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post #1 of 50 Old 11-12-2011, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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So I have a new job on a ranch near where I live. Pretty good gig but there are some peculilarities. The ranch is owned by a family of poligymists. They aren't the Warren Jeffs kind and everyone is quite nice but they have a BIG family. The family also owns a plant that produces bio-diesel which luckily keeps most of the family and several non-polig locals busy. It seems odd that there isn't any of them that can rope or ride a horse very well.

One of the funniest things is the fencing. At one time they planned on converting from cattel to bison so all the fencing is reminiscent of Jurrasic Park. Just like in Jurassic Park, the fences don't work unless they're electified. Currently the only pasture with an electrified fence is the pasture with the bison which are probably gentler than the cows. The fences are about six feet high and made of smooth hightensile wire. The wires are about 8 inches apart. This should make the fence virtually inpenetrable however since there is no juice to it the cattle go through the fence just like a T-Rex.

Since the ranch has been cowboyless for several years they have been herding the cows with four-wheelers. As any good cowboy knows this is not the right way! The cattle on the ranch are as wild as any "domesticated" animal I've ever seen. There were three weaned calves that were out along some train tracks yesterday and I tried to drive them down the tracks that are fenced on both side and into the gate. I had a guy to help me and he was supposed to open the gate and turn the cows in. Of course they blew right past him like he wasn't even there and the race down the tracks began. Once I finally caught up to them instead of just turning around they jumped through the fence into the pasture on the wrong side of the tracks. After chasing them around some I decided to rope one that was trying to get through the fence. I roped her and choked her down and then tied her feet so she couldn't get up. Then I roped another one and the third one got through the fence and disappeared. I called my boss and he came on his four-wheeler and with me pulling and him puching we managed to get both of the calves back down the tracks and into the right pasture. All in all it was a terrific day!

Stay tuned for more adventures!

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
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post #2 of 50 Old 11-12-2011, 07:07 PM
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LOL! Oh man, I feel for you! Being a cowman yourself, let me ask you a question. If you were gathering cattle in a pasture where is the first place cattle go to and stop? A corner, right? We worked on a ranch where no gates were in the corners!!! They were all either 50 yards from the corner or the middle of the fence line! So you can only imagine the insanity this caused a logical thinking cowperson. Especially when running a huge amount of yearlings. Yearlings, as you well know, you have to show a hole rather than cows who hunt a hole.

Well at least you got to rope and I will be looking forward to future adventures! Best of Luck!
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post #3 of 50 Old 11-12-2011, 07:30 PM
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Subbing to hear more adventures! Lol

Do you have your own barn/ranch? Or just work for other ranchers?

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post #5 of 50 Old 11-12-2011, 09:32 PM
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Holy crap!!!! This so funny! This is why I love yearlings..they are so much fun and curious- you never know where and what you might find them doing.
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post #6 of 50 Old 11-12-2011, 09:33 PM
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Sounds like a rather interesting job Kevin! Look forward to hearing about your adventures.

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.
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Today I got a lot done. I saddled my Appy horse this morning and checked the calves. He really wanted to buck when I took my rope down but after we loped a couple of miles he settled down. Hopefully I'll be able to catch something on him soon. After riding through the calves and putting a couple back in I headed back to the corrals to shoe my other horse. I was about half done with that when the boss came by and asked if I could catch some heifers and load them in the trailer. By catch he meant rope so I was game. I changed saddles and rode out to the heifer and cow pasture. The boss told me that I could catch any hiefer with a purple ear tag so I spurred up and rode to the first one I saw. I caught it without much trouble and with very little trouble got her loaded in the trailer. I spotted another purple tag and chased it down and roped it with quite a nice flair. The boss then pulled up with the truck and trailer to inform me that that was the ONE steer in the whole bunch! Ooops, I felt like an idiot for not noticing but we needed to get the steer out anyway so we loaded him in the trailer and took him to the steer pasture. The next four went quite well and at the end I had a tired arm and a wore out horse but I was smiling from ear to ear.

I couldn't have been better mounted if I had tried. My good gray horse really tracks a cow well and every time the cow changed directions my horse changed leads and stayed right with her. Once she was roped he pulled like a horse twice his size.

Now I really need a new rope!

Stay tuned for further adventures...

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
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Polygamy is illegal, isn't it?

Even in Utah, even if you're Mormon, isn't it? Unless this is too off-topic for anyone to answer.
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will you please adoped me and teach me the ways of the cowboy? I've been dieing to learn to rope and work cattle. It's my dream to work for a rance some day, but I wasnt even sure they still exist!

My name is now my horses on a dor not my horse sonador
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Mormons are NOT polygamists in Utah or anywhere else. As far as the legality of polygamy I don't know how they keep from getting prosecuted. The guy I work for only has one wife as do all the other men I've met but thier fathers have multiple wives. They own several coal mines and 5 ranches among other businesses so they probably own a few congressmen too. They also only marry women that are legal adults unrelated to them so there is no political capital in prosecuting them.

There's nothing like the Rockies in the springtime... Nothing like the freedom in the air... And there ain't nothing better than draggin calves to the fire and there's nothing like the smell of burning hair. -Brenn Hill
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