Private Land (5000-10000 acres)
Rolling hills, limestone rock, high desert type country.
Public Land (5000-10000 acres)
Unless there is necessary work to be done on the public land, we mainly ride with guests on the private land.
There is not a set riding schedule at Burnt Wel. Flexibility is the word here.
You will always ride accompanied by Kim or another person, Patricia, our son Tye, or anyone else appointed by him.
We do not ride nose to tail at Burnt Well, unless the guest just refuses to keep up and ride beside Kim! It is open pasture land.
Good to know
We take all levels of experience, but on our 'old west style' cattle drives we require a spirit of adventure and determination, because you are the help! There have been times we've left before sun-up and arrived at camp after sundown and sometimes the weather can be very disagreeable, but we are doing a real job and it must get done.
no riding experience needed, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight
Hours in the saddle
Flexibility is the word here. Each day is tailored to the needs and wishes of our guests for that day. We normally have between 1 and 3 guest riders, and we'll ride from sun-up to sun-down or sometimes just an hour a day - if that is what the guests want. We've given new meaning to the term "I want to ride a lot" for a lot of guests.
Why our riding stands out
- 'Old West Style' cattle drives mean you may have many hours in the saddle each day over the course of a few days or more
- Since Burn Well is an authentic working cattle and sheep ranch you will ride over the wide open pastures in the Billy the Kid prairie lands
- As Burnt Well is so intimate and only takes on a few guests at a time, riding really can be tailored to the guests.
Sample Riding Itinerary
Since we are a working cattle ranch, on 15,000 acres with over 50 miles of fence and over 10 miles of water pipeline, there is always plenty of riding to be done. The ongoing need to round up the cattle and drive them various distances to different pens to be worked or to change pastures, could very well have you in the saddle for many miles or hours a day. Our guests have told us that our cattle work on a regular ranch stay is more than many of the other ranches “specified”Cattle Drives. Since we have a small guest capacity, we can nearly always pace the riding to your wishes. No two days at Burnt Well are alike, in fact the only thing 'Normal' at Burnt Well is the setting on the washing machine. Flexibility is the word here!
On our 'Old West Style' cattle drives we camp out on the trail at least three nights, sometimes four or five. We provide you with a "cowboy" bedroll (a three inch mattress made up with sheets & blankets and rolled in a tarp). We have "cowboy" teepees in case of inclement weather. There are also cots for those who are a little squeamish about being right on the ground. We usually make between 10 and 15 miles a day with the cattle and are in the saddle between 5-10 hours a day. We start early, driving cattle by sun up, and will try to be at camp by early afternoon.
The hot breakfasts and suppers are cooked Dutch oven style and over the campfire while out on the trail. There is always plenty to eat. Patricia says, “If you leave Burnt Well hungry it's your fault!” After breakfast, you pack your lunch for the day, choosing from a wide variety of choices along with a delicious wrap made with the "extra Chesser natural beef", from supper the night before.
Nightly campfires, a blanket of twinkling stars on a New Mexico black velvet sky and, if you can get Patricia away from her camp kitchen, you could enjoy an evening of sweet fiddle music. Since we are out for the duration of the drive, actually doing a job, and living and eating in the elements, the conditions can sometimes be unpleasant. Therefore, our authentic "old west style" cattle drives are adult only. They are for adventurous adults with plenty of stick-to-itiveness! The stuff memories and bucket lists are made of!
lessons come with package
ranch owner or manager
on the trail, in the arena
Cattle work - pasture gathers
If we know that you are interested in cattle work, we can rearrange or postpone the cattle work to fit with your schedule. With beginner riders who want to do cattle work, we try to schedule the work after they have had time to get confident on the horse.
No. of cow/calf pairs
Sheep work - pasture gathers
Feb, May, Sep
No. of sheep
We brand most of our calves in April or May, but we have other calves being born throuhout the year, so it's possible that there could be calves to brand most anytime.
Apr, May, All year
No. of Branding
Check out our 'old west style' cattle drives!
We have also been know to have a rousing game of arena baseball!
penning, sorting, roping from the ground, roping from horseback, barrels, cutting