Western Equine Center
Dates & Pricing

 

 

 

 

 

(Updated Jan 1, 2023)

April 30-May 19

June 4-23 & Sept 3-22, 2023

1-Week
May Session
$1,600

1-Week
June & Sept Session
$1,800

2-Week
May Session
$2,200

2-Week
June & Sept Session
$2,400

3-Week
May Session
$2,800

3-Week
June & Sept Session
$3,000

Deposit to Secure a Place
(included in total price)
$500

Spectators are welcome at a 25% discount that includes cabin accommodations, observing training sessions, joining in meal time and off-ranch activities.  Some on the ground participation and one riding lesson are included for Spectators.

Observers (people who are stictly spectating and do not want to participate in any hands-on groundwork activities, or riding) get a 40% discount.  No Participantion.  No Riding.

If a Participant position opens up for some reason, Spectators may be given an opportunity to fill that position (the additional fee prorated over the remaining time in the session will apply).

Preference in booking is given to Participants staying three weeks.  Participants staying for one or two weeks should arrive at the beginning of the session.

What's Included

The prices per person includes adorable rustic cabin accommodations and 24/7 access to the Lodge with showers, laundry, kitchen, dining facilities, and a log-furnished Great Room.

Participants and Spectators pitch in with preparing hearty home-cooked meals. Food is provided by WEC.

The session begins with a thorough orientation to the ranch, horse safety, policies, and procedures, then your are introduced to the string of horses we'll be working with, from weanlings to 2 to 5-year olds in various stages of training, and our string of seasoned trail horses who assist us in training the youngsters.  We'll learn the horses personalities, assess their abilities, and watch their confidence and trust increase through the Western horsemanship techniques we teach.

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

If you join a WEC session to potentially find your perfect horse partner to take home, we'll work with you to determine if there's a  match for you appropriate to your riding ability and goals.

When to come

The spring session is a great time to experience the hands-on training opportunities of a working horse ranch at a $200 discount.  Wyoming's spring 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!  Spring has shorter days, and fewer off-ranch area activities prior to June 1.

Yellowstone National Park

may be entered in the spring through the north entrance, a longer drive but a unique opportunity to see a variety of wildlife that travels trails blazed through the snow by the bison.

Why come in June?

Summer brings longer days, warmer weather and many off-ranch activities in the area, including the Cody Nite Rodeo and Yellowstone National Park.  June tends toward nice, warm weather, and the opportunity to train horses not only at the main ranch but also at cowcamp where we stay overnight, and to enjoy campfire cooking and storytelling before falling sleep in your teepee, or out under a canopy of stars.

Why come in September?

In September, there is a hint of fall in the air with the changing colors of mountain trees, as well as the opportunity to train at cowcamp.

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 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

Reservations are held only after receipt of your 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.

Refunds

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.

Insurance

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 Training & Horse Sales

Joining a WEC session as a Participant or a Spectator 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, WEC is personalized, and one-on-one.  If you are looking for the ultimate souvenir to take home, apply to WEC today!

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