Valles Caldera appears on the right as I top the rise coming down Hwy. 4, west of Los Alamos, N.M. For years, I’ve imagined cantering my horse across the sweeping, bowl-shaped meadow dotted with tree-topped lava domes, evidence of the area’s past volcanic activity.
In the November 2003 issue of Western Horseman, I provided tips on how to negotiate various trail terrain. To further prepare you for the trail, I offer tack-selection tips in this exclusive online article.
It’s hard to beat days on the trail, moving along with the rhythmic creak of saddles, the hollow footfalls of the animals behind you and the sweet scent of Ponderosa pine filling your nostrils on a silent, warm updraft.
Increase your livestock awareness to develop a solid ranch horse and work cattle effectively, or become a valued ranch hand.
Here are some helpful hints reprinted from The Revised Horseman’s Scrapbook by Randy Steffen. Many of the tips in the book appeared in Western Horseman through the years.
Our September 2004 issue featured “Resurrecting the Ol’ 25” about a historic Nevada ranch describes my encounter with one of the few vaqueros left on the western range.
Idaho’s Zollinger Ranch uses classic and contemporary bloodlines to meet the evolving demands of the performance-horse market.