The high country where the beeves grazed this summer can get pretty gnarly and rugged. Although we try as hard as we can to take care of our cavvy and prevent injuries, there's potential every day for misfortune. We've been really fortunate over the past few years to have only experienced near misses and a few minor incidents with our horses. This summer was no different. Or so we thought.
A few days before everyone left for college and the summer ended, a crew went out to do some monitoring. The cattle were already off the range and we wanted to capture photo points along some of the major riparian areas. The riders headed up to the high reaches of Little Hat Creek, bound for the Forest Service land boundary.
Ruby is Abby's horse. She's a gritty mare with a huge personality. She came to us a bit of a spoiled pasture pet and Abby put in a lot of time (and blood, sweat and tears) to teach her respect and start her under saddle. With Abby not riding as much in recent years, she entrusted Ruby to the more experienced riders on the ranch. So Ruby, ridden by Anthony, headed up the mountain on one of the last days of the season.
Unfortunately, no one saw the barb wire laying on the ground at the boundary gate. Ruby put a foot through the wire and panicked for a bit. The wire sliced into her fetlock, but the training Abby had done paid off and the mare paused and stood, waiting to be freed. The riders stopped the profuse bleeding as quickly as possible and then rushed Ruby back to the ranch. Within a few hours, she was at the vet getting stitches. Thanks to the crew's quick actions, Ruby's healing up nicely and will be around and sound for another season! I guess you could call it another near miss and we're so relieved that she's recovering well. She's one of our good ones, in spite of her quirks. -Melanie #ranchhorses #quarterhorse #nearmisses #ranchlife #conservationranching #grit 📷: @melzingaphoto