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Itinerary for Pryor Mountains Horse Drive



Our horse drives are intended for more experienced riders. Being able to canter for a long period of time is necessary at the start of the day and various times during the day to maintain control of the horse cavvy. A fast pace for a time followed by walking for a time gives horses as well as riders a chance to catch their breath. This is an exciting adventure for our guests and a unique opportunity for horse loving people.

Horse drives give experienced riders the thrill of watching a cavvy or horses move through beautiful high plains desert country as we trail horses from winter to summer pastures.
Each horse drive will move different horses. Sometimes we will trail baby colts with the mares, sometimes we will move young horses in training with cavvy horses who know the way and how to stay together. Sometimes we will move mares and studs to special pastures where they spend the summer season. Often we will move the horse cavvy that we pick our guest horses out of. Each requires a different level of experience and skill.

Handling a large herd of horses is a different matter entirely than handling cattle. Loose horses are flighty and fast-moving, and have more stamina to cover longer distances over rough terrain than a horse with a saddle and a rider.
We will show you how to control a herd of horses and move them in a way where we can control them and take them where we want them without hurting the colts or running horses out of control. Western movies make it look like horses can run forever and that everyone runs everywhere but responsible horse people know that a walk or a canter are much more healthy and realistic.

We furnish a pommel bag to keep your camera and gloves and hand warmers in along with other important items you might need as you are riding out all day, like snacks. Most riding days we will take our lunch as most of the time we are riding in terrain that does not allow our lunch suburban to come. We will stop several times each day so you can take pictures or remove a jacket or get things out of your pommel bag or just let everyone get off their horse and rest.

Working with horses is a wonderful thrill. We share this unique love with all of the guests that come to the ranch. All of us and all those guests who come to spend a week at our ranch in one way or another share the common bond of loving horses. The ranch offers some unique opportunities to see horses in their natural environment and work with them in a special way.



Sample Itinerary: Spring Horse Drive - subject to changes 

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival 
We are available to provide pick up for any guest at the airport or the Dude Ranch Lodge or Clocktower Inn in Billlings, Montana, as near to 4:00 P.M. as possible. 
We will drive to the ranch, meeting other guests in Lovell, Wyoming, who have elected to drive and we will all drive into the Pryor Mountains to the ranch for supper and room arrangements.  We will have a orientation meeting at that time for schedule instructions for the week.

Day 2 (Monday): Introduction
Breakfast on ranch schedule, travel to Wyoming for saddling and trailing horses to inspection corrals for first day. Guests are encouraged to participate in all things needing to be done with the cowboys. Lunch is brought to wherever the herd might be at lunch time. In the evening, horses need to be fed and watered and saddles need to be stored for the night. Supper will be served at the ranch at night.

Day 3 (Tuesday)Horse drive to Hough creek corral
Breakfast on ranch schedule, travel to Wyoming for saddling and trailing horses to inspection corrals for first day. Guests are encouraged to participate in all things needing to be done with the cowboys. Lunch is brought to wherever the herd might be at lunch time. In the evening, horses need to be fed and watered and saddles need to be stored for the night. We have corrals at Hough Creek for the horses to be cared for there. Supper will be served at the ranch at night.

Day 4 (Wednesday)Horse drive from Hough creek corral to Ranch
Breakfast on ranch schedule, travel to Hough creek corral to ride for the day. If all goes with plans, we should reach the ranch by late afternoon.  Horses need to be fed and watered and saddles need to be store in the barn for night. Guests are encouraged to participate in all things needing to be done at that time. Lunch will again be brought to wherever the herd might be at lunch time. Supper will be served at the ranch at night.

Day 5 (Thursday): Sorting
Breakfast on ranch schedule, and horses will be worked and trailed to new pastures. There are also horses on the ranch and they will need to be worked and arranged.  Guests are encouraged to participate in all things needing to be done at that time.  Lunch will be wherever our guests are riding at that time.  Supper will be served at the ranch at right.

Day 6 (Friday): Last day on the Ranch
Breakfast on ranch schedule, the ranch comprises about 33,000 acres and horses need to be gathered and arranged to complete the schedule that needs to be done. Lunch will be either at the ranch or wherever the guests will be riding on the ranch. We will hold a farewell meeting and make settlement with store purchases.

Day 7 (Saturday): Transfer to Billings
A light breakfast will be served and loading for the return to Billings. We usually arrive in Billings about noon.  We will take pictures and exchange goodbyes with cowboys and other guests before leaving the ranch.  Any of the guests that have driven their own vehicles will be ready to leave with our vehicle at the same time.
Drop-off in Billings.

* Subject to changes. Weather, an open gate or missing horses can change the schedule immediately.  We encourage our guests to take changes with us whenever they happen. Thank you for understanding.



2021 HORSE ROUNDUPS AND DRIVES
April 11th -18th -  Horse Drive from Wyoming winter pastures to Montana Ranch.
May 30th -June 6th - Gathering mares and adding stallions for the breeding season.
Oct. 10th -17th - Registration of weanling colts, putting mares out for the winter.
Oct. 24th -31st - Horse drive to Wyoming.

2022 HORSE ROUNDUPS AND DRIVES
April 10th -16th -  Horse Drive from Wyoming winter pastures to Montana Ranch.
May 29th -June 4th - Gathering mares and adding stallions for the breeding season.
Oct. 9th -15th - Registration of weanling colts, putting mares out for the winter.
Oct. 16th - 22nd - Horse drive to Wyoming.

Spring Horse Drive 
Every spring, we trail horses 50 miles to seasonal pastures.  We will be gathering mares and colts so we can remove the colts and then trailing mares to spring pastures on the Pryor Mountains. Our second horse drive will be taking young potential riding stock and our fillies to our training facilities. 

Fall Horse Drive 
Each fall, it is necessary to gather and account for the mare bands that have been turned out during the summer. We bring them into our headquarters, sort the mares and colts away from the stud, photograph and record each colts specific markings and color for registration with the AQHA. This is an exciting time when we study that year’s colt crop up close: some of them for the first time that year. Specific pictures and the recording of individual markings are required on registration forms. Many ooohs and awes come from the working guests and cowboys alike. After sorting and accounting for the studs, mares and colts we keep the studs in the corral, and turn the mares back out on mountain pastures for the winter months. 
Our last week of the guest season is a horse drive that takes the young stock, older geldings and mares to Wyoming (about 50 miles from the ranch) for the winter. We follow the same route as the Spring drive, but in reverse.

Roundups
These weeks will concentrate on working the horses at the ranch, making mare bands, and checking mare bands.

Summer Mini Horse Drives
Our mini horse drives take place in the summer months when grass gets short and horses need to be moved to better pasture. Sometimes it is also necessary to remove fresh horses for riding purposes. These mini horse drives are usually slower paced. During these weeks, we can teach and move slower with our horses so guests can learn confidence and skill so they can successfully join a spring or fall horse round up later on.
When moving our horses we have people leading them in the front as well as behind to keep them together. These weeks are full of various speeds as well as terrain. There will most likely also be cattle work involved during this week, as cattle need to be checked weekly.
The drives will be at the ranch and we will be moving young stock from pasture to pasture, stud and mare bands out to summer grazing and small groups of the horse cavvy down to Hough Creek for vet appointments. These groups of horses will be small in design for inexperienced participation and learning. Mini horse drives will be a part of the regular ranch weeks with emphasis that week especially on horse moving.



Non Riders

Non riding companion can join this adventure and follow the riding group by car. Inquire for more information.
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Pryor Mountains Horse Drive
Tour Code: HDMT01
7 days / 6 nights ~$0.00
Dates : April to Nov

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
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= 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 2021 04/11 - 04/18 8d / 7n 7 day horse drive, AP 6 /12 Expired
B 2021 05/30 - 06/06 8d / 7n 7 day horse roundup, AP 6 /12 Expired
B 2021 10/10 - 10/17 8d / 7n 7 day horse roundup, AP 6 /12 Sold Out
A 2021 10/24 - 10/31 8d / 7n 7 day horse drive, AP 6 /12 Sold Out
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Airport: Billings MT
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