The Final Photos from our Trip to the epic R Lazy S Ranch!

Hubby and I are in our hotel in Utah… driving home.  Waaaah.

We always hate to leave the ranch…  In case you are just joining us, Hubby and I have just had our annual vacation to the R Lazy S Ranch (Jackson, Wy) – which we love.  Great, healthy horses, great food (but not over the top), incredible views, incredible rides… lovely cabins.  It is just the whole deal if you like guest ranching vacations.   The R Lazy S Ranch is friendly, affordable and (subtly) always there for you.  And, they have a great kids’ program.  Oh… and a favorite part for me, just walking around is amazing.  You can go into the huge and lovely main log building and grab a coffee and cookie – or sit by the fire, or sit on a couch and look at the view, or sit on a swing and look at the Tetons, or go visit the horses, or take a hike to the Snake River or watch the birds… or look for elk… OMG.  Absolutely heaven.  Or you can go fishing in the Snake or biking or hiking or go into Jackson or take the tram at Jackson Hole, or go paragliding or ballooning… Really, I wouldn’t steer you wrong.  This is an amazing retreat.  I never left the Ranch.  (We are paying guests, no affiliation.   However, we do love the owners and will sing their praises to anyone who loves perfect vacations!). The R Lazy S has an 80% return rate… so that pretty much says it all.  Go if you can.  You will love it.

Here are more pics!

(Browse back – at the bottom of this page – for our other blogposts from our visit.)

Somewhere beautiful…  Paige the Wrangler is in front of Me on Willow.  (You will see a lot of Willow’s ears!)

Our friend Tom (left) and Hubby on the way to Sky Ranch – on horseback. Gorgeous.

This was so much more glorious at the time… but imagine the pink sun setting behind the Tetons and 80 contented horses munching away on lovely green grass.

This is a mare called, Honeybear. She is so sweet… she came over while I was up in their pasture. We watched the sunset together.

These are our friends, Eric and May on BooBoo and Rocket.

Me with Honeybear. She is so sweet. (As you can see, it still is chilly at night in Jackson.)  Notice the one horse laying down, dozing.  She had just awakened when we took this pic.

Here we have Fran on Juliet up front. I’m on Willow and Tom is on Sundance.

Hubby took this panorama shot of all of us (except him), in front of the Tetons. (Eric, Me, May, Fran, Adam and Tom in the back.)

Since I was injured the entire trip, I mostly just walked with a wrangler. None of my friends was really able to take many pics of me with Willow, because I mostly rode alone or with a few other new friends.  So here is one I took of Willow while I was on the ground. She was a very, very good girl.

The mini donkeys. They are in the same pasture as the momma and baby but get far less attention now since there is a darling momma and baby.

Getting ready for Team Penning this year. Do you notice the frostbitten ears of Bear, the beautiful Palomino in the ring? It happened when she was a baby, we were told. Her owner/handler is Kelly, one of the owners of the R Lazy S.

Lining up for Team Penning. We did not keep our crown this year… Willow and I were not as strong of a team as I was with Cash. No worries. All was fun!

Hubby in front on Rose. Adam on Joe. Not a bad view in sight. Every where you looked, it was gorgeous.  Note Willow’s ear in the bottom right frame.

Willow again.

Mama Mint Tea and baby Earl Grey.

I’ve posted this previously on the PhoBlog… but I love it so I’m posting again. Hubby took this panorama of his friend, Eric on BooBoo.

This is Adam’s horse, Joe. He is such a ham for the camera! We all love Joe!

I love this ride so much, I’m glad Adam caught this view. You ride up on a ledge and see the mountains and tree tops – and the Snake River is below. Simply breathtaking. As you can see, I’m peering out, awestruck.

The R Lazy S lets all of the horses run free into their overnight pastures … and on Saturday nights, the guests watch. This year, a group of elk were also in the pasture! Do you SEE HOW MANY elk are back there?! It was incredible.

Go if you can (see if they have an opening for this summer!).  You will not be disappointed.  I promise.

Contact info:  R Lazy S  

Cathy:  307-733-2655

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A WILD FOAL gets onto the wrong side of a fence and into a different herd – needs rescue from rival stallions! Read how it was done!

This story came in from Willis Lamm who is so knowledgeable about the wild horses and the range.  The Horse and Man Foundation has often helped his team with their large animal rescue equipment.

Bravo for another successful save!

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Lockwood Landfill Foal Incident. 6/8/19 (middle of the night.)

Sharing this one as it was a bit unusual. It also illustrates how teamwork can bring about unexpected results… and also why it’s sometimes better to be lucky than smart.

In the Virginia Range volunteers go out and document range horses including recording detailed descriptions, photos, etc. that go into a data base called WHIMS (Wild Horse Identification Management System.) To cut to the chase, some photographers noticed a foal getting beaten up by other horses in the Lockwood Landfill area. It’s not all that uncommon for foals to drift onto the wrong side of fences, to get separated by other barriers or end up following the wrong band when the stallions have skirmishes and the horses scatter.

Maureen and Tracy were the closest TLAR responders. They found the foal, about 3 weeks old, and kept it away from the incorrect band where he was getting treated aggressively. The issue now was getting him out of extremely rocky terrain and either back to his band or into holding for the night in hopes of finding his band the next morning for a reunion.

A sweatshirt for calming and to protect the foal’s eyes and a “quick halter” in case things got “active.”

For those not familiar with the geography, Lockwood is on the north side of Storey County, alongside I-80. The rest of the responders had to come in from Stead (north of Reno,) Hidden Valley (south Reno) and central Lyon County.

It was getting quite dark when most of the responders arrived and were staged below a maze of Jeep trails. Shannon, who had arrived before dark, picked her way through the countryside in her pickup and led the rest of us up to a location near the foal. Meanwhile the foal had started to leave, so Maureen and Tracy tackled him and carefully held him down in a spot that wasn’t littered with rocks. We spotted one of their flashlights and made our way down to them.

We had a couple of immediate issues. First was to safely contain the foal. There were other horses in the area that weren’t his band and we had to avoid his getting back up, running up to them looking for someone to nurse from and getting kicked or bitten. (Stallions in particular don’t like strange foals trying to nurse from them.) We made a blindfold out of a sweatshirt that also served to protect his eyes and fashioned a quick halter out of a long length of soft utility rope.

We offered the foal some milk replacer to see if that might help comfort and calm him, but he didn’t want to drink lying down.

Offering milk replacer, however the foal wasn’t interested and even though he had been separated from his dam for at least 10 hours, he had good gum color and didn’t appear ready to crash, so we moved on to extrication from the rocks.

The next challenge was to get the foal through the rocks up to a roadway where he could be placed in a vehicle. Bringing the foal up was not too unlike trying to wrestle a deer. He was lackluster – until we tried to move him.

Russ made an effective sling out of a jacket while some of the other volunteers worked out the safest path for egress that required moving some rocks.

Walking the foal up to where the vehicles were parked was a bit challenging, particularly at one pinch point where the foal had to be lifted over a narrow slot where two boulders slightly overlapped, but we got the foal out of the rocks. I should also point out that some foals don’t particularly cooperate with being placed in the back seat of a Jeep and this guy was no exception.

Our surprise coming across the foal’s band in the pitch dark.

For safety, both Tracy and Kevin rode in the back seat with the foal. Then we started down the arduous network of Jeep trails in the dark with Shannon leading the parade of vehicles.

Less than two miles from where he was picked up, our progress was delayed by a band of horses on the Jeep trail. It was possible that this band could actually be the one that the foal came from. Here is where accurate photos and detailed logging in WHIMS played a pivotal role.

In the pitch dark, the volunteers in the lead vehicles were able to positively identify the band and the foal’s dam. She was a bit distant from the others, farthest away from the Jeep trail, appearing to be looking for her foal.

“Mom” (center) and the foal getting their first looks at each other.

I walked out and carefully encouraged her to move closer to the vehicles. The other volunteers shut off their engines and opened the back door to the Jeep. The foal was now sleeping. We removed the blindfold and eventually the foal looked out the open door and recognized that there were other horses nearby.

We had a plan in place in the event that the foal had become isolated due to rejection and it turned out that we needed to take him in. The dam was only 2 years old and sometimes first time mothers have issues. However in this case the foal made a noise, mama trotted toward the Jeep whinnying, then it was a whinny fest.

It was a brief struggle to get the foal safely out of the Jeep, but the two immediately joined up and the foal nursed for what seemed to be about ten minutes. It was now after 10:00 PM and we needed to get back to civilization.

Successful reunification.

The lesson here is that everyone, dating back to the documentation volunteers, did a proper job and the cumulative result – including some luck coming across this foal’s band – was based on everyone knowing his and her job. We can take this kind of advantage of good luck by being prepared, keeping our skills sharp and working as a team, no matter which organizations are working together.

On the call (In order of arrival):  Maureen DaaneTracy Scheeler Wilson,Shannon WindleCarolynn Chamlee Kevin McCoyMegan McCoyLynn EleyRuss EarleLeah Earle. Plus huge props to the volunteers who maintain WHIMS as we needed to be absolutely sure we were returning this foal to the proper family unit.

EDIT: Adding a link to a cool video that Leah Earle was able to take.




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