“Go Lay Down”
A phrase every working dog around here needs to learn… Lucas and Dally have it down pat… Eden needs some work! I remember Elsa having problems with it, as well, and I guess that gene is in little Eden.
When you have gathered a pasture, or moved your herd, you can hold them in one spot, letting the cows and calves find each other, or do what we do. We hold the herd, then pair them out, matching ear tag numbers, mother and baby. This entails easing your horse in, gently steering the pair away and out from the bunched herd. Momma knows where baby is, and baby is trotting at momma’s heels, both happy. If you don’t do this, they will return to where they last saw each other… five miles and a different pasture away!
I tried this with Eden the other day… telling her to Go Lay Down… then noticed she’s at the heel of my horse, walking into the herd with me!!! Get Out! Then Mommas are unhappy and start chasing the dog and it’s Ugly. I had to quit because the dog wouldn’t Go Lay Down. We shall practice!
I don’t care where they lay down, so long as it’s out of the way… So, I don’t want to drop them with a Down command, because, hey, we’re gonna be here for another hour, go lay in the shade!
Enter one lonely tree on a windswept prairie.