Our Philosophy emphasizes respect for both the horse and the wilderness that we cherish so dearly. We seek to educate our guests in the skills that will enable them to enjoy both to the fullest. While we camp comfortably, we minimize our impact on the fragile alpine environment so as to preserve it for future generations. Most of our treks take place in Kananaskis Country, a 4200 square kilometer wilderness area stretching from the foothills to the Continental Divide. Other riding areas are the Prairies of southern Alberta and the foothills along Highway 22, also known as the Cowboy Trail. We choose our horses carefully, train them well and treat them in a respectful and natural way.
The M&M Ranch – Neil Maclaine
Moose Mountain Horseback Adventures was founded by Neil MacLaine in 1991 to meet the needs of horse enthusiasts and adventurers who wanted to experience the Rockies with a well-trained, athletic and responsive horse. He likes to call the business “a hobby that went hopelessly out of control”. With his endless enthusiasm for adventure he continues to personally guide many of the back-country and custom expeditions. Neil’s love of nature, history and adventure is infectious, and his interests include canoe trekking, mountaineering and skiing, but he is happiest exploring the wilderness with an equally enthusiastic horse.
In addition to running the business, Neil also served in the Armed Forces from 1978 until his retirement in 2017. Among the highlights of his career were teaching Arctic Warfare in the 1980s, running a program known as “Bold Eagle” for Indigenous Youth across Western Canada from 2002-2008, and commanding the King’s Own Calgary Regiment from 2011-2013. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
Undine stepped into Neil’s life in 2004 and they work with a shared passion for adventure, horses and nature. Undine looks after guest services, horse training, and marketing. She is an architect, and together they designed and built the guesthouse at M&M Ranch. Her equestrian background is in English riding, having competed in dressage and show jumping since her youth in Germany.
The Human Side of Our Team
Robert was born into the ranching life, but spent a few years away from it pursuing musical and other interests until returning back to the family business in 2012. He graduated from Mount Royal University in Calgary in 2019 with a degree in Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership. He now serves as our main backcountry guide and leads many of our packtrips.
Kristen is a Southern California native who moved to Calgary after falling in love with the Canadian Rockies. After joining a ride with us in 2016, she developed a deep affection for our horses and land, which made her decide to come back to work for us the following summer. As an experienced horse person and having spent nearly her entire life riding, Kristen combined her passion for horses with the outdoors to fit right into our team. Now having been with us for 3 years, you will see Kristen running many of our lessons, clinics, and daily rides. Additionally, she uses her Communication Sciences degree to run our website, marketing, and creative content development.
Our seasonal team includes a group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable people who are like family to us. There isn’t always much glamour in the horse industry, but the amazing and dedicated people who work here never tire of sharing their passion for this lifestyle with our guests. Aside from varied and extensive horse experience, all guiding staff members have current Wilderness First Aid Training and Outdoor Council of Canada’s (OCC) Equine Field Leader certification.