My Experience At Latigo Ranch Essay

1168 Words Sep 18th, 2016 5 Pages
I swung up and slid into my saddle. The worn leather creaked as I situated myself on my mare. The comforting smells of horse and leather mingled together, and the Colorado sun shone out of a clean slate of blue. Spicy, bitter sagebrush floated in on the wind. As I rode past the weathered barn, the empty, wooden stalls looked lonely without the tossing heads of horses and the bustling of wranglers. My mind drifted back over the past few months and settled on the moment I learned that I had been hired as a wrangler at Latigo Ranch, a world class dude ranch nestled 9,000 feet up in the Arapaho National Forest. The opportunity to spend my summer in the mountains was exhilarating. I knew I’d have a lot of responsibility caring for the horses and taking guests on mountain rides and overnight pack trips. I expected to have to make a lot of spur of the moment decisions, but little did I know that I would learn so much about being humble and taking responsibility when my decisions went wrong, especially when I thought I’d been doing everything right. I entered a large corral where eighty head of ranch horses eagerly waited to be turned out to pasture for the night. I twisted my way through the fidgeting horse rainbow. Paints, chestnuts, roans, buckskins, and whites blended together in a perfect mosaic of horse beauty. I picked out the lead mare, Bandit, and watched as she eyed my every move with her intense, deep eyes. She snapped at any horse that ventured too close or acted…

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