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July 11, 2016

The Art of Roping

Take a look at some of the loops thrown at this years brandings.

April 6, 2016

Ranchlands Down Under

Saddling up my horse before the first light of dawn I wonder what things I will have learned by the end of the day. Even as I come to begin my second year as an apprentice I know that what I have learned in the past year is just the first line in the series of what ranching will teach me.
Sometimes in life you are gifted with opportunities that drive you to push your own limits and accomplish more than

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March 7, 2016

February Ranch Roundup

It seemed like we spent the whole month of February in the corrals. From pregnancy testing to shipping steers, every animal on the ranch was brought through, as the late summer snows turned to mud.

March 4, 2016

Riding Lessons

Honestly I didn’t think it would be so tough,
They make it look so easy in the movies.
She’s gaited so she shouldn’t be too rough,
But I just make it look real goofy.

The challenge is fun learning something new,
I’m not sure she shares the same view.
Another greenhorn spurring like a fool,
But she’s no amateur and keeps her cool.

It makes for a fun day,
Trying to get the cows to go our way.
Like a traffic jam of cars on the highway,
We get em lined

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January 7, 2016

Pasture to Pasture

A look at what goes into gathering and moving cattle herds on Chico Basin Ranch.

Photos by Matthew Delorme.

October 5, 2015


For the first time I can remember, I am experiencing Sundays the way it seems they ought to be experienced: as a day of reflection, rest and rejuvenation.

As a college student and in some of my former jobs, Sundays were more anxiety-ridden than relaxing. After waking up in what was often hungover misery, I whiled away hours trying to hang onto the freedom of the weekend and stave off the impending resumption of responsibilities, which always inevitably took the form

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September 21, 2015

Evening Rituals

On the ranch, there are things we do every evening before calling it a day. Before I turn in, I head out past the corrals and visit with my two horses. It’s set up so they can come and go as they please between the corrals and the big wide spaces. I want them to be available to me while still having the freedom they need to graze and roam around. On this night, I took

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