Saturday, August 22, 2009
Stumpy and I live in what's known as "open range." Ranch livestock travel freely throughout the neighborhood and town. It's not unusual to stop for cattle as they cross the road or to see them browsing in the center of town.
My favorite sight, however, are the horses. There is a herd of mustang that travel within this particular range. Glimpses of the mustang are unusual, but not unheard of. The Mustangs from the Cerbat Mountain area of northwestern Arizona are some of the purest Spanish descendants in the United States. You can read more of their history here: http://www.angelfire.com/az/xochitl/Cerbats.html Their numbers are dwindling due to BLM removal, governmental shenanigans and shady loopholes in the law.
Ranch horses,can also been seen and today they spent the afternoon in my "front yard." The horses are turned out to browse thereby saving the ranchers a few bucks in feed. They look healthy and happy. I did notice that most of the horses tails were really short. I thought maybe the tails were caught on cactus, as they swatted flies, and they lost them little by little. I see this particular herd every couple of weeks, usually just passing by, not giving me a chance to take pictures. I've counted 11 in the past, today there were only 8.
Stumpy slept through most of their visit.