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Itinerary for Medicine Lodge Horse Drive



2019 Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Sunday)

You will arrive at the ranch on Sunday evening for a welcome dinner and introduction to the family, crew and other guests. You will be accommodated for the night in a cabin or bunk room.

Day 2 (Monday)
Meet your mount, riding instructions, spend the day riding through mountain terrain (making sure every rider is confident at a walk, trot, and lope.) We want you to trust your horse completely before leaving for the horse drive. Spend the night at the ranch again for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 (Tuesday)
Hearty breakfast and then pack our bedrolls in the chuck wagon, round up and saddle the horses, load them in the horse trailer and head for Deep Creek. We will round-up and drive the horses 20 plus miles through desert canyon country. We stop for our picnic lunch in the canyon among the fragrant sage brush. At the end of the day we will end up at the warm springs and truthfully there is not a more welcome sight than riding over that last ridge with a herd of horses, and spotting the chuck wagon and camp. You're going to be very tired and dirty after a long day of riding! The natural warm spring here is the perfect spot to take a nice relaxing bath (if you have biodegradable soap, all the better!). Look closely in the water... the water is so mild that there are guppy fish swimming in there with you! We will end the day with a hot delicious meal and lots of stories of the day’s adventure. You will be ready to retire for the evening to your nice tent or even sleep under the stars if you wish!

Day 4 (Wednesday)
You will awake to the smell of coffee brewing over the fire and hot cakes on the griddle! Life just doesn’t get any better than this! If you would like, after breakfast you can take “another quick dip in the spring.” We will help you break camp, catch the horses, and be on our way for our second day of moving the horse herd.  This day will have the challenge of heading through the hills that are more forested than yesterday's desert canyon route.  Don't lose the horses in those trees! Sometimes like to hide! We stop for the picnic lunch by a watering hole for the herd and get a quick rest in before heading onward again. Camp tonight is along a pretty little glacier creek - absolutely nothing like the welcoming warm springs you had yesterday, but on a hot, hot summer's day in mid July or August you will find it extremely refreshing!  Another hearty cowboy meal and overnight.

Day 5 (Thursday)
Awake to the sounds of the horses near by grazing, coffee brewing over the fire and the smell of bacon sizzling! We have traveled over 40 miles and are now in some beautiful back country. You have got to see this! We will leave the her behind and take a day off to rest them and do a little exploring on our own. Less work, and more play! There is an absolutely beautiful mountain lake just 6 miles from camp, and with abundant wildlife around we might just get a close look at a moose, elk or even a bear. Another great adventure is just around the corner, and today we will be sure to find it! Dinner will be cooked over the open fire to put an end to a perfect day of trail riding with our new friends. Night at same camp as yesterday.

Day 6 (Friday)
After a whole day off with nothing to do, those horses are ready and anxious to get going again, so after another great breakfast, we will help break camp, gather and saddle our horses, round up the herd and get them headed to their final destination - the ranch! This is another great day of riding and moving horses through some of the most beautiful countryside and a pretty picnic lunch stop. By now you definitely know what you are doing and feel confident doing it. You are a cowboy!! There are some great gallops today if you are game! You will arrive back to the ranch in late afternoon ready for that hot outdoor shower, a cold drink and a warm cookie, rewards for a job well done! After a little relaxation time, we will sort out one of the colts and work with him for a short time before dinner. This requires a little help from some of our newest cowboys (of course only if you want to). This is very interesting and you will be able to see how we introduce the saddle, and turn this young colt into a working ranch horse. We will end the day with a farewell dinner, lots of stories and a good nights rest in your cabin.

Day 7 (Saturday)
By now you have rode many miles and go back with memories for a lifetime. When you return to the fast paced life of the city you will close your eyes, smell the coffee and the fresh mountain air, see yourself riding through the beautiful mountain ranges of Medicine Lodge Idaho, and this will get you through until we see you next time! 

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2020 Sample Itinerary - Subject to changes

Day 1 (Monday)

We will pick you up for 3:30pm from Idaho Falls, or feel free to drive to our ranch to arrive around 4:30pm. Meet and greet other riders and be assigned to your cabin. Enjoy our welcome dinner and feel free to enjoy some ranch activities such as rope, horse shoes, hiking, or simply relaxing. (no riding)

Day 2 (Tuesday)
Meet your mount, riding instructions, spend the day riding through mountain terrain (making sure every rider is confident at a walk, trot, and lope.) We want you to trust your horse completely before leaving for the horse drive. Spend the night at the ranch again for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 (Wednesday)
You'll enjoy a hearty breakfast and pack your bags for the horse drive. Remember to pack enough clothing for 2 full days of camping! We drive the herd from Middle Creek to Warm Springs campsite. Our gear will meet us at the campsite and we unload and prepare for dinner. Camp activities include bathing in natural warm springs, enjoying the campfire, playing games/ songs, and enjoying starry skies. This will be your first night in the tents.

Day 4 (Thursday)
Wake up surrounded in the beauty of nature and start your day with a delicious breakfast! Today we leave Warm Springs and head to Weber Creek campsite. Dinner, activities, and tenting overnight at Weber Creek.

Day 5 (Friday)
After another great breakfast, we will help break camp, gather and saddle our horses, round up the herd and get them headed to their final destination - the ranch! You will arrive back to the ranch for that hot outdoor shower and a cold drink, rewards for a job well done! We will end the day with a farewell dinner, lots of stories and a good nights rest in your cabin.

Day 6 (Saturday)
By now you have rode many miles and go back with memories for a lifetime. When you return to the fast paced life of the city you will close your eyes, smell the coffee and the fresh mountain air, see yourself riding through the beautiful mountain ranges of Medicine Lodge Idaho, and this will get you through until we see you next time!  
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Medicine Lodge Horse Drive
Tour Code: HDID01
7 days / 6 nights ~$1,900.00
Dates : May to Sept

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
ABeginner
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
BNovice
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.
CIntermediate
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.
EAdvanced
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
A 2019 06/23 - 06/29 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 06/30 - 07/06 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 07/07 - 07/13 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 07/14 - 07/20 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 07/28 - 08/03 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 08/04 - 08/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 08/11 - 08/17 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Expired
A 2019 08/25 - 08/31 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Sold Out
A 2019 09/01 - 09/07 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Sold Out
A 2019 09/08 - 09/14 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Sold Out
A 2019 09/15 - 09/21 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP 5 /14 Sold Out
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarterhorse, Appaloosas
Pace: Strong Intermediate, all paces with ca...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA)
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