Bill and Ray, Belgian draft horses, are one of several teams that Pat Kelley and other ranchhands use instead of tractors on Running Creek Ranch. Photo by Virginia Grantier
Hauling hay to some corraled bulls was the main task for Bill and Ray this day. The morning's work was done at about 9 a.m. and ranchhand Pat Kelley leads them to the barn for a cool hosing down. Photo by Virginia Grantier
Chad Hermes, 37, a ranch hand who lives at Running Creek Ranch, gives Ennis and Pete a cool shower after a morning of pulling the horse-drawn road-grader. Photo by Virginia Grantier
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 4:53 pm
There aren’t tractors or four-wheelers at Running Creek Ranch in northern Elbert County, which has about 1,000 head of Limousin cattle. The ranch owners, the Freund family, use teams of Belgian draft horses, a family tradition since buying the ranch in 1970.
Joey Freund, one of the ranch owners, says the horses are more efficient and reliable — and quieter — than the alternatives, and there is camaraderie with the horses.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 4:53 pm.