New nomads have revived the national style of farm management with no scientific innovations just following the call of nature. In late spring they move to meadows with all their animals and in late fall they come back.
It takes 3 days and 2 nights to get to green meadows. Through valleys, rivers and mountains.
Winter stay in Buguty in the Almaty region.
Local influential landowner Kanat Umbetaliev
Some years ago his family bought 12 thousand hectares of land here.
Almost all his family participates in driving, and also 6 horse herd wranglers.
For Alika aged 13 it’s the first driving though she’s been on horse since 5 years old.
Kanat has three horse herds, 250-260 heads in each. Besides he has one thousand cows, 600 sheep, one hundred horses more stand in Chilik for fattening.
In May they all move to the meadows of Assa plateau.
The first go the young horses aged 2. In two hours breeding stock of Mugalzharsk breed will go.
The last one is the herd of Novoaltaisky breed.
Their destination is behind those mountains, 2500m above sea level.
The horse herd wranglers are riding for all three days, they stop only to have a bite and a short 2 hours sleep. They sleep in daytime, at night it’s forbidden.
Hurkiyaz is 26, he has been working for Kanat for 4 years. Wranglers’ average salary is 400 USD.
This year he has a partner – his younger brother, they plan to save up money for a wedding of the second. But he has noÂ fiancÃ©e yet anyway…