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Old 07-31-2018, 02:35 PM
 
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Hey all,

I am a small town Iowa girl. Have been around many farms, and ranches, but have minimal experience working them. I have a love for horses, and the ranch/farm life. But I want out. I want to go somewhere with cattle/equine ranches, and beautiful scenery. It Will take me a while to save up money, but doing a lot of research ahead of time. Something about Montana or Colorado speak to me, and I would love to move there and learn. Now to the issue..
Wanting to work hands on to learn more about ranch life, as well as getting to know more about care for horses. Unfortunately, being very eager to learn isn't enough for job requirements. How do I do this? I've looked up apprenticeships and entry level ranch jobs and there's nothing to really work with. Without a lot of experience I seem to be at a dead end. I have tried working with some farmers down here but again not many are willing to teach. Help!
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Old 07-31-2018, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Hey all,

I am a small town Iowa girl. Have been around many farms, and ranches, but have minimal experience working them. I have a love for horses, and the ranch/farm life. But I want out. I want to go somewhere with cattle/equine ranches, and beautiful scenery. It Will take me a while to save up money, but doing a lot of research ahead of time. Something about Montana or Colorado speak to me, and I would love to move there and learn. Now to the issue..
Wanting to work hands on to learn more about ranch life, as well as getting to know more about care for horses. Unfortunately, being very eager to learn isn't enough for job requirements. How do I do this? I've looked up apprenticeships and entry level ranch jobs and there's nothing to really work with. Without a lot of experience I seem to be at a dead end. I have tried working with some farmers down here but again not many are willing to teach. Help!
One place to check are the dude ranches. They hire folks to wrangle dudes, but you also get to handle horses and care for them.
Those jobs are seasonal, but might be a place to start and get your feet wet.
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Old 07-31-2018, 05:18 PM
 
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Thank you!
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Old 07-31-2018, 09:26 PM
 
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Browse these links beginning rach hand colorado montana - Google Search


Definitely look at the first 2.
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Old 08-04-2018, 11:05 PM
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Location: Somers, MT
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Maybe also check with outfitters for hunting and summer fishing trips. The ones that run pack strings have always told me they have a hard time finding help with the horses because everyone wants to be a guide not taking care of the stock. Could be a way to get your foot in the door.
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Old 08-05-2018, 09:03 AM
 
Location: SW/FLA
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Besides IMO good advise given above check out : Horse Ranch Jobs | Cattle Ranch Jobs | Ranch Employment Opportunities and Facebook under ranch jobs . I "am not on Facebook but just had a freind look it up under her account an lots of "adds" (?) . Just some more thoughts ......
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Old 08-05-2018, 10:11 AM
 
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Check out University of Montana at Western's equine program.



Equine Studies - The University of Montana Western
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Old 08-06-2018, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Western Slope
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A lot of ranches advertise like in olden times: Print newspaper help wanted ads.
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Old 08-14-2018, 07:45 AM
 
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Do you know how to ride and handle horses?
If not, go to a riding stable where you are and take lessons. And get a job mucking stalls, etc as a barn hand. Or pay for your lessons by helping out at the barn.
I’d do that before I tried to hire on as a dude ranch hand. You’ll be stuck cleaning rooms or working in the kitchen otherwise. I can’t imagine anyone wanting a complete greenie with horses around their pack string or trail horses.
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