6 Days September Cattle Drive Ranch Vacation in Sheridan County, Wyoming

Working Ranch Vacation Wyoming

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!

Key Information

  • Tack Type: Western tack
  • Horse breed: Quarter Horses or Quarter Horse Cross

Highlights

  • Horse riding sessions
  • Approximate daily riding time: 6 hours +
  • Cattle herding sessions
  • Saddle, tack, horse lease, and guide service
  • Ground transportation to and from Sheridan
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Meals and soft drinks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with activities in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer available:
Billings Logan International Airport (US$235 per person)
Airport transfer included: Sheridan County Airport
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Accommodation

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.

Program

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.

Schedule

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.

Horse

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!

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place in Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, USA.

Food

During your stay, you will be served meals cooked in a Dutch oven and soft drinks.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Cattle herding sessions
  • Horse riding sessions
  • Saddle, tack, and horse lease
  • Guide service
  • Ground transportation from and to Sheridan
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Meals and soft drinks

What's not included

  • Single occupancy at the motel the night of the banquet
  • The night before the trip is not included, you should all stay at the same hotel and you can start the trip all together early next morning. The Double Rafter have special prices arranged per night for their guests. Please contact the Double Rafter for more information.
  • Return airport transfer from and to Billings, Montana (235 USD per person)

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.
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Special discount

If you booked an individual riding holiday and then more people book the same riding holiday and on the same date as you, we offer you a special discount. The discount will be offered in accordance with the total number of guests that have booked this riding holiday. Double Rafter will inform you if a discount is applicable and its amount 90 days before the trip.

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