PW Weekend: a morning with the wild mustangs


Hello all, and welcome to installment 33,127 of the PW Weekend series.

I’m sorry it’s taking me weeks and weeks and post after post to chronicle what took place over an evening, a day, and a morning.

But I’m also not sorry. Because there are fantastic things to share, in particular these shots of the wild mustangs.

You may be thinking to yourself: wild horses on a cattle ranch? Hunh? The explanation goes something like this: it’s a federal offense to kill a wild mustang. However, this breed of indomitable beauties is taking over certain Western States. So the government was like “Crap! What are we going to do?” Well, they separated the mustangs out into ladies and gentlemen to avoid any more funny business, and contracted people with extensive lands to take care of the horses. The Drummond ranch plays host to a huge herd of mares.

In the winter months, the grasses aren’t enough to sustain them, so Marlboro Man (the Pioneer Woman’s husband) and the kids feed them in the mornings.

We went along for the ride.

It was early . . . but not too early. A mere 7:30am.

Mission #1 was to fill the back of the truck with feed. Marlboro Man didn’t seem to mind that everyone and their mother was taking his picture.

I never in my life would have imagined when I started reading Ree’s website last year that one day my Mom would be riding in the front of a truck with Marlboro Man.

Hi Mom! My head still gets a funny ache when I think about it.

Ann, Jenn and I rode in a separate truck driven by Ree’s eldest daughter.

She successfully drove us through fields . . .

. . . through some kind of moat of danger . . .

. . . and through a landscape riddled with obstacles.

Some obstacles she just drove right over, but some obstacles required talented maneuvering.

Like these cow-shaped obstacles.

Oh wait! Those are actual real cows!

Our kind driver was especially patient when Ann and I shrieked “Oh, can you stop here, we just want to take a couple more pictures!” and practically climbed out the truck’s windows.

This only happened about 529 times.

My name is Patsy.

This is my butt.

All the cows wanted to show me their butts. I could barely get in a good head shot of some nice-looking bovine creature before they were turning around and modeling their hind ends.

My name is Rex Magnificat.

This is my butt.

Thanks Rex. That’s just what I needed to see on a bright and early morning before I’ve even had my coffee.

We were able to see the wild horses in two separate pastures.

I don’t even know what to say about them.

They’re simply glorious.

If only I hadn’t forgotten my telephoto lens.

One minute they were all trotting parallel to the trucks, on the other side of a fence, in their own little world of mustang-ness.

Then . . . whoomp.

Hello, horses. Hello, Jenna.

I like to think we made a connection. A connection that will outlive time and space.

Thank you, Marlboro Man and daughter, for so graciously carting us ladies around your neck of the woods.

Thank you for posing for a million pictures and understanding that because we love the Pioneer Woman, we love you, too.

Make sure to check out Ann‘s rendering of the account–she’s such a funny writer.

And in case you haven’t seen enough of Nelson and Winthrop, here they are again.

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16 Responses to PW Weekend: a morning with the wild mustangs

  1. WOW! those photos are amazing! youre so lucky, and the kittens are too cute. :)

  2. Sarah says:

    looks amazing :)

  3. Wendi says:

    What an incredible experience. I think my favorite photo is of the cow shaped obstacles.

  4. Annie says:

    Best. Time. in Oklahoma. Evah!!!

  5. Wow, Jenna…I’m just as speechless as you are. My little suburbia mind can’t comprehend something so beautiful as wild mustangs.

    And I’m so glad you captured the photo of MM and older daughter! Geez, what beautiful people.

    And Rex Magnificat has to be the best name for any bovine creature…ever.

    P.S. I’m still enjoying the PW series. ;)

  6. These are fabulous photos, Jenna! Thank you for sharing the adventure you had at the ranch. The horses, oh, the horses! That’s all I can say! Blessings to you…

  7. Weighting For 50 says:

    OMG Jenna….these photos are spectacular!!!! Thank you so much for sharing them!! Have a wonderful day!

  8. Circe says:

    These are such great shots of the horses, I love wildlife, and I think it’s pretty cool that it’s sort of domesticated wildlife.

  9. Jenna,
    Great photographs! Great time! Come back to Oklahoma soon! Helen

  10. Unbelievable. I had no idea that there were so many Mustangs!

  11. Nicole says:

    Those are such beautiful pics! And loved the humor in this post! :)

  12. Joanne says:

    The thing about your PW weekend is that it sounds so awesome that I’m not sure we could handle you posting it all it once. We might go into overdrive. Best to do it this way.

    Awesome pics! Especially all the butts. Made my morning.

  13. Sue says:

    You lucky pup, you! What a blast you must have had! What a crazy world this blogging world is:) Glad you had the opportunity to meet the Queen of blogging! Thanks for visiting my(family) blog, and commenting:)

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