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The United States of America is a very large country and has an unevenly distributed population over a big area, so there are still many wild parts. Even in the north eastern states where the population density is high, you can drive for hours through vast forests and thinly populated farmlands passing only small villages and isolated homes. Some western states like Wyoming cover an area the size of France or Germany and have a population of less than 500,000 people who for the most part live in a few cities and small towns.

The era of the cowboy in American legend lasted but a brief period of time during the nineteenth century. Earlier, Spanish colonist had discovered that much of the land in what is now south western USA was not suitable for agriculture due to inadequate rainfall, but they learned that the vast grasslands were ideal for cattle herding. These Spanish pioneers introduced the long-horned cattle, founded the first ranchos and hired mounted vaqueros to tend their herds. Cattle roamed the open range. By the mid-nineteenth century, the United States of America had acquired most of the western territories through treaties and acquisitions. Colonists from the eastern or southern parts of the US and immigrants from Europe flooded into the western frontier in search of inexpensive land. Some of them captured the wild Texas long-horned cattle and founded ranches. Vast areas of grassland in the Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming territories were declared open range where cattle were permitted to freely graze.

Over the past four centuries much has shaped the incomparable land of America but it still remains the true home of the cowboy. On a holiday here you will find yourself immersed in life on the ranch. You will soon learn skills from seasoned wranglers and become part of a team. You do not have to be an expert rider to enjoy riding on the range and whether travelling solo or with your family, you can be guaranteed a trip of a lifetime. You will go home with a greater understanding of the ranchers' commitment to conservation of the rural life and the Western heritage. There is so much to do and see in this great country that you may need to visit more than once!





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Bitterroot Ranch (Wyoming), USA


The Bitterroot Ranch (Wyoming) horse riding holiday, in USA
A Wyoming ranch with some of the best and most diverse horse riding in North America. Located in a remote valley, this ranch offers tuition with certified instructors, a cross country course, team sorting, herding cows, cattle drives, roundups, pack trips and trail rides. Excellent cuisine and outstanding fishing opportunities, along with their Arabian horse breeding programme, make this an exceptional ranch to visit.


 

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California Mendocino Coast, USA


The California Mendocino Coast horse riding holiday, in USA
Experience cantering on the deserted Ten Mile Beach, through vast cattle ranches and in the magnificent redwood forests. Your host has over 25 years of experience in offering these unique trails as well as a successful career and love of dressage and endurance riding. This super ranch offers a quality selection of horses which are both fit and well schooled, making them a delightful ride. Their diverse mix of horses offers a horses suitable for the novice rider whilst others are suited to the advanced rider.


 

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California Ranch, USA


The California Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
California Ranch, offering northern California Dude Ranch vacations, is surrounded by a half a million acres of Klamath National Forest. The Ranch is sandwiched between the western edge of the Marble Mountain Wilderness and the Klamath River. The extremely wet winters, temperate summers, and varied geologic formations of this area produce one of North America's most biologically diverse and thriving forests.


 

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Colorado Creek Ranch, USA


The Colorado Creek Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
This 600 acre family guest ranch, nestled in its own private mountain valley, has been offering authentic western holidays for more than 70 years. With a herd of over 100 homebred and raised horses and a host of ranch facilities, all within walking distance from each other, this is the ideal ranch for a true western adventure. The ranch is designed to suit adults and children alike and is recognised as an unforgettable family hotspot where guests of any age and any ability can come for a dream ranch vacation.


 

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Georgia Ranch, USA


The Georgia Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
A beautiful year-round guest ranch and horse farm conveniently nestled in Central Georgia's Historic Heartland. With more than 200 quality Paint and Quarter Horses, the ranch is best known for its exceptional horse riding programme, unguided riding opportunities and peaceful setting. The ranch offers an all-inclusive riding package during which you can experience the delightful accommodation, exceptional cuisine and southern hospitality.


 

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Hualapai Ranch (Stagecoach Trails), USA


The Hualapai Ranch (Stagecoach Trails) horse riding holiday, in USA
This is a comfortable ranch, set in tens of thousands of acres, which has a riding programme second to none. You are always offered a gentle slow walking ride or an exciting fast trotting/loping ride.

The novice rider can enjoy a slow scenic ride and the experienced rider is offered challenging mountain rides, and fast paced loping rides through sandy washes. Disabled riders are able to enjoy this wonderful ranch experience.


 

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Nevada Ranch, USA


The Nevada Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
This is a genuine working cattle and horse ranch offering guests the true western cowboy experience. The ranch offers unlimited riding on a number of great horses, a host of other activities and warm, comfortable accommodation with hearty meals. Round up the cattle, head out on a horse drive or take a pack trip across the Nevada landscapes before heading back to the hot tub!


 

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New Mexico Ranch, USA


The New Mexico Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
This destination is a small family run ranch with a relaxed and personal atmosphere in the magnificent Gila National Forest in south west New Mexico. Horseback riding here takes you through open meadows, tall Ponderosa forests, up to the heights where the views go on forever, and down into deep canyons with sheer cliff walls and crystal clear streams. Whether on horseback or hiking you will enjoy some of the most beautiful, untouched country in America. Ride the outlaw trails of Billy the Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and visit Native ruins where the Mimbres people of 750-1150 AD, and later Geronimo and the Apaches once roamed.


 

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White Stallion Ranch, USA


The White Stallion Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
The ranch, adjacent to the Saguaro National Park, Arizona, is set in nearly five square miles of lush desert. Longhorn cattle come in for water every day but with the timeless aura of a working western cattle ranch, you also have the benefits and comforts associated with a top quality destination.

Whether horseback riding is new to you or you are an experienced rider, the varied riding programme will fit your needs. There are slow scenic rides through the Saguaro cactus, to brisk fast rides and exciting trail rides over the mountains. There is something for everyone here.


 

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Wyoming Lodge and Working Guest Ranch, USA


The Wyoming Lodge and Working Guest Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
This authentic working dude ranch combines a touch of luxury with fantastic horse riding, horsemanship and cattle working opportunities. Situated in Shell Valley, Wyoming, the ranch focuses primarily on horse riding and provides excellent horses for all levels of rider - those just starting out are treated with patience and given the help of professional trainers, whilst the seasoned rider will be matched to a responsive mount and can enjoy the company of experienced guides and talented cowboys. Approximately 250,000 acres provide spectacular scenery for trail rides whilst the 1200 head of Black Angus cattle mean that there is plenty of cattle work and drives to be done. This is genuine cattle work required to keep the ranch in operation!

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Wyoming Ranch, USA


The Wyoming Ranch horse riding holiday, in USA
This is a genuine working cattle ranch and they have 500 cattle and calves, 200-300 yearling heifers mostly Black Angus and Hereford and also 300 yearling sheep. You will be able to participate in most of the activities accompanied by the wranglers and if you are experienced you will be allowed to ride and explore the countryside on your own. The ranch is next to a pure blue lake surrounded by rocky outcrops and you will be able to explore the Black Hills on horseback.


 

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