In the Mountains of Colorado, the end of June can be a set of mixed feelings when you run a ranch. The shortage of rain fall brings low water pond levels and concerns over stocking up winter hay, pasture growth and the challenges of water shares and water calls. But yet, that same shortage of rain means nice warm weather and that brings long leisurely rides on dry ground, stalls are easy to clean, chores are easier because you can wear shorts! But, not for me, because I have never come anywhere close to running a ranch. But, today, I am thinking this would be one of the better days to do it.
And, if you are me, a photographer and horse lover (not a rancher), you can take advantage of the great weather and hike all the way out into the back pasture and lay down on dry ground, which is exactly what I did on a particularly warm and beautiful Monday evening at Many Ponies Ranch in Norwood, CO owned by Paul Finley & Lisa Foxwell. Just me, my camera, the horses and the amazing beauty around us. Perfectly silent with the exception of horses munching grasses and lazily stepping forward brushing hooves over the grasses one at a time carefully selecting only the best blades of delicious grass. At that moment, being a horse seemed like a pretty good deal. So, I decided to hang out with them for the final light of the day laying on my belly, my side, crawling through the grass photographing these peaceful creatures of the pasture. I don't care who you are, there is nothing better than being out on "the range" alone surrounded by 20 horses calmly grazing in a wide open sky in a high mountain pasture. And, oh yes, enjoying the smell of them! I think everyone should stop and smell the roses, but its so much more satisfying to stop and smell the horses.
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