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Learn about the best dude ranch vacations. Read about the life of a dude ranch wrangler and get ranch vacation tips.


The Secrets to Successful Barn Vaccinating

June 28, 2012
What worming and vaccinating a herd of 100 horses can teach you about patience and life.  by Molly Murphy The weather's getting warm again, which means horse people everywhere are worming and vaccinating their herds. Vaccination day never really struck a chord with me when all I had to contend… Read more »

Fly-Fishing Ranch Vacations

June 13, 2012
Three great places where you can combine fly fishing with horse riding on a dude ranch vacation. by Darley Newman In addition to horseback riding, a favorite American outdoor pastime is fishing. According to some estimates, approximately 40 million people are considered "anglers". In recent years a slew of fishing… Read more »

Cattle Drive Vacations at TX Ranch

June 3, 2012
An authentic cattle drive vacation challenges teens, adults and seniors of all riding skill levels to head West!  I’ve driven cattle in New Mexico, Colorado, Uruguay, Texas and beyond, participating in everything from city slicker-type cattle drives–– put on for the benefit of us tourists–– to authentic cattle drives at… Read more »

My Introduction to Cattle Branding

May 31, 2012
For my summer vacation away from college, I'm working as a wrangler at The Home Ranch in Colorado. Read about my experience as a first-time calf brander! by Molly Murphy My Western education at The Home Ranch started almost immediately after I arrived for work on Friday afternoon. A CPR/First… Read more »

Finding the Perfect Cowboy Hat

May 22, 2012
My first immersion into the Western lifestyle as I chose my first "real" cowboy hat. by Molly Murphy Okay, so, full disclosure–– I am not a cowgirl. Yes, I am working as a wrangler for the Home Ranch, a dude ranch near Steamboat Springs, Colorado for the summer. Yes, I… Read more »