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.