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Red In spring (here with Marianne) Red perked up one more time. The big sorrel with the even bigger heart was the ideal ranch horse, fast, safe and cowy. He stayed calm in all situations. But in October the 20-year old gave up. We decided to let him die with dignity. The shot between his eyes killed him immediately. In my heart he will always be the horse that in my first years in Wyoming carried me reliably across the prairie. I have learnt a lot from him.
Willy Willy is still alive. The old bay gelding could not keep up with the hard ranch work anymore but since he is a safe kid's horse, we could find a new home for him. We donated him to a religious institution in Sheridan which allows kids from poor families to ride horses. Willy is well cared for and spoilt. He can easily cope with the short rides and light loads.
Cheyenne Cheyenne is a real beauty. We bought the registered paint mare at an auction. Unfortunately, we were not told that the Cheyenne was chronically lame. The vet assumes that she was injected. After a few rides she was only standing in the corral. Now she is a brood mare in the south of Wyoming. The new owners also invested into her hooves. If she does not get ridden to much, too fast and correctly (which unfortunately we cannot guarantee with our guest horses), she won't be lame anymore.
Belle Belle was a great herding dog ... unfortunately she also wanted to herd passing pick-ups. One evening in September she got under the wheels of a neighbor's vehicle. Brandy had to shoot her. Her herding buddy Homer was lucky, he was hit by a truck as well but managed to heal up. There aren't many vehicles coming by the ranch at all but our Border Collies don't miss any of them. Now they have to be on the leash when not working.
 

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