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Dryhead working ranch and cattle drives

9 days/ 5 days riding from £ 1,555

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in hotels, guesthouses, B&B's or homestays. Double or twin rooms with bathrooms.

 

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Shropshire, DY140NA. UK
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UNITED STATES-Dryhead working ranch and cattle drives

9 days/ 5 days riding from 1555£


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Family starting from 14 ans

Embark on a unique experience in the USA. A friendly traditional rancher family will welcome you into their ranch for a cattle drive and ranch holiday like no other. You will have the opportunity to ride between the two Western states of Wyoming and Montana, and experience life on a working ranch, rounding up cattle or horses and guiding them to fresh pastures. If you are after some traditional ranch knowledge, certain weeks will offer you plenty of activities to learn how to manage the land and livestock. Regardless of your selected activities, your time at the Dryhead ranch will be a memorable adventure.

Strengths

- Explore two incredible Western states: Montana and Wyoming, on a riding holiday
- Embark on a unique experience with an authentic American rancher family.
- Discover the cowboys daily life on an authentic, family-run ranch
- Participate in traditional cattle drives with a large herd of cattle stretching for miles before you.

IMPORTANT: Your itinerary for the following days may vary depending on your selected week. Please note that some departures include a shorter cattle drive (2 days), then you will stay at the ranch and focus on other ranch-based activities.

PROGRAMME 2019
Please remember the following programme can vary slightly depending on local conditions, weather, etc. This is a mere guide designed to help you choose the best time to go according to your interests.

Cattle drives
- From April 27th to May 18th, 2019: Full cattle drive from Wyoming to Montana.
- From August 31st to September 14th: Roundup 1000 cows and calves and participate in the weaning of calves.
- For October 19th, 2019: Autumn cattle drive from Montana to Wyoming to the winter pastures.

Weeks for Ranch activities:
- From May 25th to June 15th, 2019: gathering cattle in the corral, branding calves, veterinary care and shorter drives. Spring is branding time, when the calves are small enough to be handled by a crew of guests and cowboys and foot. Each calf is branded, vaccinated, and males are castrated. Ranches are required by law to brand out cattle to show ownership.
- From June 22nd to August 24th, 2019: Summer is not typically cattle drive season, but there are still lots to do. This may include: checking on the herds of cattle and horses grazing on the land, shorter cattle drives to different pastures, monitoring young heifers, seeking out stay cows and calves out on neighbouring ranches, checking water troughs, fencing, etc.. In the summer, the team will also take the younger horses on their first range excursions. This is a great time to visit if you would like a varied week with lots of different options.


PROGRAMME 2020
Please remember the following programme can vary slightly depending on local conditions, weather, etc. This is a mere guide designed to help you choose the best time to go according to your interests.

Cattle drives
- From April 25th to May 23rd, 2020: Full cattle drive from Wyoming to Montana. The first week in April is particularly interesting as you will ride through a variety of landscapes.
- From August 18th to October 4th, 2020: Roundup 1000 cows and calves and participate in the weaning of calves.
- For October 3rd, 2020: Autumn cattle drive from Montana to Wyoming to the winter pastures.

Weeks for Ranch activities:
- From May 23rd to June 21st, 2020: gathering cattle in the corral, branding calves, veterinary care and shorter drives. Spring is branding time, when the calves are small enough to be handled by a crew of guests and cowboys and foot. Each calf is branded, vaccinated, and males are castrated. Ranches are required by law to brand out cattle to show ownership.
- From June 20th to August 30th, 2020, and 17th October: Summer is not typically cattle drive season, but there are still lots to do. This may include: checking on the herds of cattle and horses grazing on the land, shorter cattle drives to different pastures, monitoring young heifers, seeking out stay cows and calves out on neighbouring ranches, checking water troughs, fencing, etc.. In the summer, the team will also take the younger horses on their first range excursions. This is a great time to visit if you would like a varied week with lots of different options.






Itinerary

Day 1 : Europe - Billings -

Fly to Billings International Airport in the United States (flights are not included but can be booked for you on request). There are no flights arriving early enough from the UK so you will be spending a night in Billings. We recommend you stay at the Best Western Clock Tower Inn or the Dude Ranchers Lodge, where you can be picked up the following morning. (Please note this hotel is not included but it can be booked on request).

It is also possible to arrive at Yellowstone Regional Airport (Cody, Wyoming) and drive to Lovell, please contact us.

Day 2 : Billings - Montana - 2h30-3h drive

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

You will be picked up on Sunday at 4pm by Jennifer or another member of staff from your hotel or the airport before heading off to the ranch. The drive will take around 2h30. On the way, you will pass some historical attractions such as the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Reserve, Big Horn Canyon Recreation Area and Caroline Lockhart Ranch. This will give you a glimpse of the beautiful landscapes Montana and Wyoming have to offer. On arrival a warm meal will be ready for all the guests. Graces will be said before you dig in. After dinner, guests are expected to clean up after themselves. With your belly full you will be shown to your room for a good night's rest.

IMPORTANT: Please remember the following programme can vary slightly depending on local conditions, weather, etc. This is a mere guide designed to help you choose the best time to go according to your interests.


PROGRAMME 2019
Cattle drives
- From April 27th to May 18th, 2019: Full cattle drive from Wyoming to Montana.
- From August 31st to September 14th: Roundup 1000 cows and calves and participate in the weaning of calves.
- For October 19th, 2019: Autumn cattle drive from Montana to Wyoming to the winter pastures.

Weeks for Ranch activities:
- From May 25th to June 15th, 2019: gathering cattle in the corral, branding calves, veterinary care and shorter drives. Spring is branding time, when the calves are small enough to be handled by a crew of guests and cowboys and foot. Each calf is branded, vaccinated, and males are castrated. Ranches are required by law to brand out cattle to show ownership.
- From June 22nd to August 24th, 2019: Summer is not typically cattle drive season, but there are still lots to do. This may include: checking on the herds of cattle and horses grazing on the land, shorter cattle drives to different pastures, monitoring young heifers, seeking out stay cows and calves out on neighbouring ranches, checking water troughs, fencing, etc.. In the summer, the team will also take the younger horses on their first range excursions. This is a great time to visit if you would like a varied week with lots of different options.


PROGRAMME 2020
Cattle drives
- From April 25th to May 23rd, 2020: Full cattle drive from Wyoming to Montana. The first week in April is particularly interesting as you will ride through a variety of landscapes.
- From August 18th to October 4th, 2020: Roundup 1000 cows and calves and participate in the weaning of calves.
- For October 3rd, 2020: Autumn cattle drive from Montana to Wyoming to the winter pastures.

Weeks for Ranch activities:
- From May 23rd to June 21st, 2020: gathering cattle in the corral, branding calves, veterinary care and shorter drives. Spring is branding time, when the calves are small enough to be handled by a crew of guests and cowboys and foot. Each calf is branded, vaccinated, and males are castrated. Ranches are required by law to brand out cattle to show ownership.
- From June 20th to August 30th, 2020, and 17th October: Summer is not typically cattle drive season, but there are still lots to do. This may include: checking on the herds of cattle and horses grazing on the land, shorter cattle drives to different pastures, monitoring young heifers, seeking out stay cows and calves out on neighbouring ranches, checking water troughs, fencing, etc.. In the summer, the team will also take the younger horses on their first range excursions. This is a great time to visit if you would like a varied week with lots of different options.





Day 3 : Montana - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

After a full American breakfast, the team will provide a crash course in effective cattle handling and how to ride like a real cowboy. The team will pick a horse for you to ride today. They will also show you how to adjust a Western saddle and bridle. Less experienced riders are welcome on this cattle drive and will benefit from one-to-one lessons and advice from the staff. After riding for a short while, you will spot the herd. The cattle needs to be regularly rotated from one pasture to another to ensure they have regular access to grass. You will enjoy the feeling of freedom while riding through the vast property. A short picnic break will be taken at noon. At the end of the day you will leave the herd behind and go back to the ranch for a tasty dinner.

Overnight at the ranch.

Day 4 : Montana - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

Another day in the saddle. Today, you may have to ride up north with the team to find some stray cattle that have ventured off into the canyon or by the river banks. Once they are reunited with the herd, let the animals catch a break while you enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade. In the late afternoon, leave the horses in a corral for the night. The team will drive you back to the ranch. Overnight at the ranch.

Day 5 : Montana-Wyoming-Montana - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

This morning, you may be heading out early. Once in a while, the ranch may be informed by another wrangler family that their cattle were spotted on their property. Guests and ranchers will check the fences and make any necessary repairs. After a picnic lunch break you will have to pick up the pace to reach the ranch before it gets dark. Overnight at the ranch.

Day 6 : Montana - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

Every day is different at the ranch. Experienced riders might accompany one of the wranglers looking for a sick cow spotted the day before. Riding back to the ranch, you will join the rest of the busy group sorting out cattle and calves. Dinner and overnight at the Ranch.

Day 7 : Montana - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

By now you already know the routine and tricks of the (cowboy) trade. Today you might be going on a mission looking for the young horses that are free to graze in the mountains. Experience a short horse drive to push the horse herd in the right direction. The task may seem difficult, but you will have the opportunity to make use of all of the techniques acquired over the week. Make the most of your last day riding through the Bad Pass Trail in the Pryor Mountain Mustang Reserve. Last evening at the ranch with the family. Please make sure to pack this evening as you will be departing for the airport early in the morning.

Day 8 : Ranch-Billings-Europe - 2h30-3h drive

This Saturday after saying goodbye to the team and horses, Jennifer will take you to Billings Airport. You will leave the camp around 9am and arrive in Billings between 11:00 and 12:00 am. Please make sure to book a flight departing after 1:30pm.

Extensions are also possible - Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park etc. Please contact us.

Day 9 : Europe -

Arrive home early in the morning.


Price details

- International flights are not included, but can be booked upon request. The first hotel night in Billing is not included but we are happy to help with this.

- The group is made of 2-10 riders maximum plus local team.

- The above rates are per person, based on sharing a standard double or twin room with a shared bathroom. En-suite rooms are available at an extra charge: £190 based on a twin or double room.

- Single room supplement: £135. Not applicable if willing to share.

- Return transfer to and from Billings is not included and payable locally in cash (US$100 per person ).

- Tax is included but gratuities are payable locally: around 15% ($285) is customary.

- Non-riders are welcome but activities will be extremely limited.

- Accompanied children and teenagers are welcome as long as they are fit and responsible enough to spend 4-6 hours in the saddle. There are no ponies and they must be able to ride horses.

- Important: the ranch is location in an Indian reserve. Alcohol consumption is prohibited.

PROGRAMME 2019
Please remember the following programme can vary slightly depending on local conditions, weather, etc. This is a mere guide designed to help you choose the best time to go according to your interests.
Cattle drives
- From April 27th to May 18th, 2019: Full cattle drive from Wyoming to Montana.
- From August 31st to September 14th: Roundup 1000 cows and calves and participate in the weaning of calves.
- For October 19th, 2019: Autumn cattle drive from Montana to Wyoming to the winter pastures.

Weeks for Ranch activities:
- From May 25th to June 15th, 2019: gathering cattle in the corral, branding calves, veterinary care and shorter drives. Spring is branding time, when the calves are small enough to be handled by a crew of guests and cowboys and foot. Each calf is branded, vaccinated, and males are castrated. Ranches are required by law to brand out cattle to show ownership.
- From June 22nd to August 24th, 2019: Summer is not typically cattle drive season, but there are still lots to do. This may include: checking on the herds of cattle and horses grazing on the land, shorter cattle drives to different pastures, monitoring young heifers, seeking out stay cows and calves out on neighbouring ranches, checking water troughs, fencing, etc.. In the summer, the team will also take the younger horses on their first range excursions. This is a great time to visit if you would like a varied week with lots of different options.


PROGRAMME 2020
Please remember the following programme can vary slightly depending on local conditions, weather, etc. This is a mere guide designed to help you choose the best time to go according to your interests.
Cattle drives
- From April 25th to May 23rd, 2020: Full cattle drive from Wyoming to Montana. The first week in April is particularly interesting as you will ride through a variety of landscapes.
- From August 18th to October 4th, 2020: Roundup 1000 cows and calves and participate in the weaning of calves.
- For October 3rd, 2020: Autumn cattle drive from Montana to Wyoming to the winter pastures.

Weeks for Ranch activities:
- From May 23rd to June 21st, 2020: gathering cattle in the corral, branding calves, veterinary care and shorter drives. Spring is branding time, when the calves are small enough to be handled by a crew of guests and cowboys and foot. Each calf is branded, vaccinated, and males are castrated. Ranches are required by law to brand out cattle to show ownership.
- From June 20th to August 30th, 2020, and 17th October: Summer is not typically cattle drive season, but there are still lots to do. This may include: checking on the herds of cattle and horses grazing on the land, shorter cattle drives to different pastures, monitoring young heifers, seeking out stay cows and calves out on neighbouring ranches, checking water troughs, fencing, etc.. In the summer, the team will also take the younger horses on their first range excursions. This is a great time to visit if you would like a varied week with lots of different options.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

A team of cowboys from the ranch

Logistic

Choice of several horses equipped with saddle and bridle
1 support vehicle
1 cook

Accommodation

Double or twin room with shared bathroom

Meals

Full board from dinner on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 8

OPTION

Accommodation

Hotel accommodation in Billings
En-suite room supplement
Single room supplement

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverages and personal extras-Alcohol consumption in the ranch is prohibited (Indian reserve).
Meals in Billings
Meals on day 1, 2 (breakfast and lunch), 8 (lunch and dinner) and 9 are not included in the price

Transports

Visa fees (ESTA) of USD $14 which must be arranged in advance
International flights bookable on request
Transfers from Billings to the ranch (return) - see dates and prices

Extras

15% gratuities for the team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

TIPS

Tipping is expected in all restaurants (except on some snack meals and in self-service restaurants). It is customary to leave 10-12% of the bill as a tip. Some places you visit will automatically add in a tip.

Please remember that gratuities at the ranch are not included and should amount to 15% of your stay ($250-285), per person.

HORSES

There are approximately 150 Quarter horses roaming freely on the ranch lands. These horses are well suited for western riding and cattle/horse drives due to their sprinting abilities. They have a great temperament and are very energetic and steadfast. They know their tasks well and are ideal companion for a first-time ranch holiday! More experienced riders will be able to ride younger or greener horses, if they wish, and if they have proved able to do so.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

Experienced and more novice riders are welcome at the Ranch but you must have the right mindset and be aware this is a working cattle ranch, not a dude ranch!

To get the most out of this trip, you should be at ease at all three paces. It is important you are fit and ready to face long hours in the saddle. There are 4-6 riding hours on average but it is possible some days will be longer and you must be able to cope.

There is a rider weight limit of 100kg /220lb/15.7st. Heavier riders please contact us.

PACE

Riding at all paces - walk, trot and canter over green pastures, forests, canyons and rivers. When driving cattle, the main pace is the walk with some trots. Riders looking for a slightly faster pace may be interested in the "Horse Drive" programme running in the spring time and fall.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

Grooming, tacking and untacking your horse is expected. Help is provided if needed.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You must be physically fit and riding fit. Riders who do not ride regularly must get riding fit before the holiday, since you will be spending 5-6h or more in the saddle.

This is an authentic working ranch. Guests will be spending long hours in the saddle and will be involved with the day-to-day cattle work.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

Western tack.

We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.


COMFORT

You will be spending every night at the ranch, that is tastefully decorated in the American tradition. Two types of accommodations are possible: rooms sharing a bathroom in a wooden house (also known as the bunkhouse) or several twin/double en-suite cabins.

There is a supplement to request en-suite rooms. Please see "dates and prices"

The ranch house features a guest room where guests are welcome to relax after the days ride. There is a gift shop where guests and cowboys can buy needed riding items to use on their holiday or gift items to take home. In the guest room is a small library of second hand books, western movies, and complimentary WiFi.

WiFi does not extend to the rooms and cell phone reception is very limited. Please note the Ranch is very remote (1-1h30 from the nearest town).

CLIMATE

The climate is continental, meaning hot summers and cold winters. Summer are usually hot (20-25°C and peaks of 30°C) but since the ranch is located on a mountain region, a cold breeze usually flows through the land. In April and October, temperatures range from 5-10 °C during the day and there might be some snowfalls at night. During May and September, the temperature are warmer (10-15 ° C, up to 20 °C) but nights will remain cold.
Chances of rain are higher during the months of May and June. The weather in this area is always difficult to predict, so you should pack accordingly.

Meals

All meals are freshly prepared by the ranch cook. Ingredients are locally sourced. The meals will be served buffet-style and you will be eating with the whole team in a friendly and family atmosphere.

Breakfast: hot and hearty with sweet and savoury options.
Dinner: tender Angus beef steaks and sirloin roast from the farm, meatballs, stews, vegetables, salads and home-made desserts.
Lunch: Depending on the activities scheduled for the day, lunch may be had at the ranch or you will carry your sack picnic with you on the trail.

Riders are expected to clean after themselves and wash their own dishes.
Snacks, lemonade and cookies are always readily available.

Special dietary requirements may be accommodated on request - please let us know before booking. Alcohol consumption on the ranch is prohibited as the ranch is located in an Indian reservation.

Support Team

Guide and local team

The team you will meet at the ranch is a traditional American rancher family. Joe and Iris purchased the Dryhead ranch 30 years ago and have hosted countless successful cattle drive holidays. Today, all of their traditions and values are still very much alive and have been passed on to their sons, daughters, grand children and even great-grandchildren that still live and work at the ranch. This wrangler family is very welcoming, warm and passionate about their job. They will be more than happy to share with you their knowledge and legacy.

Packing list

Important: You should adapt this list according to your departure date and be sure to wear warmer clothes for the Autumn season. Remember that whatever the season, nights are cold and bad weather is always a possibility.

Head
- A riding helmet is strongly recommended. Helmet manufacturers (GPA, HKM, LAS Helmets, Lamicell, Troxel, Equithème) now offer horse-riding helmets that are ventilated, strong, light and comfortable. You also have the option of buying protective shells to go under your hats (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) or western hat helmets (Troxel)
- In Western riding, it is common to always be wearing a hat. You could buy this on the spot, at the beginning of your travels to blend in with the local community (You should consider it may cost around $50-$120). It is crucial the hat holds on your head even when galloping!
- A bandana or a scarf to protect your neck and face form dust and sunshine
- Sunglasses with high UV protection and cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- A hat for the evenings that might get cold.

Upper body
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- T-shirts + long sleeve shirts (protection against the sun). Quick dry fabric preferred.
- Lightweight fleece or jumper.
- Warm fleece or jumper (and a spare in case one gets wet)
- Warm and waterproof jackets. Avoid ponchos!

Legs
- 2 pairs of lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jeans or chaps - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub.
- 1 spare trousers (hiking or jeans)
- Waterproof over trousers.
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)
- Thermal trousers for cold days or for sleeping in
- A swimming costume may be useful for impromptu dips in the river.
- Non-irritant cotton or synthetic underwear

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots or cowboy boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- One pair of waterproof shoes or boots (in case of rain and also in the morning when the ground can often be damp)
- Lightweight shoes or trainers for the evenings
- Several pairs of thick socks
- Possibly a pair of sandals for the shower.
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Horse riding extras
- A soothing cream may be useful to treat areas irritated by long hours in the saddle
- Backpacks are not permitted whilst riding. Everything you wish to take should fit in your jacket.

Night
- We recommend you bring with you a sleeping bag liner for extra warmth.

Other useful items
- Travel bag, preferably a soft bag 60-80ltrs (front opening or backpack). Soft bags are preferable.
- Water bottle (1.5 litres or 2 equivalent)
- Head torch or small torch for moving around at night - bring spare batteries and bulbs
- Toiletries (biodegradable wipes to replace water)
- Swiss army knife or equivalent (in checking-in luggage!!)
- Cord to hold your glasses.
- Backpack of 25-30ltrs
- Ear plugs (may be useful)
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Ziploc freezer bags to protect fragile objects.
- Possibly a pair of binoculars.
- Towel and washcloth
- A pair of laces or leather ties to attach the jacket behind the saddle.

Medical kit
Make sure any allergies (to medication or otherwise) and clearly stated in your medical kit
- Any medication you regularly take
- Painkillers
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrheal medication
- Vitamin C tablets
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Eye drops
- Hydrating/ soothing cream
- Plasters
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc..
- 10cm wide bandage
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Anti-mosquito cream and spray
- Cream for blisters
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Hand wash gel

General information

- We recommend taking any valuables, such as your camera, iPod, iPad, medicines and glasses etc. in your hand luggage. Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
- If, in wishing to 'travel light', you plan to wash your clothes throughout the trip, please ensure you bring biodegradable laundry products with which to do your washing

ENTRY FORMALITIES

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the valid visa requirements for entry. We will endeavour to keep this section up to date, but please visit https://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors for further information.

You'll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. To enter the United States of America, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by Australian, British, Canadian and other EU nationals.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME
Most passport holders can get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme, which allows travel to the US for up to 90 days. Visit the official US website to apply for your ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
All travellers entering the USA under the Visa Waiver Program require individual machine-readable passports. Children included on a parent's passport also require their own machine-readable passport. Travellers not in possession of machine-readable passports require a valid USA entry visa.

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) aren't valid for entry into the United States or transit through the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme; if you're planning to enter or transit through the US using an ETD you must apply for a visa from the nearest US embassy or consulate before you travel, or hold a valid lawful permanent resident card (often referred to as a ‘green card'), which you must have with you on arrival; you can leave the US using an ETD that has been issued in the United States

Visitors to the USA travelling under the Visa Waiver Program must obtain authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the USA, if arriving by air or sea. It is recommended that applications are made at least 72 hours prior to travel but you may apply at any time prior to travel. Airlines must now deny check-in to passengers without a valid ESTA. There is a US$14 fee. An ESTA is valid for two years, so if you've applied for one previously, ensure it's still valid.

When applying for ESTA-authorisation and entering the passport number, the number 0 must not be replaced by letter O as this can lead to problems upon entering the USA. The granting of an ESTA does not guarantee entry to the USA. Canadian citizens do not require an ESTA, but permanent residents of Canada who are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program must obtain one.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISAS
If you don't qualify for entry under the VWP, and don't have a US Permanent Resident Card, you should apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate before travelling.

Holders of UK passports with the endorsement British Subject, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Protected Person, British Overseas Citizen or British National (Overseas) Citizen do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program and need to obtain a visa.

PLEASE NOTE

Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):

- Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR TRAVELERS TRANSITING THROUGH CANADA
If you are travelling to the USA visa Canada, please remember you also need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), mandatory for anyone transiting through Canada. Completing ESTA formalities do not replace your eTA.

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta.html

Addresses of consulates

  • Paris | Ambassade des Etats-Unis
    2, avenue Gabriel
    75008 paris
    Tél. : 01.43.12.22.22
    Fax :
  • Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis
    4101 Reservoir Road, N.W.
    20007 Washington D.C.
    Tél. : +1 (202) 944 60 00
    Fax :
    info@ambafrance-us.org
  • US Embassy
    24 Grosvenor Square
    W1A 2LQ London
    Tél. : 020 7499-9000
    Fax :

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations required for entering the United States. If you are entering from a yellow fever endemic area (or you have been to one within 7 days of entering the country), you may be required to show proof of immunization. Recommended vaccinations include Tetanus(Lockjaw), Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. Rabies vaccinations are sometimes recommended for wilderness travel and/or wildlife volunteer projects. Lyme disease is endemic in the northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and upper Midwest areas and transmitted via blacklegged ticks.

Travel insurance that provides medical coverage is a requirement for visitors to the US. Only emergency cases are treated without prior payment and treatment may be refused without evidence of insurance or a deposit. All receipts for services rendered must be kept in order to make a claim. Medical care in the United States tends to be quite expensive, especially for emergency treatment provided in hospital settings, paid for out of pocket.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

The dialling code for the USA is +1

The country stradles a number of different time zones. Eastern Daylight time (eg. New York) is GMT -4. Mountain Daylight time (eg. Montana) is GMT -6. Pacific Daylight time (eg. California) is GMT -7.

BUDGET AND MONEY

The US Dollar, is the national currency of the United States. One dollar consists of 100 cents. Frequently used coins are the penny (1¢), nickel (5¢), dime (10¢) and quarter (25¢). 50¢ and $1 coins also exist, but are rarely used. Frequently used banknotes are the $1, $5, $10 and $20 notes. $2, $50 and $100 notes can also be found, but are rarely used.
Most major credit cards are accepted throughout the USA, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Visitors are advised to carry at least one major credit card, as it is common to request pre-payment or a credit card imprint for hotel rooms and car hire, even when final payment is not by credit card. Be sure to check with your card issuer for current surcharge rates imposed for use of the card outside your home country. You should also inform your issuer that you are travelling for a specified period so your card is not flagged or temporarily suspended.

Bank-issued debit cards are accepted at many businesses in the US; however, using them to pay for many travel-related expenses, such as car hire and hotel rooms, often incurs a surcharge, deposit, or a hold on your account.

VOLTAGE

120 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs have two flat pins with or without a third round grounding pin

ACTIVITY :Ranches and Cattle Drives

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

Family starting from 14 Years

Embark on a unique experience in the USA. A friendly traditional rancher family will welcome you into their ranch for a cattle drive and ranch holiday like no other. You will have the opportunity to ride between the two Western states of Wyoming and Montana, and experience life on a working ranch, rounding up cattle or horses and guiding them to fresh pastures. If you are after some traditional ranch knowledge, certain weeks will offer you plenty of activities to learn how to manage the land and livestock. Regardless of your selected activities, your time at the Dryhead ranch will be a memorable adventure.

  • The magical Western scenery of Montana
    Western cowboys in Montana
  • Western-style cowboys spurs
    Cowboy's boots and spurs
  • Delicious buffet style breakfast
    Breakfast before horseback riding
  • Herd of free horses in the USA
    Dryhead's ranch mustangs
  • Dryhead Ranch accommodation
    Dryhead Ranch in Montana
  • Branding cattle on a working ranch
    Working ranch in Montana.
  • Ranching holiday in the US
    cattle drive with Montana wranglers
  • Cattle drive on horseback
    Cattle drive riding holiday
  • Riding in the plains of Montana and Wyoming
    Riding horses in Montana and Wyoming
  • Enjoying the scenery in the saddle
    Montana and Wyoming ranch holiday

STRENGTHS

- Explore two incredible Western states: Montana and Wyoming, on a riding holiday
- Embark on a unique experience with an authentic American rancher family.
- Discover the cowboys daily life on an authentic, family-run ranch
- Participate in traditional cattle drives with a large herd of cattle stretching for miles before you.

IMPORTANT: Your itinerary for the following days may vary depending on your selected week. Please note that some departures include a shorter cattle drive (2 days), then you will stay at the ranch and focus on other ranch-based activities.

PROGRAMME 2019
Please remember the following programme can vary slightly depending on local conditions, weather, etc. This is a mere guide designed to help you choose the best time to go according to your interests.

Cattle drives
- From April 27th to May 18th, 2019: Full cattle drive from Wyoming to Montana.
- From August 31st to September 14th: Roundup 1000 cows and calves and participate in the weaning of calves.
- For October 19th, 2019: Autumn cattle drive from Montana to Wyoming to the winter pastures.

Weeks for Ranch activities:
- From May 25th to June 15th, 2019: gathering cattle in the corral, branding calves, veterinary care and shorter drives. Spring is branding time, when the calves are small enough to be handled by a crew of guests and cowboys and foot. Each calf is branded, vaccinated, and males are castrated. Ranches are required by law to brand out cattle to show ownership.
- From June 22nd to August 24th, 2019: Summer is not typically cattle drive season, but there are still lots to do. This may include: checking on the herds of cattle and horses grazing on the land, shorter cattle drives to different pastures, monitoring young heifers, seeking out stay cows and calves out on neighbouring ranches, checking water troughs, fencing, etc.. In the summer, the team will also take the younger horses on their first range excursions. This is a great time to visit if you would like a varied week with lots of different options.


PROGRAMME 2020
Please remember the following programme can vary slightly depending on local conditions, weather, etc. This is a mere guide designed to help you choose the best time to go according to your interests.

Cattle drives
- From April 25th to May 23rd, 2020: Full cattle drive from Wyoming to Montana. The first week in April is particularly interesting as you will ride through a variety of landscapes.
- From August 18th to October 4th, 2020: Roundup 1000 cows and calves and participate in the weaning of calves.
- For October 3rd, 2020: Autumn cattle drive from Montana to Wyoming to the winter pastures.

Weeks for Ranch activities:
- From May 23rd to June 21st, 2020: gathering cattle in the corral, branding calves, veterinary care and shorter drives. Spring is branding time, when the calves are small enough to be handled by a crew of guests and cowboys and foot. Each calf is branded, vaccinated, and males are castrated. Ranches are required by law to brand out cattle to show ownership.
- From June 20th to August 30th, 2020, and 17th October: Summer is not typically cattle drive season, but there are still lots to do. This may include: checking on the herds of cattle and horses grazing on the land, shorter cattle drives to different pastures, monitoring young heifers, seeking out stay cows and calves out on neighbouring ranches, checking water troughs, fencing, etc.. In the summer, the team will also take the younger horses on their first range excursions. This is a great time to visit if you would like a varied week with lots of different options.






ITINERARY

Day 1 : Europe - Billings -

Fly to Billings International Airport in the United States (flights are not included but can be booked for you on request). There are no flights arriving early enough from the UK so you will be spending a night in Billings. We recommend you stay at the Best Western Clock Tower Inn or the Dude Ranchers Lodge, where you can be picked up the following morning. (Please note this hotel is not included but it can be booked on request).

It is also possible to arrive at Yellowstone Regional Airport (Cody, Wyoming) and drive to Lovell, please contact us.

Day 2 : Billings - Montana - 2h30-3h drive

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

You will be picked up on Sunday at 4pm by Jennifer or another member of staff from your hotel or the airport before heading off to the ranch. The drive will take around 2h30. On the way, you will pass some historical attractions such as the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Reserve, Big Horn Canyon Recreation Area and Caroline Lockhart Ranch. This will give you a glimpse of the beautiful landscapes Montana and Wyoming have to offer. On arrival a warm meal will be ready for all the guests. Graces will be said before you dig in. After dinner, guests are expected to clean up after themselves. With your belly full you will be shown to your room for a good night's rest.

IMPORTANT: Please remember the following programme can vary slightly depending on local conditions, weather, etc. This is a mere guide designed to help you choose the best time to go according to your interests.


PROGRAMME 2019
Cattle drives
- From April 27th to May 18th, 2019: Full cattle drive from Wyoming to Montana.
- From August 31st to September 14th: Roundup 1000 cows and calves and participate in the weaning of calves.
- For October 19th, 2019: Autumn cattle drive from Montana to Wyoming to the winter pastures.

Weeks for Ranch activities:
- From May 25th to June 15th, 2019: gathering cattle in the corral, branding calves, veterinary care and shorter drives. Spring is branding time, when the calves are small enough to be handled by a crew of guests and cowboys and foot. Each calf is branded, vaccinated, and males are castrated. Ranches are required by law to brand out cattle to show ownership.
- From June 22nd to August 24th, 2019: Summer is not typically cattle drive season, but there are still lots to do. This may include: checking on the herds of cattle and horses grazing on the land, shorter cattle drives to different pastures, monitoring young heifers, seeking out stay cows and calves out on neighbouring ranches, checking water troughs, fencing, etc.. In the summer, the team will also take the younger horses on their first range excursions. This is a great time to visit if you would like a varied week with lots of different options.


PROGRAMME 2020
Cattle drives
- From April 25th to May 23rd, 2020: Full cattle drive from Wyoming to Montana. The first week in April is particularly interesting as you will ride through a variety of landscapes.
- From August 18th to October 4th, 2020: Roundup 1000 cows and calves and participate in the weaning of calves.
- For October 3rd, 2020: Autumn cattle drive from Montana to Wyoming to the winter pastures.

Weeks for Ranch activities:
- From May 23rd to June 21st, 2020: gathering cattle in the corral, branding calves, veterinary care and shorter drives. Spring is branding time, when the calves are small enough to be handled by a crew of guests and cowboys and foot. Each calf is branded, vaccinated, and males are castrated. Ranches are required by law to brand out cattle to show ownership.
- From June 20th to August 30th, 2020, and 17th October: Summer is not typically cattle drive season, but there are still lots to do. This may include: checking on the herds of cattle and horses grazing on the land, shorter cattle drives to different pastures, monitoring young heifers, seeking out stay cows and calves out on neighbouring ranches, checking water troughs, fencing, etc.. In the summer, the team will also take the younger horses on their first range excursions. This is a great time to visit if you would like a varied week with lots of different options.





Day 3 : Montana - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

After a full American breakfast, the team will provide a crash course in effective cattle handling and how to ride like a real cowboy. The team will pick a horse for you to ride today. They will also show you how to adjust a Western saddle and bridle. Less experienced riders are welcome on this cattle drive and will benefit from one-to-one lessons and advice from the staff. After riding for a short while, you will spot the herd. The cattle needs to be regularly rotated from one pasture to another to ensure they have regular access to grass. You will enjoy the feeling of freedom while riding through the vast property. A short picnic break will be taken at noon. At the end of the day you will leave the herd behind and go back to the ranch for a tasty dinner.

Overnight at the ranch.

Day 4 : Montana - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

Another day in the saddle. Today, you may have to ride up north with the team to find some stray cattle that have ventured off into the canyon or by the river banks. Once they are reunited with the herd, let the animals catch a break while you enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade. In the late afternoon, leave the horses in a corral for the night. The team will drive you back to the ranch. Overnight at the ranch.

Day 5 : Montana-Wyoming-Montana - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

This morning, you may be heading out early. Once in a while, the ranch may be informed by another wrangler family that their cattle were spotted on their property. Guests and ranchers will check the fences and make any necessary repairs. After a picnic lunch break you will have to pick up the pace to reach the ranch before it gets dark. Overnight at the ranch.

Day 6 : Montana - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

Every day is different at the ranch. Experienced riders might accompany one of the wranglers looking for a sick cow spotted the day before. Riding back to the ranch, you will join the rest of the busy group sorting out cattle and calves. Dinner and overnight at the Ranch.

Day 7 : Montana - 4-5 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

By now you already know the routine and tricks of the (cowboy) trade. Today you might be going on a mission looking for the young horses that are free to graze in the mountains. Experience a short horse drive to push the horse herd in the right direction. The task may seem difficult, but you will have the opportunity to make use of all of the techniques acquired over the week. Make the most of your last day riding through the Bad Pass Trail in the Pryor Mountain Mustang Reserve. Last evening at the ranch with the family. Please make sure to pack this evening as you will be departing for the airport early in the morning.

Day 8 : Ranch-Billings-Europe - 2h30-3h drive

This Saturday after saying goodbye to the team and horses, Jennifer will take you to Billings Airport. You will leave the camp around 9am and arrive in Billings between 11:00 and 12:00 am. Please make sure to book a flight departing after 1:30pm.

Extensions are also possible - Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park etc. Please contact us.

Day 9 : Europe -

Arrive home early in the morning.

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YOUR ADVISOR

Cattle drives and working weeks at the Dryhead:

Running a ranch is a full-time business and the cowboys at the Dryhead are devoted to the land and livestock. During the summer months on every horseback ride the wranglers and their guests find and check the cattle. Stray cows and calves are sought out on neighbouring ranches, sick or injured animals are doctored, fences are checked and fixed and water holes are looked after to make sure they are flowing. Spring at Dryhead means one thing, branding time. In Montana and Wyoming, ranchers will mark the young calves when they are still small enough to be handled by the cowboys and their guests. Each calf is branded, given shots, ears notched and males are castrated.  This activity is required by law to keep a control over cattle that is bought, sold or lost during cattle drives.