Ranch Vacations... Cattle Drives
2014 Cattle Drive Dates
If you have always wanted to be part of an 'old west' cattle drive and you are an experienced rider who can handle 6-10 hours in the saddle, then give some thought to spending quality time on horseback in the beautiful Porcupine hills of Southwestern Alberta.
Our cattle drives are one-week-packages. And that extended length of time will give you an opportunity to get to know your horse, as well as the terrain in the surrounding hills.
We live in a very close community where neighbours help each other out. Everybody is always thankful for a 'helping hand'.
The first cattle drive in the spring (end of May/beginning of June) is where we help a neighbouring rancher move his yearlings to the forest reserve. This is an 8 to 10 mile drive into the hills.
Then in July, we will be busy helping another neighbor with his cattle. Actually, this rancher has two cattle drives scheduled, the first at the end of July. On this drive, the cattle will be left in different fields overnight - where the cattle get some some rest after the initial part of the drive.
In the morning you will 'pick them up' again and continue moving them further into the forest reserve. In August, the ranch cows will be bred and will need some time off from the bulls. So, this time you will start here at Lucasia Ranch. You will help gather cattle one day and Move ‘Em Out to the forest reserve the next.
The big Round-Up is in October. You will get into the saddle here at the ranch and ride into the forest reserve. Riders will gather all the cattle that were moved into the forest reserve throughout the year and bring them home. You will ride in small groups, locate the cattle and move them to the neighbor’s corrals where they will be sorted. At the end of the day you will help drive the Lucasia Ranch cattle home and then enjoy a well-deserved supper. The next day will be similar as all the stragglers need to be found... a little bit like looking for the needle in the hay stack!
Overall, Lucasia Ranch cattle drives offer a true 'ranching experience' with experienced horses, entertaining hosts and interesting fellow guests. Check out details on our cattle drives by clicking here.