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Cattle Ranch & Wilderness Learning

On the 50,000-acre ranch and farm in rustic Wyoming, troubled young boys, ages 10-17, experience important life lessons that change them for good. Young men at Sunlight Mountain Cattle Ranch, LLC, face physical challenges daily caring for 1,000 cattle on our working cowboy ranch. We assign chores based on each boy’s capabilities and find a specific type of work to spark their interest.

Chores include horse care, feeding baby calves, participating in cattle drives, building fences, and repairing and maintaining ranch vehicles and farm equipment. Students also participate in wildlife and range management, welding, carpentry, horticulture, animal husbandry, veterinary assistance (calf vaccination and delivery at birth), horsemanship, and horseshoeing. Some work in logging, operating farm equipment (tractor, backhoe, bulldozer), crop irrigation, and training stock dogs.

By changing his current lifestyle, your son will go through ‘real life’ therapy–on the ranch, at the farm, and in the great outdoors. Through participation and self-motivation, he’ll uncover his inner strengths and weaknesses.

These young boys learn to work hard physically and mentally to finish a task. The mountain rangelands we run cattle on during the summer provide a rugged working environment that 1) challenges inner resources 2) improves their attitudes, 3) rebuilds self-esteem, and 4) establishes a sense of dignity.

Outdoorsman Program takes young men into remote wilderness areas of the Rocky Mountains on horseback. We introduce trapping to protect our livestock from predatory animals (coyotes, bobcats, foxes, and badgers). We also teach fishing on the Buffalo Bill Reservoir and along the banks of the Yellowstone River.