(Please Note: This post is for entertainment purposes only. I do not actually advise running away from the law.)
Listed below are some useful ranch horse skills that are also handy if you ever find yourself in need of running away from a posse.
1. Wait patiently saddled and tied.
A good Ranch Horse will stand saddled and tied, waiting patiently until they are needed to work.
This trait is also useful, just in case you need to get outta Dodge quickly-you can’t be wasting time saddling your horse!
2. Walk through water.
Whether you are out in varied terrain rounding up cattle, having a horse that is willing to cross water is very useful to be sure that you don’t miss any strays.
If you need to outrun a posse, being able to walk your horse in the flow of the creek is even more useful for making your trail hard to follow.
3. Lean off the side and pick up objects from the ground.
Dismounting to pick up a dropped object takes time, so being able to lean over and pick up and item from the ground is super handy when you are running short on daylight and still have a lot of work left to do.
It is also handy if you are trying to outrun a posse-you can’t let dropped items leave a trail marking where you have been!
4. Stand on their back.
Ok, so this really isn’t safe horsemanship, but it can be useful! Standing on your horse’s back increases your field of vision, allowing you to more easily look for strays.
Or, to allow you to check if a posse is chasing you!
Kids-don’t try this at home.
5. Run. Fast.
Having a fast ranch horse is handy if a heifer decides to break loose from the herd and make a run for the back section.
Having a fast horse is also handy when out-running a posse.
6. Ground Tie.
This is a handy skill, having a ranch horse that will patiently wait for you while you fix fence so that the heifers don’t become bovine escapees.
It is also handy if you horse will wait patiently for you to wipe out your trail with a pine bough, so that the posse can’t track you.
Hope you enjoyed this fun list!