Do you remember not long ago the wind rushing through your hair with all the worries of growing up, school & the future forgotten and it was just you, riding your favourite horse through the countryside? We have the ultimate trip to tick off your bucket list. Even if you haven’t experienced that yet, we want to give you the opportunity to be given that feeling.
You can let out your inner cowgirl out and join us for three whole weeks riding horses in need in the beautiful Wyoming, USA. That’s right: a good ol’ American Ranch with a group of like-minded people just like you!
This trip means you can travel on your own or in a small group, have lots of horse riding experience or not much at all and be any age. The main thing is that you are looking for a trip to remember forever. Just pop on a flight with a sleeping bag and your riding gear and get there!
Stunning Country To Explore On And Off Horse Back
Right on the Rocky Mountains in the American West where you can go visit the picturesque Yellowstone National Park to see all the local wildlife, go white water rafting, visit a rodeo, museums, shops & swimming without having to organise a thing. We just want you to enjoy the beautiful area with the group and experience all that it has to offer.
A Great Experience Too!
At the end of it, they will even give you reference for your CV and/or university applications. Win!
I know you’ve probably read all this thinking, “yes it sounds perfect, where’s the catch with the price?” For three whole weeks in the stunning area of the Rocky Mountains USA with everything apart from flights.
Come on now, would you rather spend your money this summer on a trip of a lifetime or on booze in the local pub? I know what I’d do.
You will also participate in activities with weekly groups who visit the ranch from Sunday to Friday each week. These activities include vet days (vaccinating horses), trail riding, riding fence (inspecting and replacing fences that local wildlife damage), moving cattle, clinics, riding with groups of youths, adults and parents.
And you will also have the opportunity to participate in additional activities including longer rides, trips to town and special clinics that run over the weekends.
You will have the amazing opportunity to ride and bond with your horse each day on the ranch. You will also complete the chores associated with riding, as a team. During your 3-week placement you will truly get to experience the Western lifestyle and country from the back of a horse.
Spring sessions are a great opportunity to experience the hands-on opportunities of a working horse and cattle ranch, because its cheaper too. We do this because Wyoming weather is unpredictable in the spring – it may be warm and dry or it may snow. However, we do stay busy with trail riding, working with horses and youngsters in training in the sheltered barn, and off-ranch activities. Yellowstone must be entered through the north entrance, which is a longer drive but provides an amazing opportunity to see a variety of wildlife that is not as visible in the hot summer months.
May 10-July 4 and Aug 30-Sept 26
The summer and fall sessions, while still subject to the unpredictability of Wyoming weather, tend to see the weather warming up nicely and opportunities for not only trail riding, but also an overnight stay at cow camp where we enjoy sleeping in teepees or under the stars and cooking around the campfire. Among off-ranch activities, the Cody Nite Rodeo runs through the summer months and depending on water levels in the rivers, it is possible to float the rivers in a raft or innertube.
Last year, the ages of participants in the Spring Sessions (and in other sessions) varied from 20’s to 50’s, including pre-vet students who wanted to work closely with the livestock, a 38-year-old woman who was taking a break from her turkey farm in Norway, a 52-year-old woman former police officer and eventer from the UK returning for her second time and so on. The wide range of ages and backgrounds adds interesting depth to the groups. Many of the riders come with significant English riding experience and want to learn more about Western riding and training techniques.