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post #751 of 1021 Old 10-07-2019, 02:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Painted Horse View Post
We spent Saturday on the mountain gathering cows. Love the fall colors and it is a new job for my horses.
They get to work on something they rarely deal with. Chasing Cows. The weather has still been warm, Temps were in the 60's so the cows were scattered all over the high country. The main objective is to get them up out of their comfort zone and start them moving down the mountain. Most of the older moma cows know the drill and once you get them moving they will keep migrating down the mountain. You just need some snow or pressure to get them going. Mostly we wandered around and would find 2-6 animals in small groups and would push them over to the gravel road and start them down the road or push them into the bottom of the canyon and push them down the canyon. It will take the ranchers 5-6 days to get the bulk of the cows off the mountain. But some stubborn ones might take two weeks. Usually, by then the weather is starting to turn and the cows stubborn one coming off on their own.

It wasn't a lot of miles maybe 13-15 miles. But it had a lot of elevation change as we push down and climb back up and look for more. Lots of rough country as the cows are not laying on trails, So you have to kick them out of the deadfall and heavy timber. Horses were wore out by the end of the day.

Photobucket and other servers all started charging for photo sharing, So I've put my videos onto Youtube in order to share. Enjoy this 7 minutes of riding the high country in Utah
We do the same thing here. Getting them back down the mountain is usually a lot easier than pushing them up there was in the spring. We don't have as much elevation change though as the graze leases are up on top of the mountain in a relative flat area up top so once you get them out to the gravel road they just head down on their own for the most part and in a couple of days to a couple of weeks 90% or better of them will be back down in their winter pasture. Drive up is 20+ miles over two days because we do it in the evening the first day and the morning the next day so the cattle stay cooler and we don't get calves over heating etc. The drive down is just a series of short gathering runs through the brush that probably equal 10+ miles over one day. It takes 12 or so hands to make the drive up and 2 - 3 hands for the drive down.

I too have moved to youtube with my stuff as I don't want to pay to put it elsewhere.
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post #752 of 1021 Old 10-07-2019, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by AGibson View Post
@NightFell Where did you pick up your reflective leg bands? I need that now that I have a Wednesday evening trail riding group that goes out regularly.
They were actually a lucky find at a tack sale I went to a couple years ago. Got them for $1 after rooting in the random stuff bin and though they were like new, they didn't come with any original packaging. I'll look up the brand name though the next time I'm at the barn and tbh would love to find another set for Quest's hinds as well- they are durable, easy to put on, and no complaints from the mare.

Originally Posted by rambo99 View Post
@NightFell , get a headlight solves having to race the sunlight quickly going down. That is what I have put it on my helmet and I'm good to go. Its led lights so it bright works great.

I end up riding after dark many days this headlight has been a great purchase. Once sun sets its dark can't see anything kinda of creepy.
I do have a headlamp as well and it has the red lights option. It is SO handy during the autumn and winter since the pasture is completely without any lights. Also anything that leaves your hands free is great esp around horses lol

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post #753 of 1021 Old 10-07-2019, 04:02 PM
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Here are some reflective leg bands, plus other options that could hook on your tack (e.g., nose band, chest plate): https://www.saferidersgear.com/store. I also have the rider vest from this same company that I wear all summer and I know it helps drivers notice us. I think you can buy their gear on Amazon too.

My browband and breastcollar (different company than the first one posted- Distance Depot) have a reflective strip on them and I do think they help.
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post #754 of 1021 Old 10-07-2019, 05:01 PM
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Here is a funny story about those light-up headbands. Our Tico got an eye infection and needed to be treated every 2 hours round the clock. Putting medicine in a horse's eye that doesn't want medicine in his eye at 10, 12, 2, and 4 in the night takes two hands for sure.

So I wore my light-up headband, which sure helped a lot. But I discovered (never had noticed before) there were thousands and millions of spiders in the grass at night, and with the l.e.d. light on them, their eyes glowed. It was like walking through a field of little stars. Some of the spiders were pretty big and their eyes were kinda big, and other spiders were really small. Since I had to treat the horse for 3 days and 3 nights, those little sparkly eyes rather did feel like little friends.
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post #755 of 1021 Old 10-08-2019, 07:50 AM
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Did a nice long ride yesterday it was absolutely beautiful out. Ice was a good boy stood still when I got on. Will write more later have to leave here for work. Some pictures of the ride. A picture of a lake we ride by.

This particular trail isn't well marked and fairly wild and woolly. First part is full of raspberry bushes so lots of thorns.
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post #756 of 1021 Old 10-10-2019, 04:27 AM
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It has turned so cold here. Below freezing all day and night, little flurries of snow that don't stick. Today the wind stopped and the sun came out but it never got above freezing but I did get out for a ride.

I took the dogs out and did some hill climbing, made sure I dressed up really warm!


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post #757 of 1021 Old 10-10-2019, 08:35 AM
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Chase got sprayed by a skunk last night So, instead of riding today, I get to go give him a bath or three

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post #758 of 1021 Old 10-10-2019, 07:50 PM
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@knightrider I walk my dogs right before bedtime. Two dogs means two leashes and two hands. The headlamp is my friend. I have noticed those little sparkly eyed spiders. They do look like tiny stars. They are pretty awesome for sure.

@cbar I highly recommend that you go ASAP to an ophthalmologist about your cornea. You could lose your vision if it is worse than the after hours clinic thinks.

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post #759 of 1021 Old 10-10-2019, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by ChasingDreams View Post
Chase got sprayed by a skunk last night So, instead of riding today, I get to go give him a bath or three

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Ewww!!! What did you use to get out the smell? I heard peroxide works mixed with something else I forget now. My husband seen a skunk down the road so I make sure I always keep my dogs in at night!
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post #760 of 1021 Old 10-11-2019, 12:09 AM
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The weather here has been great, I've been able to ride a lot. Winds are blowing today and tomorrow, but I hope to get out this weekend.
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