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We offer cattle experiences and roundups in several fascinating and beautiful parts of the world.

Many cattle drives today, like at the Bitterroot Ranch, are conducted much as they were a century and more ago and are still part of the local economies. There are several reasons for a legitimate cattle drive. One is to move the cattle between winter and summer pasture. In many parts of the world as the snow melts in the mountains and the nutritious mountain grass starts to grow both the wild animals and the domestic stock move up to profit from this precious gift of nature. As snows come in the fall animals must move down to winter at lower altitudes in the valleys. The wild animals have the age old instinct to do this on their own, but the domestic stock must be rounded up and herded.

Another reason can be to drive cattle to a market as in movies like “Red River” and “Lonesome Dove”. Of course once the cows are in winter or summer areas they often must be moved periodically to different sections. Cattle must also be rounded up from time to time for branding, castrating, inoculation or to send them to market.

There is an important distinction between a drive and a round up. Before a cattle drive can take place the cattle must be found and rounded up. Often by the end of the summer the cattle are dispersed over many square miles of mountains and forest so that it can take days and even weeks of hard riding to locate and assemble most of them. In situations where the cattle are spread out over vast areas of uninhabited mountains and forest the round up has many of the aspects of a hunt as well as a drive and one must ride for miles through trackless wilderness to find small herds tucked away in remote forest clearings.

In additional to seasonal drives, we can offer weeks with some cattle work, such as a clinic in Texas, or a day moving the herd in South Africa or Canada.

 

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Cattle Range Riding Weeks

Range riding activities will include fixing fence, searching for cattle killed by grizzly bears or wolves, putting out salt with pack horses and potentially herding cattle from pasture to pasture, depending on need, in additional to the standard trail... Read more

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Texas Cattle Working Clinic

Texas Cattle Working Clinic

This 3-day cattle working clinic is the perfect way to “get your feet wet”, or to improve your skill, as you learn more about the exciting sports of team sorting and team penning. Appropriate for all skill levels, and... Read more

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Bitterroot Ranch

The Bitterroot ranch in Wyoming offers excellent riding for a broad range of ability levels. Everyone can enjoy varied trail rides through stunning scenery, with options for lessons weekly and cow work at certain times of year. A family... Read more

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Cattle drive in Wyoming

Bitterroot Fall Cattle Drive

The last week of September is spent gathering the Bitterroot herd before the winter arrives. This is challenging work since the cows are scattered over a 50 square mile area of aspen & pine forests and small clearings.  Groups... Read more

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St. Lawrence Ride

A relaxing journey through the mostly forested parks of Quebec, this riding tour also offers two days riding on the rolling hills of the host farm. It's a short trip with an attractive price tag, within driving distance of... Read more

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Estancia Los Potreros

This family run estancia offers an array of wonderful riding that can be tailored for all riding levels. Ride through the vast open landscape, play in gaucho games or try polo at this authentically Argentinian ranch. Comfortable rooms and... Read more

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Horizon Ranch

An unrivaled range of riding activities in the hospitable and relaxed atmosphere is included in this horseback riding vacation in South Africa at one of the region’s oldest farms. The flexible daily itinerary can include outrides across the bushveld... Read more

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Bitterroot Spring Cattle Drive

The spring drive week at the Bitterroot Ranch includes one day of pushing the herd to their grazing allotment on the adjacent National Forest, with additional opportunities for cow work during your stay. The rest of your rides are... Read more

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