Rainy Pass Lodge is home to it's very own herd of horses. The herd was started in the late 1970's, but there is actually video of horses being used for hunting in this area in the 1920's. These horses live a good life as they are free to roam the country about 8 months of the year. They are not kept in small enclosures so they may get plenty of exercise and extra grazing. Their hair grows out long in the winter to help keep them warm. This is truly a unique situation and place for these horses. Clyde has lived out there almost his entire life and he is currently in his early to mid 30's which is old for a horse, but he's thriving in this country.
Some of the horses in the current herd were actually born out there, but breeding has not been done in over 15 years. The horses are flown out in a Sky Van. It costs about $3500 and can fit 2 horses which practically doubles the cost of these horses. The feed also has to be flown in. The cost in town is about $13 a bag but by the time it's flown out there it costs around $50 and we go through about 4 bags a day. So as you can see having horses in this remote country is quite expensive, but well worth it as it truly brings you back in time. Being in this remote country with these horses has been related to America 100 years ago.