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    12-07-2011, 04:20 PM
He's trying to get the career he wants - that of a ranch hand. What's wrong with that? Being a doctor or lawyer is not what everyone wants. This is the decision he's made, so don't try to change it.
A ranch hand is one of the best jobs you could have. He's not trying to care for a family, he's working for himself.

Try going here and click on the states you are interested in. Post something for the general areas you are looking at and there will be a reply by tomorrow. [; You could try all the Rocky Mountain states - Idaho, New Mexico, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming. Remember that not everyone is looking for a ranch hand, though, so don't be disappointed if the results aren't what you're looking for. But, yeah, try all those states so you can have as many opportunities as possible!!!

But remember to really think this through - this is a serious decision that will change your life. You have to think through every single detail before you commit. If this is what you really want to do, don't let some random person's opinion get in the way.
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    12-09-2011, 11:51 AM
Originally Posted by Ian McDonald    
You appear to be a woman after my own heart

I can dig what you're sayin though. I consider myself at the moment to be a trainer of trail horses for hobby riders to use but I have aspirations of makin a hand one of these days. My generally itinerant nature lends itself to that kind of life anyway
LOL, Im sure you will do fine. I like moving too, up until a year ago we never owned anymore than what could be loaded into the back of a truck and front of a trailer.
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    12-11-2011, 02:07 PM
If you are a doctor or a lawyer, you can buy your own ranch...........

Honestly, it would be a blast for a young man or woman to work on a ranch for a few years. As you get older, it is bound to wear you out.
    12-11-2011, 03:10 PM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
If you are a doctor or a lawyer, you can buy your own ranch...........
Maybe eventually, in 10-20 years once you get done paying your student loans and practice insurance. Meh, being a doctor, lawyer or a vet are not what they are cracked up to be according to all my friends who are those things. That said, the grass is always greener, right? Just gotta have a job that you don't mind waking up and going to do. Different jobs for different folks and thank goodness because it takes all kinds.
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    12-11-2011, 05:43 PM
I don't believe that life is a race to see how much money we can make or things we can aquire. I thought that once but not any more. Life is about doing what you love to do. If you can make a living doing it then you are truely blessed but if not then spend as little time as possible doing what you need to do to make a living. Most doctors and lawyers and other upper class proffesionals that I know spend far too much time wrapped up in thier carreers instead of doing what really makes them happy. I work 6 days a week and I love every minute of it. If I had a different job that paid me twice as much but I had to give up cowboying I'd work half a year and then cowboy for free. How many lawyers or accountants do you think would say that?
    12-11-2011, 06:45 PM
I am not good at practicing what I preach. LOL. In reality, I gave up a lucrative carreer to live out on a farm and play with horses and cows. As long as I can afford my horses (and guitars) I don't care that much about material things. In theory, making money sounds great. Happiness is more important for sure.
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    12-24-2011, 12:30 AM
I have a general question about working on a ranch. This is something I've been wondering about for awhile. I understand somewhat about the gathering/roping/branding/doctoring and such, but I gathered that you're only doing those things occasionally or at certain times of the year. What're you doing the rest of the time? Are you guys really riding 20 or more miles in a day and just checking fences and cattle? Because that sounds too good to be true.
    12-24-2011, 04:44 AM
There is almost always doctoring to do. In a herd of 500 head it's quite possible to doctor 2 or 3 head per week and you only find those 3 head by riding through the entire herd EVERY day. Also depending on the quality of the fences you may be bringing calttle back where they belong every week or two. It kind of depends on the terrain of the ranch. Where I work 3/4 of the ranch is rocky, broken range land and many of the fences fall into disrepair. The only way to know if cattle are getting out is to ride and look for them or wait for an upset nieghbor to call and tell you there are 50 cows in his newly planted hay field. I can't say that I stay horseback all day every day. Sometimes there's a fence that needs fixing or water that needs hauled but I get horseback just about every day for the majority of the day.
    12-24-2011, 08:08 AM
There is a never a lack of things to do! LoL!
When cattle are on a "hollistic grazing" program we are constantly moving them. And that is when we do most of our doctoring. The sick ones will fall to the back and we will rope and doctor while we are moving them or as soon as they go through the gate. And with approx. 5000 yearlings during the summer months there is always doctoring and "cleaning" out pastures. When there is only a couple of us it may take a couple of days to get all the cattle moved. Some cattle we get are pretty wild and run through fences so we do a lot of roping and trailer loading outside. We pretty much leave the cows alone to calve, but when we move them we doctor calves same as the steers. Spring time is busy that is when all the steers come in and we process them through the chute then turn them out and it is also when we brand calves. Summer is slower but not by much. Moving everything around, putting out salt and mineral. Also we work out dry cows about July and turn out bulls. Come Fall we get all of the steers gathered, sorted and ready to ship. This a long process since Mexican steers like to travel and we have found them 30 miles off the ranch before.lol. After the steers are gone we start gathering the cows to get them closer to HQ. We wean on diesel smoke so they get shipped the same day. Then we usually have some leftover calves that didn't make the cut that we have to doctor, keep the coyotes out of and feed until sold. Then the cows get sorted and the young cows get shipped to the other ranch and the old broken mouths stay close to the headquarters to keep an eye on through the winter. The winter we get dry cows in to feed and sell in the spring. So we are busy processing drys and turning them out and checking feed. It takes about a half a day to feed all the cows and horses. In the afternoon we might mess with some colts. We don't do much fencing they the jaw crew for that and the haying, so our job is strictly a riding job.
That's a summary,never a lack of something to do...not much of sitting around the bunkhouse telling lies..tee he.
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    12-24-2011, 01:11 PM
Heh, dang. No wonder you guys will do this stuff for low pay. It sounds frickin' sweet.

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