Aloof and alone he watched, sampled the energy of the ranch and continued to stand reserved and wary on the edge of life. Gradually the calming power of the herd broke through his shell and he started coming up to the feed wagon and he allowed Bear to touch him. Since that day we have seen a horse riddled with so many trust issues that we can only guess at the things that he must have faced.. so much like humans in similar situations the triggers are sometimes buried very deep and when they come out - look out! Needless to say he is back in a program where he is a ground work horse teaching people compassion, empathy, trust and understanding. A powerful job for a powerful horse! 
      We have seen many people spend time going to counselling and listening to the "words" but things never change for them. We have also seen people who have come to the ranch to "get away from it all" and they end up with their arms wrapped around the neck of a beautiful, kind, caring being who in silence can be more effective than all the words in the world... Letting emotions bubble out and out and release the pressure is very healing. Spending time with horses can be life changing! No riding required. Many thanks to Seeker for the lives that he has touched.

       



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