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August 11, 2014

Ranch Roundup

This month on the ranches, we welcomed rain on the Chico, had our last branding, worked in the leather room, moved cattle with guests and of course, worked on the dirt bikes and trailers.

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June 30, 2014

Kate and Queenie

If you can’t tell, Kate is more than a little enthused. This is her new horse Queenie successfully checking off the “roping” box at the last Zapata branding after weeks of working up to the occasion.

Kate loves working with horses and it looks like the muscular, stout Queenie will be game for life on the Zapata.

Kate’s other horse is a two year old who might end up outsizing Queenie, revealing a trend with Kate’s preference for horses – big and

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June 26, 2014

More Babies

Yesterday, Amy and I wrangled the broodmares from the north part of the ranch to bring them to new pasture.  We stopped by headquarters to look through them and inspect the new foals. There are still a few more to go but so far they are all healthy and vibrant. Here’s a shot of Amy petting a young one that decided to nap before going back out. 

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June 20, 2014

New to Riding

At Zapata we get to ride with some amazing riders from all over the world, polo players, show jumpers, dressage riders and those that have been in the saddle for a lifetime, we also get brand spanking new riders. Some have maybe been in the saddle once. Ever.These are I think the most rewarding to ride with, slightly nervous, excited and with no clue what they are able to achieve when they first step on. Quite often but under no

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June 4, 2014

Irises and Fur

With the recent moisture, the annual purple irises are the most vibrant I’ve ever seen them and the dark green, healthy grass has been accentuating things even more.

Last night we passed by the Wedding Trees with fields full of irises that Duke said gave off the illusion that the fields were flooded.

The bison at this time of year are also taking on their most interesting looks with their winter coats falling away.

The bulls always seem to be the most impressive,

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May 13, 2014

New Pastures

It sounds like a typical western story but after a long hard winter we are in to the growing season and the horses couldn’t be more relieved. We have split the herd in two  so that we can keep the horses we’re using right now closer to home and let the other half have downtime for another week or so further out. Each year we look to see which horses had a hard time keeping condition through the winter, if

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May 3, 2014

Like Family

To look at these three amigos you would think that they were siblings of some kind.  Truth is they are not.  One of them isn’t even a Quarter Horse (she’s a Foxtrotter).    Never the less they have found each other, and as often as not can be found hanging out together.  It is pretty common, paints with paints, roans with roans, sorrels with sorrels, not so different than a lot of people you may have known, pretty surface level stuff.

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April 24, 2014

Big Foot

We run our horses barefoot here on the Chico.  We have almost no rock and a horse’s foot is actually a lot healthier without a piece of iron interfering with flexion and its natural wear and movement.  Wild horses can get by with no hoof care at all of course, but domesticated horses generally need to be trimmed periodically to stay healthy.  It is a job I actually enjoy (beats shoeing), but it is hard work. I trimmed several hoses

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