Wild in the Pryor Horse Tours

Irial and Jasper, June 2013
Irial and Jasper, June 2013

NOTE:  Please go to my new post on available dates for the Summer of 2014!  Click TRIPS to go there.

After spending a few years camping in the Pryors, and watching how others interact with the horses, I have decided to start my own Tour Company.  This will be a tour like at the time, no one is offering.  I know all the horses, know how to respect them, know the boundaries and the respect that they deserve  and have experience camping on the mountain.

I recently acquired all necessary permits to be able to offer these tours in the Pryor Mountains.  My intent is to make each and every tour personalized and custom to everyone that wants to join me.  That will include camping if desired.

Wild in the Pryors is permitted by the Bureau of Land Management to conduct small group tours within the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range from January to December. Wild in the Pryors is one of a handful of businesses that have the federal permits necessary to guide clients onto this federal property.

Sandy is also licensed to give tours within the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

With each tour you will receive several sheets to study before we begin.  Included will be a list of horse and camping etiquette.  I will also include my current horse list so you can go home and identify all the horses you will see.   Each tour will be small and intimate.  This is to benefit not only those that come on the tours, but to also keep the disruption of the horses at a minimum.

Waking up to horses, July 2011

So whether you want a photography adventure or simply just spend the day with the horses and someone who knows each ones personally,  give Sandy a call or email and she can discuss your expectations and work out a personal tour of the Pryor Horses just for you.  It will be a once in a lifetime experience.

Sandy is CPR and First Aid trained.

For more information or to book your tour you can email or call her.

NOTE: Update as of May 22, 2013. Camping Trips are FULL.  

DAY TRIPS :  Room for two people on  August 24,  25 and 26th.  

Now taking reservations for 2014.

Camping trips are for a 3 day/2 nights or 4 day/3 nights.  All food is included.  If arriving by airplane, camping gear can be provided with advanced arrangements.

Day trips include lunch.

Contact Sandy for more information.

email:  wildinthepryors@aol.com

Phone: 406-244-0015


Waif and Corona's new colt, Norte, April 28, 2013
Waif and Corona’s new colt, Norte, April 28, 2013

Wild in the Pryor Rules For Your Tour
What to expect and a few rules:

1. Listen to your guide at all times. Do not attempt to go off on your own without checking with your guide. At times your guide may say something fast and stern. This is because of the situation and the need for you to move fast or stop what you are doing. Please respect the directions and don’t take the harshness of her tone personally. This is only for your protection, and the horses well-being. Your guide has your welfare and the horses welfare in her best interest and there may be situations where in order to protect you or the horses she will speak in a stern tone. Your guide has had years of experience with her horses and also with these, so please respect her knowledge and experience.

2. Talk in a quiet and soft voice. If told to be quiet, please do it.

3. Stay with the group and your guide.

4. Do not try to touch the horses.

5. Do not go closer than 50- 100 feet. There may be times when this is not possible, but for the most part, give the horses their needed space.

6. Do not feed the horses.

7. Do not liter. That includes any paper used when going to the bathroom. (Plastic bags will be provided for that, please use them).

8. Do not take food into your tent. This is for your protection. Bears will be attracted to the food.

9. Do not wear or bring: perfume or highly scented creams, deodorant or other. This is also for your protection. Bears are attracted to these things.

It should be noted that being with these horses should not be taken lightly. It is not a good idea to startle a wild horse that you find too close to you, but you do need to stand your ground and you better understand Wild horse behavior. If you startle by too much force and energy if a horse is too close, it can spin and kick out as it retreats, ( they will find their mark). And older horses which suddenly turn in your direction need to be sent away before they complete the thought of coming too close. It is not a good Idea for anyone to mingle with these horses especially during foaling and breeding season, without a guide or previous wild horse understanding and always have a partner to watch your back. But please understand that the wrong signals can actually make the situation even more dangerous. You don’t want to create an aggressive horse by retreating when they approach you. It becomes a game to them but is very serious to people. Stand your ground, Stand Tall, face directly at them and if necessary wave them off. If you haven’t trained Wild Horses. It may be a good idea to Not allow yourself in this situation. PLEASE LISTEN TO YOUR GUIDE.  (thank you Maggie from the Oregon Wild ones for this great wording!!)

Cloud, April 2013
Cloud, April 2013
Sunset, June 17, 2012
Sunset, June 17, 2012
Logo designed by Amber Bushnell

40 thoughts on “Wild in the Pryor Horse Tours

  • Whoo! This is so exciting! Can’t wait to spend some time on the mountain with you and Lori, and giving tours just gives you another reason to spend more time there! And I think it’ll really help people learn about and appreciate the horses!

  • What a great idea!!! I know you will be very successful and I think a lot of people will be thrilled to take your tours! I know when I finally make it up there I will definitely let you know 🙂

  • That sounds awesome! Good luck in this new chapter of watching horses in the Pryors. I will definitely keep you in mind the next time I’m out there.

  • Sandy, what a great idea, really great and I am sure there will be many that will want to do this because it will def make it easier on people that know nothing about the area but that have that desire to see these wonderful Wild Mustangs….

  • Ditto what Brianna said…Whoo…congratulations on that Sandy!
    I can’t wait to get back up on the mountain and spend some time with you and looking forward to Brianna’s excitement for her first time on top!!!
    The Pryor’s are covered in snow today and it is still snowing.
    I will take a few pictures of the beautiful Pryor’s as soon as I can see them through the snow!!
    This is much needed Sandy…people called the Center last year inquiring about any tours, so get ready. I bet you will be busy.

    • Thanks Lori! So glad the Pryors got some more snow. Hoping for a good winter, more snow than last year, but not as much as the 2010-11 year. Just enough to make to give the mountains a much needed soaking. Let’s also hope the snow stays on top longer than it did this past winter.year. The horses were on top in May this year, let’s hope it is June this year. The forage up there needs more time to regenerate!

      • My thoughts exactly Sandy. I do hope the weather stays cooler much longer than last year, that will keep the horses down lower way longer.
        It is still snowing here.
        I went to visit Kaibab and Liesl and they were in the shelter…(where else) and so when I go back in a little while maybe they will come on out so that I can get a few shots of them in the snow!!! they are so cute!!!

      • I took some photos of Kiowa and Kootenai today in the snow. But they were mostly just standing and walking towards me! 🙂 Tomorrow I am going to let them out in a bigger area and it should make for some fun shots in the snow. If I get enough good ones I will make a post!
        Smart horses, Liesl and Kiabab! Kiowa and Kootenai actually like to stay out of the shelter and stand under some trees.

  • Sandy, Wow what a great idea. I am interested for sure and I am very excited. Would it just be for adults? I have a pair of 12 year old grandaughters that would love to do this. They are very interested in the Pryor Horses and have only had pictures to look at, and now they have your calendar. They both are very well behaved young ladies. Please keep me posted regarding the tours. Thank you again for all you do to keep all of us current on those amazing horses.

    • Hi Jeanne, No, it is not just for adults I would love to take children as well! Contact me by email or phone. Each tour will be custom to every person. I want to keep the tours small, so we can really get to know the horses. So if you wanted to do a trip with your granddaughters, it would just be the 3 of you.

  • Altho I already knew you were doing this, I, once again, congratulate you! I just can’t think of a better way to make the money for hay for your horses, or to spend time in the greatest place in the world, in my book, AND with the precious horses who reside there. 🙂 It is such a fun and gratifying experience to see the interest in the horses turn to love of them by the “real horse people” who visit the Range. I know you’re going to really enjoy it. I remember every person I’ve encountered and talked to during my visits to the Range and 7 out of every 10 were genuine and respectful. 🙂 I believe that this is going to be very good for you AND very good for the Range and horses. The presence of respectful persons out there is a very good thing—your just being there may even prevent some abuses from happening.

    You know, I read somewhere that one of the Native American chiefs from that region always said that area was a very spiritual place and that “one is ‘better’ ” when they are there, and they will not be as well when they are away from there. Not his exact words, but that’s the jist of it. I know it’s true, because I have experienced it. My spirit soars when I enter the realm of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range like nowhere else I’ve been, and altho I must “come back down to earth”, the enrichment of being there stays with me. I doubt very much that anyone would ever regret coming there, no matter how far away they come from. I’m certainly looking forward to my next visit :), and am hoping I’ll get to see some of the folks again that I’ve met when there before.

    I’m pretty sure that if I had been given the opportunity to visit there when I was a youngster, I’d be living somewhere near there today. And I certainly can’t think of a more memorable gift a grandmother could give her grandchildren who are interested in these horses 🙂 …

    Looking forward to seeing pics of all the well-loved adopted mustangs frolicking in the snow, or whatever they may be doing. It warms the heart just to see each of them as time passes. And Lori, I’m really glad Liesl and Kaibab have that shelter your husband built for them, since they have no natural vegetation to shelter them. 🙂 And I’m so glad they have one another, too <3

    I, too, hope there is a lot of snow out there, but it sure would be nice if there could be a couple of good thaws between snowfalls to let the horses get to the forage a little easier sometimes. But, they are tough, and most will find a way.

    • Thanks Linda. I enjoy every minute I am there and I especially love showing people the mountain and horses for the first time. It is good for the soul. I know that it will never get old. See you on the mountain! 🙂

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