By Bennett Owen
400 hundred head of horses that haven’t seen a human being in six months.
Headed up and herded down to the Mantle ranch near Three Forks, Montana.
Springtime on the high plains of Montana brings its own rituals…and the renewal of unique and valuable traditions.
Credit: Ed Yourdon
These animals will work through the summer for cattle ranches and outfitters. Kail Mantle says he looks for, “a good big-boned stout horse with a quiet disposition and the right attitude for this business.” He adds, “Every horse has a name and we know it and love every horse on our place.”
Sounds like horse sense to me.
For more information, visit www.montanahorses.com
Three Forks, by the way, is where the Madison, Jefferson and Gallatin rivers merge to form the mighty Missouri. Top that, Texas!