Here’s why I keep coming back to HorseWorks. Fair warning if you’re considering coming to Horseworks to do our ranch internship: it’s super addictive. Let me tell you all the reasons why 😉
- See old friends again
A lot of the Horseworks interns become part of the ‘ranch family’. They come back year after year, for a few weeks or even months, to enjoy ranch life or to work as a wrangler. This summer will be my third time coming out from the Netherlands. My first time was in 2016 when I did the August internship session. In 2017 I came back to work as a wrangler for three months and this year I’ll spend another three months at the ranch over summer. Quite a few people I’ve met in 2016 and 2017 are coming back this summer and I can’t wait to catch up with them and have more ranch adventures together.
- Work with ‘your’ horses again
I keep coming back to HorseWorks. Because Horseworks has so many different horses, there is always a horse you’ll fall in love with. My big love is Pirouette, a little Paso Fino x Quarter Horse mare. She is a very sensitive horse, but once you get to know her, she’s amazing and will do anything for you. We’ve figured out she walks like a chicken, drinks like a fish, looks a bit like a mouse and I guess is part horse as well. She loves to take naps in rivers and is a great barrel racer. If you’re interested in training, we’ve always got project horses you can work with. This can either be a young, unbroke horse, or an older horse that needs to be trained to get back into the string. My ‘project’ is Missy, she will be three years old this summer and I’m hoping all the ground work I did with her last year has paid off and I’ll be able to ride her this season!
- The true ‘Wild West’ feeling
I keep coming back to Horseworks because as soon as I leave the airport and hit the open road with my giant truck, I feel like I’m coming home. I love the wide open spaces of Wyoming with deer running next to the road and herds of horses in every field, the little towns that look like they haven’t changed a bit since the early 19th century, saloons with cowgirls and cowboys wearing their Stetsons and not to mention the rodeo. I wouldn’t be surprised if I came across a gunfight at high noon. You really feel like you’re starring in a John Wayne movie. There is so much history in this area, riding for miles and miles without seeing anyone, you feel like you’re a rider on the American Frontier.
- The ranch ‘work’
I keep coming back to HorseWorks because although I really don’t consider it to be work, I love being busy around the ranch. From wrangling in the horses early in the morning and watching the sun rise, to herding cattle and even fixing fences, it’s just so nice to be outside, working with animals with the beautiful scenery around me. I really want to learn all aspects of running a ranch. The work can be physically hard and sometimes the hours are long but I always feel so satisfied when I sit down in the evenings (plus I sleep very well). In a way, it feels like a very ‘free’ life. And don’t worry, it’s not all work and horses – we have plenty of time for other fun activities like going swimming, or a Yellowstone trip.
- Meet new friends from all over the world!
The best part about Horseworks by far, is meeting like-minded people from all over the world. It can be challenging to live with 10 or more people for a few weeks, but I love sharing our enthusiasm for horses, hearing everyone’s stories, laughing together, getting to know everyone better, teaching them on something I’m so passionate about, and making sure they have the best time and experience real ranch live. The interns always say that after three days, they feel like they have known each other for ages. We get so many solo travellers, but what they all have in common is that they love horses. All the activities and teamwork ensure that after three weeks it feels like you are saying goodbye to lifelong friends. I can’t wait to meet you this summer!