2024 Session Schedule & Rates

For 1, 2, 3 weeks, or longer




May 1-July 13, Sept 15-28


add $600

Week 3+
add $400
per week



"I had my large animal restraint lab today!
Everything they showed us were things I
already knew from my time with you!
Thank you for everything and taking care
of me while I was with you!"
- Michaela N., Veterinary Student

Email for latest info on availability!

Dates       Availability
(for 1, 2, or 3 wks)
May 1-4     Waitlist
5-11                 1
12-June 6        2
June 2-8          1
9-29                3
30-July 13       4
Sept 15-28      3

A unique learning opportunity for anyone,
vet and pre-vet students included, who wants
intensive hands-in experience with large animals!

Three options for joining: Full Horsemanship Experience, Internship/Externship, and Observer.

Full Horsemanship Experience:  Whether entering equine-related professions and wanting in-depth, hands-on experience and riding, or a more experienced equestrian, immerse yourself in the world of Western horsemanship and training with the additional  option to join in any veterinary-related activities during your stay.  Limit 4 people.

Internship/Externship: Accomplish hands-on horse-handling and safety through groundwork experience, as well as veterinary components personalized to your needs both on-ranch and in-clinic, but without the riding component.  Interns receive a 25% discount on weeks 1 and 2, and pay $400/week for subsequent weeks.  The fee includes cabin accommodations, hands-on groundwork, any veterinary sessions, meals, and airport pick-up and drop-off.  Join off-ranch activities, which are not included in the price.  One optional riding lesson during your stay is included.  Limit 4 people.

Observer: Strictly observe training (and veterinary sessions, if space is available, with priority given to pre-vet students).  Observes do participate in any hands-on groundwork activities or riding, and no lessons are included.  Get a 40% discount on weeks 1 and 2, pay $400/week for subsequent weeks.  No Participation.  No Riding.  Perfect for significant others who want both observe horsemanship and take advantage of off-ranch opportunities.

If a Full Horsemanship Experience position opens up, Interns may be given an opportunity to fill that position (the additional fee prorated over the remaining time in the session will apply).

Due to limited numbers (four per option per week), preference in booking is given to those staying extended periods of time.  However, if in doubt about how long you want to stay, book a shorter stay and extend week by week, based on availability.

What's Included

The prices per person includes adorable rustic cabin accommodations, horsemanship and veterinary activities per the above options, meals, and 24/7 access to the Lodge with showers, laundry, kitchen, dining facilities, and a log-furnished Great Room, as well as airport pick-up and drop-off at the beginning and end of your stay.

Everyone pitches in with preparing hearty home-cooked meals to satisfy people's dietary preferences with food provided by HorseWorks Wyoming/WEC.

The sessions begin with a thorough orientation to the ranch, horse safety, general policies, and procedures.  HorseWorks-WEC's string of horses range from weanlings to 2 to 5-year olds with which we'll get hands-on, as well as seasoned trail horses who assist us in training the youngsters and take us on rides.

Round-trip transportation between Cody airport (COD) and the ranch is provided by local shuttle service on the Sunday (session start date) and on Friday or Saturday (your choice, session end date).  We'll make one trip per week to Cody for guests to pick up rental cars for off-ranch activities, such as a trip to Yellowstone National Park.

You  may join a HW-WEC session if you are looking for your perfect horse partner to take home.  We'll help you determine if there's a  match appropriate to your riding ability and goals.

When to come?

Late May-June are considered late springtime and early summer, a great time to experience the hands-on and training opportunities of a working horse ranch.  Weather may be warm and dry one day and snowy the next.  Sun or snow, we work with the horses, then hit the hot springs for a soak or sip hot chocolate by the wood stove!  It's fantastic!

Yellowstone National Park

may be entered in the spring through the north entrance, and in summer through the east and northeast entrances, as well.  Snow provides a unique opportunity to see a variety of wildlife that travels over the trails blazed through the snow by the bison.


Summer means longer days, warmer weather, and many off-ranch activities in the area that start June 1, including the Cody Nite Rodeo.  Weather permitting, we also pack into cowcamp to stay overnight, and enjoy campfire cooking, and storytelling before falling sleep in our teepees, or out under a canopy of stars.


In September, there is a hint of fall in the air with the changing colors of mountain trees, as well as the opportunity to pack into cowcamp.  Some summer activities, like the Cody Nite Rodeo, end Aug 31.

Exponentially expand your horse experience whenever your come!

Budget for Off-Ranch Activities (not included in pricing)

To round out your ranch experience, budget time and funds to thoroughly enjoy the off-ranch opportunities Wyoming has to offer! We recommend $400-$500 pocket money for off-ranch activities, depending on your length of stay.
We'll help you plan a trip to Yellowstone which, if costs are shared among participants is
approx $150-$200 for a rental car, fuel, and room or camping. 

We'll make one trip to Cody for guests to pick up a rental car for off-ranch activities.

Soak in the hot springs in Thermopolis, and in the summer, go white water rafting, float the local rivers, and take a trip to Cody for the famous Cody Nite Rodeo and dinner.  

Airport Transfer Included

Airport transfer, provided by local shuttle from Cody, WY to the ranch are included on the start date (Sunday) and end dates of your stay (Friday or Saturday, your choice), is included in the price.  Transportation between Cody and the ranch for arrivals or departures on other days incurs a fee per person.  Participants are responsible for their own transportation for off-ranch activities.

Reservations, Payment Options, Refunds and Insurance


Reservations are held only after receipt of your $500 non-refundable deposit.  

Payment Options

Preferred payment methods are wise.com, bank-to-bank wire transfer, or personal check (US residents).

A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your dates.  Payment of the balance is due at least 60 days prior to your arrival unless a payment plan is agreed in advance.  Payments are non-refundable.


All payments are non-refundable but may be transferable to another party or another session at HorseWorks' discretion 60 days prior to the start of your trip.

This includes no refunds for trips canceled for reasons beyond our control. No refunds, transfers, or substitutions once the trip has started.


Travel insurance is the responsibility of and at the discretion of the participant.  Travel insurance that covers all the costs of your trip is strongly recommended in case your trip is canceled for any reason.

By booking a trip, participants are acknowledging that they have health insurance that is valid in Wyoming that covers extensive riding and ranch activities.  Participants must provide the office with proof of insurance upon request.

LIABILITY AND INSURANCE. State of Wyoming Equine Activity Statute. WARNING: Wyo Stat. s 1-1-123 (1994) s 1-1-123. Assumption of Risk. Any person who takes part in any sport or recreational opportunity assumes the inherent risk of injury and all legal responsibility for damage, injury or death to himself or other persons or property that results from the inherent risks in that sport or recreational opportunity.

Visit our Refund Reservation & Insurance Policies page for more information.

Western Equine Center at HorseWorks offers Training & Horse Sales

Joining a HorseWorks WEC session for a Full Horsemanship Experience, Internship, or as an Observer is the perfect way to not only exponentially expand your horse experience but also to get to know intimately a variety of horses.  Limited to four participants per category, HW-WEC is personalized, and one-on-one.  If you are looking for the ultimate souvenir to take home, apply to HW-WEC today and get to know the horses!