Wild Horses Wyoming - Mustang Horse Adventure

Mustang Horse Adventure - $2700.00
Mustang Horse Adventure
Ride package dates: 2014: July 3-9, UPDATE: 1 opening available, book by June 20!, July 13-19, BOOKED FULL!
 

Wild Horses Wyoming - Mustang Horse Adventure

Update, July 2013: The Mustang Horse Adventures were a huge success this season! This excellent footage is from July 2013 of a "plum-colored" stallion with his band. This is the second year we've found these horses, and there are new foals, and one two-year-old that is no longer in the band. Over the course of two weeks, twelve riders were able to share this one-of-a-kind experience with these beautiful, wild horses that live on their native, open range. No fences here!

 

The ever-popular Mustang Horse Adventure rides we have offered for years are A GO for 2013! After several of reconnaissance rides into the desert this summer, we are happy to report that there are several bands of wild horses in our extended ride area that survived the roundups of 2011. We were able to get close to this band of a stallion with his mares and a small foal, being intruded upon by a "bachelor" band who are thirsty! From September, 2012:

Due to the location of these horses and the logistics that go into getting our guests into close proximity to these flighty and spirited wild horses, it is imperative that riders be physically fit and in good physical condition, with good stamina and ability to trot comfortably and correctly for long distances. During the week, we will truck the saddle horses and people out to the general area where the bands are roaming on two different days; the other days of the week, we will all ride out directly from the camp to explore the surrounding country, and to do some faster-paced riding. These are full, active weeks of great riding, and though we never guarantee that we'll see these majestic animals, the odds are quite in our favor now that we have located the herds again. We've never been "skunked" on one of our Mustang Horse Adventures, and from the looks of what we are seeing this summer, things are looking a whole lot better than they were a year ago!

Here is another video clip from mid-August of 2012, the first band we located on the first "reconnaissance" trip to the desert.  

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This story of the wild mustang horses of the Great Divide Basin began in 1520, when the Spanish introduced sixteen Barb Horses to the Americas. The descendants of these "1st Horses" made their way north of the Rio Grande, by way of Indian raids and trades, until some escaped into the protective home of the Great Divide Basin. This remote territory of sage and sand perfectly suits the natural instincts of the wild mustang. The mustangs need the wide-open spaces of this unfenced wilderness to thrive. It is a vast landscape, bigger than Yellowstone National Park, covered in short bunchgrass and secret waterholes. Here, the mustangs have room to roam and run free, protected from civilization by the barrier of the Continental Divide.

Over the past thirteen years, Blue Sky Sage has led numerous wild mustang rides to see, up close, these beautiful mustang horses roaming wild and free in Wyoming. Without exception, our past guests have found this experience to be one of the most thrilling and unique adventure vacations of their lives, with their perceptions of the wild mustang, and often themselves, changed forever.

Generally, wild mustang horses are spotted everyday we ride the Great Divide. Many individual mustang bands, numbering from a just few head upwards to around a dozen horses each, often total upwards of 200 mares, foals, stallions, and juvenile stallions that are on the fringes of the main bands. As we guide riders into closer proximity to these wild horses, being careful not to disturb or excite them, it is not unusual to get within 50 yards of these truly wild and wary animals and the photo opportunities are exceptional. You can actually hear the nickers of the mares to their foals and the snorts of defiance by the stallions as they stand between their harems and anything that seems out of place.

In addition to getting "up close and personal" with the wild mustangs, we continually are in the presence of other wildlife, such as the desert elk, pronghorn antelope, mule deer, several varieties of hawks, prairie falcons and the golden eagle. To see this much wildlife however requires steady riding at a brisk pace for five to eight hours and 15-25 miles each day. The pace and distances covered make this on of the most challenging horse back adventures worldwide. Therefore, all participants must be skilled, experienced riders who meet or exceed the standards of the Experienced Skill Level description that we discuss with each rider before booking. Call us before you book your horseback riding vacation and we can discuss your skills and physical condition in depth.

If you look sharp-eyed to the far horizon of the Honeycomb Badlands, a whirlwind of desert dust swirls upward, marking the march of the salmon-dun stud as he drives his band into the only waterhole for miles. Watch as this battle-scarred warrior defends his harem from daring, young challengers that try repeatedly try to sneak in and steal mares to start their own bands. His foals practice their buck-jumping games around the outside edge of the herd, always under the watchful eye of the red-roan lead mare. The skill of your trail guide is put to the test as she attempts to get you close to these spooky and suspicious mustangs. Flared nostrils, nervous snorts, rolling eyes, windswept manes and tails, and skittish hoofbeats let you know you've been spotted and that it is only a matter of time before the herd bolts and runs, flying into their favorite game of "catch me if you can."

You watch them run and are in awe of the beauty, grace and power of these "spirit horses" as they disappear. The only other spectator has been the red-tailed hawk that is riding the wind high above the now-silent desert floor. We invite you to track the wild mustangs with Blue Sky Sage and become part of their story.

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The jagged Wind River mountains are the backdrop to this spectacular country. Framing the view for the Mustang Horse Adventure are glacier-covered Temple Peak and Roaring Fork mountain, both at over 13,000 feet in elevation. The Continental Divide, nicknamed the "backbone of the Rockies" traverses within a quarter mile of the tent camp, and the Little Sandy river flows right by your tent. At the camp elevation of 7900', summer time temperatures seldom exceed 80 degrees and the nights are cool and pleasant. There are no snakes and few insects to bother you or the Horses during the days' riding or around the campfire.

The schedule varies from day to day, but you can plan on breakfast between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. each morning, hitting the saddle by 9:00 and riding, with short breaks, until lunchtime. We'll noon up somewhere and have our saddle lunch, let the Horses graze and rest for about an hour and then we'll mount up and go again for a few more hours, with short breaks throughout the afternoon. Arrival back at the home base along the river is between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. just in time for cocktails and hors de' oeuvres! Depending on the days' riding and how many miles the group wants to cover, you can expect to be horseback an average about 5-6 hours and cover from 8-15 miles each day.

UPDATE AS OF OCTOBER, 2011:

The U.S. Department of the Interior / Bureau of Land Management has implemented many, many land use and wild horse management changes in recent weeks and months that greatly effect the ability of Blue Sky Sage Horseback Adventures to continue offering the Mustang Horse Adventure itinerary as we have in the past. These decisions, which include things like restricting campsite options, and major roundups of wild horses in the HMA's (herd management areas) that we access, to name a couple, have had a "snowball effect" that has compelled us to make some very difficult decisions regarding this offering. We deeply regret that we will not be conducting any Mustang Horse Adventures in 2012. This has been a very tough decision for us to arrive at, given the popularity of this ride, however circumstances that are completely out of our hands are just too onerous to overcome at this time. We deeply appreciate your understanding and encourage you to select any of our other ride itineraries for an exciting and quality horseback riding experience. Thank you.

Bobbi & Mike 

 

Mustang Horse Adventure - $2700.00
Mustang Horse Adventure
Ride package dates: 2014: July 3-9, UPDATE: 1 opening available, book by June 20!, July 13-19, BOOKED FULL!
 
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