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Montana & Wyoming Horse Drive

9 days/ 5 days riding from 1770€

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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UNITED STATES-Montana & Wyoming Horse Drive

9 days/ 5 days riding from 1770€


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Get ready for a real cowboy adventure! This US ranch holiday offers experienced riders the opportunity to embark on an incredible riding vacation between the two Western states of Wyoming and Montana. Meet a typical family of cowboys who are willing to share their knowledge and their daily life on the ranch. This horse drive takes place during specific times of the year and this is one event aspiring cowboys will not want to miss! In the springtime, a herd of around 150 horses is brought north to Montana, and back down to Wyoming for the winter: contributing to this authentic horse drive is a unique horseback experience. A herd of free horses, a real team of cowboys and wranglers, all of it in the spectacular scenery of the Pryor mountains: this is a ranch holiday as it should be!

Strengths

- Discover the two beautiful "cowboy" states of Montana and Wyoming, the Bighorn canyon area and the Pryor Mountains.
- Spend your days on a ranch with a typical wrangler family, who have been running the ranch for decades.
- Experience exhilarating days in the saddle with plenty of adrenaline and adventure.
- Take part in an exciting riding holiday, driving around 150 loose horses from their summer to winter pastures, and vice versa.
- A unique horse drive experience that can either be done in the springtime or Autumn. A horse drive is very different from a cattle drive: loose horses are flighty and move at a significantly faster pace, covering longer distances. This makes a horse drive a really interesting choice for experienced riders.

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

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.

IN 2019
- From June 1st to 10th, 2019: You will be helping the team gather the stallions and mares for the breeding season.
- From October 12th to 20th, 2019: Colt registration, separating the stallions form the mares, selecting the horses to be sold.
- From October 26th to November 03rd: Autumn horse drive from Montana to Wyoming.

IN 2020
- From April 11th to 2020: Full horse drive from the winter pastures in Wyoming to Montana.
- From April 30th to June 7th, 2020: You will be helping the team gather the stallions and mares for the breeding season (mainly based in Montana)
- From October 10th to 18th, 2020: Colt registration, separating the stallions form the mares, selecting the horses to be sold. (mainly based in Montana)
- From October 24th to November 1st, 2020: Autumn horse drive from Montana to Wyoming.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Europe - Billings -

Fly to Billings Logan International Airport in the United States (flights are not included in the listed price but can be booked on request). There are no flights arriving early enough from the UK and you will spend a night in Billings. Please note this hotel is not included but we will be happy to quote for this. 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.

It is also possible to arrive at Yellowstone Regional Airport (Cody, Wyoming) and self-drive to Lovell where a transfer to the ranch can be organised (we do not recommend driving to the Ranch as the road is very difficult to drive). Please contact us.

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

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

You will be picked up on Sunday at around 4pm by Jennifer or an another member of staff from your hotel or the airport. The drive to the Dryhead Ranch takes around 2h30. Along the way, you will pass some great historical attractions such as the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Reserve, Big Horn Canyon Recreation Area and Caroline Lockhart Ranch. Enjoy the very scenic views of the Big Horn and Pryor Mountains and the lovely rolling landscapes of Wyoming and Montana. On arrival, the ranch cook will have dinner waiting for all the guests. Graces will be said before you can dig in and enjoy your first American dinner. All riders clean up their own dishes after dinner. With your belly full you will be shown to your room for a good night's rest.

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



IN 2019
- From June 1st to 10th, 2019: You will be helping the team gather the stallions and mares for the breeding season. (mainly based in Montana)
- From October 12th to 20th, 2019: Colt registration, separating the stallions form the mares, selecting the horses to be sold.(mainly based in Montana)
- From October 26th to November 03rd: Autumn horse drive from Montana to Wyoming.

IN 2020
- From April 11th to 2020: Full horse drive from the winter pastures in Wyoming to Montana.
- From April 30th to June 7th, 2020: You will be helping the team gather the stallions and mares for the breeding season. (mainly based in Montana)
- From October 10th to 18th, 2020: Colt registration, separating the stallions form the mares, selecting the horses to be sold. (mainly based in Montana)
- From October 24th to November 1st, 2020: Autumn horse drive from Montana to Wyoming.

Day 3 : Montana-Wyoming-Montana - Approx. 6 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

After a hearty breakfast, you will head to the corral and meet your horse for the day. Quickly enough, you are riding to the heart of Montana's wilderness. You will enjoy the feeling of freedom while riding across unspoiled lands and forests. For some of you, this might also be your first time in a western saddle and the wranglers will give you tips on how to adapt to this new riding style - you just need to ask. A short picnic break will be taken in the plains. In the late afternoon you will pick up the pace as you head towards the ranch. You will leave the horses out in the plains and be transferred back to the ranch for a delicious warm dinner. Overnight at the ranch.

Note: This itinerary is based on the spring horse drive taking place in April (Wyoming to Montana). The autumn horse drive is done in the opposite direction (Montana to Wyoming). Please remember that certain weeks are not dedicated to a full horse drive, and other ranch-based activities will be offered.

Day 4 : Montana-Wyoming-Montana - 6-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead Ranch

After a tasty typical American breakfast, you will load your horses in the trailer and head out to the plains to find the horses that have spent the night there. These horses live outside all year round in herds, and know the land better than anyone, probably even better than the ranchers themselves! Once again you will saddle up and head north for today's adventure. After a short ride, you will be able to see in the distance the herd of about 150 horses, roaming free around the land... this is where the fun begins. Bringing in 150 horses is no easy task! Picnic lunch at the edge of the woods to regain some energy after the morning's adventures. As the sun begins to set, you will once again leave your horse to rest in the plains. Transfer to the ranch for a well deserved meal and good night's rest.

Day 5 : Montana-Wyoming-Montana - 6-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

Expect an early wake up call. After a short drive, you are reunited with the horses. Once your horse is tacked up and ready you will ride back to meet the herd. You will be surprised by how big the American West truly is before you spot the horses again. Your job is to safely guide them to their summer quarters in Montana. The little colts still don't really know their way around and might try to break through in a rebellious attempt: it is up to you to get them back in line and possibly canter after the odd escapee! After all this hard work, a picnic break is very much needed. In the late afternoon you will leave the horses as you go back to the ranch for dinner with the team that now feels like family. Overnight at the ranch.

Day 6 : Montana - 6-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

Another day across the plains of Montana. Today you will carry on with your horse drive around the immense land of this authentic ranch. After a few hours on horseback, you will share a picnic with the team and learn about their traditions and heritage. In the afternoon, get back in the saddle to continue your ride alongside the herd. At the end of the afternoon you will return to the ranch and have dinner in the warm and friendly atmosphere of the Ranch.

Day 7 : Montana - 6-8 hours riding

Accommodation : Dryhead ranch

Today, for the last time, you will be reunited with your horse. You will have the opportunity to make use of all the techniques and self-confidence acquired over the week, and perhaps pick up the pace a bit. Make sure to make the most of your last day in the saddle and take in the lovely Montana views around you. Last evening at the ranch.

If the drive took less time than anticipated today you may be involved with cattle work instead.

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 your last traditional American breakfast, say goodbye to the team and horses. Departure for the airport at around 9am, arriving at Billings airport 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 in the morning.


Price details

- International flights are not included, but can be booked upon request. The first hotel night is not included but we will be happy to organise this for you.

- The group is made of 5-10 riders maximum plus local team.

- The above rates are per person, based on a standard double 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.

- At the ranch, gratuities are not included in the listed price - plan to tip around $285.

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

- Non-riders are welcome

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

IN 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.

- From October 12th to 20th, 2019: Colt registration, separating the stallions from the mares, selecting the horses to be sold. (mainly based in Montana)
- From October 26th to November 03rd: Autumn horse drive from Montana to Wyoming.

IN 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.

- From April 11th to 2020: Full horse drive from the winter pastures in Wyoming to Montana.
- From April 30th to June 7th, 2020: You will be helping the team gather the stallions and mares for the breeding season. (mainly based in Montana)
- From October 10th to 18th, 2020: Colt registration, separating the stallions from the mares, selecting the horses to be sold. (mainly based in Montana)
- From October 24th to November 1st, 2020: Autumn horse drive from Montana to Wyoming.

- The ranch is located on Indian territory. Alcohol is strictly prohibited by Indian law.
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
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)

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 for 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, make sure to check your bill
At the ranch, gratuities are not included in the listed price - plan to tip around $285.

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 sure-footed. They know their job well and are ideal companions for a first-time ranch holiday!

You will not necessarily ride the same horse during the week but instead ride a few different horses.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be a rider of at least an intermediate level (confident at all three paces) and capable of riding outdoors over varied terrain for several hours. This ride is not suitable for beginners and novice riders.

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

PACE

The riding is mostly at the walk so as not to tire out the horses but you may have to sustain faster paces when interacting with the herd, with some longer stretches at a trot or canter.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be expected to groom, tack and untack your own horse. Help will be provided.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

You must be physically fit and riding fit. Riders who do not ride regularly must get back in the saddle before their holiday. Good levels of fitness are required since you will be spending 6-8h or more in the saddle on most days.

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

Summers are usually hot (20-25°C) but a cool breeze might be flowing from the mountains. In April and October, temperatures range from 5-10°C during the day (possible snowfalls at night). May and September are warmer (10-15°C, up to 20°C). Nights will always be considerably cooler!
It can rain all year round, especially in May and June. The weather in this mountainous environment is always difficult to predict and 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 on this ranch holiday is a typical family of ranchers. Traditions and values are still very much alive at the Dryhead. They are welcoming, warm and passionate about their job and they will be more than happy to share with you their knowledge of the ranching traditions.
Ranching is a family tradition at the Dryhead. Joe and Iris started their ranching business back in the 1940s and purchased the ranch in 1990, where they set up a successful operation. Today, four generations still live and work at the Ranch: Joe and Iris's sons, daughters, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren are working to pass on the legacy.

Packing list

Important: You should adapt this list according to your departure date and make 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)
- 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 can be cold

Upper body
- Thermals (long or short sleeved)
- Cotton t-shirts + long sleeve shirts (protection against the sun) or quick dry fabric.
- 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
- 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 or bumbag. Small pommel bags are provided.

Night
- Optional 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 lace 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.

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

ACTIVITY :Horse Drive

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

Get ready for a real cowboy adventure! This US ranch holiday offers experienced riders the opportunity to embark on an incredible riding vacation between the two Western states of Wyoming and Montana. Meet a typical family of cowboys who are willing to share their knowledge and their daily life on the ranch. This horse drive takes place during specific times of the year and this is one event aspiring cowboys will not want to miss! In the springtime, a herd of around 150 horses is brought north to Montana, and back down to Wyoming for the winter: contributing to this authentic horse drive is a unique horseback experience. A herd of free horses, a real team of cowboys and wranglers, all of it in the spectacular scenery of the Pryor mountains: this is a ranch holiday as it should be!

  • Horse drive in Montana
    Horses and mountains of Montana.
  • Experience life as a cowboy in the USA
    Cowboys riding in Montana
  • The horses at Dryhead ranch.
    Montana horses in their corral
  • Herding horses in Montana and Wyoming
    Montana Cowboy doing a horse drive.
  • A herd of free quarter horses between Montana and Wyoming.
    Quarter horses in Montana and Wyoming
  • Western saddles and tack.
    Saddle storage rack.
  • Dryhead Ranch accommodation
    A working ranch in the US
  • The scenic views of Montana and Wyoming.
    Montana and Wyoming landscapes.
  • Herd of horses in Montana
    Herd of mustangs in the American west.

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Depart Return Excluding flight Including flight Status      
11/04/2020 19/04/2020 1770 € FULLY BOOKED
30/05/2020 07/06/2020 1770 € GUARANTEED DEPARTURES BOOK
10/10/2020 18/10/2020 1770 € GUARANTEED DEPARTURES BOOK
24/10/2020 01/11/2020 1770 € GUARANTEED DEPARTURES BOOK

Price details

- International flights are not included, but can be booked upon request. The first hotel night is not included but we will be happy to organise this for you.

- The group is made of 5-10 riders maximum plus local team.

- The above rates are per person, based on a standard double 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.

- At the ranch, gratuities are not included in the listed price - plan to tip around $285.

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

- Non-riders are welcome

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

IN 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.

- From October 12th to 20th, 2019: Colt registration, separating the stallions from the mares, selecting the horses to be sold. (mainly based in Montana)
- From October 26th to November 03rd: Autumn horse drive from Montana to Wyoming.

IN 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.

- From April 11th to 2020: Full horse drive from the winter pastures in Wyoming to Montana.
- From April 30th to June 7th, 2020: You will be helping the team gather the stallions and mares for the breeding season. (mainly based in Montana)
- From October 10th to 18th, 2020: Colt registration, separating the stallions from the mares, selecting the horses to be sold. (mainly based in Montana)
- From October 24th to November 1st, 2020: Autumn horse drive from Montana to Wyoming.

- The ranch is located on Indian territory. Alcohol is strictly prohibited by Indian law.
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.

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YOUR ADVISOR

Montana and Wyoming horse drive

The Dryhead Ranch has been raising and selling registered American Quarter Horses for more than 40 years.  At the ranch they will gather the mares only a few times a year. Once in the spring to make mare bands, again in the fall to remove the stallions and one last time in October/November to record all the markings of the foal for registration.

The horse drives offered during this months are intended for more experienced riders. Horse drives unlike cattle drives are done at a fast pace, riders need to be able to canter for long periods of time if necessary. From time to time the horses and riders will require a short break from all the excitement where the horses walk for a few minutes to catch a breath.  

Early bird discounts
Get 3% off all trips booked before 31/12/2019 for a departure in 2020.
Terms and conditions:
  • This 3% early bird discount applies to the cost of the trip, and excludes transfers & supplements, international or domestic flights, and any additional services.
  • This offer cannot be combined with any other current discount.