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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