The horses here on the ranch are kept in a large pasture a little ways from the barn. when the cowboys need to ride, they first have to get ’em in to the corrals. Some places they keep a horse or two by the barn to wrangle the horses with. Some places they use a 4-wheeler. Here they use a truck. My cowboy would probably use a 4-wheeler, if we had one. But we don’t. Hence the truck.
He rounds them up and chases them along the dirt road, back to the corrals. Well, he doesn’t actually have to ‘chase’ them – just follow them, really. Because they have done it so often that they know what is expected and where to go.
Now this particularmorning, I tucked Baby under my arm and slung my camera around my neck and drove out to take some photos. But Baby wasn’t co-operating. She wanted my camera. She wanted my extra lens. She didn’t want to sit on the other seat… and just as the horses came over the hill, she commenced weeping and wailing and wouldn’t stop.
So if you wonder why would one put blurry photos on a website – well, I dare you to try and comfort a wailing baby while focusing on running horses. Double-dare!! It is a feat I am not yet capable of. Maybe one day.
I doubt it. Most likely she will be grown before I master that skill.
(But then I may need the skill with my grandbabies. 😉 )
Once they are in the corral, the cowboys pick out their horse for the day, and the rest stay in the corral. After the riding is done, they are all turned out. They know where to go, and head right back to their pasture. My Cowboy drives along behind them and shuts the gate when they are all through.
My kids like when they wrangle the horses in… they always run out to watch, pet the horses, and feed them handfuls of grass or hay.