I have always wanted to try the cowgirl thing
since I started horse riding as a little girl...
When I hit 23 I decided that I wanted to do something different and this seemed the perfect time to live that dream,
so to speak.
I ordered a number of brochures through the internet,
but The Ranch that appealed the most was one I found in a travel agency brochure...
This was the Double Spear Ranch, Montana.
Why did this appeal?
Well I wanted a "real" experience and so from the onset had decided that I wanted to go to a working ranch.
I also knew from friends and films that the scenery in Montana was beautiful - which it was.
The other factor that made me decide on this ranch was the limited number of places there are any one-week.
I believed that this would make the atmosphere much more friendly - I was right.
I stayed at the Double Spear Ranch through mid-September
which meant much of the work involved bringing the cattle down from the mountains,
loading them into trailers and bringing them back to The Ranch.
I rode an excellent horse called "Spud" who was extremely sure footed,
and instinctively seemed to know what to do around the cattle - he certainly taught me a lot.
The people who ran The Ranch were very friendly and you immediately felt that you were one of "the gang ".
You were encouraged to get as involved as possible and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
A great experience and a memory I shall treasure forever.
I shall definitely be going back next year.
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