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August 15, 2016

Determination

With this kind of work you need to have a good sense of humour. Our spirits were still high, although it took a good three hours of gruelling  determination and numerous alternative methods, for us to realise we really weren’t going anywhere. Luckily for us, a rescue vehicle was called in and we all arrived back at the Chico safely.

By Chico Basin intern Belle Cox

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August 8, 2016

Journey to Ixtlan

“Every warrior has a place of his predilection which is soaked withunforgettable memories, where powerful events left their mark, a place where he haswitnessed marvels, where secrets have been revealed to him, a place where he has storedhis personal power.A warrior has the obligation to go back to that place of his predilection every time hetaps power in order to store it there. He either goes there by means of walking or bymeans of dreaming.”

Carlos Castaneda “Journey to Ixtlan”

When I

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August 2, 2016

Leather

Last week in my rustic office, (know as the Chico’s leather shop and saddle house) smells shifted throughout the day from leather to horse sweat to beeswax as I built products to be sent out to several of our ranches and customers. The projects included card pouches (pictured) for the shop at Zapata, headstalls for our horses at the Wilder Ranch in South Dakota, bracelets and dog collars for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and jewelry cases for

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July 9, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under: Reunions

It’s always great when one gets to experience something new with old friends, and even better when your old friends know your new ones. Little Duke made it out to visit Gregory Downs just in time for the local Camp Draft. It was incredible getting to visit with him about his work on a much larger station Van Rook and hear he and Paul share yarns about Dukes own time working the muster at Gregory four years prior. While

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July 6, 2016

Good Morning Mesa!

My “gun horse” Legs — aka my string favorite — and I recently went on a ladies road trip down to our sister ranch the McAuliffe to help with a mesa-to-mesa cattle move. The terrain and tree cover on the McAuliffe are much different to the Chico — the ranch is ringed by cliffs that rise up to a flat top prairie veined with deep canyons of scrub oak and pinon. I always jump at the chance to visit as

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June 28, 2016

Lunch at the Water Trough

Sometimes if you sit really still at a busy watering hole you can get a curious heifer to give you a good sniff or maybe even a kiss.

By Chico Basin apprentice Eric Sauerhagen

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June 20, 2016

Grass

While out checking fence with Thor and Tate, I noticed this grass that looked different than the others. It’s known as Squirrel tail, a cousin to Fox tail. Squirrel tail grows in the drier upland pastures whereas Fox tail grows in the wetter areas around creeks and ponds. Fox tail has a more bushy seed head unlike Squirrel tail which has longer, more flowing seed tails. Squirrel tail is a great indicator species to help assess rangeland health. Duke and I have been talking

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June 6, 2016

Troop 400

“I have no words to say that could express the gratitude we have for your generosity. I was amazed when you answered so quickly and opened your land to us. Not long after our arrival the boys realized how unique this opportunity was to stay on the ranch. We were able to see the buffalo herd in the distance as we arrived late Friday evening. The view and perspective of the dunes was second to none.

We appreciate your hospitality to

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May 27, 2016

Education Season

Last week we wrapped up our Education season with an awesome group of 70 fifth grade students. I led the horse demo and corral tour, and explained to the students what everyday operations look like on the ranch and the importance of horses and cattle for specific land management goals.

This group had great questions, asking about everything from the long dangling things on my chinks (fringe), to the reason for shipping some cattle and not others. Their curiosity was contagious,

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