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Ranches and Cattle Drives

Ranch stays and Cattle drives

On a ranch holiday a well trained working horse, a herd of cows, sheep or horses, a wild immense landscape and a way of life all combine to offer the chance to become a real cowboy. There is a world full of equestrian ranching traditions to experience and these ranch holidays speak to riders who are looking for real and authentic experiences and wish to be completely involved in the work of a cattle ranch. On a working ranch the daily activities are often determined by the needs of the farmer and the season, and cattle drives will only run at certain times of year. Some ranch holidays focus more on trail rides through spectacular scenery rather than working cattle but Western riding is the usual style. Ranch holidays are not restricted to the USA either - you can herd horses in Chile, round-up sheep in Iceland or work with chagras in Ecuador.

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From the horse’s mouth

  • Zapata Ranch
    October 2023 Shay aged 31
    Absolutely amazing trip of a life time, wranglers were amazing and full of knowledge and super friendly and the food was always amazing from breakfast to dinner! Will be a return guest! I had Reo she was so lovely and great but for my riding experience and confidence she was a bit slow and asleep for me. Found myself... Read all
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  • Rocking Z Ranch
    September 2023 Hilary Christine aged 67
    Sunday to Saturday at Rocking Z Guest Ranch What a wonderful week. We Rode out everyday on well trained horses Learned to ride on steep terrain Learned how to put on Western Tack Learnt the basics of Barrel Racing Working Cattle and Archery Had a go at Heavy Horse Driving Had really comfortable cosy accommodation... Read all
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  • Kara Creek ranch
    September 2023 Anna aged 50
    All the horses looked well however a few were very sore footed and there were a lot of knocks and bumps
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  • Rocking Z Ranch
    September 2023 Gillian aged 58
    This was a bucket list riding trip for me and it definitely lived up to expectations. The Wirth family and ‘framily’ looked after us all very well, the same with their horses. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. The food was great - plenty of it and tasty too. The accommodation was clean and comfy. The riding... Read all
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  • Kara Creek ranch with Ben Hobday
    August 2023 Shannon aged 54
    Kara Creek ranch was a wonderful experience learning how to learn the basics of being a cowboy. Riding horses across expansive fields, moving cattle from one field to another and the camaraderie of the riders and cowboys was unparalleled. I rode Ghost, a paint of unknown age. He was a very nice horse, not particularly... Read all
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  • A working ranch with cattle drives USA
    Working the cattle in Montana
  • Horse drive in Idaho
    Learn how to move horses to new pastures
  • Ranch experience and cattle drive in Wyoming
    Learn the ropes of cattle work at Bitteroot
  • Horseback trail and horse drive in Chile
    Torres del Paine Horse Moving Ride
  • A working ranch with cattle driving in Montana USA
    Rounding up the cows in Montana