Our mountain trained horses are the heart and soul of our company! We raise and train most of our own horses at Swan Mountain Ranch. The majority are Draft, Half-Draft, Paint and Quarter Horses and are characterized by “get-up-and-go” personalities, big muscles and savvy, mountain trail experience. Think of them as elite athletes! All of our horses are selected with the calm disposition and athletic ability necessary for mountain trail riding in mind.

In addition to our horses, about a quarter of the Swan Mountain Outfitters herd is composed of mules. Many of our mules are broke to both ride and pack, but we primarily use them for packing. These incredible, sure footed animals are responsible for getting all the hay, food and equipment to our upper camp during our summer pack trips.

On the first day of your Montana horseback riding adventure, whether it be a Bob Marshall pack trip, summer fishing pack trip or authentic Montana trail ride, you will receive a lesson in the basics of horsemanship. Our horses are gentle and very good at their jobs, but they are living, breathing animals and therefore inherently risky. Your safety and well being is our primary concern, so instruction will not only cover riding skills, but also specific wilderness riding precautions.

Whether you are a novice or experienced rider, we will match you with a horse which suits your own skill level and personality to ensure that you have the best possible horseback riding adventure with us.

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