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  •  Actually, there's a lot of ranches (0+ / 0-)

    in cold winter country that have gone back to working with draft horses in the wintertime, especially.  While Western Horseman has a vested interest in publishing interviews with these outfits, it still comes down to the reality that they can find enough of them out there to produce a variety of interviews.

    Depends on the country as to whether they use a 4-wheeler or a horse.  The further out and the more rugged, the more likely it is you'll see the horse getting used.  4-wheelers have their uses and their limitations, just like horses do.

    •  Oh, and I forgot... (0+ / 0-)

      the main reason for using horses in that country is that the horses start up much more reliably than 4-wheelers or tractors.  Kinda hard to feed a large herd with a 4-wheeler.

      •  thanks Joyce (0+ / 0-)

        You pretty much covered the  4-wheeler thing.

        I haven't been over to the Owyhees in a long time, but I would expect to see them there, as the terrain is more suitable for them. Around here, there is still a lot of sagebrush, and they're useless in sage, which grows 4-6' high.

        The other thing about them is fuel. The costs of fuel delivery to ranches 40-50 miles off the paved road is becoming more expensive every year, and there are fewer suppliers who are willing to deliver. This includes all the motor fuels and propane.

        Right many are called, and damn few are chosen.

        by Idaho07 on Sun May 01, 2011 at 11:50:50 AM PDT

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