Don leading Baja back to his paddock for hay & grain

Happy Baja going back to his corral for his feeding time.

Happy Baja going back to his corral for his feeding time.

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Baja’s ranch shower after a warm day’s ride

Don washing Baja to rinse away Baja's sweat and salt from his coat, body

Don washing Baja to rinse away Baja’s sweat and salt from his coat, body

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Washing Baja palomino paint gelding after ride on Effus Ranch

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Don Washing Baja, paint horse & Ray holding Baja’s lead rope

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Scarlet, Effus Ranch border collie

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Yellowface Ridge ride, Effus Ranch, west of Wickenberg, AZ

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Scarlet, border collie at Effus Ranch with Doc, Foundation bred Quarter-horse gelding foreground.

Crackers, Gruella (colour of horse) stands in the background at the hitching post. Doc, sorrel gelding in foreground tied to hitching post with his lead rope and halter.

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Scarlet, border collie Effus Ranch

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“Please release me, let me go.”

Scarlet untangled from lead rope.

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Rosie closing gate, riding Annie Moses, final step

Closing gateRosie done closing the ranch gate. ┬áRosie’s Quarter horse mare, Annie Moses learned a valuable lesson for ranch work.

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Rosie opening gate, riding Annie Moses, step 3

Opening gate for friendsRosie opening gate for friends

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Rosie Opening gate riding Annie Moses, step 2

Opening gate stage 2

Rosie is moving the ranch gate forward while mounted on Annie Moses. This is an important lesson for a ranch horse. Annie has to follow Rosie’s instructions and move ahead staying close to the gate so that Rosie can hold the top of the gate while she pushes the gate open. Rosie and Annie need to work as a team. Rosie has trained Annie to trust her commands. Horses are herd & prey animals who follow their leader. Annie trusts Rosie after miles of Rosie’s ranch training. A ranch horse must be willing, reliable and athletic.

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