Mike Moutoux, New Mexico's Enchanting Cowboy


Mike Moutoux

New Mexico's
Enchanting Cowboy

Mike Moutoux's Ranch Notes
December 2009

Times are getting hard at the ranch as very little grass grew this year. The monsoon rains were late and poor, so Jerry has had to sell off some cows and buy a lot of extra feed. Many other ranches in the area have done the same. I only worked one day the entire month. Like most work days, it was a busy one. On this day, I worked with Jerry and another young fella who must have told me three times” I hate horses”. From the looks of things his ride for the day, Whitey Man, didn’t like him much either.

We gathered a couple of small pastures and fed the weanlings there to get them accustomed to coming in for the extra feed and then went off to work up the cows we had gathered the day before. (See November notes). We vaccinated the cows and took them back to their pasture. These return drives are easy in that the critters are more behaved as they are ready and willing to go home to their own pasture. That makes the work more like a stroll through the countryside than work. You can talk to the other riders more and just enjoy the scenery and the company.

I rode Charley all day; he really likes to trot everywhere, I have to ask him for a walk. He’ll cover a lot of ground that way with little effort on the rider’s part. A lot of horses will slow down on you when you trot and you have to bump them to keep them going. Not Charley. I still have a red spot on my back from the day he tossed me more than a month ago, but a horse that likes to cover ground like him almost makes you forget his faults. Almost.



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