Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend these clinics?
Anyone who has a horse to ride and some riding experience! It is not necessary for you or your horse to have experience with cattle.
Our Cattle Drive Clinics are very family-friendly. You and your horse will get to try some new experiences. They are popular with stable groups, girls getaways, couples, and families. Children are welcome to participate in Cattle Drive Clinics, but must be independent riders and with an adult.
why should i attend these clinics?
To have an enjoyable, educational weekend! Fun awaits!
When and where are the clinics held?
Clinics are held on weekends from May through October. Check out our Clinic Schedule to find a weekend that works for you!
All clinics take place at the Devil's Hole Ranch at 20117 Mesabi Avenue, Norwalk, WI 54648.
How do I get to the clinic site?
Detailed directions coming soon!
What are the ranch facilities like?
The ranch road leads to our campsites, which include electrical hook-ups for trailers, and covered horse stables, which have water available for your horses. Campsites are available for $30 per weekend. We also have several stalls available for an additional fee of $20 per weekend. Please note that campsites and stalls are limited, so reserve one right away if you are interested. There is plenty of room for picket lines and portable fencing as well.
If you do not prefer camping, lodging at the nearby Bristow Farm is available for rent. Enjoy a comfy bed and mosquito-free retreat at the end of a long day!
The bunkhouse, the saloon, and the chuck wagon are central to the camp. Running water, hot showers, and flush toilets are located in the bath house.
For more detailed lodging information, visit our Lodging page.
For more detailed information regarding horse stalls, please see our Registration page.
What is the food like?
Participants enjoy authentic home-cooked, ranch-style meals, including our beef and local produce, seasonal fruits, and delicious desserts.
Please let us know in advance if you have special dietary needs. We may not always be able to accommodate your needs as ranch-style cooking is oftentimes difficult to modify. With that being said, we are happy to work with you to develop a plan for the weekend so that you may enjoy it to the full extent!
We do not serve alcohol (BYOB only).
What can I expect in terms of weather and terrain?
It is important to come prepared and be able to dress for any weather. The weather can be unpredictable, and clinics are held rain or shine. Participants should bring layers of clothing, hats, boots, and protection from sun, wind, and rain along with them.
The terrain is very hilly and can be an exciting challenge for many flatlanders. Our ranch has many creeks, trees, and rocky areas. Some of our ranch horses are barefoot, while others are shod. Your horse should be conditioned for hilly terrain and accustomed to other horses and sounds. Your horse will be crossing several creeks over the weekend. It is helpful if your horse can cross water, but if not, we will help you with that training and can focus on these specific skills during the Obstacle Course on the first day.
How does devil's hole ranch ensure the safety of clinic participants as well as the animals?
Safety is our number one priority. We do safety trainings and briefings throughout our clinics. We maintain a focus and attention on safety. We will never proceed with a task until safety is ensured for all riders, instructors, and animals.
Remember, “helmet hair goes away, but a brain injury lasts forever” (Author Unknown).
Please note that Coggins papers must be presented upon arrival.
What if something comes up? Can I reschedule or cancel?
Life moves fast on the ranch, and we know it does for you too! Please carefully review our rescheduling and cancellation policies.
When booking your weekend, 50% of the clinic fee is due as your deposit. Reservations are on a first-come-first-serve basis. We must have 60 days notification for any cancellations in order to get a full refund. With less than 60 days notice, the 50% deposit is not refundable. You can pay an additional $25 for the flexibility of a one-time reschedule through the ranch. There are no roll over deposits from the 2019 season to 2020.
What is the alcohol policy for the clinics?
There is no alcohol sold on the Ranch. You may bring your own for your own consumption.
What should I pack?
We have created a packing list for clinic participants. Please note that it is merely meant to serve as a guide when preparing for your weekend. Much of it is just suggestions, so participants should determine what they see as necessary for themselves and their horses.