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Horse Safety and Adaptive First Aid for the Trail

This program reflects the minimum guidelines for not only DRA member ranches but other equine programs related to Horse Safety and Adaptive First Aid for the Trail. This program provides an educational opportunity for all equine participants through a seminar approach. The goal is to promote continual evaluation of safety procedures and skills to improve the safety and knowledge of equine participant’s including the rider and the horse.

Key Elements

  • Horse Safety
  • Accident Management
  • Site Safety
  • Continuing Education
  • Equipment and Tack Safety
  • Guest Orientation
  • Certification

The program relies upon the integrity of its members to review their program with consideration to the suggested Horse Safety and Risk Management Practices discussed in the program. In order to stay current with the program, each ranch must attend a course at least once every three years. The owner, operator or manager must attend a "Horse Safety and Adaptive First Aid Seminar" to remain in current standing. Wranglers are encouraged to attend a "Wrangler Training Class" as offered at the beginning of each summer. The classes offered to the wranglers remain current for five years. Horseback riding and other dude ranch activities conducted oftentimes in the outdoor wilderness, and/or mountainous terrain, include inherent and other risks that can cause injury, damage, death or other loss. As a result, it is recognized that ranches cannot assure the safety of their guests and that participants share in the responsibility for their own well-being and the well-being of others on any trip. The Dude Ranch Foundation Horse Safety Program is an endeavor to assist ranches in managing risks and considering safety in their ongoing effort to provide their guests with a positive experience. Horse Safety and Adaptive First Aid Seminars are offered at the annual Dude Ranchers' Association Convention and throughout the spring.

The Dude Ranch Foundation is excited to have Will Ferguson from Eatons’ Ranch on board as a new Wrangler Instructor this year. With Will’s experience with horses and dude ranch horse programs we know he will bring a lot  of knowledge and wisdom to these classes.  If your ranch in interested in hosting a wrangler training just give Colleen a call at 307-250-1981 or Josie at 307-587-2339.

There are five classes scheduled thus far (see below) If you are interested in sending your wranglers to one of the below training's please register with the ranch.

Flathead Lake Lodge, Montana - May 19th, 2020 Starts at 9:00 goes until 5:00 Lunch is included in the price. To register contact Liz at 336-399-1667 or 406-837-4391. Instructor, Will Ferguson

Wind River Christian Ranch, Colorado
ay 26th, 2020  Starts at 9:00 goes until 5:00 Lunch in included in the price. To register Contact Don at 800-523-4212.
Instructor, Will Ferguson

Red Rock Ranch, Wyoming - June 2, 2020 Starts at 9:00 goes until 5:00 Lunch is included in price. To register contact Carolyn at 307-733-6822.
Instructor, Will Ferguson

Colorado Trails Ranch, ColoradoJune 8th, 2020 Starts at 9:00 goes until 5:00 Lunch is included in the price.To register contact Jeanne at 970-247-5055.
Instructor, Brett Huff

The cost for wrangler training's include the horse safety booklet, the wrangler training card and lunch.

  • For DRA members the cost is $50.00 per wrangler.
  • For Non-DRA members the cost is $100.00 per wrangler.