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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.


Riding, Roping, Reining, Keep those Horses Training!

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With the Extreme Mustang Challenge quickly approaching, Ramon has been working harder than ever with Castro. A portion of the competition involves correctly executing a reining pattern. This past week The Hideout was pleased to host Dominique Reynaud and Jean-Pierre MrArrot (JP), both of whom are top French horsemen specializing in reining competitions. Bet you didn’t know that Europe has a highly competitive reining circuit; top producing countries are France, Italy, and Belgium! (  Dominique and JP spent the week working with Ben and Ramon in the arena on the finer techniques of the sport. (Check out Dominique’s website IMG_8817

So what is reining exactly? According to the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA), founded in 1966, reining is a “judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse within the confines of a show arena.” For the NRHA shows there are ten approved patterns and horse and rider must perform one of the ten patterns. Typically patterns involve small slow circles, flying lead changes, 360 degree spins done in place and, of course, the amazing sliding stops. ( for more info!)

(Watch 2007 NRHA Championship Ride

Under the tutelage of Ramon, and guidance of Ben, Castro is coming along. Our esteemed French guests remarked that Castro has good potential as a reining horse and there is no reason Ramon shouldn’t win the competition. Well, we agree with the last part for sure!

Other happenings this month is a “Wrangler Safety Training” that Ben, Shawn, Marijn, and Luke attended in Jackson Hole.  In June, Ben and Marijn will be going up to Billings for a two day “Horsemanship and Cattle” clinic with Richard Caldwell ( What does this mean for you the guest? That our wranglers have more info stuffed under their hats to share with you!

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