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“Real ranch experience”
Review of Lonesome Spur

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Owner description: A dude ranch popularized by the movie "The Horse Whisperer."
uk
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Real ranch experience”
Reviewed December 10, 2010

On our arrival in Billings airport after 3 flights in total from the uk we were a little nervous as the only communication id had with the ranch was through email and as id not booked a holiday that wasnt with a travel company! We were then picked up by within minutes and taken to the ranch,was a pleasant journey with gud conversation. We were then greeted by Elaine (owner) who was very welcoming. The accomodation was just as we'd hoped comfortable beds,clean and spacious room,welcome basket filled with hot and cold drinks,snacks and fruit.
You have to walk up across a field to get to the lodge,but theres often somebody around to drive up so u wont ave to walk 6 times, all the meals are served here and theres plenty of it. Mike the chef is a great character and always has a smile on his face. the food was lovely-homely dinners like roast buffulo from the ranch!
The nx day we went for our first ride. the horses are really pleasent all geldings and kept as a herd so you dnt get them kicking out and each other. Ajax and Herby were our favourites.
The nx three days we then rode in pryor mountains,herding the cows dwn for the winter. Its very long days in the saddle a short day being 3/4 hrs!!! The drive up to rthe mountains was a drag taking an hour each way but if your lucky enough to travel with skyler,a wrangler,he will keep you entertained with his singing!
If your not happy with your horse or would like to try another they are happy to change or let you try another.
We also had a go at barrel racing which was really good fun!
It is a working ranch so you do have to catch your horse,feed,groom and tack them up yourself and pick up after them,and you dont ave the luxury of choosing where to ride etc.
everyone makes you feel very welcome and you will leave feeling like you've been visiting family!

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Northamptonshire
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“Lonesome Spur a working holiday.”
Reviewed August 18, 2010

We were very excited by this holiday and although we had a good time was it the holiday of a life time - no. If you are going for a comfort filled holiday forget it. Accomodation is comfortable but basic, a chair in our room had been mended with tape and a throw put over it. We had to empty out own bin in our room. We stopped at a Wal Mart on the way to buy drinks and snacks to have in our room. I thought I had paid for all inclusive!! All riders were in one group from very experienced to complete novice so on some rides we did nothing but walk, was a little nose to tail. Skylar, Carter, Jack and Doyle were great very patient and helpful but there seemed to be a bit of tension between some of the staff! Food was basic and a little repetitive. If you want to go out you need to say, although we did feel that one trip we wanted to make to see the wild horses was a chore, we were late leaving - waited for half an hour to be collected - drove to the range, drove around, stopped once, came back saw thre horses 200 yards away. With not very good grace by the driver. Did we enjoy ourselves yes was it the holiday of a life time no.

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Wales
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14 reviews
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“A welcome for all level of cowboys and riders”
Reviewed August 16, 2009

A truely warm welcome from pick up in Billings, 'cowboy' shopping and a great ranch experience. We went with 3 children (18, 16 and 14) of whom 2 were riders. All levels of riding proficiency catered for and there was never any cajoling...... I was a poor rider and apart from pulling my leg no bad comments can be made. Was also able to visit Yellowstone NP (not included) see wild horses, rattlesnakes and visit a Rodeo in Cody, Wy.
Getting up early ( I was paying !!!) is the only sore point but the rest of the family just told me to stop whinging !
Elaine, Lonnie, `Jack and Carter are great hosts and we are planning a visit in winter-time.

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Hampshire
2 reviews
“Authentic ranch experience”
Reviewed June 30, 2009

I had a fabulous time at Lonesome Spur. Lonnie, Elaine, Jack and Carter welcome and involve you so that you feel like family rather than a guest. Home worries rapidly become a distant memory as the ranch weaves its magic. I got to experience ranch life and got a better understanding of horses and how to work with them. They have a lovely team of horses and match you to a suitable four legged friend so that you can confidently ride the beautiful montana scenery. You also get to visit and ride on the crow indian reservation which is a real privilege. If you are lucky Carter will risk life and limb and enter the Rodeo adding to the excitement and tension of the rodeo scene. In one short week I did so much that each night I fell into bed happy and exhausted. I would recommend lonesome spur to anyone who is looking for an adventure on an authentic working ranch.

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Derbyshire
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“Derbyshire”
Reviewed November 15, 2008

Just want to say thanks to Lonnie and Elaine for another wonderful holiday in Montana.
As you can see from the photos's we had mixed weather but it was such fun to ride in the snow to find the 'lost cattle'!
I can't wait to get back in June to go on there 'Indian ride'
following the route Custer took and to meet up with old friends.
June sooms along time to wait but its worth it.

Jane Derbyshire

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