I had a pretty good wreck today. Actually it was the best kind of wreck because nobody got hurt and nothing got broke. I roped a calf to doctor it and it ran under a shed and around a cement column that holds up the roof. The kid that was helping me got off his horse and chased the calf around the column one more time so that it was snubbed up pretty good. Since I didn't want to risk losing the calf I tied my rope off and stepped off my horse to fill the syringe and give the calf a shot. Well, the calf started to struggle and being as this is not the first calf my horse has been tied to he leaned right back on that rope. Saddly, I hadn't checked my cinch in a while and my saddle started sliding forward. The more it slid forward the harder that horse went backward. I hollered at the kid to ...let go of the calf and get clear so he wouldn't get caught between the column and the rope or the calf. The calf saw his chance and unwound from the pole and ran a circle around my horse. Things happened pretty fast after that and it's not real clear in my mind why things happened just how they did but my horse ended up on his back with the calf snubbed a little too close for comfort to him. I finally got my knife dug out from under all my clothes and chaps and cut the calf loose. The horse stood up like nothing had happened and after resaddling him and tying my honda back on we roped the calf and doctored him like we did this stuff for a living.
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