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Wyoming: Learn how to rope cattle while staying at an upscale ranch

Attention, Western fans: A Wyoming ranch about 120 miles south of Cody will help you discover whether you have the makings of a cowboy or cowgirl.

The Red Reflet Ranch in a town called Ten Sleep is offering its first roping and ranch skills retreat from Sept. 23 to 28.

Over five days, guests will learn roping fundamentals, cattle work skills and Western horsemanship from expert horse trainers, wranglers and riding teachers.

Rates are all-inclusive and start at $2,700 a person (based on double occupancy). There’s room for just 30 guests at the working and guest ranch.

What do you learn?

“We’ll be roping at least half the day every day, progressing from ground to roping from the horse by the end of the week,” general manager Sarah Aciego said in an email. “The other approximate half-day day will be dedicated to horsemanship (communicating with your horse, gaining ability to control your horse but also the cattle; really starting with fundamentals so that techniques and form are emphasized for long term success).”

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The goal is to teach guests what cowboys do only at a slower pace and in a controlled environment.

Aciego also says more advanced riders will “find working with cattle will enhance their ability to communicate effectively with their horses.”

Every age and skill level are welcome, but horseback roping is limited to guests, 12 and older.

Younger children can participate in ground roping or other customized activities.

The retreat includes gourmet meals and chalet accommodations; equipment and lessons; and activities ranging from pre-dinner wine and craft beer tastings to skeet and pistol shooting or dirt bike riding.

Info: Red Reflet Ranch, (307) 366-2340

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