The Fall Gather

08 Oct

Saddling up

We’ve been trailing and back-riding for a week, as the cattle come off the summer grazing grounds. The cows and calves have been on the Routt and Medicine Bow National Forests since June and July. They graze in large rotations and we ride through them almost daily. They don’t want to leave since the weather is still warm. They see no reason to leave perfectly good feed and water. We’ve been watching the Middle Fork Fire, to the south of our allotments. It’s been burning in ungrazed areas, although there are plenty of beetle-killed pines everywhere. We’re glad to be out of the Forest with this season of fire.

Rhen mounting

On the road

home to the meadows

Pat D. and Tiarnan

cows trailing near the Midnight Ranch

riding crew at lunch (photo credit, Pat Danscen)

through the horse’s legs (photo credit, Pat Danscen)

Tiarnan and Battle Mountain

Tate, Sharon and Liberty the filly (photo credit, Pat Danscen)

Dudley Creek

Sharon and Seamus the horse (photo credit, Pat Danscen)

Day’s end


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2 responses to “The Fall Gather

  1. Martha Kennedy

    October 10, 2020 at 8:47 PM

    I LOVE that shot through the horse’ legs. What a beautiful season this is.

  2. Alan

    October 11, 2020 at 7:53 AM

    really great color with NO SMOKE! We’ve had no smokeless days in the Platte Valley since mid-September. and now over 175,000 acres of beetle-killed forest in the Snowy Range mountains have burned


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