2018 DATES FOR DRYHEAD RANCH GUEST SEASON
(Each activity requires riding every day)
HORSE ROUNDUPS AND DRIVES
April 8– 14, 2018 Horse Drive from Wyoming winter pastures to Montana Ranch.
April 13-14, 2018 Real Ranch Horse Sale – Billings, Montana. (Open week at Ranch)
May 27th-June 2nd Gathering mares and adding stallions for the breeding season.
October 14th-20th Registration of weanling colts, taking studs out of the mare bands, putting mares out for the winter.
Oct. 28th-Nov. 3rd Horse Roundup and drive to Wyoming.
CATTLE DRIVES AND WEANING WEEKS
April 22nd-28th Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures.
(These drives pass through the Big Horn Canyon Recreational Area, Horse Thief Canyon, Wild Horse Range, Big Horn Canyon Overlook, Lockhart Land and into Dryhead Territory).
April 29th-May 5th Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures.
May 6th-12th Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures.
May 13th – 19th Trailing cows and calves to Montana Ranch from Wyoming pastures.
Sept. 2nd-8th Fall gathering. We are gathering 1000 mother cows with calves to wean the calves and pregnancy test the cows.
Sept. 9th-15th We will ride the neighbors pastures and return strays as well as gather our Own cattle to our pastures closer to ranch headquarters.
Sept 16th-22nd Gather to bring to the corral Jeff’s cattle to sort, wean, haul to Wyoming.
Also Jake and Jen’s cattle will be weaned. Pregnancy testing cows . Reride pastures looking for any cows and calves we have missed.
Sept 23rd-29th Gather to bring to the corral Matt’s cattle to sort, wean, and haul to Wyoming.
Reride pastures to find any cows and calves we have missed.
October 21st-27th Gather and trail Heifers to Wyoming.
RANCH WEEKS – WORKING CATTLE AND HORSE ACTIVITIES ON RANCH
May 20th-26th Branding, doctoring calves, gathering into the trap to brand.
May 27th-June 2nd Gathering mares and putting the stallions with them in mare bands.
June 3rd-9th Branding calves returning pairs to mountain pastures.
June 10th-16th Finish up branding and take cows to distant pastures.
June 17th-23rd Checking horses and doctoring calves and fixing fence of our ranch.
June 24th-30th Trailing cows to summer Fish Bird and Guus pastures.
July 1st-7th Closed
July 8th-14th Pushing cows and calves up on mountain pastures and in Spring Creek Pasture, doctoring calves and fixing fence.
July 15th-21st Checking heifers on south pastures, riding neighbors to bring back strays, doctoring if needed.
JULY 22ND -28TH Riding mountain pastures, check salt licks and doctoring if needed.
July 29th-August 4th Checking cows, calves and horses on Flat Coulee Pasture and Bassett Pasture.
August 5th-11th Pushing cows and calves back up on mountain pastures.
August 12th-18th Checking mare bands, removing studs. Watching pasture conditions for grass conditions. Halter breaking colts and riding young horses.
August 19th-25th Riding southern pastures check heifers and mare bands.
August 26th-Sept. 1st Pushing cows and calves back up on higher mountain pastures for grazing.
FALL GATHERING WEEKS
Sept. 2nd-8th Riding outside neighbors to sort cattle and keep Dryhead cows located.
Sept. 9th-15th Moving cows from back side of Little Mountain as weaning starts in 2 weeks.
Sept. 30-Oct 6th Returning cows to mountain pastures. Locating missing pairs we missed.
Oct 7th-13th Riding the mountain for missing cows and calves. Bring to ranch to wean.
A deposit of $500 per person is required upon booking to hold a reservation. It is non-refundable if cancelled less than 90 days before vacation date. Balance is due 30 days prior to arrival and is nonrefundable thereafter. Dates can be changed with emergency situations. All payments should be in US dollars. They can be cash, personal check (with approval), Visa. Mastercard or bank wire. There is a 2% charge on use of a credit card. We suggest a 15% gratuity.
There is a transfer charge of $100.00 per person for pickup and return to Billings on the following Saturday by noon. We would like travel plans sent to us 30 days in advance of arrival. Airline information, pick up arrangements and driving plans. Thanks.
Always consider the weather.
In choosing what accommodations you would like to have, private cabins with bathroom are available for $250 per couple and $150 per single person. We have added a cabin with detached bathroom for $250 per couple and $150 per single person. Our semi-private bunkhouse rooms have two shared bathrooms and our private rooms have queen, and twin beds to accommodate families or groups.
Dryhead Ranch reserves the right to alter or change any attractions, dates or activities, due to unforeseen circumstances and weather. However, substitutions of a similar kind will be arranged. These circumstances would include: unfavorable weather conditions, range or pasture conditions, insufficient bookings.