McGinnis Meadows Cattle & Guest Ranch
Working Cattle & Guest Ranch in Northwest Montana
Horsemanship Program at McGinnis Meadows Cattle and Guest Ranch

What makes our horsemanship program so unique?


We ride strictly in the vein of Buck Brannaman style horsemanship. Shayne heads up the program, and has ridden in over 300 clinics with Buck over the last 17 years. All of the wranglers at the ranch are on the same page and most of us have been riding this way for several years now.


Sets the foundation for soft and balanced riding

The ranch is all-inclusive. Horsemanship isn’t just practiced in an arena. We practice it while working cattle, roping cattle, driving cattle over timbered mountains, or riding up a trail. Not many places give you the opportunity to expand your horsemanship in so many varied environments.

Our horses are great teachers. Our ranch geldings are gentle, patient and every single one of them knows how to work a cow, be roped off of, and can perform very advanced horsemanship movements. You are always welcome and encouraged to ride our horses, but you are also welcome to bring your own horse to ride as well!

In addition, this way of riding works with any kind of horse, regardless of discipline.

Cavalry exercises at the lope

This program caters to ALL experience levels. Each person will be challenged to his or her own ability, and oftentimes our guests leave feeling that they have far surpassed what they thought they were capable of! We are interested in improving you, as well as the horse you are riding, and we give 110% each day in order to help you achieve that goal.

Backing horses in a row

You get LOTS of one-on-one attention. Typically, our guest to wrangler ratio is no more than 3:1 and oftentimes it’s even less than that.

We teach horsemanship every single day of the year. Whether you come out during our peak season, or during our intense winter horsemanship sessions, you’ll get more than you expect and leave with skills you can take home to your own horses.

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