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Sue's comment fits in well with my experience. Take 400 head up to the open range and return to the buildings puts you on his back for the better part of 10 hours. All he wants to do is roll, eat some grass and have a drink. That's all I want to do as well.
We really did that? I couldn't do it for an hour these days.
If we were riding in a situation where we would have to leave our mount for any lenght of time - such as repairing fence, cleaning water holes, etc., - we rode with what we called a "herders rig". A halter under the bridle with the halter shank leading back to a ring on the left front of the saddle just ahead of the role. We'd put a slip hitch in it so when we dismounted we just pulled on the whip end and it fell out of the ring thereby giving us a tie. The reins we usually knotted and hung over the horn.
If the job became lengthy, it was necessary to remove the bridle so your mount could eat. Depending on the mount, I often rode with a hacamore or "hacamore bit" which made this unecessary.
For a very short time.
I've been several things, but the two years I did what I describe above was the best job I ever had. Great food, hard work, great country, and educational, supportive work-mates.
No money and the "future" was what might happen in the next hour.
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