Salt 2015 and the Interchangeable Horses

By Patty Wilber

We hauled salt blocks into the back country for the big horn sheep again!

2013 Toots and Lacey.  What nice weather!

2013 Toots and Lacey. What nice weather!

2014. Carson and Lacey. The Thundersnow!

LT and Cometa.

2015. LT and Cometa.  The weather had its cold and snow- spitting moments, but nothing like last year!

 

We did this year’s project in two days.  The first day we cleared most of the trail from Jacks Creek to Beatty’s cabin and on the second we hauled the salt and finished up the two trees we did not get the first day.

Day 1.   I rode Penny and ponied LT.  LT was slated to be the salt hauler for Day 2, and even though she had no job on Day 1, I figured it would good for Ms. Busybody to come along.  Jim rode Cometa.

Our Crew.  Richard, Jim, Peter, Sandy and me. We clearned 20 logs.  This one was a bit bigger...

Our Day 1 Crew. Richard, Jim, Peter, Sandy and me. We cleared 20 logs. This one was a bit bigger…We also had a four-tree wreck and the usual smaller stuff.  Nothing like the 50 we traversed last year (in the Thundersnow!)

Day 2.  Cometa was very tired at the end of Day 1, so we changed the job plan for the horses.  I rode LT, we packed Cometa and Jim rode Penny. This is a cool thing about these three:  They are pretty interchangeable: ride, pack or pony!

 

R&R at Beatty's!

Day 2. R&R at Beatty’s! After this, Cometa changed sides of the rack, causing Penny to pull back out of his way, and loosen the hitch.  I moved them to live aspen trees.  Back-country tying tip: Always choose living trees.  Dead ones may not stay standing.

It did get pretty cold on the way back and we had stinging snow.  Cold was ok though, because solid water is drier than rain, so we did not get very wet at all!

Day 2. It did get pretty cold on the way back and we had stinging snow (you can barely see it streaking the photo). Cold was ok though, because solid water is drier than rain, so we did not get very wet at all!

We wore many layers.  I wore what Jim calls my "Sand People" coat.

We wore many layers. I wore what Jim calls my “Sand People” coat. Cheryl is stabilizing the log and Peter and Richard are making the other cut.

Sand people.  I have the hood on my coat--big to cover my helmet!

Sand people. I have “the hood” on my coat (see the 2014 picture).  It is big enough to cover my helmet!

This is the first season I have felt LT was settled enough to ride, pack or pony (she is five this year).  That is why this is the first year she got to go.  Both Penny and Cometa could handle everything by age three. Penny is now 8 and Cometa is 17 or 16 or 18.  I forget!

LT always has a lot on her mind, so we are happy she is continuing to mature. (To her credit, she is a reined cow horse money earner and has a 23 foot reining slide on her resume! Oh and Penny has nearly 200 youth show points and 5 Open Register of Merits in the show pen, so she is no show-ring slouch…)

These same three are off to brand at the Red Cliff Ranch today–yay for the all around using horse!

Truthfully, LT has been a bit of a pain when doing ranch work–“TOO SLOW”, she says, but given that she was pretty relaxed on the salt project (uh, the second day when she was a little worn down?), maybe she will be a bit more settled moo-ving cattle.

I will find out!

About BlogPatty

Here's the skinny: I have a thing for horses. They make sense to me. I have a small horse training business (it's a "boutique" training business, not because it's super fancy, but because the horses get a lot of personal attention). I also go by Dr. Wilber, and teach biology full-time at a Central New Mexico Community college.
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3 Responses to Salt 2015 and the Interchangeable Horses

  1. Elizabeth Moon says:

    Let us know how she did with the cattle after the “relaxing” trip for salt.

    • Doranna says:

      Yes, let’s see!

      (Elizabeth, I hope you’re not too wet!)

    • Patty says:

      Well….not as calm as I’d hoped but pretty good in the pens…not as good on the rounding up. She can out walk anyone though I think…

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