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McGinnis Meadows Cattle and Guest Ranch, Libby

Categories: Tourist Spots, Ranches
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4.5/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
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  • This is my third year at McGinnis Ranch and it just gets better every year. Everyone at the ranch is so friendly and helpful. Within a day it feels like you are with family. There is so much to learn ...  read more »
  • I prepared almost two years physically and financially to come to McGinnis, the ranch with horses in the mist in Buck's documentary. I was still incompetent and overwhelmed! You can watch the DVDs unt...  read more »
  • This review is long overdue (we were there in September 2015) but we had such a great time I felt I had to write. First and foremost, staff were friendly and accommodating and nothing was a bother. Th...  read more »
  • My stay at McGinnis Meadows was the best experience of my entire life. I was drawn to this ranch by the Buck Brannaman Clinic. I lost my 32 year old mare who I shared 1/2 my life with and found myself horseless after 50 years of owing, raising and riding. (My dreams of riding in a buck Clinic seemed bleak). I found out that McGinnis had over 100 head of horses started or retrained in the Tom Dorrance, Ray Hunt and Buck Brannaman style of horsemanship and that they would pair me up with the perfect horse to achieve my dream! Owned by one of Buck's best friends, student and fabulous horseman in his own right Shayne Jackson. He has put together the perfect place to learn this style of horsemanship with an incredible staff, wranglers, eager interns, great cooks, beautiful surroundings, comfortable, quaint lodging and beautiful horses for every level of rider. You can also bring your own horse and they will put them up for you right there on the ranch. It was an amazing three days of horsemanship and cattle cutting with Buck, but I think the best time ever was the last 2 days using what I learned out in real life situations with the wranglers, interns and awesome guests. WHO KNEW A 64 YEAR YOUNG WOMAN WOULD LOVE TO DRIVE CATTLE 🐂🐴❤️
  • The people, the horses, the cattle, the food, and the great outdoors. Everyone made you feel like family!!! What a great vacation with my Bro’s!! Following my dreams, chasing rainbows, with a ride in big sky country!
  • Great place for riders and people who want to submerse themselves into the cattle world for the first time. Lovely support staff, excellent food and comfortable lodging. This experience is one of the best. I highly recommend. The horses are well trained and maintained with care and integrity. You will find this an experience worth a lifetime.
  • No one can say it better than their own web site, which accurately describes this amazing destination. Every square foot of the ranch is beautiful. You have two housing options; cabins or lodge. Both options are comfortable, spacious, and attractive. Our cabin looked tiny from the outside, but it was very roomy inside. Two twin beds and a four drawer dresser upstairs, and a queen bed with two dressers downstairs. There were also two comfortable leather chairs, an ottoman, two more simple chairs, a gas burning fireplace, plenty of lighting, and a ceiling fan. All of the contents of the cabins are new, and at the same time give an authentic cowboy feel. They use tankless water heaters, so hot water is quick to arrive and you get as much as you need. Each cabin porch has two chairs, two warm blankets, and one two person bench, along with a broom, and coat-hangers where you can leave a wet coat or your helmet or your cowboy hat. If you've forgotten something, no worries, they have whatever you need, and it's all included. They also provide each guest with a note pad, water bottle, lip balm, and a very nice souvenir coffee cup. Whatever your skill level, whatever your age, they can teach you to ride. Their wranglers are friendly and patient. You can spend the entire week taking horsemanship lessons, herding cattle, going on trail rides, or simply relaxing. They do a great job pairing you with a horse, and they have plenty of horses to choose from. Spend plenty of time getting to know your horse on day one so you will know which horse to halter up on day two. They will also teach you to rope a calf, brand a calf, and anything else you want to know about working on a cattle ranch. The guests eat breakfast and dinner together, and lunch is eaten whenever you like. Every meal is bountiful and tasty, no food goes to waste, and if you have a special request, just ask. They provide bottled OJ, green tea, Gatorade, and refillable water bottles, They also serve a variety of wine, great appetizers, beer, and dessert. Be sure to let them know if you are celebrating something. They make great desserts!! Most of the staff will join you for dinner, and they make a point of moving around each night so you get to know everyone, providing a family feeling to the entire experience. Forget your boots? Borrow a pair. No chaps? Borrow a pair. No cowboy hat? Borrow one. They will lend you just about everything you need including bug spray and sun screen. Homesick? Bring your favorite DVD or VHS, and watch it on the big screen in the Game Room where they have a Foosball, pool, ping pong, and air hockey table, along with cards, poker chips, and other games. They also have a washer and dryer in case you run low on clean cloths. Something extra... You can do as much or as little as you like. You can grab a halter, catch your horse, groom him, feed him, get him saddled up, put his bridle on, and take care of all of this in reverse at the end of the day, or you can let the wranglers handle some or all of this for you. In addition to the regular activities, they put a sign-up for the morning jingles on Tuesday - Friday. If you love to ride, be sure to sign up to jingle the horses in from the pasture. One of the wranglers will meet you in front of the tack room at 5:50 am, help you get a jingle horse ready for the ride of your life, and then spend around half an hour with you riding through the early mist as you trot non-stop to bring all of the rest of the horses in for the morning. This was our first visit to McGinnis Meadows Cattle and Guest Ranch, but it definitely won't be our last.
  • Improving your horsemanship was stressed and instructed daily. Whether branding, roping or riding proper horsemanship took presidence over the task! How awesome is that! Kudos for high standards! Thanks to the staff for a great two weeks! Richard and Patti