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smrobs 08-10-2012 09:43 PM

Dobe doing his thing with cattle....LOL
 
Well, finally managed to get some pictures of Dobe when he's loading cattle on a truck. He hates cattle...has ever since a fat holstein tried to flip him over while he was working in the feedlot. Plus, since he's a bit of an aggressive personality anyway (unquestionable herd alpha), it's only natural for him to harbor some aggression toward cattle. Most of the time, I don't stop him from doing his thing unless it is interfering with what I need him to do. Where other riders normally have to carry whips or prods on horseback to get the cattle moving, all I have to do is point his head and apply a little leg and he gets them going.

Some folks may think it's cruel, it's really not. He's not hurting the cattle, just reminding them that trying to run him over is a very bad idea. Did have one manage to crawl underneath us though. That was fun....not.

Anyway, here are some pictures showing how Dobe likes to move cattle. I'm hoping I can get some video when we ship out the rest of them.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1822.jpg

http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1824.jpg

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This heifer tried to run into his chest. For some reason, he reaches for the ears on cattle like that.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1831.jpg

http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1834.jpg

You can tell it was a farmer that built these pens instead of a cowboy. The gate latch is about knee-high to a horse and is right in a corner....so this is how you have to latch/unlatch it.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1848.jpg

Dobe telling the heifer that it's just better for everyone if she gets on the truck willingly
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1852.jpg

Sorry these are so blurry
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1860.jpg

http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1862.jpg

Spitting out the hair that he just pulled out of that black heifer's ear
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1883.jpg

Here's Dad, me, and Brother pushing another group up into the loading pen for the truck
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1885.jpg

Some of them got a taste of Dobe's feelings on the drive to the corrals, so they wanted out of the way in a hurry.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1887.jpg

Peek-a-boo
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1888.jpg

smrobs 08-10-2012 09:44 PM

Instead of trying to latch the gate each time (the chain is about knee high like all the rest), we just smash the gate between Brother and I with Dobe blocking the opening. That way, it pretty much just takes a cow running Dobe and me completely over to get them loose...and it is a lot faster and easier than trying to run the latch each time.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1894.jpg

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Move it, red heifer!
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1898.jpg

You too, whitey!
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1917.jpg

Blackie, you're turning in the wrong direction
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1926.jpg

http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1927.jpg

Spitting out more hair
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1933.jpg

http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1950.jpg

He does a lot of head snaking and bobbing before he bites at them
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1951.jpg

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I don't know where his ears went in this pic LOL. They disappeared
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Just watching that last heifer get on the truck. She'd already tried to run over us twice
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1972.jpg

http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1975.jpg

And, the day is through, loaded up and heading back home
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...e/DSCN1980.jpg

IslandWave 08-10-2012 09:47 PM

I loved looking through these pics of you and Dobe working. :) Video would be great to see! Thanks for sharing.

gypsygirl 08-10-2012 09:47 PM

great pics ! i love the explanations lol

Allison Finch 08-10-2012 10:11 PM

Just never enter a cutting competition. Biting is a real no no. However, I think your horse is a HOOT!!

COWCHICK77 08-10-2012 10:20 PM

Tee he...I love a horse that cows hard! Yea Dobe!

Stilts does the same thing in close quarters...it makes me giggle.

I know he can't do it in the show pen but he seems to have figured out the difference. I think he honestly thinks he knows sorting, scales and loading between boxing, fencing and circling. I have only had to reprimand him once.

Dobe horses are worth their weight in gold! Love the pics!

smrobs 08-10-2012 10:25 PM

Thanks!

Allison, he'd never be worth a darn in a cutting competition anyway:wink:, he's got zero natural cow savvy (other than charging in to bite at them). He loves to go to the hip for roping and I have to really get after him to get up to their head to turn them. That's okay, though. He is an amazing horse for what I need.

Chick, I know! In the pictures you can see of my face, I'm often laughing just because he's so darn funny when he does it.

equiniphile 08-10-2012 11:11 PM

Lol! Thanks for sharing :-)

BarrelWannabe 08-10-2012 11:16 PM

I think Mr. Dobe is gonna need a good flossing or two....

Wallaby 08-10-2012 11:30 PM

hahaha Dobe is such a nut. I love it! :D


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