Mike Moutoux, New Mexico's Enchanting Cowboy


Mike Moutoux

New Mexico's
Enchanting Cowboy

Mike Moutoux's Ranch Notes
May - June 2008

Ranch Notes

We’ve been doing a lot of branding; we’ll gather a pasture and brand whatever is in there. The gathering takes longer than the branding usually. It’s been pretty dry so we are still doing some supplemental feeding. It’s also been windy. On one of the windiest days, I stashed my hat so I wouldn’t have to chase it, but Jerry managed to keep his on. I asked him how he did it and he said, “ I pulled it down real tight and folded my ears up.”

Monsoon season will be here soon—most folks believe July 4 is the day we start to expect the rains. Many of the cactus plants out here have already bloomed or are blooming right now. The chollas are putting on a good show this year, but most things are waiting for the rains.

The colt that was born two years ago is now away from his mother and is in the home corrals where Jerry has started his training. Right now, the colt is learning to give in to the pressure of a rope. Jerry says he’s coming along nicely.



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