Wow, what a neat experience. I grew up in Texas and watched rodeos, but I never actually participated in the events/activities. My family of four (myself, my wife, and two boys ages 11 and 13) signed up for "Intro to Rodeo." I basically made my family do it because I thought it looked cool. After our two week vacation across Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion, we all agreed this was by FAR the highlight of our trip.
Neither of my boys had ever been on a horse, and by the end they were trotting and even galloping the horse around the barrels, lassoing a "fake cow," and even working with one of the instructors to guide a real cow around the pen just like a cowboy on a ranch! The instruction was fantastic, and the horses were extremely well trained. They made me think I knew what I was doing on the barrel racing!
One of the assistants used our camera and took pictures of us when she didn't have other duties. This was HIGHLY appreciated. The smiles on the faces of my boys (and my wife and me) are great and show how much fun we were having.
The tour is a bit pricey, but in my opinion is worth it for the truly unique experience. We did a horseback ride through Yellowstone a few days later, and it paled in comparison to what we did here - gallop around barrels, lasso a steer (fake one moving with a tractor), and guide a real steer around the pen. I highly recommend this for anyone, especially families!
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