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We are excited to offer two combined Yoga and riding retreats during the 2019 season! In July Oliva Hsu is returning for her forth annual retreat at the ranch. Visit July Yoga and Riding Retreat for details. In August Marc Holzman will be visiting for the first time. For details on Marc’s retreat go to August…

The snow is starting to melt at the ranch and we are getting excited for the coming season. The summer crew will arrive in a week and on the 25th of May the first guests arrive! There is always much to be done at this time of year. We have started to move the cattle…

The last two cows and their calves finally came home a month after we first started gathering. The weather continued fairly warm through most of October and missing cows trickled out of the forest. We also tried long horse and 4 wheeler rides outside our permit area and found a few. The end count was…

Synchronized calving is a defense mechanism for prey species, such as the wildebeest in East Africa. The peak calving time for elk here is Memorial Day week-end. The ranch is lucky enough to be surrounded by elk calving grounds, which makes for fascinating rides during this time. We frequently come across new born babies and…

Winter arrived all of a sudden last week after a long, glorious Indian summer, which was much appreciated by participants in the cattle roundup. We had quite an international crew (Australia, England, Scotland and France) as well as our core of trusty cowhands who keep coming back. The wolves made the gather more difficult by…

We have had a trying time with predators over the past few weeks. A bobcat killed two sheep and since they were beginning to lamb we decided to send them and the llamas down to join the cows on our farm near Riverton. It then moved onto the poultry and made its way through various…

The latest arrivals at the Bitterroot include a small herd of Navajo-Churro sheep. They have quite strong characters and terrified the poor llamas when they first arrived. They were used to a guard llama and were bound and determined to attach themselves to our resident pair, who wanted nothing to do with them and were…

After a very long two weeks we have finally been able to ship our cattle to the lower ranch and the calves to market, but not before the loaded trucks had to be hauled out of the mud with a grader! The first part of roundup week was positively balmy, which made riding a pleasure,…

RFD TV has just aired a film produced by Best of America by Horseback featuring the Bitterroot cattle drive into the National Forest last July. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to this magnificent country and that people realize we are caring custodians of it. This year we will be going all the…

More wildlife conflicts here at the ranch, which is sad and a sign of stress, due to the prolonged drought and exceptionally long, cold winter. A grizzly came to the garbage outside our house one night; we were alerted by the dogs barking and could see it in the moonlight, trying to find something edible….