8-19-14, Valley Falls, OR - During the past few weeks I’ve continued to have a great time. At least twice a week Monty and I are moving cattle from grazed over sections of the forest to fresh pasture. The remainder of the time has been spent on home projects, fishing and enjoying the beautiful weather.
Now that I have the horse trailer, it’s easy to saddle a couple of mounts, put them in the trailer and head out for some fun places. Unfortunately, I’ve been a little remiss at bringing along the camera, so I don’t have pictures of some of the great places I’ve rode. Among them are; riding through the Gearhart Wilderness to Blue Lake, riding the Mill Trail to the top of the Abert Rim, rides in Moss Pass and a trip up the connecting meadows alongside Mill Flat Creek.
Monty continues to improve. He now walks into the horse trailer by himself, stands and goes when I want him to and enjoys chasing cows. He’s not bad, but he still needs a lot of work.
On the other hand, Jacquie’s new mare Brandy, is close to being a “pushbutton” horse. She has a very light mouth and responds very well to voice, neck or leg pressure. I took her out one day herding cattle and she did great. Her only problem is that she doesn’t like mud and enjoys flying over it. Ex-Steeplejack Jockey and good friend Bernie Harberts would be proud of some of the jumps we’ve taken recently,