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“Just a trail ride” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Warner Guiding & Outfitting

Warner Guiding & Outfitting
132 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L 1C1, Canada
(403) 762-2832
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Ranked #31 of 56 Activities in Banff
Type: Horseback Riding Stables, Sightseeing Tours, Outdoor Activities
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Edmonton, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Just a trail ride”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Enjoyed the 2 hour long trail ride. I was disappointed that the guides did not speak with us at all except for yelling a few instructions that we could not hear.

Visited August 2013
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Traralgon, Australia
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219 reviews 219 reviews
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We booked the trip the day before from their office in town and decided to do the evening wagon ride and steak barbecue cook up. When we arrived they were well organised as they had about 40 people booked in for the horse ride to the cook up. There were about 8 of us in the wagon with two of their staff. Two horses up front Blaze and Doc and off we went for a lovely ride to one of their camps. Took about an hour to get their along a very pleasant track part of which followed the river. The two horses were well behaved and well handled by the staff members. When we got to the camp it was well set up and the cook was there ready to start cooking . There were washrooms there and insect spray if you needed it, It is a good idea to have a spray as the mossies can be bad in the bush . All the horse riders arrived shortly after and if you wished you could partake in HORSESHOE THROWING OR LASSOEING . The meal was great, the cook knew what he was doing and cooked the steaks to perfection however you wanted them done . Potatoes in their jackets with cream, lovely salads and their own recipe baked beans were something to write home about , congratulations to the cook . Once all the guest were eating the staff sat down with us and ate too which was nice as one could find out a little about them and the company. The majority of the crew are girls and it is obvious that all of the staff love their job and the horses. Great CHOCOLATE COOKIES for sweets. Another pleasant ride back and we were lucky to have a nice Elk running beside us for awhile. All up it was about 3 plus hours of enjoyment and feeling like a pioneer of old travelling by wagon as the early folks did. Well worth it.

Visited July 2013
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newcastle nsw
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
“nose to tail riding with NO DEVIATION”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

we went on the evening BBQ ride and were somewhat disappointed and concerned. There was nowhere to change other than portaloos and no storage. There was no input into the horse selection, the staff did not ask about experience or concerns to match horses and we noted the smallest child was given the biggest horse! not surprisingly, one teen girl was thrown when we were in the very crowded coral. the trail itself was lovely however the control freak that continually yelled to stay in line and move up even when your horse was a mere metre or so away from the one in front was quite ridiculous. I had a troubled knee that after 2 hours riding became painful and was more comfortable out of the stirrup. this was not allowed!!
the food was very good though and several of the girls were very friendly.

Visited July 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“No horsing around here, just lots of peace and relaxation...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

This was our third trip out this summer with this group. They are brilliant at what they do. The guides even remember me now, that is fun. I have had wonderful horses and very friendly riding mates. When I was young, and before my military career I used to hike the back country on horse with the YMCA. I love animals and horses in particular. Took my grand kids, and they had the time of their life. We go out every forth Friday for a day in Banff, and my grand kids get very upset if they miss mountain time with Grandpa. We will go next summer once my grandson can ride on his own for a supper or breakfast trip. It may seem pricey but it is not, when you consider the up kept for these remarkable animals,and the great staff and fun people you meet. Also, remember you are in the greatest park in the world. Enjoy.

Visited July 2013
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Beautiful area for a horseback ride”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We took a ride as part of a large extended family group from the stables. The 3 hour ride (one of many options) was gentle but strictly single-file, no trotting. We rode along the Bow river west of Banff, along some of the marsh, through some woods on slight hills, and eventually after turning around, over a ridge next to a knobby little peak. If you go, put on bug repellant. Bugs can be really bad with all of the still water and the shade of the woods even mid-day.
Pluses: beautiful scenery, some horses and saddles were great, the guide leading our return portion was very informative and paying attention to the whole group.
Minuses: One of our group had a saddle that was too small or otherwise improper fit and by the end of 3 hours had a saddle sore developing. Strictly single-file riding. No rest stops for getting off of the horses (unless someone really needed to); it's not like there are restrooms at the turn-around point either. Our front guide going out was quiet and I think short-staffing meant that we didn't have a 3rd guide to range along the group and help, especially with children with their own horses; we only had a guide in front and one in back. Eventually the guide in back came forward and was much more proactive with novice riders. So (as with all guided horseback rides), the guides can make a difference in the experience. Finally, with no scheduled stops it is not trivial to don and doff a raincoat or a simple jacket, so dress accordingly as you begin the ride!

Visited August 2013
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