With about 300 horses in our stables, we’re able to pinpoint the absolute perfect horse for any rider.

That means if you’ve never been riding before, we’ll be sure to pair you with the most mild-mannered horse available. So you can enjoy the experience.

After all, Banff Trail Riders wants both seasoned horsemen and horsewomen as well as new riders to have the time of their lives.

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Meet Aardvark! This awesome appaloosa mule is both broke to ride and pack. He is a favourite among many and has quite the character! A lesson all of the new packers must learn when packing Aardvark is he loves food. He will eat anything you offer him. He not only


Meet Amigo! This little horse absolutely loves taking guests into the back country on our multi-day trips! He is a sure-footed and reliable horse that we can always count on to take our younger and more nervous guests down the trail. Amigo has been on every trail and to every


Meet Bart! Bart is trained to both ride and to pull carriages and sleighs. Bart used to work downtown Banff taking guests on carriage rides, but has decided to make a change and take guest around horseback to see the trails around Banff National Park. Bart is always full of


Meet Bugsy! Bugsy came to Banff Trail Riders at the beginning of 2015 with his brother Jesus and they are the smallest of their Banff Trail Riders’ mule family. Bugsy used to be very timid around people, and super hard to catch. Now he will come right up to you


Meet Butch! Butch is the smallest of our heavy horses that pulls our carriages and sleighs and he may be small, but he is mighty! Butch was bred as a cart horse and makes it look easy. Though he is a great horse now, when he first started at Banff


Meet Lakota! This appaloosa gelding has a “blanket” pattern over his rump – blanketed appaloosas have a large white patch over the hind end with spots the same colour as the rest of their body. This handsome fellow is currently a guide horse, leading the way and showing our guests


Meet Roper! Roper is one of our hard working mules that takes groceries, duffel and feed out to our most remote camps. Roper loves his job, and even cries out to his packer saying “you forgot me” if he is left behind at camp for a day off. He loves


Meet Trigger! Trigger is always so eager to show people around Banff National Park. He prefers to take kids out on our trails, making him one of our taller kid’s horses. He knows he’s tall for the little ones so he will drop his head nice and low so that


Meet Whiskey! Whiskey came to us as a 3 year old and clearly loves his job! This little sorrel has an in your pocket personality, and he will follow you around for pats all day. You can find him at our Warner Stables location taking guests out for hourly trail


Meet Zeke! You would never think that Zeke was an ex barrel racing horse when riding him out on the trails. Zeke is a go-to for our guides with our young and timid riders. We can fully put our trust in him with putting nothing but confidence and a smile


Bluto was amongst the first horses purchased by the company in 2014 once receiving the new Banff Trail Rider’s name and ownership. He was a young horse with very little training under his saddle. He was trained on site with us and has proven to be a smart and lovely


Meet CB! CB is named for the freeze brand on his right hip which resembles a “C lazy B”. CB joined the Banff Trail Riders team with some pretty cool training behind him. Although he just wasn’t cut out to make it to the top of this athletic career, he


Meet Clint! You can find this boy at our Spray River Corrals location in the summer. He is excellent with kids and has no problems keeping up with the rest of the group. If you want to ride a horse with little to no effort, Clint is your guy! In


Meet Cisco! Some people say it’s bad luck to change a horse’s name. But when a buckskin named Mickey came to the barn – who looked exactly like Kevin Costner’s horse in the movie Dances with Wolves – we had to change his name to Cisco. This beautiful gelding can


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 Crocus! This little molly mule has a sweet tooth like no other. She is always looking for more candy especially when you eat in front of her! She is usually found on our tent side leading a string of mules to our camps. Crocus is not only broke to


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 Dutch! Dutch is one of the gentle giants who grace our guest horse string. He has years of experience working for the company and he knows the ins and outs of all the trails we offer. Dutch can be found at our Banff Springs Corrals location showing guests around


Meet Daisy! This little molly mule is used for both packing and riding. She can usually be found on our lodge side trips as a lunch mule but has also been in the Canada day parade on Banff Avenue. There are not very many mules around that are too keen


Meet Danny! This eye catching mule is considered a bay mule in colour; the reason he looks different than most bays is because he received the “primitive marking” gene from the donkey side of his breeding. Primitive markings include the white highlights around the eyes and muzzle, the black cross


Meet Dexter! Dexter is a unique looking horse with his light pinto colouring. He is also an incredibly comfortable horse to ride and he knows all the best lookouts along the trail. He isn’t so fond of our “nose to tail” riding style, however, preferring a bit of space around


Meet Doc! Doc is one of our gentle giants who came to Banff Trail Riders along with his matching brother, Pat. Although he is one of the tallest horses in the herd – with legs a mile long – Doc is hands down the slowest horse on the property! But


Meet Francis! You would never guess that Francis was bred to be a bucking horse at the rodeo when you ride this slow paced guy. With zero buck in his body he was fired from the rodeo and has found a comfortable pace her at Banff Trail Riders. Francis loves


Meet Freddy! Freddy is quite the character. He will always do anything you ask him to do while riding him, but he definitely prefers being ridden as opposed to being driven. Although he doesn’t like to be driven, he is one of the more diverse horses we have. Freddy is


 Meet Gump! This big Belgian mule can be found in our back country commuting duffle, groceries and feed to and from our tent camps. He is very stocky and can carry more than the average mule. He is one of our newest members to the packing team, joining us late


Photo Credit: Maureen Schmidt Photography Meet Hollywood! He is a palomino gelding and is one of our guest horses. Hollywood is a steady boy who is happy to take people around the trails in Banff National Park. Currently, he is spending his winter vacation at our ranch with the rest


Meet Hank! Hank isn’t often seen by the public as he packs supplies in and out of our backcountry camps, but he is a popular mule among the packers because he will happily carry anything. Whether it’s a delicate load of breakable items, a smelly load of garbage, or an


Meet Heidi! This big mule is not only pretty but she also works hard. Heidi is usually found on our lodge side, hauling duffel, groceries and feed. She is a steady mule that can be trusted with most anything. You may need a ladder to get all of the gear


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 Homer! Homer is very well trained and is able to pull carriages as well as ride! He is currently a guest horse at Warner Stables and frequently takes guests back country where he hopes to show them the beautiful Sundance Lodge, but mostly his handy work there. Homer helped


Meet Ike! Ike is mostly used on our lodge side trips, carrying guests’ lunch for the day. He is a mule, which is a horse crossed with a mammoth donkey, but in Ike’s case, he may be part moose. This boy is a gentle giant and is extremely good at


Meet Jackpot! Named because of the “649” brand on his left thigh, Jackpot comes from an unfortunate background where he was mistreated. After coming to Banff Trail Riders, Jackpot learned to trust people again and began his training on the trails. Working as a packer’s horse allows Jackpot to see


Meet Jody! This molly mule can be found packing guest duffel, groceries, or feed during the summer. She has a birthmark on her left jaw shaped as tear drops, making her quite unique. Jody is a very good mule and is easy to get along with. She has deep brooding


Meet Jeannie! Jeannie is a very easy mule to get along with! She loves to get her ears scratched and looks forward to her grain every day. This lovely girl has been with us for a while and is typically found either carrying the eggs or our guests duffel to


Meet Jesse! Jesse is highly educated for this line of work. Originally trained for the competitive sport of reining, Jesse is enjoying his career as a trail horse and his gentlemanly nature makes him the perfect kid’s horse. Look out for this sweet guy both in town and in the


Meet Jester! Jester can be found at our Banff Springs Corrals near the Banff Springs Fairmont Hotel. He has been with us for a few years now and has adapted well to the trail riding lifestyle. Jester is suited to most any rider as he is strong and very good


Meet Kate! This adorable molly mule is quite diverse. Not only does she carry lunch for the guests on our back country trips, but she is also broke to ride. Kate has a very sweet temperament and loves ear scratches and apples. At first, she is a little shy to


Meet Kiwi! Kiwi is a stunning blue roan gelding who loves to take guests out on tours. This guy is very photogenic as he is attentive and his colouring is quite vibrant. Thanks to his good training, he is very responsive and very willing to please. Kiwi is best suited


Meet Leroy! Leroy joined the Banff Trail Riders team in 2006 and quickly became a favourite among guests. He is a solid citizen and a very reliable horse. Anyone who has had the pleasure of riding Leroy on one of our mountain trail will certainly remember his gentlemanly personality and


Meet Manny! We purchased Manny from an auction in 2015, he had a note on his stall that said “Too slow. Meat Horse”. We knew that this beautiful boy just had to come home with us, and anyone who has ridden him is happy that he is here! Manny has


Meet Max! Max is a lovely little horse that can be found taking guests out on our backcountry vacations. Max loves being out in the bush showing guests a part of the park that not many people would otherwise get to see. He has a personality that will make you


Meet Marble! Marble is a seasoned horse here at Banff Trail Riders. His favourite spot to be is at our Halfway Lodge, 32 kilometres out of town! Marble has some of the coolest coloured eyes in the company – and it is also how he got his name. His eyes


Meet Merlin! This guy is an awesome addition to our guest horse team. He is usually found at our main location on 100 Sundance Road. Although Merlin does like to snack sometimes on the trail, he is an extremely safe boy who can be trusted to keep any type of


Photo Credit: Maureen Schmidt Photography Meet Myles! This beautiful bay had a rocky start with us when he came here. He was not as broke to ride as we had hoped for and Myles needed miles to be safe for our guides and around our guests. Last summer he was


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


Meet Ned! Before becoming a part of the team at Banff Trail Riders, Ned was a trick horse. He now excels as carriage horse showing guests around historical downtown Banff. He sometimes decides to show off his tricks, however, by sitting or lying down… usually while still wearing a harness!


Meet Nigel! Nigel came to Banff Trail Riders in fall of 2015. His kind and willing attitude is what we look for in all horses when adding them to the family. He came to us as a 4 year old with some training, but his personality made him a pleasure


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 Orin! You can find this kind gelding at our Banff Springs Corrals location. His grullo colouring makes him look very unique and beautiful. Orin takes people through the Spray River, around the Fairmont golf course, and through a scenic forest. He has always been quite the character and is


Meet Ozzy! Ozzy came to Banff Trail Riders in the summer of 2014 along with his good buddy Bluto. At first, it was a learning curve for Ozzy to adjust to a western lifestyle in the mountains. Ozzy loves his job and is happily working as a guest horse. His


Meet Painter! Painter graduated into the guest string in 2015. He is a complete gentleman when you ride him, and his shorter stature makes him more appealing to riders that find themselves a little nervous. When we first got Painter he made the Farrier’s job extremely difficult; he was very


Meet Peyto! Peyto is named after Wild Bill Peyto, legendary backcountry guide and warden of Banff National Park. While the man was known for his eccentricities, the horse is known for his goofy personality. Much like the man, Peyto the horse spends his days showing guests the best trails through


Photo Credit: Maureen Schmidt Photography 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


Meet Quarry! Quarry has one of the biggest personalities in the herd, his goofy and charming attitude will win your vote every time. Quarry loves to be at near the front of the line so that he can show you the trails! Quarry has some pretty unique markings, on his

Red Hot

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 and rich colour. He’s also an excellent riding mule,


Meet Ringo! Ringo is a beautiful black and white Paint with an unusual marking. On the dark side of his face he has an ice blue eye; which tends to only happen if the horse’s face has a white marking around it! Ringo can be found at our Warner Stables


Meet Ritchie! Ritchie works hard in the summers, transporting guest duffel, groceries and horse feed safely to the back country camps. Although he is not the prettiest mule in the world, he certainly makes up for it in work ethic. He’s also working hard on his head shots for his


Meet Roany! This bay roan quarter horse is known for his ‘smiley’ attitude. When asked, this guy has no problem showing you his pearly whites! Not only is he a crowd pleaser, he is also a favourite to ride. Next time you visit Banff Trail Riders, be sure to keep


Meet Rooster! Rooster is one of the first guest horses to wear the company’s new brand. He started his career with Banff Trail Riders already trained and ready to go. He worked with our guides for his first year to become more familiar with his new home and graduated with

Route 66

Meet Route 66! Route 66 is one of our most experienced guest horses with plenty of miles under his hooves. He is quite possibly the hungriest horse in the herd and he’s always got a case of the munchies! He is the first horse to the grain bins in the


Meet Roy! Roy is a big, stocky boy who was originally purchased to be a carriage horse. After an injury, however, Roy’s rehabilitation included riding and it became clear he preferred wearing a saddle instead of a collar. Roy is now a guest horse taking riders out from our Warner


Meet Shades! Named after the “50 Shades of Grey” franchise, Shades certainly does demonstrate varying shades of grey that change between his winter and summer coats. As is typical for a horse of his colour, he will lighten as he ages and will likely resemble a “white” horse in his


Meet Sherman! Sherman is one of the new additions to the big boy team, joining Banff Trail Riders in the summer of 2014. He is the largest horse on the property, standing 18.2 hands high! Despite his massive size, Sherman thinks he can fit in your pocket and will happily


Meet Sleeman! In the beginning of his time with us, Sleeman worked mostly in the backcountry carrying cooks and packers back and forth to their camps. He has recently graduated to the front country, where he shows guests around our in town trails. His signature look and positive attitude make


Meet Snoopy! Snoopy is suited to just about any rider, with his easy going personality and solid build. He is our own personal unicorn here at Banff Trail Riders with his distinct white coat, long forelock and mane. You can find Snoopy at our Spray River Corrals location, showing people


Meet Spider! Spider is a horse of all trades, either showing guests our wonderful trails, bringing our cooks to and from town, or carrying supplies to our backcountry camps. During the flood of 2013, Spider was even a wild horse! After the river destroyed the trails and made the backcountry


Meet Spud! Spud is a steady-eddy, go-to kinda guest horse. He isn’t too tall, or too small, and he makes the perfect horse for anyone who is a little nervous around such large animals. Not only can Spud ease someone’s fears by the end of even our shortest trail ride,


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, Sterling caught potomic horse fever, a bacterial infection caused by eating the residue left by certain snails carried into the pens


Meet Strawberry! Strawberry is quite a unique looking horse. He is called a Strawberry Roan by most, but is technically a “Honey Roan”. He is found mostly escorting kids on the trails. This boy knows his job so well, if another horse tries to move out of our trail line,


Meet Studley! Studley is the smallest horse in the entire herd, standing a mere 34 cm at the withers. He is a miniature horse, meaning he will not grow any taller. He is currently in training to pull a buggy both by himself, and with his matched mini partner, Fooler.


Meet Sulphur! Sulphur is almost famous! Well, he has close ties with a certain captain of the USS Enterprise. During the summer of 2014 Sulphur showed the one-and-only William Shatner around our “Cowboy for a Day” trail during his visit to the beautiful Banff National Park. Sulphur isn’t just reserved

Sweet Pea

Meet Sweet Pea! This little mule can do it all, from packing lunches for our backcountry guests to carrying supplies into our camps and even competing at our staff fun day. Sweet Pea is a favourite among our backcountry guides because she “talks” the whole way down the trail. Position:


Meet Tamale! Tamale is the Prince Charming of the Banff Trail Riders’ herd. From his distinguished facial features, to his long flowing mane and tail, he definitely knows he’s the ‘Fabio’ of the horse world! If you are lucky enough to ride this handsome man on one of hourly or


 Meet Titan! This beautiful boy is a Norwegian Fjord. He is known for his teddy bear like personality which matches his appearance. Titan is a very kind and willing boy who just goes with the flow. He is happy to comply with anything as long as it means his reward


Meet Troy! This guy may be small but he is mighty. Troy is always ready to go for a ride, whether it be running around barrels on our staff fun day in September, or taking our guests on a trail ride during the summer. He has a great heart and


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 Twister! Twister is known for his easy going ways and for carrying guests safely around the in-town and back country trails. Twister loves to take our youngest riders out on trails. He knows his job very well and makes confident little riders out of our nervous, young guests. But


Meet Vic! From taking our cooks out into the back country, to guiding rides in town, this guy does it with class. With his stocky build, he has the ability to take all kinds of people out on rides. On his free time, this guy likes to fulfill his dream


Meet Vince! This guy is both a riding mule and a pack mule. Most of his days in the summer, Vince is shuttling duffle, groceries, and feed to and from our backcountry camps. The odd time you can find him being ridden by one of the packers or guides. He


Meet Wayne! Wayne went to Calgary in 2015 and 2016 to compete in the Heavy Horse Pull at the Calgary Stampede. He also works alongside our other driving horses doing sleigh rides in the winter. Wayne is not only strong but loves to stay busy. He loves his job and


Meet Wesley! This tobiano paint is quite the handsome fellow! Not only is he good looking, he is also eager to please and loves his job. Wesley is suited to any type of rider and he has done it all in the company. He has been used in the town


Meet Wesson! Wesson has now dabbled in every position he possibly could here at Banff Trail Riders. When Wesson first arrived he was pulling carriages in the summer and sleighs in the winter. Wesson has made the move and is now a riding horse in our summer season; he enjoys


Meet Willy! You can find this gelding at our Banff Springs Corrals location near the Fairmont Hotel, escorting people on our 1 hour and 3 hour rides. Willy is quite a tall horse who is ideal for tall people. He is very kindhearted and is always ready to go to


Meet Winchester! Winchester joined the Banff Trail Riders’ team in the Fall of 2016. He is a very well-mannered horse and a pleasure to ride. He is a stocky built which makes him an excellent trail horse in the Rocky Mountains. Winchester only needed to familiarize himself with the new