Tales from Date Creek Ranch – Fun with tractors

Time for the tale of how I earned a scar worthy of a champion. In the early days, our lone piece of “heavy” equipment on the ranch was on old Ford tractor. I’m guessing that it was of a 1940s vintage, but without going to the trouble of emailing my sister for...

Tales from Date Creek Ranch – Time for a real horse

Okay, money in hand, I was ready to buy a horse that didn’t suck! How hard could this be? The first horse we got at the ranch for me to try out looked pretty good. At least he wasn’t swaybacked or 200 years old. I saddled him up and got on. Not once did he try to bite...

Tales from Date Creek Ranch – Lady, part horse, part evil

By the time I was five or six I was judged old enough to ride my own horse during round up. At last I could begin to earn my keep. The horse for beginners on Date Creek Ranch was Lady, a horse so ancient she had turned white, speckled with little brown spots, like...

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