Wranglers needed at Remote Recreational Ranch in Wheatland, Wyoming for 2024 Season (Apr-Oct)

Flying X Ranch

Location
Wheatland, WY
Job Type
Full Time or Seasonal
Salary
DOE
Date Posted
February 9, 2024
Housing Offered
Yes
Experience
2-5 yrs

Come join our team on this unique remote ranch! Season is April 1 through October 31.

The Flying X Ranch is a private recreational ranch of more than 300 partnerships. The ranch is not open to the public. There are nearly 24,000 acres of meadows, mountains and canyon land here to explore!

Please know this ranch is remote – perfect for some, not for everyone! The entrance is set back a lengthy dirt road and the closest town is Wheatland, WY (a 40 minute drive for groceries). It’s about 1:15 to Laramie, and 1.5 hours to Cheyenne.

Our small crew of wranglers is responsible for caring for up to about 80 horses. This includes about 25 ranch-owned horses (mostly geldings, one mare) and our partners can also keep their horses here seasonally or year-round.

We bring the herd in daily during the season so there is an opportunity to ride every day, though this is more than just a riding job!

We take partners and their guests out on Guided Rides on weekends and saddle horses for Private Rides all week. Our Guided Rides are walk only, nose to tail in a string. We have a wide variety of trails covering all sorts of terrain that are suitable for riders of any level. Many riders are beginners and some have never ridden before.

We also rotate pastures all spring, summer, and fall anywhere from right across the corrals to 4+ miles from the barn so Fridays and Sundays can be long in the saddle!

In addition to guiding rides and saddling horses, regular tasks include sorting, feeding horses, taking care of the barn, basic doctoring, working with some green broke horses, checking/mending fences, maintaining trails and more. Wranglers also help out with general ranch work here, including clearing brush, filling propane tanks, running the compactor and mowing and string trimming throughout the season. The ability to drive equipment including stick shift vehicles, tractors and skid steers is helpful, but not required.

This is a busy job with a lot of opportunities to learn and grow. We are looking for experienced hands but can train those less experienced who are hard-working and eager to learn.

Job Duties include but not limited to:

  • Gathering the herd daily
  • Sorting
  • Assisting in vaccinating, worming, sheath cleaning, and all other horse care
  • Working with green broke to seasoned trail horses. We have a nice string. Many are beginner friendly.
  • Doctoring
  • Clearing brush
  • Learning trails
  • Guiding trail rides
  • Mowing
  • Fixing Fence (a lot of it)
  • Assisting when farrier is here 1-2 times a week.
  • Cleaning stalls/corrals
  • Dragging hay meadows / pastures
  • Flood Irrigating
  • Haying (only a 3 week period)
  • Feeding grain, hay, mineral, and salt.
  • Filling propane tanks
  • Taking out trash, running the compactor
  • Helping with horse events that we put on for partners.
  • Assisting with BBQ’s and dances on large holiday weekends.
  • Helping other departments on the ranch when needed
  • Riding opportunity is every day, with 3 days of heavier riding though this is not just a riding job.

Job Qualifications:

  • Ability to follow direction and work unsupervised as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to ride confidently.
  • Ability to safely handle horses.
  • Ability to learn horse names and routines quickly.
  • Ability to assess and handle emergency situations with horses and people.
  • Ability to spot lame/sick/injured horses.
  • Ability to communicate/entertain guests and young kids on rides.
  • CPR & First Aid Certified (can be obtained through the ranch if not current)
  • Heavy equipment, haying, and irrigating are a plus.

Recreational Down Time Activities:

  • ATV Track
  • 7+ Lakes
  • Fishing, Hiking, Riding, Swimming
  • 7 + Lakes
  • Miles of open land or trails to ride or hike
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Shooting Range
  • Archery Range

Housing & Pay:

  • Shared Housing, utilities included
  • Bring your horse
  • Bring your dog
  • Pay is DOE.
  • Opportunities to help partners with yard work/odd jobs/lessons, etc. for extra cash.
  • Opportunities for raises/bonuses.
  • Opportunities for tips.
  • Season is April 1st – October 31st with opportunity to stay on year round.

TO APPLY:

To Apply: Please send resume, three references, and a riding video to our email address listed (video should include saddling, bridling, walk, trot, and lope).

You can also email us with questions or for more information. No phone calls please.

Flying X Ranch - WY

Email
[email protected]

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