In Utah many ranchers still graze cattle on huge tracts of open range. Horses are a necessary tool for managing these cattle outfits because of the ruggedness of the terrain. Many ranches, depending on the size of the business, maintain horse herds of 15-60 animals. It is necessary to develop top quality ranch horses that can accomplish many types of athletic tasks. At the same time, it is important for owners, managers, cowboys, and other ranch personnel to learn the skills to handle livestock in a low-stress manner from horseback. This includes using a lariat as a restraining tool where no other facilities are available. Educational opportunities are available for interested people to learn about using horses to handle livestock in a low stress manner.
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