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Live from the Ranch

This is the official Ranch Journal, a collection of short reports about daily life on the ranch. Postings are made by all ranch staff, but mostly by Tess Leach & Kate Matheson, Guest Services Managers, David Leach, Business & Marketing Manager and Jeff Gossage, Ranch Manager. (Banner photo 3 by Stephen Weaver)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Yesterday I took a family out to see the buffalo and to go exploring. It is fun to see the excitment from the kids when they find something new.

Dr. Dave Armstrong, a scientist, was in attendance and he was showing the kids owl pellets and was explaining to them how the owl's hunt and digest their food. During the lecture one boy, probably around 5, walked up with a treasure. The boy graciously poked it in Dr. Dave's face and asked the famous question, "What is this?"
Dr. Dave peered over his eye glasses and stated, "That's prehistoric roofing material? It is of the urbanite species." The boy had found a piece of an asphault shingle buried under the sand. Everyone had a huge laugh and the boy was very pleased with himself.

Posted by Anonymous A. on 05/31/2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Out to lunch.    Here on the ranch those words can take on a new meaning, sometimes we are way out on the ranch for lunch.  Normally I am in the office keeping track of guests’ comings and goings, answering phones and e-mails.    One day last week the paperwork was all caught up and I had a wonderful opportunity to ride out with the quests.   We rode for several hours checking cows and their darling calves before stopping in this meadow for lunch.    Mike (our chef) packs wonderful lunches but why is it food tastes even better out in the open?

Posted by Anonymous A. on 05/28/2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Some one asked me today what it means to me to be a "good rider"?
All I could think to say, was that it had to do with how well a person could get along with a horse. I did not say to much more then, that's the kind of question I ask myself every day. Its a question that people have to answer for themselves. I can tell you its not about how you hold your hands and feet, that its more about finding out whats under each others hide. Understanding is the key to getting along with a horse, it comes from experience, and you'll never get or have enough of it. Its all very simple really, any good partnership  with a horse or with any thing, has to do less with one tolerating  the other and more to do with going together. Its more important to me how a horse does rather than what it does. People decide all the time how good they are going to be at what they do, in every thing from their job, to how they treat the clerk at Wal Mart, or how they treat and understand their environment. So really that question is best answered with a question...... How hard are you willing to work at understanding your horse? ? ? He'll be the best judge of how good you are.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 05/26/2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Rain again today. With this one, our total will be over an inch and a half of moisture in the last week.

Today is the first day that I have seen the buck deer back since they have shed their antlers. I saw four of them by the lodge and their antlers are just about six to eight inches long. It will not be long before they have a full rack again.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 05/26/2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

We have been riding through the steers every day since the first loads arrived on the 5th of May.  We will continue riding through all the steers every day until 21 days after the last loads arrived which was on the 19th.  All the sick ones are doctored by roping them in the pasture and giving them a shot of antibiotics.  At the beginning of May our ropes were pretty rusty but have warmed up quite a bit since then.  All of our recent guests have been a big help with the work.  It's fun to work with folks who are interested and want to help out.  This has been a great spring so far:  Doctoring yearlings (not too many), branding calves, working with guests, lots of rain, lots of riding.  What a great month of May.    

Posted by Jeff G. on 05/25/2009

Friday, May 22, 2009
Howard, Linda, Daniella and I went out to check the cows today. While we were out we counted the calves to determine how close we are to being done with calving. It seems like the end is in sight. While we were riding back we got hit with another rain shower. I really enjoy riding in the rain. For some reason it gives me the feeling of really being a part of nature because I cannot just run in a building and wait it out. I am forced to bear the elements, just like the wildlife, horses and cows. This storm did not stay like the one yesterday. We got a half inch of rain over twelve hours so it really soaked in.

Here is a quote for you to enjoy. "There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." This is what I keep reminding myself when I am working on my horsemanship.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 05/22/2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
We are in exciting times! The run off is hear, the grass is tall and plentiful and we have new friends visiting. Daniella, Howard, Frank, Anja, Jim, Linda, Julia, Gaby and Kim are here to help with the ranch work for the next week to ten days. We recieved some more yearlings yesterday and will be spending the next week or so keeping a close eye on them to ensure that they remain healthy.

I was out with the bison yesterday and there are a LOT of babies. I was with Frank and Anja and we got to see a bison baby take its' first steps and nurse for the first time. I have seen numerous baby animals being born and it never gets old. It is amazing to me to watch how quickly they are on their feet and ready to move. This is a defensive mechanism to prevent them from being killed by predators.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 05/20/2009

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

All of the preparations are done and it is the start of another wonderful season. It is a great feeling to see new guests visits us...I love the look of excitement on their faces. I have seen the same look on my childrens face on their birthday. We are recieving three new friends into the fold this week. Larry and Chris from Arkansas and Doreen from Germany. They will be recieving yearlings and moving the left behing mother cows from last weeks move to the breaktree pasture.

One of the most exciting days of the week is when we match everyone to a saddle and horse. To me it is like the first day of school or an new job when you meet a new friend. As the country song goes, "some of my best friends have been horses."

Posted by Anonymous A. on 05/05/2009

Saturday, May 02, 2009
As the spring grass pops and the temperature rises, the horses are shedding left and right. If I gathered up all the hair they are losing, it would be enough to build a whole new horse. We added a few new horses to our herd this winter; we have been roping off them and working colts horseback with them over the last few months. We work hard to give our horses a job and purpose they can enjoy, in an effort to continually improve them as a good mount for guests.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 05/02/2009

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