Cattle Drive

– Learn to work cattle and live life as a cowboy, enjoying the simple things in life while riding very good horses
– A warm welcome awaits you from the Tylett family, ranchers for five generations
– Enjoy the beauty of the vast Pryor Mountains and the Big Horn Canyon
– There are 1200 head of cattle to collect and move to or from a wild camp high up in the mountains
– Wholesome, home cooked, ranch style meals

 

Comfort

Two man tents with camp beds, heated by a wood stove are set around a log cabin where meals are prepared . There is no running water, although water is heated every night (solar or wood-fired) there are outdoor showers and toilets. A cabin dining room serves as a place of relaxation and conviviality when the weather is not good enough for sitting out around the camp fire.

Meals

Big meals!
– American breakfast – toast, eggs, a choice of sweet and savoury foods, tea and coffee.
– Picnic lunch
– Hot meals at dinner time.

You can drink water at the Camp and fill your water bottles.
Alcohol is not provided but you are welcome to bring your own drinks (that you can purchase at Billings)

Climate

Guide and local team

Your guides and ranchers will be Loretta and Hip. They are lovely and quick to make their guests comfortable. Their friends and neighbours often give them a hand with the big cattle drives.

Tips

Tips are compulsory in USA. The local team expects to get 15-20% of the cost of your stay.

Packing list

Head
– Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. There are many lightweight options available nowadays
– Sunhat for when not riding
– Sunglasses – with a cord attached so they don’t fly off when riding
– Buff or bandana
– Warm hat for cold nights when camping

Upper body
– Thermals (long or short sleeved)
– Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
– T-shirts
– Lightweight fleece or jumper
– Warm fleece or jumper (and a spare in case one gets wet)
– Warm and waterproof jacket – it can rain at any time of year and the evenings can be particularly cold
– Swimming costume – for swimming/bathing in rivers/hot springs

Legs
– Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs – we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don’t rub
– Thermals
Head
– Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. There are many lightweight options available nowadays
– Sunhat for when not riding
-Western riders used to wear a Stetson (American hat). You have usually the possibility to buy one at locally at the beginning of your stay/expedition. Count about 50-120$ for a Stetson. Pay attention that it has to stay on your head when galloping. Ask for a strap/cord to fix it strongly.
– There are some head protections to put under your hat (Ranch & Rider, Lexington Safety Products) or western helmet (Troxel).
– Sunglasses – with a cord attached so they don’t fly off when riding
– Buff or bandana
– Warm hat for cold nights when camping

Upper body
– Thermals (long or short sleeved)
– Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and are an extra layer
– T-shirts
– Lightweight fleece or jumper
– Warm fleece or jumper (and a spare in case one gets wet)
– Warm and waterproof jacket – it can rain at any time of year and the evenings can be particularly cold
– Swimming costume – for swimming/bathing in rivers/hot springs/Jacuzzi

Legs
– Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs – we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don’t rub
– Thermals
– Casual trousers for the evenings, such as jeans or tracksuit bottoms
– Waterproof over trousers

Hands and Feet
– Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps as an extra layer against inclement weather. We don’t recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
– Waterproof shoes/boots can be useful for abundant dew in the mornings or when it rains
– Trainers or equivalent light shoes for moving around the camp/ranch in the evenings
– Several pairs of warm, thick socks
– Gloves – your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, cold or rain whilst riding. Waterproof gloves can be particularly useful

Nightwear
– Sleeping bag. You need at least a comfort factor down to minus 5 celsius, but would recommend at least minus 8 or 10 celsius for expedition ride.
– Sleeping bag liner – silk, cotton or fleece – adds an extra layer for expedition ride.
– inflatable mattress (except if camp beds are provided)
– Pyjamas or tracksuits or thermals for sleeping in

Our Recommendations
– Please don’t take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided with a capacity of 80 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar.//
– In case of expedition ride : Hard sided suitcase are not permitted on this ride as your luggage is carried by packhorses. It should be soft sided with a capacity of 80-100 litres. We recommend taking a backpack or similar.
– Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. We recommend a small bumbag or a coat with pockets so that you can carry small items with you during the day (passport, camera, sunscreen, lip balm etc)
– We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage – then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
– Even if foam mattresses are provided, you may pack your inflatable mattress for comfort sake.

Other useful items
– Small backpack for accessing items required during the day (carried by support crew)
– Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
– Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
– Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night – bring spare batteries/solar powered battery charger and bulbs
– Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
– Swiss army knife
– Field glasses
– Ear plugs (for light sleepers)
Expedition ride:
– Towels – camping ones will both dry and pack more easily
– Wet Wipes or equivalent (for when washing facilities aren’t available)
– Toilet paper and a lighter to burn it with
– Small plastic bags for rubbish

In your hold luggage
– Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
– Swiss army knife (or equivalent)

In your hand luggage
– Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
– Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended – then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!

Medical kit
– Any medication you regularly take
– Sunscreen and lip balm – should be high factor
– Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
– Blister plasters in case of any rubs
– Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc…
– Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
– Eye drops
– Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
– Re-hydration sachets
– Water purification tablets
– Antiseptic wipes
– Handwash gel

Miscellaneous
– We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
– If you prefer travelling in a “light way” please choose a biodegradable soap or washing powder/liquid.
-Please take your used batteries, aerosols etc back home and dispose of them appropriately. Try to leave excess packaging material at home before travelling.