Cattle Drive Vacations for Beginners
Are cattle drive vacations are suited for beginners? The answer is a most certain “Yes!” While we recommend spending time on a horse before coming to visit us we are beginner rider friendly. Both young and old will find themselves right at home on one of our working ranch adventures; thanks to the nature of the work, there are opportunities for folks of every experience level to practice their skills or learn new ones.
We recommend our cattle drive vacation versus our horse drive vacations. Our horse drive vacations are designed for more experienced riders. Naturally, horses are faster than cattle. Keeping up with them means maintaining a bit of a pace. Driving horses requires a more experienced rider driving cattle is perfect for the novice rider. Jake, Trevor, Jesse and Mallory, our cowboys and cowgirls, will work alongside you and teach you the ins and outs of horse riding all the while allowing you to experience authentic working ranch life. Their expert advice will improve your riding skills and help you understand where they came from. Saddle time is the best time to learn!
Preparing for Your Cattle Drive Experience
To start with, Trevor and Mallory will pick a horse for you to ride for the duration of your stay with us. Sticking with the same horse for the duration of the drive will help you build essential rapport with the animals. Horses are naturally social animals. Even if you have never ridden a horse, humans and our favorite riding animals share a special bond developed over centuries of domestication.
Our talented ranch hands will teach you to saddle and bridle your horse and adjust it for the best fit. This one horse will be the one you ride each day. You will have the wonderful chance to experience the bond between horse and rider as you work with us each day on horseback. While words can’t truly describe this bond, it is an encounter you’ll remember for a lifetime, one we want each one of our guests to experience.
Learn to Horseback Riding on the Trail
Once you have your horse properly saddled and bridled it’s time to ride. While you may have little to no experience this is not a problem at all. Some people are intimidated by the idea of hopping up on a huge animal’s back and hoping it goes the right direction; this is a reasonable reaction. You will learn in short order that the relationship between horse and rider is a relationship of mutual respect. Horses and cows are essentially different in that a horse is a fundamentally independent animal. The only way a horse will do what you want it to is if the horse wants to do it. This subtle bargaining between man and beast is the basis for what is one of the most dynamic human-animal relationships.
As you embark on your first horse ride, Jake will spend time with you one-on-one to teach you the basics of riding. Having the personal touch of a professional rider sets our ranch apart from many others. He will ensure that your stirrups are at the right length and that you and your horse are getting along well. Horses, just like people, have personality quirks and interesting habits. Learning what these are is essential. As you ride, Jake will also teach you how to guide your horse in the direction you need to go and how to properly use the reins. This is a learn-as-you-go experience, but we are with you every step of the way to ensure your success. Anyone can learn to ride a horse. All it takes is persistence, a little dedication, and willingness to work with your animal.
Always Ask Questions
One thing we want you to know from the start of your time with us is this: there are no dumb questions. Questions and mistakes are how we learn. Obviously, if you have made the trip out to the ranch, you intended to experience authentic working ranch life. One of the most authentic parts about working ranch life is attending the school of hard knocks just like a real cowboy. Of course, you don’t have to go purely on trial and error. Dryhead Ranch’s team of talented ranch hands and cowboys have all been through it before. It is very likely that every challenge you will face on your vacation has already been conquered by one of our staff.
If you have a question about your horse, riding, or your working ranch vacations experience please ask. It’s better to ask and receive an answer than sit and wonder for the duration of your cattle drive vacation. We are here to guide and train you and want to answer each and every one of your questions. In the beginning of your week-long stay with us, you may be a beginner rider but at the end you will have experienced the equivalent of six months’ worth of riding lessons. You won’t be a novice rider when you leave after your cattle drive vacation.
Schedule Your Cattle Drive Vacation
At Dryhead Ranch we pride ourselves on providing authentic cattle drive vacations. The sweeping vistas and echoing canyons of the West is our playground, and we know it well. Do no miss out on your chance to live the authentic cowboy life. Our family becomes yours as you work alongside us each day. You will build memories that last a lifetime under the big sky, whether during the shining glory of the day or star-bathed majesty of the night. Many vacations offer a get-away to a cozy tropical retreat; fewer allow you to take a guided tour of history alongside men and women keeping a traditional way of life alive. Day in and day out you will experience the joys of ranch life alongside Jake, Trevor, Jesse and Mallory. We look forward to your vacation with us. Schedule your cattle drive vacation today and prepare for encounter of a lifetime.
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