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Welcome to The Hideout


The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an all-inclusive, upscale riding, horsemanship and working cattle guest ranch. The Hideout is located in beautiful Shell, Wyoming which is east of Cody and Yellowstone National Park. We are limited to approximately 25 riders weekly. With a backyard of 650,000 acres in an area with tremendous diversity of scenery and altitudes ranging from 4,200 to 13,100 feet, you will seldom see the same trail twice.

The Hideout is focused on horseback riding, horsemanship and working cattle. Our string of 130 horses consists of Quarter Horses, Paints and a growing number of Mustangs. We take pride in offering a very personal, fun and safe riding experience. We do offer other activities to provide a break from the saddle including fly-fishing, trapshooting, archery, scenic 4x4 driving tours, Cody Nite Rodeo (seasonal), hiking, a hot tub and a gorgeous lap pool.

We are a team of passionate and diverse professionals who deeply care about your vacation and well-being. We are committed to the highest standards of culinary experience, quality lodging, attentive staff, and responsive horses. Our European/American owners and staff are multi-cultural and view diversity as an asset. We also welcome a growing number of international riders and travelers each week. Many return year after year because of our unique and caring culture which is also one of our most important assets.


Authentic Horsemanship: Our interpretation of Natural Horsemanship

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As a result of guest feedback over the last five years, we started to lay out a concept and ideas for a more professional equestrian program to manage The Hideout’s horse and riding program. We started to upgrade our horses, tack and hiring more wranglers with a solid formal and practical equestrian background and an open mind when it comes to practicing good horsemanship.

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A missing link in our program and concept was a head wrangler and trainer who not   only would support this concept, but at the same was a truly talented and natural horseperson. We brought in Ramon Castro who immediately started to reshape our program and step up the quality, professionalism and horse culture at The Hideout. Ramon participated in The Extreme Mustang Makeover and started a cooperation with The Mustang Heritage Foundation. Last year Marijn, Ramon and Peter started a dedicated Authentic Horses & Training, LLC, a company specializing in the above.

We are proud to announce that we launched a website dedicated to our concept just a few days ago. For more information on Authentic Horsemanship, visit

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Authentic Horsemanship is our interpretation of Natural Horsemanship, which has been described as “the way of the horse.” We like the word “authenticity,” because horses are, if nothing else, pure and authentic in their behavior.

At the same time authenticity is universal and based in honesty. We believe that all horses need honest, capable and reliable hands to train them and help them perform their best, regardless of bloodlines or breeding.

AH Horsemanship Training & Clinics

In 2011, we organized two dedicated horsemanship clinic weeks at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, which were led by Ramon Castro using his unique, effective training methods. Due to the popularity and response to these clinic weeks, we will continue to organize more and attract other trainers to leverage this platform.

What is our goal?

One of our goals is to offer to riders of all levels and backgrounds a riding experience that is respectful to both horse and rider while being safe, having fun, learning a lot and riding in this beautiful, barely-touched country of Wyoming. We offer a diversity of great horses adapted to each riding level and break out of the usual “nose to tail riding” pattern guest ranches are mostly known for.

Please visit our website at for more information on our concept, training and clinics.


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