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Welcome to The Hideout

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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 Horses: The Origin

The Hideout Blog

This is the first in a series about the “AH” (Authentic Horses) brand and concept. We start by introducing you to the concept behind “Authentic Horses” and the “AH” brand. Thanks to the Peter DeCabooter and Jessica McLavey for putting this together.

If you’re around the barn or out on the trail with our Hideout wranglers, you may notice an increasing amount of our horses sporting the new AH (Authentic Horses) brand. This brand represents a concept formed here at The Hideout with has a simple goal in mind: to create a positive equestrian experience for both horse and rider by fostering an honest, respectful training environment. The AH horses are chosen to enter the training program and wear the brand based on their willingness to learn and develop, rather than basing our selection on bloodlines and other traditional requirements.

To us, authenticity means approaching any situation with an open mind, objectivity and honesty. With training horses, an authentic approach allows a horse to realize its full potential, regardless of breeding and paperwork. Our AH training program was developed by closely observing poor horsemanship practiced by other operations. It became clear that financial interest, subjectivity, and opportunistic motivations can often cloud the judgment of a trainer and blur the focus of what is best for the horses. With the AH concept, we strive to divert from corrupt training practices and follow the Three Cs (character, conduct and competence); we require both our AH trainers and horses exhibit these Three Cs and corresponding positivity at all times.

With our head AH trainer, Ramon Castro, overseeing the program, we have added a diverse collection of horses to the AH string. The breeds included in the AH herd include Mustang, Arabian half-bred, registered and non-registered American Quarter Horse and Kentucky Mountain Horse. We feel that there are plenty of horses out there that, given a fair chance in the hands of a respectful and capable trainer, will develop their skill set and mental capabilities to the fullest. Only horses, like our trainers, with an open mind and a willingness to continue learning are selected to begin the journey to bear the AH brand.

While not all horses are able to meet the qualifications become an AH horse, it is our goal to eventually see each horse on our Hideout string bearing the AH brand. When we first reevaluated and raised our standards for the Hideout string two years ago, several of our horses did not make the cut and were subsequently removed from the program. Some of these horses carried prestigious bloodlines and excellent paperwork, which goes to show that authenticity cannot be achieved by cutting corners, regardless of pedigree.

The next time you’re down at the barn and see a horse with the AH brand, you’ll notice that these are among the best equine partners we can provide to our guests. These horses have proven their physical and mental worth, as well as demonstrated their willingness to continue learning with an open mind and earnest effort. Give ‘em a pat, they’ve worked hard for it!

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