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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)

Saturday, Sep 06, 2008
We have been working a bunch of young horses here lately. We have six that we are focusing on at the moment. It is neat to work multiple horses at the same time and to be able to see how each one is different. Each one looks at you in it's own way. They all "hook on" differently and each on takes the first step to really trusting a person differently. I think that is what makes it so interesting to me. No two horses are alike and no two situations are the same. Let me give you an example. I was working three horses in the round pen at the same time. I will call them Black, Grey and Bay (real original, huh?). They have all been handled at some time prior to coming here. I saddled the Grey and was letting him carry it while I was working them around. Something set them off and they were moving out at a good pace, each one in line around the outside of the circle and they remained at this speed for a while without me doing anything to try to stop them. I was trying to get them to engage their minds in the process and think, "if I would just slow down and stop I would not have to run." See I wasn't doing anything to make them run. They were running because they were spooked. The Bay figured it out first. He slowed and stopped and looked at me so I walked up and pet him on the face and backed away to allow the other to continue to search it out. The Grey and Black ran for another several minutes while the Bay just stood there and watched them go. It wasn't long until the other two figured it out and they stopped also. What did I gain by letting them run? I allowed them to think through what they were doing and they figured out the desired outcome. Horses are much smarter than most people give them credit for. I love my job. Have a great weekend.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 09/06/2008

Wednesday, Sep 03, 2008
Well Fall is here. I love it. The cool temperatures and changing colors. It seems that there is a postcard worthy picture around every corner. It makes our home almost seem magical in some way. Labor Day on the ranch came and went just as another day. We had eight families sharing their vacation with us over the long weekend. It is very enjoyable when families of different backgrounds and different interests come together under one roof and share a dinner table. It reminds me of a family holiday where there is much laughing and story telling. These moments that someone comes into our lives for such a short time than goes away again helps remind me of the simple beauty of life where everyone puts aside their differences and enjoys the company.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 09/03/2008

Tuesday, Sep 02, 2008
Well, fall works are about a month away so time to start planning.  We will bring all the herds in weigh and ship the steers, and wean calves off of the cows.  We will pregnancy test all the cows and sell any that are open (not pregnant).  Also we have to go pull the bulls out of the cows- end of breeding season.  We have a great August weather wise as Regin has reported.  Hunting seasons are starting up and Blake is gearing up to go muzzleloading for in a couple weeks. 
Posted by Jeff G. on 09/02/2008

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