Long Herd, also known as Wild Bunch, was exciting but exhausting. Horses
just don't like to run down into an enclosed area, and to create this
shot, Clasen asked the cowhands to gather the herd to the left and then
stampede them down the hill in front of him. On the first two tries,
they escaped up the steep embankment in the background. Before the third
run through, which the photographer knew was his last attempt - the herd
just wouldn't do it again - he placed several riders up on the
embankment. As the herd stampeded, they wouldn't run into the cowhands
on the hill so they "had" to run where Clasen had set up his
shot. Victory! At last. One of his finest shots!
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