On the Ropes

HorsesAs modern technology and enviornmental regulations modify ranching in the Great Basin, the Spanish Ranch remains tied to its buckaroo traditions.

 

 

 

 

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Old Spanish Ways

Only a handful of ranches in the West send out a wagon anymore. Most places aren’t big enough to justify the experience. Finding cowboys willing to sleep in a teepee for six weeks isn’t easy, either. But for the Spanish Ranch in Elko County, Nevada, sending out the spring wagon is a way of life.

I caught up with Ira Wines, buckaroo boss at the Spanish Ranch, in early May of 2006, just 10 days before his spring works began.

 

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Saddle Care

When it comes to collecting antique saddles, veteran saddlemaker Chuck Stormes has some simple advice, "Don't do anything to it that you can't undo."

 

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Mountain Dogs

Cody Price has been tending cattle in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains for 10 years. The New Mexico cowboy's job isn't easy. The rugged canyons, steep hillsides, thick brush and hard-headed bovine make gathering cattle difficult.

 

 

 

 

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It's in the Blood

ImageLong recognized as one of the country’s outstanding ranch and rodeo families, the Suttons of South Dakota attribute much of their success to bloodlines and breeding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Measuring the Bronc Rein

In saddle bronc riding, a single, braided rope bronc rein is attached to the horse's halter and the rider uses it for balance and leverage. If the rein is too long (loose) or too short (tight), it usually makes a considerable difference in a cowboy's ride.

 

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Still A Cowboy

Duane Daines remembers waking up in an airport one day after a quick nap. A handful of Japanese tourists were anxiously snapping photos of what might have been their first encounter with a real, live cowboy. The Alberta native took the situation in stride.

 

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