In the age of technology, ranching has become more efficient. There are still things that are done the traditional way but with cell phones, trucks and trailers things can be done a bit faster and with more communication.
This week, the guys moved a set of yearlings about 13 mountainous miles to their summer pasture. They drove them horseback, begining at first light. This photo is not from this particular drive but the beauty of the early morning was quite like this:
Fifty years ago, the guys would’ve driven the yearlings, then they would’ve made the ride back home. They probably would’ve packed a sandwich and hopefully would’ve made it home by late-afternoon, assuming everything went as planned.
These days, we can meet the guys with a truck and trailer at the end point. They are home in time for lunch, the horses are spared the trip home on foot and one more project (or two or five or more) can be completed before dark.