Early Departure

Rich Roth loads one of the IX Ranch horses before sunrise. Rich Roth loads one of the IX Ranch horses before sunrise. Whether it's cold and snowy or sunny and hot, the crew on this ranch near Big Sandy, Montana, has cattle to look after. 

Snow on the Range

170118 IX Ranch 085Matt Riffel helps gather cows on the IX Ranch near Big Sandy, Montana. A thin layer of clouds caused the sunrise to cast an extraordinary pink color across the sky and snowy landscape. No Photoshop necessary. The story appeared in the December 2017 issue of Western Horseman.