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If you’ve never been on horseback before, you can feel a bit out of your element when you get up on the saddle for the first time. Suddenly you are high above the ground, astride a leather seat perched on a living, breathing animal. You’re not too sure how to

Banff Trail Riders offers a rare travel experience – they are one of the few outfitters in Canada to offer lodge-to-lodge horseback riding trips. And on these adventures, you ride horses deep into the wilderness and stay at remote lodges overnight. Lodges that are much more comfortable than tents, which

Why not take advantage of the weak Canadian Dollar and visit your northern neighbours this year? As I write this, one American dollar equals one Canadian dollar and thirty four cents. That means — if you’re spending U.S. dollars — you’ll get 34% more for your money when you travel to

Discover why the Banff Backcountry is the best place to try horseback riding. Let’s face it, riding a horse for the first time can be pretty intimidating. After all, these hooved beasts are absolutely enormous!  And if you don’t know how to control the horse and have never been in

Meet Oliver! A favourite mule among the packers, Oliver has learned a lot since joining the team at Banff Trail Riders. He used to be a mule with a swift kick and excellent aim but now he is mellow and happy doing his job: carrying grain to our lodge side

Meet Tucker! Tucker is a horse that never tires. Whether he’s working in town, showing guests around our trails leaving from Warner Stables, or bringing guests to our backcountry sites, you can always count on Tucker to be bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to work! His positive attitude and strong work

Meet Rooster! Rooster is one of the newer additions to our guest horse team and he’s one of the first guest horses to wear the company’s new brand. He came to us last year fully trained and ready to go. After working with our guides for a year, Rooster has

Meet Hershey! Hershey is just as sweet as the chocolate of his namesake. An experienced guest horse, Hershey loves showing guests around our trails, both in town and in the backcountry. He is always the first horse to meet you at the gate in the mornings and has an “in

Meet Coyote! Coyote is just one of those horses everybody wants in their guest string. Usually working as a kid’s horse, he is gentle and calm when it comes to showing our young riders around the trails. He is also used for our adult riders who are still kids-at-heart, showing

Meet Sterling! The flood of 2013 completely engulfed the barns with water and brought with it aquatic life that typically doesn’t live alongside our horses. Shortly after this time, Stirling caught potomic horse fever, a bacterial infection caused by eating the residue left by certain snails carried into the pens

Meet Crystal! Crystal usually works as a pack mule, carrying supplies to and from our backcountry camps. She is also an excellent riding mule, occasionally carrying the packer to give his horse a break and often used for the mule race at our staff fun day. She was trained right

Meet Red Hot! Red Hot is a lunch mule loved by all backcountry guides and guests. Not only is he friendly, easy to pack, and happy to walk along any trail, he does it in style with his flashy white socks rich colour. He’s also an excellent riding mule, making

Meet Posse! While often mistaken for a cow, this giant guest horse certainly pulls his weight within the company. He used to be an expedition horse, and as such has seen more of the backcountry of Banff National Park than most people! He still enjoys showing guests around our trails

Meet Norquay! Norquay – named after one of the mountains surrounding Banff – is the favourite horse of operating partner Julie Canning. This is because of the relationship the two developed while the horse was recovering from a hip injury he received during the winter of 2014. After making a