A Rancher’s Day Off

Today my daughter and I were hired to wrangle two hunters into the high country for a friend of ours who is a Guide Outfitter.

We saddled and loaded up our four ranch geldings, along with anything we thought we may need (leather punch, extra leather, farrier supplies, etc.) then headed out. We drove north for 2 & 1/4 hours, then mounted up. The hunters, who admitted to riding only a handful of times, settled right in. Although when they climbed off their trusty steeds for lunch, there were some groans.
After riding for just short of three hours and climbing 2800 feet, we reached camp (6800 feet). The high country was absolutely beautiful with large open meadows. The weather was great, +9 and sunny.
With daylight disappearing fast, we said goodbye and started our decent back to the truck and trailer.
With just the 2 of us coming down, we were able to make better time, reaching the truck at 5 pm.
After the horses had a much needed feed, we loaded up and headed back for home, arriving at 7:25 pm.
It was an awesome day hanging out with my super, capable daughter and putting our geldings to work. It is great when our horses can earn their keep doing ranch work, but also spectacular when they can make a little extra doing something like they did today.
~Erika Fossen~


6 thoughts on “A Rancher’s Day Off

  1. Lavinia Ross says:

    Gorgeous country you live in!

  2. ruwengierls says:

    Great pictures! Even though we live in a rural part of Germany it’s nothing compared to your place! But a day outside on the back of a horse is always great 🙂

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