The last couple of weeks I have driven by this portable corral area near La Madera, New Mexico on some photo tours I offer. Each time the corral has been full of cattle being subjected to the age old ritual of branding. This day was particularly interesting while we watched this cowhand and his horse gracefully maneuver through and between the herd to steer unbranded animals towards to control chute. Both cowboy and horse worked so well together it almost looked like a ballet......albeit with a painful ending for one of the other participants. It was a great show though.
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