Some of you were interested in my holiday, especially the ranch part. Well the ranch was the real deal! You went out for a purpose, to put out protein blocks, check fences, drinkers, to gather up cows. One day after we had put out the blocks we gathered around 60 head (four of us) and took them down to the corrals. This for us English was really good, down steep slopes with the occasional “Get on there” me saying that to great big cows (and two bl**dy great bulls). At the corrals they were sorted and the unbranded one were roped, injected, ear tagged (not compulsory), hot branded and castrated with a very sharp pen knife. We then had a good hours ride back, we could go direct now, and we rode in the light of the full moon. Another day 3 of us rounded up 4 strays from very difficult country and got them back to the fence line and through a gate, even the rancher was surprised at how well it had gone. The terrain on this ranch was very steep and rocky and you really had to have trust in your horses. We also got to shoot live ammunition from a variety of guns which I know I liked far more than I should have. Shooting exploding targets with an M16 was a bit of a buzz. The whole holiday was great from Vegas and the Rodeo to the shoot- out at Tombstone!
We were in the States for 3 weeks and at the ranch for 9 days. Two of these were because it rained and you get a free day or a refund if it rains and they thought it had rained enough for us to have two days! OH is brilliant at 'holidays' (a part from when we landed up in a trailer park!) and he found Cold Creek Ranch after much searching. It was certainly an 'experience' and he is looking for maybe Montana, Wyoming but the season is very short there and difficult to get to in the winter months.
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