Helpers

The last bunch of cows is now on the Mesa Pasture!  Yippee!  Of course, that also means that we will have our BIG trail drive on Tuesday to take them to our Mountain Pasture.  That means we will pack up for a snack and big picnic lunch…which means I need to go shopping tomorrow… ick!  Well, back to the fun we had today.

Tess and the kids brought us cold drinks and cookies for when we finished and they used the Rhino.

ride rhinoJaxon is in his car seat… Lacee in a front pack!  It worked pretty good!  Not much longer though, and Jaxon was over the excitement.

tired rhinoAfter all was said and done… Lacee enjoyed the little circle her daddy took her on!

Lacee rideNice to see the kids helping out!

Trailing Along Video

It’s been a while since we had a video… This one is a bit longer, but I thought I’d show you a couple of things.

We usually don’t trail this way, it tends to be more of a cross-country, bush-whacking kind of trail we do… or just a two track road… but, from the pasture they were in, this was the best route.  In the first part of the video, the cows and calves are bawling for each other.  Within a quarter of a mile, they had found each other again, and the last part of the video, you can see what a joy it is to trail cattle that are paired up.

Oh, there are some pairs that seem to never be able to keep track of each other, but for the most part, they try to stay together!  A long strung out line is what you want, not bunched up in a wad.  They can see each other, they can see you, they can see the dogs… and they all go marching along.

Now Marilyn just posed the question: “do your cows “know” where home is…would they just keep roaming and grazing on their own til they are moved to a new pasture or driven “home”…?” The answer is YES.  Ha!  Cows do know where they’ve been before, whether it’s a pasture or a hole in a fence, so yes, they know where home is.  The trouble with that is all the fencelines and gates in between.  If cows escape looking for the next pasture, they may or may not arrive… because, you know, SQUIRREL!  (or GRASS!)  We hope our cows respect fences, but… We’ve had them bust out of pastures to take themselves to the next (greener) place, but not quite make it… We had them spread all over with that huge blizzard once… We’ve had one end up in Kaycee, on the other side of the mountain.  If they’re happy with their feed and water and weather… Cows are happy to stay where they are!  That’s one reason we’re always counting cows…  Indians count coup.  We count cows.

Enjoy trailing along with us…

Trailing Along from Carol Greet on Vimeo.

Ride along as we trail cattle down the road!

Brush Up

Here’s something else you might not think of when it comes to gathering cattle…

If it’s hot, they brush up, aka, seek shade!

See that lonely little cedar bush?

cedarWell, Dally notices something and Eden is watching her mentor intently…

calfOut pops a calf with Dally soon to follow!  Atta girl, Dally.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell cow from shadow…

Captured

Mornings lately have been filled with cowboying.  My boys have been working every day, bringing in our little bunches from different pastures, vaccinating the calves and then trailing them up to the Mesa Pasture.  I’ve been available some of those mornings since Longmire Days and the Kids’ Rodeo is now over…

Two days ago, here I was, playing “Spotter”.  We came up short a bull, so we rode to the top of a ridge to see what we could see.  Vernon spotted him.  Can you?

distanceWell, in this photo, Daniel and Vernon are both visible.  (double click the photo to enlarge)

This is why I buy a camera with a great ZOOM.  Let me help you.

closerSeeing the cowboys is easy.  Have you spotted the bull?  Only his head and shoulder are visible since he’s laying down.  That’s also why I’m staying behind as spotter.  If he took off, it’s easier for me to wave which direction he is and guide them on their pursuit.  It’s amazing how this many trees and uneven ground can hide a one ton bull.

closestHa!  Captured!

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