Rider and Dog

Alert *Alert * Alert

In September 2016 we got caught in another cattle drive.  This time it was the rancher bringing his cattle back from free range on BLM public lands. Like all other times we get caught in a cattle drive we just park off the road and let the drive go by. As I was about to…

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January 11, 2017
Cowboy and Young Rider

Cattle Drive by Charlie Hernandez

I usually drive the back roads and side roads as I travel through Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. This gives me the opportunity to see wildlife in different settings and new scenery. This spring in finding a less traveled road from Jackson Wyoming to Salt Lake City I ran head on into a herd of…

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August 28, 2016
Elk Calf

New Born Elk Calf

There must be something to eat around here. If I can only get around Mom’s big hoof. This is the first time in 12 spring visits to Yellowstone that I have been lucky enough to photograph a newborn Elk calf.  The hour old youngster did eventually find its first meal. This first meal helps to…

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June 26, 2016
image of longhorn cow and calf

Texas Longhorn Cattle

  While in Texas a few weeks ago we found Texas Longhorn Cattle on two small ranches. Basically these longhorns are kept for weed abatement and for a hobby. In any case they are very pretty. As you can see the ranch owner let us in the field with the cattle. I was pretty nervous…

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February 28, 2016
christmas community room

Winter Facilities Care and Etiquette

Good day fellow horse afficianados!! December is here, El Nino is on its way, and the long, hot days of summer are a mere memory. We turn our attention to the cares of winter…warm coats, umbrellas (hopefully), and juggling time with our favorite friends, the four legged residents of Arriba Vista Ranch. We wanted to…

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December 6, 2015
photo of a pronghorn buck

Charlie’s Facts: One of my Favorite Animals – The Pronghorn

This animal is native only to North America. It is unique and does not have a genetic relative on the planet today. This animal has remained unchanged for more than 10,000 years. It has out-survived the Wooly Mammoth, Shot Faced Bear and Dire Wolf. This animal is the second fastest animal on the planet running…

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October 28, 2015
photo of a Bull Moose

Autumn in Yellowstone – Charlie’s Corner

  For me, autumn means another trip to Yellowstone.  I leave on September 20, 2015.  This year’s trip will mark my 22nd trip to Yellowstone.  My first time in Yellowstone was in October of 2003.  My trips are always spring and autumn except one year I went in February too. So, what is the draw…

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September 14, 2015
Photo of Linda and Styler

Do You Know What is Normal for Your Horse?

Often times we deal with the unknown when it comes to health crises. Children who are too young to tell us how they feel. Elderly parents or friends and family who are disoriented and can’t respond or are adamant that they are “fine” when, in fact, they are not. Or that random accident when a…

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August 28, 2015
Shawna and Juliana with Emir at the Watsonville Show 2011

In Memoriam Crystal Emir

Crystal Emir 1986 to 2015 Emir’s show name was “Crystal Emir”, and “Emir” is an Arabic word that literally translates to “prince,” and Emir definitely was a prince  He was the consummate show horse; versatile in multiple disciplines, he shone brightest in the show ring.  He knew he was in his element at shows and had…

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July 26, 2015
Happy Birthday Bart!

In Memoriam – Bart Godfrey

Bart 1985 to 2015   Brenda Godfrey’s beloved Bart was born and raised at Arriba Vista Ranch, one of the many great colts out of Millie’s stallion Cunningham. Brenda owned Bart for 26 years of his 30 years of life and was Brenda’s first love. Bart and Brenda shared many adventures together including wine rides,…

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July 26, 2015