Have you ever seen the movie City Slickers? If you haven’t then you must not own a TV, because it seems like they play it at least once a week on some channel or other. I have always thought that a cattle drive vacation would be interesting. I mentioned to my wife that a family cattle drive vacation would be fun, but from the look I got, I don’t think she thought so.
I haven’t riden a horse since I was a kid, and even then, only a couple times where you pay, and you go on a guided ride.
Cattle drives do actually have a real purpose. They move cattle between winter and summer pastures. And then they must be moved around these areas as well. Cattle must also be rounded up for branding, medications, and to be taken to market.
There are cattle drives in Montana, Wyoming, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and even in states like Oregon, Idaho, and North Carolina. Would you believe there is even a Florida cattle drive? Heck, if those seem a little too mundane, you can head down to Argentina and do a cattle drive.
Cattle drive vacations cost around $150-$200 a day, or $1000-$2000 per week per person. Room and and food are included along with various rides, rodeos and stuff like that. Use of a horse is usually included, but sometimes might be extra.
If a full blown cattle drive seems like it might be too much, they have more relaxed dude ranches where you can participate in guided tours, dancing, storytelling, milking cows, horse riding lessons, etc.