Double Rafter promises you the trip of a lifetime! Out on the range, they offer the real deal. They don't schedule phony stampedes, cloudbursts, blizzards, rodeos, wagon wrecks, or brush fires - they happen all on their own. During the month of September, you will gather the high country of the Big Horn Mountains to cattle drive with instruction from their top cattle handling people. You will be instructed and shown how to do it properly. Go find out and improve your skills at Double Rafter!
Airport transfer available:
Billings Logan International Airport (US$235 per person)
Airport transfer included: Sheridan County Airport
You will sleep in wall tents or teepee tents. If you choose double occupancy, Double Rafter will match you with another guest around the same age and gender. Accommodation the night before is at a motel, double occupancy. Double Rafter does not include single occupancy at the motel, but in case it is requested, it can be given at a discounted price.
During the month of September, you will gather the high country of the Big Horn Mountains. Since ranching is a business, there will be some cattle taken off the mountain, but how many depends entirely on range conditions and economics. But that is why Double Rafter is the number one cattle drive out there because theirs are completely real! It could be the entire herd or it could be the yearling heifers. If you take off any number less than the entire herd, it takes an entire day of cutting cattle on horseback. With the instruction from their top cattle-handling people, you will be instructed and shown how to do it properly. If you are into team penning, you will learn more than you can imagine.
It’s amazing but half the people out there who own cattle, don’t know the proper way to do it either. A cow never does anything without telling you what she is going to do before she does it. Are you cowboy enough to read it, then send the message to your horse fast enough, to either encourage or discourage what the cow just told you she was going to do? Go to find out and improve your skills! As Double Rafter is a real working ranch, the start date of this trip hinges on several factors and will vary from year to year. This trip covers 45-55 scenic miles.
The cuisine is made from Dutch ovens and you will sleep in wall tents or teepee tents. Your gear will follow the herd by chuck wagon or pack mule. In September, you will spend the first two days gathering the high Alpine meadows in preparation to head down the Little Horn Canyon. Remember, the mountain pasture covers 60,000 acres which makes gathering an enormous task. The brilliant yellow aspen trees against the dark green pines can make this trip the most fantastic of the year. Yes, occasionally you will get snow, but in the Big Horns, it has been snowed on every month of the year.
You will arrive a day before. You will stay at the motel and have a delicious banquet in the evening. At 08:00, you will be picked up and transported to cow camp. With the cook’s phenomenal Dutch oven cooking, incredible horses to ride, and the camaraderie around the campfire, you will make new friends forever. You will return to civilization the last day, and the following morning at 09:00, you will return to the airport.
At Double Rafter, 98% of the horses are Quarter Horses or Quarter Horse Cross. Double Rafter will determine a horse for you based on your profile. How you perform during the cattle handling seminar and the horsemanship clinic will determine if you stay on that horse or get moved to another one. Double Rafter wants you on a horse that fits your skill level!
This horse riding holiday will take place in Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, USA.
During your stay, you will be served meals cooked in a Dutch oven and soft drinks.