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My Free Horse ~ a funny story

One day my neighbor Cheryl asked whether I'd like a free horse a friend of hers was trying to unload. I asked the appropriate questions of why the horse was free. The story was, although broke no one could ride her as she spooked easily. I have trained spooks, and other horses inexperienced riders couldn't handle and I had successfully turned them into good horses. Now I'm not a good horse trainer, but I am cheap. What I lack in good sense I make up for in my willingness to do reckless things. of the story

Yellowstone / Teton Region Rodeos
Teton Valley Rodeo

Jackson Hole Rodeo • (Jackson Hole) Wednesday & Saturday at 8 p.m. Unlike the larger gatherings in other parts of the state, Jackson maintains it's local, "anyone who has the gumption can do it" attitude that makes it representative of both the community and the original intention of the sport. Noted for fine stock, young cowboys coming up through the ranks and people who just love it, it's a great choice for action-packed fun during summer nights in Jackson Hole.

Cody Nite Rodeo • (Cody WY) Every night, June 1st to August 31st, you can see America's original sport - RODEO - in Cody, Wyoming. With over 55 years of performances, the Cody Nite Rodeo has earned Cody the title Rodeo Capital of the World. It's good family entertainment, and you get a look at the lifestyle of Old West Cowboys and Cowgirls. Even the kids can get in the action in the calf scramble.

Cody Stampede Rodeo - July 1-4 • (Cody WY) Top cowboys from across the continent come to Cody for the Stampede, one of rodeo's crown jewels that contestants often call "Cowboy Christmas." This is where they win the big purses, and ride the best stock. Many of these fine cowboys spend their summers in Cody, competing in the Cody Nite Rodeo and enjoying the lifestyle afforded by this great Western community.

Wild West Yellowstone Rodeo • (West Yellowstone Montana) Pull your hat down tight - get you ready to rodeo whether you are a first time spectator or a seasoned veteran competitor. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer you can find the West Yellowstone Rodeo Just south of town.

InterMountain Professional Rodeo Association • Information on many regional Rodeo's.


A cowgirl bringing in the remuda

Our western Rodeo has evolved from an industry... from the daily routine and tasks of a low paying job with long hours performed by ranch hands who came to know very well the animals with which they lived.

If it were any other kind of job, leisure hours might have produced another kind of ball game rather than a recreation involving the very animals one had already spent long hours tending. But being a cowboy has always been more of a way of life than a job or an opportunity to get rich.

Rodeo contests are divided into two categories: 1. Those that are scored by a judge; the rough stock events of bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding; and 2. Those which are timed for speed... cowgirls barrel racing, steer wrestling, and the roping contests.

Bronc riding and calf roping c are the events that were born on Western ranches. Being able to rope a calf or steer on the open range was a necessary skill if an animal required attention.

Often times some of the most exciting action at a rodeo is the interaction of the Rodeo Clowns and angry bulls.

Riding broncs was part of the job for most cowboys during the course of the year as many horses were green broke at best and all needed further training. Even a well broke horse sometimes provides a private rodeo if something spooks him.

The contests of riding and roping require only two things of the horses and cattle... either to buck or to run, actions that are natural.

Rodeo contests were developed by people who deliberately chose to plan their recreation around the same animals they spent long hours working with. The contests were designed with thorough knowledge and respect of the animals' capabilities and limitations, and are regarded as reasonable use of animals.

Bull riding is the most popular event at a rodeo.

The roping contest is an extension of the necessary skills developed by ranch cowboys to hold cattle for doctoring, etc., without benefit of pens and corrals. The muscular structure of a calf and its hairy, thick hide allows prudent roping without harm. As is observed, immediately upon removal of the rope, calves jog trot out of the arena in a most unconcerned manner. Calves, who soon outgrow weight limits for the event, then fulfill the same purpose they would have in the dairy or beef industry if they had not been in rodeo — or perhaps grow up to be a rodeo bucking bull.

Bull riding has become rodeo's most popular contest. It is not related to any ranch task, but the challenge has called to cowboys from the west’s earliest days

It is not unusual for a bucking horse to be kicking up its heels in fine fashion over the age of 25 years old and many bulls are still active buckers at 15 years of age. Veterinarians attribute it to the good care they receive which includes quality feed and adequate exercise.

The average bucking horse or bull works less than five minutes per year in the arena.

Each year, the cowboys and cowgirls of the various rodeo associations throughout the country honor the best performing horses and bulls in the rough stock events - bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, and bull riding. The "heart" of these honest animals to consistently turn in a good performance is greatly admired, along with the beauty of their efforts. Awards are also given to the owners of the best-trained horses ridden by the timed event competitors. The performance of rodeo animals is a matter of pride to the owners and riders. The reputations of the best ones live on in our memories and in legend long after the animals are retired.

Yellowstone Park Trail Ride - Swan Flats

What is a trip to the Greater Yellowstone Region without a trip into the surrounding mountains on the back of a horse? A trip to the region is such a flashback in time, it’s only appropriate to take a step back in time and hang on for the ride.

Yellowstone’s prehistoric essence with its free flowing rivers, geysers, fumaroles, hotpots and giant herds of Bison moseying down the plain and the Teton regions beautiful ranches and cowboy towns set the stage for a yearning for a trip into yesteryear on a horseback ride into the storied scenery of our west.

It is very easy for you to experience your own western adventure on a Yellowstone Region horseback riding adventure. Thousands of miles of national forest and parkland remain undisturbed and free from development. Nature hikes, horseback rides, wildlife viewing and wide, open spaces await to rejuvenate your soul. Most horseback riding outfitters have friendly horses that can actually tear your attention away from the scenery, no small task in the mountains of the Yellowstone Teton Region. Ethereal mountain landscape where jagged peaks tower more than a mile above aspen and conifer covered foothills valleys. With scattered white pine, grassy meadows and interspersed with areas of sagebrush plain.

Trail riding around the Greater Yellowstone Region
Horseback ride through sage-covered hills beneath the shadow of our monolithic granite spires. Take a trail ride up a mountain canyon to where the view breaks out of a valley a mile below you. Help herd the cows of a working cattle ranch. Some horseback trail ride outfitters provide meals out on the trail or feed you when you get off the trail.

The fisherman can find horseback riding outfitters that can take you back to that remote mountain stream so far off the beaten path that the fish are actually glad to see you.

By the end of your horseback riding trip you’ll be able to identify with the line from City Slickers: Yesterday they were businessmen, today they're cowboys, tomorrow they'll be walking funny. Whatever level of rider you are; there is a horseback trail ride outfitter of the Yellowstone region that can fulfill your dream.

Regional trail riding outfitters - horseback riding trips
Triangel X Guest Ranch rounding up the horses for a day of riding

Swan Valley Outfitters • (Swan Valley Idaho) Swan Valley Outfitters is a family owned and operated business. We offer the best scenic trail rides and hunting in the are . Come and enjoy the experiences of a lifetime. Swan Valley Outfitters will take you on a scenic Trail ride that offers you the rare opportunity to experience beautiful mountain views and abundant wildlife. Escape hectic day to day life to enjoy a remote, relaxing, serene day. the Most experienced guides in the area will place you on a "gentle" mountain horse, with no worries about your mount, you will be free to take tons of fabulous photographs. You will definitely not want forget you camera on this outing. Midday through your trip you will enjoy a authentic cowboy meal. We offer many different hunts from mountain lion to trophy elk. Our experienced team of guides and mounts will take you on the experience of a lifetime.

Hidden Basin Outfitters (Jackson Hole) Hidden Basin Outfitters offers horseback trail rides and camping trips in some of the most remote and scenic terrain of the Teton Mountain Range. Our rides will take you through backcountry forest and spectacular mountain landscapes. You can ride, hike and relax to your heart's content surrounded by the vast beauty of the wilderness, where wildflower meadows and wildlife abound. Riders may also try their luck fly fishing in the stream near our camp. Our trips range from single-day rides to overnight trips and week-long vacation adventures.

Yellowstone Horses Outfitters •( Island Park)Yellowstone Horses Outfitters offers daily horseback riding excursions that originate at the Eagle Ridge Ranch located near Island Park, Idaho and West Yellowstone, Montana. The privately owned guest ranch of more than 2,000 acres boasts numerous lakes and streams, a vast assortment of wildlife, and thousands of grazing cattle. The horseback rides also travel through Targhee National Forest near the Continental Divide. The scenic views in every direction at the ranch are spectacular! To top it all off, the horses at Yellowstone Horses are unsurpassed by any other dude ranch in the area! Come take a ride with us – it will be an experience you won't forget!

Girls having the time of their life horseback

Mill Iron Ranch • (Jackson Hole) Mill Iron Ranch has been a Wheeldon family tradition for three generations now. We carry on the old cowboy traditions around here. showing Jackson visitors how to ride, fish, hunt and camp.

Granite Creek Guest Ranch • (Swan Valley) Our guest ranch offers one of the most flexible guest activity schedules in the West all in the heart of spectacular Idaho mountain river country near Jackson, Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park.  Cattle drives and Roundups (1-4 hours duration).  Scenic Trailrides, Boating, canoeing, and fishing on a 5 acre lake.

Absaroka Mountain Lodge • (Cody WY) At Absaroka Mountain Lodge, horseback riding is our main activity! The trails on the Northfork of the Shoshone National Forest offer a variety of beautiful terrain. Sparkling river crossings, towering pines and breathtaking high mountain views all await your arrival. Choose a leisurely two-hour ride, or join us for an experience that will be a feast for your eyes as well as your stomach.

Jakes Horses • (Big Sky MT) If riding's your pleasure, we have a wide variety of trails and rides to suit the tenderest tenderfoot or the most experienced rider - from an hour to a week or more. We run trail rides all year long. If you come along on a winter ride, wear ski clothes, the warmest boots you have, and don't forget gloves and a hat. Please call for reservations and prices. Forest service fee and 3% resort tax are additional.

Boulder Lake Lodge • (Pinedale WY) Enter Forest Gate and follow gentle trail though aspen and pines along Boulder Creek, enter the Bridger Wilderness, cross Forest Service Bridge and continue along the rushing Boulder Creek, pass the Beaver Pond and the Stillwaters, where the rushing Boulder Creek becomes calm. Moose and other wildlife often spotted here. The trail then gains elevation to the spectacular rushing waterfall!

Bitterroot Ranch • (Dubois WY) Horseback riding is the main activity at our ranch where many of the horses have been raised and trained. A herd of about 135 horses under saddle for an average 25 clients makes it easy to provide suitable mounts in top condition throughout the season. Rides are kept small and guests are grouped according to skill. A family of differing experience can enjoy riding together at the speed of the least skilled or join another group more appropriate to their ability. On most days there are 2-3 hour morning and afternoon rides. All day picnic excursions on Saturdays enable you to explore the high country and most weeks there will be an opportunity to herd cattle.


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