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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.

Thank you to Philadelphia Insurance for sponsoring this program.

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 or General Manger of the ranch should be the person attending.

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 would like to thank Will Ferguson for serving as the traveling wrangler trainer this year, he did a fantastic job!  We would also like to thank Flathead Lake Lodge, Red Rock Ranch, Western Pleasure Ranch, Sylvan Dale Ranch and Bar W Ranch for hosting wrangler trainings at your ranches in 2020.

98 wranglers were certified this last year which is amazing considering everything going on.

The cost for wrangler training's are below. This includes 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.

View a sample of the training agenda here.

2021 Wrangler Training Schedule:

Where - Red Horse Mountain Ranch  11077 E Blue Lake Rd, Harrison, ID 83833
When - May 12th 9am to 4pm – Lunch will be served at the ranch
Contact -  Rob at Red Horse Mountain  at (208) 689-9680 x2 or
Instructor – Will Ferguson

Where – Colorado Trails Ranch, 12161 Co Rd 240, Durango, CO 81301
When – Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 8:30 to 4:00 Lunch will be served at the ranch.
Contact – Jeanne Ross (970) 247-5055 
Instructor – Brett Huff

Where – Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch - 2939 N Co Rd 31D, Loveland, CO 80538
When - Wednesday, May 26th 9:00 to 4:00 Lunch will be served at the ranch.
Contact -  Susan Jessup - (970) 667-3915 or
Instructor – Will Ferguson

Where – Bar Lazy J Ranch  447 Co Rd 3, Parshall, CO 80468
When – Thursday, May 27, 2021 8:30 to 5:00
Contact -  Cheri - This class is full.
Instructor- Cheri Helmicki

Where – Covered Wagon Ranch - 34035 Gallatin Rd, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730
When - June 2nd 9:00 to 3:30, Lunch will be served.
Contact Melissa - or call (406) 995-4237
Instructor – Will Ferguson

Where – Mountain Sky Guest Ranch 480 NF-132, Emigrant, MT 59027
When - June 8, 2021 9 am to 4 pm – Lunch will be served.
Contact - Tim Dyer at or call
Instructor – Will Ferguson

Where – Diamond 7 Bar Ranch 353 Lame Jones County Rd, Alva, WY 82711
When -  June 12, 2021 9am to 4pm – Lunch will be served.
Contact - Jeanette Stearns or call
(307) 467-5612
Instructor: Will Ferguson

Where – Medicine Bow Lodge - 5556 hwy 130 HC 63 Saratoga, WY 82331
When - June 12, 2021 8:30 to 3:00 – Lunch will be served.
Contact -  Debbie or Tim at or call
(307) 326-5439
Instructor – Tim Bishop