If you wonder what you might do on an August day at Moore Ranch, come saddle up with Elizabeth early in the morning and you can…
run in the saddle horses from the pasture and enjoy the morning air,
ride out to check cattle,
bring in a mama and her new calf,
check out the latest coyote den,
watch Laramie get on some colts, (I must be mistaken, he is no longer on this one).
Later you might do a little barrel racing,
or maybe some team roping.
There is never a dull moment on the ranch, even if some scenes do look peaceful!
Over the years we have had the privilege of being mentioned in many magazines throughout the United States from the Legends Magazine in Southwest Kansas to wonderful articles in Midwest Living. More recently, we have been noted in international travel magazines throughout Europe, newspaper articles in Ireland and England, documentaries in Germany and Equitrekking, an Emmy award-winning equestrian travel themed television show. We have now been mentioned as one of the best places in the United States for a Ranch Holiday by Western & Oriental. http://www.westernoriental.com/travel/best-states-for-a-ranch-holiday-in-the-usa/
For my domestic readers, “Ranch Holiday” can be translated as “Ranch Vacation”.
We learn so much from the visitors we have at our ranch. Within the last month we have had guests from Kansas, New York, Switzerland, Ireland, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, and Iowa. Here are some photos from last month.
We have done lots of roping. Some guests have tried their hand at anything from roping to barrel racing.
This was the last leg of a great day, moving the longhorn cattle 12 miles to new pasture. You can visit our Facebook page to see more pictures of the action https://www.facebook.com/pages/Moore-Ranch/153884623642?ref=hl , or come visit us in person and get a close-up for yourself.
We have been fixing a lot of fence and working with colts on these hot July days.
Joe got in four, three year olds in for us to begin halter breaking and training. He roped a back foot on each one and put a halter on.
They stood tied up for a few hours and he was able to lead them to water horseback. The next day we led them to water afoot.
Will and Elizabeth have been working with them, putting saddles and blankets on them and getting them gentled down. So far they have earned the names. This is Charger, a brother to Pecos.
Meet Tonto. If you have ever ridden Biscuit, Deets or BS, this is their sister.
This is Ellie. She is a sister in both form and mannerism to Newt, Newt’s Little Sis and Lorie, not to mention a bit patriotic here in the photo. She was absolutely irritated the first day we tied them up and refused to eat. By day two, she was over it, nudged me for grain and became a sweetheart.
This is “Pink Halter”. None of us have come up with an appropriate name for her yet. If you have ever ridden Liz, Robin or Oreo, this is their sister. Most of my friends browsed baby naming books for a great name for their child. We are asking our blogging friends to give us a few good suggestions. What do you think?
The day started out early and a bit cooler than usual. We were thankful for that as we rode out to gather the cows.
We had plenty of help gathering the cows and calves through the knee deep, green grass.
The fun began! The cowboys AND COWGIRLS took turns roping the calves.
We even allowed Will to rope some even though he apparently lost his cowboy hat. Even without a cowboy hat, he did remarkable well for his first time dragging calves.
We had a crew of youngsters and a few who felt like oldsters to mug the calves (hold them on the ground) as they were marked, vaccinated,
We had a great week with Rob and Liz from England this week. We had just finished moving 180 pairs from a cornstalk field to rye pasture when they arrived on Friday.
The next day, Liz and I rode out to check the new calves.
We found quite a few of them scattered over the pasture and even one that had just been born.
Rob and Joe were putting out salt and mineral for the cows when Rob snapped this photo of us galloping off the hill in the walnut pasture.
We had one day of a little rain and dug out the slickers for a misty, rainy, windy day. We had left 3 young pairs on the cornstalk pasture that were too young to move earlier. We gathered them to the corrals and hauled them to rye pasture, checked two other pastures, moved a set of cows to a new paddock and checked a bigger pasture of cows we had bought the week before.
Liz brought the steer wrestling and roping steers out of the pen to be sorted so the guys could train them for the next few rodeos.
We have nearly 25 lambs now. This little guy meets us every night for a little extra milk and loving. Liz and Rob left yesterday. It was a little bit lonely bottle feeding the lamb and the calf, feeding the cattle and the saddle horses, riding out to check the new calves, and paint branding the new lambs, but there were other things that popped up to keep us busy today. Heifers were out of the pasture near Mullinville, a few patches of weeds needed to be mowed, electric fence needed to be fixed for the mares. Not to worry. The day still has three and a half hours of daylight left for more surprises.
A good February day is a 70 degree, February Day. A great February day is being horseback on a 70 degree, February day. The ultimate February day is being horseback on that 70 degree day and sharing it with good friends, the Brack family.
We all met at the white barn. You can see it in the background. If you think the color of the barn in the background is red, your eyes are not deceiving you. A year ago it was re-painted red. However, it is still referred to as the “white barn”. If you come to help out at the ranch you might be told to: “meet us at the white barn”, “feed the cattle at the white barn”, “rope a calf at the white barn”, or today you would have been directed to “meet up with us at the white barn”. There is no confusion. Everyone knows this red barn really is the “white barn”.
This is Shawn Brack, one of the finest horsemen and best hands we know. It may look like he is enjoying a nice easy afternoon ride; but this was after his young horse, Gus, gave him a hard ride and gave us a good show as he bucked over and around the sand hills.
We moved the first set of cows about seven or eight miles.
James and Wyatt waited patiently for a short time while we waited for the trailer to take us to the next pasture.
This is what two boys do when they are done waiting patiently for the trailer to show up.
After moving the second set of cows, we ended up a couple of miles from the Brack’s home. It was a short ride to the house to unsaddle and call it a successful February day.