Interesting days working cattle so far this year. - The Horse Forum

 44Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 22 Old 05-12-2013, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,056
• Horses: 24
Interesting days working cattle so far this year.

So, we got in our summer cattle about a week ago. We keep a bunch of yearlings out on pasture for a feedlot and this year we got in 365 head of spayed heifers. You want to talk about a bunch of running-off, ringy, no-driving, sons of guns.

We put them all out on Monday and the following day we had to go back and sort them off from neighbor's cows and such after they had squeezed through fences...or broke them down. It was incredibly fun.

Well, just when they were sort of starting to settle, the neighbor's bull crashed through our fence and we ended up with about 17 head of our heifers in with his cows and a couple of his cow/calf pairs and one bull in with ours.

We go to sort them off and it's mostly okay...to start with LOL. We got all of them but 1 back home and she was the stupidest of a stupid bunch, which is really saying something.

We went back today knowing that we were going to have to rope her to get her sorted off.

This is where the bestest horse in the world comes in. Because I knew I'd need a horse I could trust, I took trusty old Dobe. When the heifer cut and ran, we opened up after her and he stayed right on her hip, keeping me in perfect roping position in spite of running flat out over some...questionable terrain.

Well, I got my rope on her only to realize that we had about a quarter mile to go to get her back through the gate to her pasture. Ol' Dobe was just a machine doing his thing. She wouldn't lead at all, of course, and she was on the fight so she wouldn't drive (go along nice and easy under her own power with our horses following her), so the only option was just to drag her were she needed to go. We did manage to get my rope around her head in a "war bridle" so that I wasn't choking her every time I'd pull on her.

She wasn't the heaviest thing that he's ever pulled, but it's been a couple of years since we'd roped anything at all and it's been longer than that since we had access to anything much heavier than her. So, he is a bit out of shape and not as strong as he used to be. She was about 700 pounds of resistance and piss-poor attitude that he was trying to pull up hill.

Oh, who am I kidding, there was no try with him, he just got it done .

I'd ask him on and he'd walk off slowly...or trot off quickly, depending on how close she was to getting tangled in one of the trees that we had to weave around.

He drug her butt all the way up the hill (which was very steep in places), through the gate, and back into her own herd.

Needless to say, she didn't want any part of a horse after that and stuck right in the middle of the herd LOL.

I wish I'd had someone take the camera and gotten some pictures...but no luck.

Next time I will get some pix of Dobe being awesome and doing all the "heavy lifting" LOL.

Anyway, no real purpose to this post other than just to brag on my little "tow-truck".

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/

Last edited by smrobs; 05-12-2013 at 11:28 PM.
smrobs is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 22 Old 05-12-2013, 11:30 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Posts: 15,326
• Horses: 1
Can I come work for you?! Seriously!
Posted via Mobile Device
smrobs likes this.
DraftyAiresMum is offline  
post #3 of 22 Old 05-12-2013, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,056
• Horses: 24
You're welcome at my barn anytime, Drafty .

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
smrobs is offline  
post #4 of 22 Old 05-12-2013, 11:44 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Posts: 15,326
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
You're welcome at my barn anytime, Drafty .
Ah-hahaha! Could you imagine me and big ol' Aires out there sorting moos and chasing them down? Big boy was snortin' and blowin' at a couple of turkeys the other day.
Posted via Mobile Device
smrobs likes this.
DraftyAiresMum is offline  
post #5 of 22 Old 05-13-2013, 12:03 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,712
• Horses: 0
spayed heifers? Never heard of it? Please enlighten me!!!

Sounds like you had a good day
smrobs likes this.
Muppetgirl is offline  
post #6 of 22 Old 05-13-2013, 12:17 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 5,563
• Horses: 0
Glad you got it done. Not surprised, though.

Tomorrow is our first branding for the year. We're a little short on crew, so hoping we catch a break and things go easy. I'm riding a new horse and using a new rope. Uh, yeah...
smrobs likes this.
boots is offline  
post #7 of 22 Old 05-13-2013, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,056
• Horses: 24
Muppet, spaying heifers is becoming more and more common in the feedlot setting because it has more consistent results than banding the bulls. It's not uncommon for the band to break and leave a bull intact and they don't always stay separated from the heifers. Back before they started spaying the heifers, we'd always have at least 1 that would have a calf during the course of the summer. Feedlots don't want calves so they'd just give them to us to raise as bottle calves (I sort of miss those days).

So, spaying is just a more sure-fire way of preventing the preggos.

ETA: Boots, if I could, I'd drop everything and come at a run to help you. I miss brandings. I hope your day is easy and uneventful .
Muppetgirl likes this.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/

Last edited by smrobs; 05-13-2013 at 12:32 AM.
smrobs is offline  
post #8 of 22 Old 05-13-2013, 12:34 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 3,712
• Horses: 0
Thanks! Well a person can learn something new everyday!! I guess a feedlot is very much different from the dairy barn!! Bottle feeding bobby calves in NZ is still the norm....without them we wouldn't have milk!!
smrobs and Skyseternalangel like this.
Muppetgirl is offline  
post #9 of 22 Old 05-13-2013, 12:38 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 16,673
• Horses: 1
:) I second coming to work for you. LOVE the retelling of Dobe's towing :)
smrobs and aforred like this.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Skyseternalangel is offline  
post #10 of 22 Old 05-13-2013, 01:31 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ashland, OR
Posts: 8,163
• Horses: 1
I'll make it a third to that motion of working for you.

Selena was actually dragging cows just the other day...Some of them I think weighed more than she did, hehe.
smrobs and Skyseternalangel like this.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
SorrelHorse is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
An Interesting and Rewarding Year ~Pic overload~ Phantomcolt18 Horse Talk 14 05-08-2013 11:39 AM
Help! Working With A 4 Year Old Clydesdale! WesternSpice Horse Training 6 08-30-2011 05:16 PM
Video of working yearling cattle (with dogs and horses) smrobs Horse Videos 3 07-28-2009 03:56 PM
More working cattle pix. :) (on Denny!!) smrobs Horse Pictures 12 06-12-2009 03:27 AM
I love working cattle. smrobs Horse Talk 7 04-26-2009 02:50 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome