Old-West Roundup

Old-West Roundup

England, Mike
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With the abundance of $50,000 SUVs and latté stands around southwest Montana, it’s easy to think that the old days of cowboys and livestock drives are completely gone. Not so. On April 18, 19, and 20, Montana Horses will host a Spring Roundup that’s right out of the Old West, with a three-day horse drive from Willow Creek to Trident. You’ll help round up 300 horses from their winter pasture, driving them 30 miles back to their summer homes north of Three Forks. No riding experience is required, but remember—the better you can ride, the more fun you’ll have chasing the cagey, half-wild horses through the sagebrush.

The drive begins in the hills south of Willow Creek, where you’ll spend the day gathering horses from 7,000 acres of rugged Montana country. Relax afterward in an old-style, streamside camp, complete with wall tents and chuckwagon supper. The next day is the long drive into Three Forks, followed by a sitdown meal and warm bed at Sacajawea Inn. Wake up early and drive the herd north along the cottonwood forests of the Missouri River, ending up at the Mantle Ranch for a cool drink, hearty laughs, and a well-deserved rest. For more information about the roundup, call 406-285-3541, or visit www.montanahorses.com.
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