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The Dartmoor Cattle Drive

The Dartmoor Cattle Drive
Dartmoor England

Attend and be a part of the only cattle drive in the UK!

Whether it is your first time on a drive, or you've done it before, ever rider will play their part in helping out move, muster, and checking cattle. Each day you'll mount up and tend to the cattle depending on their needs and the season. Cattle respond well to being moved by horses as horses are quiet and the and the cattle have a natural respect for them. The horse walks at much the same speed as the cattle and often anticipate the cattle movements.  Riders work as a team with most flanking at the sides of the herd with just a couple at the rear, and one or two at the head. There is always a lead cow who the others follow. Ours is called ‘Dunny’ and is a lighter colour than the rest. She is a young cow, the job used to be her mothers’, (same colour) when she was with the herd. Each rider will have a position and a job to do, depending on their ability. Driving cattle is  immensely satisfying, doing something that has barely changed for hundreds of years. The type of country we ride over has some breathtaking scenery and varies, through woodland, along valley bottoms,  up steep inclines, down steep declines, across rivers, through rock clitter (rock strewn areas) and over hill tops, where you can look down on everything around. Get ready to head 'em up and move 'em out!

Cattle Drive, Round Up
Short Getaway
Center-based ride
Ride with Western Tack

Meeting: Castle Inn Lydford
Airport: Exeter
Transfer: Exeter or Okehampton
Riders: Min 2 riders
Max 8 riders

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    The Dartmoor Cattle Drive
    Tour Code: IT-ENG02
    7 days / 6 nights
    Dates : May to Oct

    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    B 2024 04/29 - 05/02 4d / 3n 4-day trip 2 /8 Expired
    A 2024 05/05 - 05/11 7d / 6n 7-day trip 2 /8 Expired
    A 2024 06/09 - 06/15 7d / 6n 7-day trip 2 /8 Reserve
    A 2024 07/14 - 07/20 7d / 6n 7-day trip 2 /8 Reserve
    B 2024 07/21 - 07/24 4d / 3n 4-day trip 2 /8 Reserve
    B 2024 07/28 - 07/31 4d / 3n 4-day trip 2 /8 Sold Out
    A 2024 08/11 - 08/17 7d / 6n 7-day trip 2 /8 Reserve
    A 2024 08/28 - 09/03 7d / 6n 7-day trip 2 /8 Reserve
    B 2024 09/24 - 09/27 4d / 3n 4-day trip 2 /8 Sold Out
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    Tack: Western
    Horses: Quarter horses, quarter horse cross, h...
    Pace: 4-5 hours riding per day

    Airport: Exeter
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