Colorado is a state of 14,000 plus snow-capped peaks, mountainsides covered by the changing leaves of aspen in autumn, and rivers that span great divides and narrow gorges. It is a land of immense beauty where rodeos and cowboys have been the mainstay, and mustangs can still be found amidst the pines and pinion-junipers. Riding through the majestic lands of Colorado atop a horse is one of great traditions living in the west.
Why Horses Are Great For You & Your Colorado Ranch
Horses on Working Ranches
In today’s world of rounding up cattle on ATVs, horses have found their positions as wrangler’s helpers in decline. But, as the cowboy Tony Marshall relayed in an article in beefmagazine.com, “Four-wheelers have their place, and I use them all the time, but moving cows on one is like digging a ditch with a spoon. It can be done, but it isn’t a good use of one’s time.” Trying to rein a cow in on an ATV can produce a wild cow, especially if she’s accompanied by her calf. Recently, a trio of stockmen traveled to 20 states demonstrating this principle in what is commonly referred to as low-stress livestock handling.
Besides helping maintain a calm environment, horses offer an extra set of eyes and ears which are much better than humans, locating cattle quicker and more efficiently. Cattle and horses develop a rhythm and there are some locations that only horses can get into and out of quickly. Their instinctive nature can respond to predators and potholes quicker than a man by himself on an ATV.
Horses on Recreational Ranches
As Winston Churchill stated, “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” There’s a bond that develops—an unspoken trust between rider and horse. Riding just as the sun begins its ascent into the eastern sky and the clouds are transforming from pink and purple wisps to sun-kissed gold is one of the best ways to start your day. It reminds us of the peace that transcends all and the importance of taking time out of our busy lives to reconnect with something greater than ourselves. Just try to remain stressed when you’re on a horse! On second thought, don’t. Chances are you won’t stay on that horse for very long.
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