Rancho Río Montaña is a working cattle ranch running to some 450 head of cattle and 30 horses. Four full time cowboys tend to the cattle and horses. The cattle raised on the ranch are called Zebu: a breed related to the Brahmin and suited to the climate extremes which characterize Guanacaste. With their distinctive hump and long, soft ears, they really are beautiful (albeit not so bright) animals. Rancho Río Montaña runs a calf/cow operation and raises the animals from birth to roughly 3 years when they get sold either at auction or in private sales.
The horses, which are essential to running any cattle operation are a sturdy cross between an American Quarter horse and the local Criollo. They are very sure of foot (absolutely crucial given the terrain), extremely easy to handle and love to run. Watching the cowboys move the cattle around on horseback is a thing of beauty.