☆ November 5, 2010
View from the top.
Five years ago Tuesday, I moved to Wyoming.
MC, L, and I spent the day trailing off the mountain.
I was the first one saddled. L’s horse was lame so Mike rode Sunshine – the verrrry fat paint, who is essentially retired – and L rode Mike’s newish horse, Kota, who is also very fat because he hasn’t been ridden all summer.
Kota is also pretty green – not totally broke – but L was up for the challenge, and Mike was all too willing to give it to him.
We found the cows, and started moving them down the mountain. The older cows know the way and know it’s time, and the rest of the herd follows the lead.
The day was SO gorgeous!
The last two years, this ride has been terribly cold and snowy!
Because it’s an easy trail, it’s a good day to fine-tune the horses.
L helped Kota become comfortable away from Ranger and Sunshine (Kota likes to follow, because new things make him nervous).
Meanwhile, I made Ranger stay at the back, which really pissed him off.
He likes to be the lead on a trail. It was a good opportunity for him to practice patience and manners.
At the halfway point, we let the cattle rest a while. Kota was in love with L by then. Mike did a quick run back through some of the treed areas to gather any stragglers we might have missed.
I hate waiting.
I just want to ride and ride and ride, all the way down without stopping.
It was a good time for me to practice patience and manners.
Ranger and I guarded the gate until all the cattle were together…
Once they’re out, they know exactly where they’re going.
They just line out and walk! You can see little black dots in a perfect curving line all the way to the midpoint of this image. The lead cows are already out of sight.
I love this place.