I started this ranching adventure with Beau. I remember the day my ranching partner rode out on him and he was presented to me to use - I was hooked. And thus my ranching life chapter began and I began to learn to cowboy as a complete novice on Beau. I saw my first ranching experiences from his back and covered a lot of miles together.
|Lyle on Stringy holding my Beau - Horseshoe Butte Pasture|
The first spring I worked here just my ranching partner and I branded his entire herd alone. As I had helped out for free the first winter I started here - it was proposed that if I roped all the calves myself then Beau would be mine. Needless to say, that branding took quite a while as it was my first time - but I did it and Beau was mine. He was green when we started out - and so was I. He was my first photography horse and those are his ears in the photograph on MY RANCHING LIFE BILLBOARD. I was given a gift of a hand tooled wallet with his picture on it and will keep it forever. We rode, branded, calved, crossed rivers and more together - he was a good ranch horse for me.
I guess our era together ended when we quit riding - now it is definite. I will miss having him around - as he was my Beau.
I started this Blog with a post about Beau. Maybe this is a good way to end it - with a post about Beau.
See you around Beau Beau - we had some great times together riding the range.
|The Horses Getting Wrangled after they Escaped - Beau Far Right|