Mountain Dogs

Cody Price has been tending cattle in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains for 10 years. The New Mexico cowboy's job isn't easy. The rugged canyons, steep hillsides, thick brush and hard-headed bovine make gathering cattle difficult.

 

 

 

 

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On the Ropes

HorsesAs modern technology and enviornmental regulations modify ranching in the Great Basin, the Spanish Ranch remains tied to its buckaroo traditions.

 

 

 

 

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This Land is My Land

Active ImageRanchers in Southeast Colorado continue fighting to prevent the U.S. Army from taking their land.

Even after a long, steady gaze, the scenery in Southeastern Colorado doesn’t have much to offer. Compared to the majestic mountain peaks found farther west and north, this area of the state appears to be a whole lot of nothing, with flat, dry and rugged expanses stretching for hundreds of lonely miles.

 

 

 

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Old Spanish Ways

Only a handful of ranches in the West send out a wagon anymore. Most places aren’t big enough to justify the experience. Finding cowboys willing to sleep in a teepee for six weeks isn’t easy, either. But for the Spanish Ranch in Elko County, Nevada, sending out the spring wagon is a way of life.

I caught up with Ira Wines, buckaroo boss at the Spanish Ranch, in early May of 2006, just 10 days before his spring works began.

 

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Purdy Places

Active ImagePicabo Livestock in Idaho, a family-run ranch for 125 years, has a rich history, one steeped in cattle, horses, farming and innovative business ventures. But Bud and Nick Purdy don’t rest on past achievements. They continue building for the future.

 

 

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Carbon Copies

ImageAs the first performance clones become adults, the equine industry will soon see if the genetic twins can truly live up to their originals. And while the cloning procedure has raised some eyebrows among industry veterans, owners are lining up for the chance to preserve their horses’ genetic influence.

The black foal nursing at the Paint mare’s side doesn’t look like a four-legged outlaw, the equine equivalent of Billy the Kid. He doesn’t look like he has the potential to transform into an explosion of horseflesh that can slam the most experienced rodeo cowboy into the dirt.

But his genes say he does.

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