Doublerafter Cattle Drives
The cattle drives offered by Doublerafter are the real deal. There is no ranch accommodation, this is camping out in the Big Horn Mountains west of Sheridan and moving a herd of cattle.
You will have a tent to sleep in, there are few other facilities other than the basics but you will be well fed, well watered and be provided with a genuine 1880s style cattle drive. Generally, you will be in the saddle a minimum of 6 hours a day.
Each drive begins with a Horsemanship Clinic and a cattle handling seminar, this way the rancher can tell if he has selected the correct mount for you.
Showers are provided in June and July but summer drives entail you washing in a creek.
At the end of the drive, you are returned to a hotel in Sheridan for a last nights meal and a few libations with the crew.
Doublerafter are a one-of-a-kind cattle drive. They don't have guest cabins or other ranch luxuries. They move their camp with the herd, sleep in tents, cook over the hot coals and they certainly do not ride nose to tail.
For two nights, everything you take has to go on your pack string because the mountain country is only accessible by foot or on horseback. You may be tired and dirty but these drives will happen - whatever the weather.
While your horse and food is all provided, come the evening, you will need to take a really good sleeping bag and ground sheet. A rain coat or slicker is a good idea plus a wide brimmed hat or peaked cap. And that's just the basics, a full list will be provided.
There are six cattle drives or gathers, the herd numbers some 650 cow and calf pairs. The crew usually number about 10 or 12 and they take 15 to 20 guests.
While they say they will take all levels of rider, given the time in the saddle each day, you would be well advised to be an intermediate or advanced rider. The initial horsemanship clinic will make sure you are happy with your horse.
The terrain will come in all shapes and sizes, a good seat is required for uphill and downhill riding at all speeds. The better you can ride, the more you will enjoy it as its a real challenge.
Doublerafter offer six trips which vary between five and six days. You need to be in Sheridan the night before as some departures are early, a last night's hotel is included back in Sheridan.
Due to the time limitations set by these cattle drives, there may be little time remaining for any further activities.
Be sure to take a camera as this will ensure you come back with plenty of memories.
From £1371 per ADULT PER 5 day trip
All prices are per person unless otherwise specified. Please EMAIL or call American Round-Up on 01798 865946 to book this ranch. We have first hand knowledge from our many ranch visits.
Rates include the cattle drive with full board but your tent may well be shared, Ground transportation to and from Sheridan, saddle, tack, horse lease and guide service. Also a Guardian of the Range Fee, tax and gratuities. A last night's hotel in Sheridan completes the costs below.
2015 rates and dates
21st to 26th June - Ladies Only Cowgirl Camp
5th July - 11th July Cattle Drive
Single rate - £1687.00
2 to 5 guests - £1656.00pp
6 or more - £1616.00pp
2nd Aug - 7th Aug and 23rd Aug - 28th Aug - Open Range Drive
Single rate - £1627.00
2 to 5 guests - £1599.00pp
6 or more - £1565.00pp
13th Sept - 19th Sept - Cattle Drive
Single rate - £1720.00
2 to 5 guests - £1687.00pp
6 or more - £1656.00pp
29th Sept - 5th Oct - Clean Up Ride
Per person - £1662.00
A 25% deposit is required to hold a space on a drive.
We can tailormake your holiday with or without flights, car hire, motorhome, hotels for those who wish to explore the area they are visiting.
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