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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)



Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009
Boy, the wind is blowing hard today. I would guess that it is 30 mph sustained and over 40 mph gusts. Dan and Jeff are out moving some yearlings to get them ready to ship on Saturday. I feel sorry for them.
We have a photography workshop arriving today and will be here until Sunday. It is always fun to hang around in the evenings while everyone is showing off their new prizes. Becasue we are in the midst of fall colors there should be some spectacular ones.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 09/30/2009

Sunday, Sep 27, 2009
Oh, I forgot to tell you that Fall is in the Air! This week Mt. Blanca and Crestone Peak got their fair share of snow on top. Both are over 14,000 feet and snow capped now. Even Little Bear had a dusting one morning which is just over 13,000. We haven't had any white stuff here on the valley floor at headquarters...yet! Today it is over 70 degrees with not a cloud in the sky. A perfect fall day!
Posted by Anonymous A. on 09/27/2009

Sunday, Sep 27, 2009
Dan and I went out to check on the mares a few days ago. Here they are so curious and cute!
Posted by Anonymous A. on 09/27/2009

Sunday, Sep 27, 2009
Maryanne finally popped!
Posted by Anonymous A. on 09/27/2009

Wednesday, Sep 09, 2009
We had an extra special treat last Friday. We got to brand 30 head of calves that were left over from our annual spring branding. As you all know, branding is my favorite event with cattle work. Becasue the calves were bigger than in the spring we headed and heeled them. I had a good day of roping but I had more fun helping everyone on the ground. Here is a snapshot of what that looks like. Feebe is taking pictures, I am kneeling on the calf, Mona is casterating, Cerena is holding the calf down and Sabine is giving the shot. Guests not shown here are: Emma, Willy, Daniel, Hugo, Jenny and Patricia. We also had fun with Franz, a German travel photographer. Thanks everyone for all the fun.
Posted by Anonymous A. on 09/09/2009

Tuesday, Sep 01, 2009
I was reading the last few postings made by Adrienne and I had to add that the day we spent driving the horses home was truely fabulous. Here is a picture of the event. This is my oldest son Blayden leading the herd.

We have been spending a lot of time horseback this week; driving steers to their new pasture, sightseeing in the mountains and riding young horses. I have been riding two mares this summer; Cindy and Kitten, and both of them are doing very well. I hope that this fall I can graduate them to the Hackamore. This graduation follows in the footsteps of the Great Basin Buckaroos who learned from the Spanish Vaqueros. The goal is to eventually have a horse "straight up" in the bridle, or spade bit. This process takes numerous years and lots of time invested in understanding each horse seperately. So far, I have been riding Cindy and Kitten for about a year and a half in the snaffle bit and if we progress at the same pace it will be another four to five years before they are in the bridle. The process is very long but rewarding beyond imagination when it is realized. If you get a chance to come visit us, ask about this style of horsemanship. We love to share!
Posted by Anonymous A. on 09/01/2009

   
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