Rawhide Roundup at Forever Florida

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  1. Giddy-up cowboy, it’s time to head out on the range for an authentic cattle corral in the deep Florida wilderness. If you’re thinking City Slickers you’d be right on the money; Forever Florida’s Rawhide Roundup takes urbanites on a three-hour horseback adventure through their 1,700 acre eco-ranch with a bona fide cow hunter skilled in teaching amateurs the art of rounding up cattle. Located about 20 miles east of St. Cloud, Forever Florida has firmly planted itself on the eco-tour map with a multitude of wilderness exploits (like the two-and-a-half-hour Zipline Safari course) at their gargantuan nature preserve.
    Rawhide Roundup c/o Forever Florida
    No experience is necessary for this journey back in time when cracker cows – a small but quick and agile species brought over by the Spaniards in the 1500s – roamed the untamed backwoods of Central Florida. These days, the herd grazes in the protected pastures of Forever Florida where showing folks a good time is just as important as teaching about Florida’s distant heritage and modern conservation efforts.
    This is a no-experience-necessary experiences, tailored to suit the skill level of each group. The day will start out with some training before your guide-led crew will trot out onto the range to enjoy the fresh air and ensuing challenge of corralling cattle. Rest assured, you’ll work up a hearty appetite – good thing lunch is included.
    The $99 per person price tag includes lunch and all necessary gear; finding your old pair of Lee jeans is your problem. All riders must be at least 12 years old and everyone needs to wear pants and closed-toe shows.
    Those seeking a true grit getaway ought to consider Forever Florida’s one or two day overnight horseback safaris which add camping and meals cooked via campfire to the roundup experience. Advanced reservations for these experiences are required.

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