A childhood spent on horseback, under the big sky.
On the open prairies under the big skies of Montana, one thing is quickly learned:
You are expected to come prepared and ready to work.
Generally, the most that is known about the daily adventure is the Time and Place.
In late spring and early summer, that’s Branding Season. A neighbor will call to ask for cowboys. The conversation is short, sweet, and to the point: Time and Place.
In the dark of night, long before breakfast, horses are saddled and equipped for the rendezvous.
As the first glimmer of dawn is visible on the horizon, the cowboys clink their way into a semi-circle around the ranch owner. Eyes follow the sweep of the herdsman’s hand to understand the sections (640 acres, each) to be gathered into the corrals where they stand.
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