At McGinnis Meadows, not only do you learn horsemanship, but you also put everything you've learned to use working cattle. All season we have steers that you and your horse can track, learn to cut, and ultimately ranch pen.
In mid-May we will begin to turn out cattle on our grazing allotment contiguous to the ranch. In early June, our longer cattle drives begin—as we’ll be moving our yearlings onto the larger grazing allotment portion which covers over 48 square miles! A few days a week we will be driving cattle to new pastures, re-riding for strays, and pushing cattle up to the high country and it is a lot of fun! This is intense as our grazing allotment is located in mountainous country. Because of the terrain we take great care to not stress the cattle more than necessary. This means moving them at their pace, giving them a break to drink, and using horsemanship skills to keep the group traveling together. Some days we’re just hunting to find them. We’ll teach you about the ways of cattle, and about proper land management. Guests say this is one of the things that makes THIS ranch special.
Our Fall Gather runs from mid-September through early October. In the brilliance of the fall colors, we'll cover a lot of country. You'll learn about tracking cattle, and there will be some waspy ones that don't want to come in too badly!
You are welcome to ride and participate as much as you wish. Each evening we come home to the heartiest of meals, and 1st class lodging so you'll experience the best of both worlds!
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Also look into the magazine, "The Cowboy Way", published by The Paragon Foundation, Inc.
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