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post #11 of 88 Old 01-06-2012, 03:55 PM
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Yeah, stereotyping. I have a buddy in Arcadia, Florida that catches wild cows. Those high-headed, quick-steppin swamp angel cows. They'll come and find you and knock yer horse out from under you. Before I knew him, I thought everybody from Florida had bermuda shorts and a suntan. But this guy is as cowboy as anybody!

I'd kill myself or amputate my arms with those tables and squeeze chutes. I'm not smart enough for the modern technological cow handling equipment. Although I did catch a big Limosine bull out of the bed of my truck awhile back.
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Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian View Post
OOOhhh and I always wanted to trap some! Never have done it. Sounds like yall think very similar to me. Just different country and terrain dictates techniques that are used. I agree 100% about sliding that rope to let colts get started pulling. They've been taught to give to pressure, then we ask them to push through it. Probably confuses the hell out of them. But I also do that sliding thing. Let em walk about 10 feet, then take a wrap and pull. If they get to feelin like they're gonna quit pulling, make em go and slide some more.

Oh and the ropes I use came from Smith Brothers in Denton, Texas. I don't know if they still sell them because very few people use them. But they had them back in the 90's. I need to order another one. There are other braided ropes out there that are cheap. I mean bad cheap. Light weight and really just junk. They're more less a yacht cord and that's about all they're good for. The ropes from Smith Bros were much heavier and tighter braided. Hold their shape and about the lay of a poly.

As far as the dogs, my Catahoulas are pretty user-friendly. You can't really mess them up. If you could, mine would be messed up. All I really teach mine is to call off. That way if they get after the wrong cows, we don't get in trouble by neighboring farmers. I teach mine to call off while I have em on a leash, then graduate up to a longer rope, then to a couple hundred feet if heavy fishing line. So when they think they're far enough away you can't make em come back, you just give that line a yank and they're like "Oh dammit, he can reach me still"
It does sound like we have the same lines of thinking, like you said, just adapted to conditions.

We have trapped before too. There is a big section of land above the last ranch we were on and the neighbors. It was overgrown bad with willows and pretty boggy. There was a bunch of cows that lived there and we had some of our yearlings get in there and was running with them. We got a good portion out but they were pretty sneeky. So come winter we setup a trap out of panels the shape of a cow track. Where the inverted triangle went in was the hole and we put sharp sticks in to make a one way gate so they could push in but not back out, waited until the snow came and baited them with alfalfa hay. It was kinda fun. The ranch owned a couple of planes so they would fly up there every day to check the trap instead of us trotting up there and spooking them. However getting them out was a little difficult. We couldn't get up there with a truck and trailer because there wasn't much of a road and plus the snow. We had to hook the trailer up to a tractor and putt 20 miles up to get these buggers. My husband and I both had the flu and sicker than dogs....lets say it took a while, it was a wreck and flat out screaming match. When all was said and done, I didnt even want to ride in the tractor home with my husband and struck a trot for the a day. Finally we both got over our mad ons and we made it back cattle, horses, tractor and trailer...

Going back to the dogs...
So they just pretty much show you where the cows are at and hollar at you? Do they hold them up or do they just stay with them when they are traveling and you follow the sound of the dogs?

And do tell about the bull and the back of the pickup!

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post #13 of 88 Old 01-06-2012, 08:53 PM
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Nice! I like stories like that.

Those dogs go out ahead of me and track. Well, some track, some run around like idiots and play. But they track until they see cows and start barking and running at the cattle. Some cows stand and fight. Some run until they're winded, then turn and fight. But either way, when they start fightin at the dogs, it's on then. I'll let them play with them a little before I take their "toy" away. My dogs for some reason usually just bay one at a time. Maybe it's because with the woods and wooly-bushes everywhere, when the dogs start baying, some of the cows will say screw this, lets go hide. Kinda like watching hyenas attacking water buffalo. The fast ones leave the slow one to fend for itself. Maybe my dogs aren't very good. Or maybe they know I'm just gonna catch one at a time. But we'll catch one, then take off and find another one. They don't ever bunch up a herd and hold them.

When I first start dogs, they won't stray too far from me. They'll go 50 yards or so and come back to me. As they get more experienced, they'll go out and find something whether I'm with them or not. It's up to me to keep track of where they are. You can hear them from pretty far away barking when they bay. If a deer jumps out, they'll chase it too. I don't have any now that are real experienced, but after you have them awhile you can tell if they're chasing a deer or cow by the sound of their bark. The ones I've owned don't bark until they see a cow.
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post #14 of 88 Old 01-07-2012, 12:27 PM
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Here's the bull catching story. I have a little single-cab 4x4 Mazda. This little truck has Buckshot mud tires and is real handy as a shoeing truck cause it will go anywhere. It saved me alot of walking and chasing customer's horses on foot because I can take it right through the woods and run those horses right into pens.

I'm gonna make kind of a horse analogy here: This truck has been through hell and back. It has been abused all it's life. I "rescued" it from an Excavating contractor that ran it on a drainage district. They didn't feed it very good and left the poor little thing outside in the weather all day with no water. Heehee. I've worked with these guys a little bit and they're hard on equipment. They drove it to West Memphis every day and they'd drive it down the ditch banks in the mud until the tires spun and it wouldn't move any farther. Then they'd walk to the excavator and work all day. At quitting time, they'd hook a chain on the truck, pick it up with the excavator and spin it around, and drive it home. When I bought it, I got under it and chipped about 800 pounds of caked-on gumbo from it.


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post #15 of 88 Old 01-07-2012, 12:41 PM
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So anyway, about 2 years ago I had an accomplice I was training to shoe. One morning he showed up at my house and we were fixin to leave. That's when I got the call. It was a very rich and well-known businessman nearby. He was frantic and told me he had 2 big bulls that were heading toward the interstate. We need to get these things caught NOW! My wife quickly told me that I wasn't allowed to take my trusty "go-to" gelding because she has a barrel race that night and she didn't want him skint up. So I just took my shoeing buddy and my Mazda.

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Posting just so it won't be a totally 2 person thread!

Enjoy reading about it, even if I have a hard time imagining any of it. I hired a trainer to work with my spooky Arabian mare, and Mia pulled a short 4x4 post behind her yesterday. She's always been frightened of things behind her or near her hind legs, so she's going to get to do a lot more pulling in the future. It actually seemed to focus her mind.

I'll read this thread some more if y'all keep posting...
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post #17 of 88 Old 01-07-2012, 01:00 PM
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I'd caught cows for this guy probly 4 different times, so I knew the layout of the ground around his farm. There's a big gravel pit and that borders his property. The country is hilly, wooly, and treacherous. So we showed up there and he was waiting for us. We met them in a field and I unloaded my shoeing equipment. The businessman asks what I'm doing and I told him things are fixin to get western and I don't want all my tools flying out of the truck. He never seen me "offroading" before. So he has a young man with him theat works for him. This boy is about 19 and has never been around things like this. The businessman tells him to go with us. So it's me, my shoeing buddy, and this city kid squeezed in a single-cab Mazda. We drove around and soon spotted the bull. He was "large and in charge". Not very afraid of people. We had to catch him. We chased him through the woods and made a few dents from squeezing the mighty Mazda between some trees. We jumped a ditch and stayed with the bull. Luckily he stayed at a trot and when we kept up with him good. Came out of the woods, we were at the gravel pit. He bull bailed off a cliff and we followed. The truck high-centered and scraped it's belly as it fell over the edge.

The kid left claw-marks on my dashboard. I could hear the vinyl stretching as his butt cheeks pinched the seat tight. He was not having fun. We continued bouncing the truck across the gravel pit after the bull. At times the front tires were 4 feet off the ground. We looked like we were running in the Baja race and the Mazda was making popping sounds I'd never heard before.

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As we jumped a gravel pile, all 4 wheels were off the ground. The young man riding with us was turning white and I suspected he might be gitting "airsickness". When we landed, he asked if I could stop so he can git out and pee. I fell for it.

When he got out, he announced that he didn't really have to pee, he just wasn't riding with us crazy rednecks anymore. Said he'd rather walk. That was fine with us. We was starting to wonder if he was gonna puke on us anyway. Besides, his head kept slamming into my buddy's when we jumped those gulleys.

So we continued after the bull, just me and my trusty companion. We tried to push that bull into the pasture he belonged in, but he just turned back on us and trotted back toward the woods. He was beginning to not respect the "Mighty Mazda", so after he turned on us a couple times, I told my buddy to drive.

I hopped into the bed, tied the end of my rope to the bumper ball, and shook out a loop. My buddy did a heroic job of driving, and I pitched a big-o cow-catching loop out there and caught him around the neck. That rope snaking around his neck put him into passing gear. This bull probly weighed well over a ton and when he hit the end of that rope it slid the truck plumb sideways! Kenny hammered down. It was a spectacular show, and since I was in the bed of the truck, I had a front-row seat. We pulled him to a big gentle tree and tied him off.

I called Mr. businessman and he didn't believe we had him caught. He had his trailer hooked up and within a few minutes he arrived. He backed up to the bull. We put another rope on the bull's noggin and ran it through the trailer and out the side. Then backed the Mazda up beside the trailer and tied the rope to the ball again. Put her in 4-low and creeped that big gentleman right in the trailer. That little Mazda made me 150 dollars that morning and it was so much fun, I kinda hated to charge the old man.
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While we were on our chase, the other bull went back to where he belonged. Which I've found is common. Many times I've went looking for cattle, and found them in their pasture with their buddies. I suspect they see me riding around and go to where the herd is
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I will tell ya how to catch wild beef.....go to your grocery store, over to the meat dept. call over to the butcher & tell him to cut you up some filet mignon. The uneducated, un-rippled ab, middle aged unappealing man will say we don't have any. Then I have to explain how this is the only red meat worth eating & how to please at least cut me some tenderloin. So frustrating living in a redneck town where I eat food to fuel my body not fill my gut or put fat in my maw. I doubt there are wild cows around here, I only see fat ones, driven by fat men and go figure, I am in the heart of "cattle country". LOL
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