USA Horse Ranch Internship

Learn natural horsemanship on working horse ranch in Wyoming!

Based on the working ranch for the duration of your trip. You will be involved in hands-on activities include participation in daily life in the west! That means trail riding, horse wrangling, cattle gathering, branding and small cattle drives. You will be carefully matched with a horse based on your riding experience and your goals for your 3-week project. The project will be tailored to your riding ability and interests as often as possible

USA Horse Ranch Internship: Trip Highlights

  • Working Ranch Internships are perfect for people wanting hands-on experience with large animals to advance their careers, or for those just wanted to get away and become be a part of this amazing project!
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture and way of living, expand your equine knowledge.
  • Enjoy all the fun activities on and off-ranch.
  • Make new friends and build strong bonds along the way.

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USA Horse Ranch Internship: Full Details


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.

Your Role

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 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.



: On Arrival

On Arrival

There are picture opportunities from the start with the gorgeous views and scenery as you descend into the Airport where you and the rest of the group will be greeted by head wrangler.

As soon as you’re relaxed and ready for a good night’s rest, the team will take you to your cabin to get settled in. The next morning, on your first full day, you will have a horse specifically matched for you to guarantee you have the perfect horse for you to bond with throughout the whole three weeks. Once you’ve found your new friend, a professional instructor will teach you how to get into the swing of things. After all, that’s what it’s all about: the horses and having fun.

: Life on the Ranch


You will get the true feeling of All-American ranch life every single day with activities on the itinerary including Herding Cattle (we have around 40 head), Riding up Mountains, Barrel Racing, Wrangling horses into camp and A chore here and there to keep the camp and yourself happy.

There are lots of activities to keep yourself happy and entertained. You’ll also be served delicious hot meals each day cooked in a Dutch oven over the campfire. Meals such as chicken and dumplings & pancakes and bacon. Yum. And it will give you the chance to bond with your fellow riders. The best part, though, is the entire time is tailor made to your attractions, interests and horse riding ability for the best possible time. So, if you wanted to get out and about for a meal in a bar or restaurant, you’re absolutely welcome to. There is no alcohol served at the ranch (we believe booze and horses don´t mix well, but you can head out to the local saloon to getting to know your new friends. The  ‘Silver Dollar’ bar is the local watering hole. There you can  unwind, grab a bite to eat and a well-deserved drink. You might even meet some All-American cowboys.

: Flexible Itinerary But Expect The Unexpected!


Fancy an afternoon off to relax? Go for it. Want to carry on and make the most of it? Go for that. The Easy Ride Today? Yes. The more challenging but rewarding ride tomorrow? Yes. Want to go exploring in the local area with your group? There are local tour operators to show you around. And what an area to be in. Make sure you pack for all weathers in the West!



Accommodation will be a shared a 2-4 person cabin on the ranch. Your meals will be served in the ‘Hub’ which comprises of dining room and kitchen area with a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside!


1 Week - 7 days from March 08 to May 02 2020

USD 1188

1 Week - 7 days from May 10 to Sep 26 2020

USD 1729

2 Week - 13 days from March 08 to May 02 2020

USD 1689

2 Week - 13 days may 10 to Sep 26 2020

USD 2189

3 Week - 20 days from March 08 to May 102 2020

USD 2219

3 Week - 20 days may 10 to Sep 26 2020

USD 2579

What's Included?

  • Airport transfer
  • Orientation on arrival
  • All accommodation & meals
  • Instruction by ranch staff
  • Tack & use of horses on the ranch
  • Full support and assistance
  • Buddy list of other participants
  • 24 hour support

What's Excluded?

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

Frequently Asked Questions


    Your three weeks will be spent in Wyoming. This is located very close to Yellowstone National Park in a truly beautiful part of the USA. Think wide-open spaces, endless views and incredible terrain for riding. Near beautiful Yellowstone National Park, is on the Absaroka Front, a prong of the Rocky Mountains in the American West. Ride on 66,000 acres ranging from sage brush flats to expansive scrub pine mountains.

    Today, fewer people travel this 15-mile wide and 25-mile long country than traveled it seventy years ago. The land is wild and beautiful. Enjoy easy day rides from HorseWorks’ ranch headquarters or faster paced, tougher rides into the high country, trailing the remuda, and on occasion moving the cattle. When you return, rinse off the legacy of the dusty trail with a hot shower and take a break from the saddle to see the Nite Rodeo or soak in the World’s Largest Hot Springs in Thermopolis.

    bunk in rustic 12’ x 16’ log cabins with electricity and heat. Stay overnight at Prospect Cow Camp, homesteaded in the late 1800’s by an enterprising couple who changed the flow of the Grass Creek channel, covered the spring, and set up a bootlegging still under the rim that overlooked the big cottonwoods and their one-room cabin.

  • UK, Scandinavian and European INTERNS do not need a Visa. Simply fill out the Esta form.

USA Horse Ranch Internship Trip Dates


3-week Session – Choose to start any Sunday between:

March 8 and March 28

April 12 and May 2

May 10 and July 4

Aug 30 and Sept 26

2-Week Session – Choose to start any Sunday between:

March 8 and March 28

April 12 and May 2

May 10 and July 4

Aug 30 and Sept 26

1-week Sessions – Choose to start any Sunday between:

March 8 and March 28

April 12 and May 2

May 10 and July 4

Aug 30 and Sept 26

We can help you customise your trips, and give you tailored advise. Please ask.

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