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Many riders opt for a summer at a dude ranch as a horse wrangler. Some even turn this path into a full-time career. There’s something special about wide open spaces and herds of horses that keep people coming back. It’s an adventure you’ll never forget!
Horse Wrangler Job Description
A horse wrangler creates a fun and safe environment for the guests that visit the dude ranch. They’re in charge of maintaining happy and healthy horses, as well. Visitors want to be fully immersed in the Western lifestyle, so wranglers are generally cowboys and cowgirls.
An ideal candidate possesses:
- Excellent customer service
- Strong horsemanship skills
- Attention to detail
- Ability to lift 50 pounds or more
- A love for the outdoors
- Willingness to embrace the Western lifestyle
- Good sense of humor
Some of their main responsibilities include daily horse care: saddling, tack maintenance, feeding, and cleaning pens. They’ll also perform ranch duties like fence work and groundskeeping. Each wrangler will interact with guests both on and off of horses. Some will lead short trail rides, while others will go on longer trips.
The work is hard and the hours are long, but it’s an experience you’ll never forget! Here’s a taste of what you might come across…
Who’s ready to grab their cowboy boots and head out?!