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Welcome to The Hideout

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an all inclusive working cattle, riding, fly-fishing and adventure guest ranch in Shell, WY (east of Cody and Yellowstone National Park). Families, adults and single travelers from around the world return to The Hideout each year for a world-class riding,
working cattle and adventure guest ranch experience on our 300,000 acre ranch. In addition to riding, working cattle and fly-fishing, we offer an array of non-riding activities and adventures such as trapshooting, canoeing, hiking, biking, 4x4 tours, etc.

Limited to approximately 25 guests per week, we are committed to the highest standards of culinary experience, lodging, staff (we speak 4 languages,) horses and personal, almost customized attention.

Novice Riders and Lessons

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Novice Riders & Lessons

novice-horse-rider-hideoutA guest ranch is usually not the place where you go to learn how to ride. However more and more guests come to The Hideout for exactly that reason. Many guests want to come and learn how to ride because their partner, family members or friends are intermediate or advanced riders. A growing number of guests sees this vacation as a great place to learn about horses, reconnect with horses and learn how to ride and handle horses and  improve on their riding skills to continue riding once they are back home.

These and other novice riders are looking for a place where they can enjoy themselves while learning how to ride in a fun and safe environment.

We have a string of beginners’ horses that are bombproof and are ideal to learn how to ride. At The Hideout, we will encourage guests to try other horses and not ride the same horse for their entire stay, given the availability of multiple horses that suit your riding skills.


novice-horse-rider-hideout2We always have wranglers on staff who can give riding lessons in very small groups and if possible, individually. They will work with you in the arena and will start with explaining how a horse thinks, reacts and perceives things.

We make a difference between “understanding the horse” and “the technical ability to ride a horse”.

Understanding the basics of horsemanship will make you feel more comfortable being on and around the horse. This will enhance the learning environment and riding experience. It also makes it much more fun.