Saturday, December 29, 2007

Alert







Saturday December 29 2007

Strangely enough, the dogs weren't barking, but the horses were on high alert. All pointed up canyon, all heads high and ears pricked sharply forward. A cougar perhaps??

I grabbed my binoculars and searched from the porch. I heard a shot up-canyon - oh, hunters. But that wasn't it; the horses did look that way also, but it was something else more to the east that had their complete attention.

Finally, through the trees, climbing the southeast ridge - 2 cowboys herding two late winter strays. Carol had seen the two cows up the canyon yesterday and called the local rancher. The cowboys had ridden out with a couple of cow dogs, found the cows, and were now heading down toward Oreana in tow of their probably hungry and thirsty strays.

I ran for the camera - first focused it on the horses who were still riveted on the western scene on the hillside, then on the procession.

Princess was most excited, running around then stopping to stare, her long neck stretched like a giraffe and eyes wide. Mac and Finneas watched with interest, but Diego, he knew what cows were. Not so excited by them after his close encounter a few weeks ago. Old hat to him now.

3 comments:

Maryanne Stroud Gabbani said...

Be careful. Steph and John are going to get so spoiled with not only having the ranch and critters cared for but documented even, they will never let you leave! I love the photos.

Anonymous said...

burrrrrrrrrrr.....

Barbara said...

I went to Carol's in April of 2006 to buy a horse. It was chilly but there was no snow. It's fun to see that country under snow and hear about what you and Carol are doing. Thank you for posting your stories and photos.