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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)

Friday, Aug 28, 2009
For the last week nearly a dozen of our horses have been grazing on a few hundred acres on the Medano side of the ranch. There is lots of grass over there and whenever possible we kick ponies out in a pasture near the bison barn. The trip back and forth in a trailer can be monotonous - each time we discuss trailing the horses across the open desert rather than use a truck and trailer.
This week all our dreams came true. Dan, Regin and his two boys, Blayden and Waylon, and myself trotted across the West pasture to pick our route. Then crossed Lane 6 headed for the trees in the distance, knowing the horses were a little to the east. As the crow flies, or a horse trots, it is only 6 miles from Zapata headquarters to the Medano headquarters. But it felt further without any fences or roads to gauge distance.
At straight up noon we had the horses sorted and were ready to kick open the gate. Regin turned to his boys and said "Stay in the back with me and we'll drive 'em. This may get a little western." The boys grinned, preparing for the most exciting day horseback ever! The corral gate opened, the horses were now in the bison pasture - a mear 40,000 acres. Dan took the lead at a trot, I hazed the herd into a straight line and the Fletchers were riding drag. The horses lined out and headed for home. The entire drive went off without a fluke - as if it had been done a thousand times. The herd waited patiently at gates, trailed in a line across open country, trotted through belly high grass, made their way home.
It was a sight to see! What a great day in the saddle...
Posted by Anonymous A. on 08/28/2009

Sorting bulls at dawn

Early one morning not too long ago Jeff, Dan and I headed out from the corrals just before sun up. Our mission was to sort the bulls off the cows because their job should be done for the year; now it is time for them to relax and graze. As we trotted out to the Pure Bred meadow the sun was just coming over Mt. Blanca. It was a magnificent sight - cattle on green grass, a small herd of elk in the distance. Dan and I rode two of our new horses - first ride outside of the roundpen. For as long as I ride those horses I will remember the beauty of that morning.

Posted by Anonymous A. on 08/24/2009

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009
I was driving home the other evening and I saw a doe deer cross the road. Naturally I slowed down but to my suprise two twin fawn's followed their mother. They were very young, still had their spots. That is the first set of twins that I have ever seen. Nature is amazing.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 08/12/2009

Tuesday, Aug 04, 2009

The last few days I have been diligently sitting in front of my computer. Taking reservations, planning events for next year, running month end reports...learning the ropes. Although there is a very organized and analytical side of me, I equally ache to be outside and active. The balance between the two keeps me sane. After a solid day inside I headed over to the corrals, donned my boots and grabbed a horse. It was the perfect way to spend my day, inside and out.

Posted by Anonymous A. on 08/04/2009

Sunday, Aug 02, 2009
Every guest here at the ranch is special. On occasion one stands out above the rest and just warms your heart.   This special guest is 5 years old, his name is Shane.   During dinner he was focused on drawing pictures in his little tablet. When I asked him about it, gets up from his chair and walks over to give me this drawing of a kiva. Shane and his family had been to Mesa Verde National park earlier in the day. Then he is looks intently around the room and few minutes later comes over to me with a drawing  of the rifle which hangs above the fireplace, and a  picture of his family.   After another quick look around the room, he goes back to his tablet and in just minutes I receive this drawing of a kachina that sits on the cupboard. 
Shane, thank you, for sharing your drawings with me.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 08/02/2009

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