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Wapsie Wrangler Horse Program

The Winnebago Council Horse Program is led by a group of dedicated horsemen and women: "The Wapsie Wranglers." The Wranglers volunteer their time to offer rides to Scouts and Community Members of all ages. They are fantastic at what they do and are always ready to share their unique expertise! As well as leading all of the trail rides, these committed volunteers maintain the trails and care for the horses. 

All rides should be scheduled two to three weeks in advance with the Council Office to ensure availability of volunteers. Riders may choose to rent a cabin or camp in a site overnight if they are traveling long distances or wish to have a more rustic experience. 

Trail Rides

Located near Waverly, Iowa, we offer trial rides for one or two hour increments by appointment. These rides wind through the trials of Ingawanis Adventure Base along the Cedar River and several scenic overlooks. Book a ride today! Limit 10 riders per ride and must meet size and experience requirements.

Steak Rides

Along with our hour and a half trail ride, we also cook up a real "cowboy" meal by the fire. Surrounded by experienced staff and in a beautiful outdoor area, it's hard to pass up on this offer. Limit ten riders per ride and must meet size and experience requirements. 

Merit Badge Sessions

Our off-season Troop merit badge classes are offered March through May and August through October. The merit badge is offered either for one single day or for larger troops a full two-day weekend. It is advised for Scouts to camp out at one of our various campsites located at Ingawanis Adventure Base. Beginning at 8AM on Saturday, the boys (or girls) will be introduced to the horses in our herd. Each Scout will be partnered with one of our horses based on their size, experience, and personality. We ensure that each Scout is able to have the best possible experience. For single-day merit badges, please complete the Horsemanship Worksheet prior to arrival.

Some people may be wondering why groups cannot reserve trail rides in June or July... this is because that is when our horses are doing what they d best; working with the kids at summer camp! The boys will be partnered with a horse at the beginning of the week and will work everyday with them, first learning basic horse care and eventually mastering riding at different speeds and gaits. The Boy Scouts of America requirements for the Horsemanship Merit Badge included the ability to properly mount and dismount, walk, trot, canter, halt, and reverse. By the end of the week the boys are ready to show off their skills to their families and friends at the Friday Horse Show! Come sign up to have a summer to remember!

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