I planned on posting the whole thing, but I'm having fits with the photos, and I'm out of patience, so you only get two pictures. It looks a lot shorter in this format, but when you add more pictures, it's about the perfect length for a six year old boy.
The Little Cowboys
Every year, on the ranch, there is a big gather to bring all the cows and their calves close before the branding.
It’s a long day on horseback, over a hill, through sagebrush, down into a valley and then to the pasture near the corrals.
For such a long day, the little kids have to stay at home, or be led by a grown up. But this year, two boys are finally big enough to make the ride on their own.
The little cowboys helped gather the cattle and get them moving up the hill. Their job was to keep the cows moving on the back end, while they crossed through the long sagebrush flat.
Keeping the cows moving takes a lot of trotting and bouncing around. Finally, they drove the cattle down into the valley, across a creek and into the pasture.
Riding alone on the gather is hard work, but these little cowboys did it, and made everybody proud. They are the next generation of cowboys to work on the ranch.