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post #301 of 753 Old 09-17-2018, 08:50 AM
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Yeah, I'm grateful that a real authentic working cowperson is educating me here. When I was a kid and first saw these saddles in Europe, as you know, the overwhelming impression I got was that it was a so-called "Jesus handle" (do you have that term in the US?) for unskilled riders, because that's who was using them the most in our area, and what they were using the horn for!

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Lol. No, I hadn’t heard that term. I have heard many times kids being hollered at “It won’t fall off if you let it go,” and “If you don’t let go of that thing I’m going to cut it off.” I always was hollered at “It doesn’t move, you don’t need to look at it,” because when you dally you shouldn’t look down, but sadly I always have to look (it might move you know). I also brace against it cutting, because it reminds me not to pick up my horse’s face.
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post #303 of 753 Old 09-17-2018, 08:59 AM
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So funny! Thanks for my goodnight laugh tonight. Have a good day on your side of the planet! Hello to little girl and Squidgy!

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Bones... two years ago right about now

The man and woman were sent off together to search part of the range for cattle, and more specifically they were on the lookout for a missing bull. Bones was three at the time, and the mountains were still fairly new to him. The man rode General, a big trusty bay bridle horse.

They were enjoying working together. The man was teasing her for Bones’s over abundance of ambition. She joked along and wondered to herself if he would outgrow his inability to slow. As they climbed the canyons they often stopped to reset saddles and glass the country that they could see. General dripped with sweat and worked to catch his air while Bones pranced in place.

The man spotted some cattle. They began climbing up to them. It was steep and rocky, and it wasn’t an easy ascent. The cattle were in an area of trees up high on the mountainside. As they made it to a spot where they could again glass the cattle, they saw that the missing bull was included with two pairs. The bull had a broken penis, and he had hidden himself up in the trees.

The man looked to the woman and called out, “Are you ready for some hashtag cowboy ****?” The woman said “no,” and laughed at his joke, but the answer did not really matter, as the ride was about to become difficult. The pairs took off around the back of the ridge, and the man yelled “Don’t you lose that bull.”

As he quickly disappeared from sight Bones decided he couldn’t handle the situation. He was a horse to get claustrophobic in trees or heavy brush. The mountain was steep and he was overwhelmed by the loss of his partner. He began pawing and screaming for the other horse. He shook his head and started adding crowhops into his pawing. He was beginning to panic.

The woman was in a bind. She was scared too, as she worried over Bones’s panic on the steep mountainside. The bull was quick to take advantage of the situation, and he ran to hide in heavy trees. She worked her panicking colt behind the bull, but he refused to move, and she didn’t have the room to ride the horse in closer. She knew she would have to get off and lead in closer and throw a rock at the bull. The biggest problem she faced was that she did not know if she could keep ahold of the scared colt or get back onto him once she had the bull moving. She knew the bull would run when he was hit with the rock.

She finally realized she had no options available, and she swung onto the ground. As soon as her feet hit dirt she was startled by crashing. She looked for the sound and the big bay horse and her husband broke into the trees at a lope throwing branches and rolling rocks in their wake. To her it was a moment fit for the big screen. “Where is he?” the man yelled as he ran past the hidden bull. Relief flooded the woman. If she had ever been happier to see another horseman she did not remember it.

The man said he had decided to come and help her work the bull out of the trees. Bones was still claustrophobic and nervous, but he managed to do his job and soon enough they hit the end of the trees and rocks. The man left her as quickly as he had appeared. Bones called and looked for him, but the woman was able to get his mind on her well enough for them to push the bull to where they would later meet up with the man again. He never slowed down however, and she had to keep enough distance from the bull to work the colt to keep from getting in a wreck.

Once the man finally arrived he told her of his part and she told him about what happened after he left. The laughed over the difficulty and enjoyed their success.
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post #305 of 753 Old 09-21-2018, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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Bones and Lucy

The man was already loading the mare into the trailer when the woman tied Bones to the tie rack to start brushing off. The stars glowed in the very dark morning, constellations standing out bright. The moon wasn’t bothering to give light to saddle by.

They trailered up to where they would wean the calves gathered the day prior. An extra three pair had found their way to the pens, and they stood outside of them as the trailers drove in. The riders all hurried to mount, but by the time they stepped astride their horses the pairs had disappeared. They loped out into the direction the cattle had taken, and the woman heard hollering behind her.

When she turned to look she saw no actual problem, and considering the man rode behind her mother she continued making tracks into the deep alkali. She could see the cattle, and she pushed Bones on behind the roan horse. She looked down just in time to see the downed bobwire fence. Bones stopped in his tracks as she picked up the reins. She stepped him through the tangled mess and with the grace of God they did not even hang on the wires once.

She looked back as she asked Bones to break into a lope again. She could make out the two riders she’d left. One was on the ground, and the other was loping circles trying to calm an overexcited horse. As she made it in behind the cattle her father called to her “Get these started and I will go check that gate.” Bones pressed the cattle forward, and the woman saw the two riders again headed towards her.

They pushed the new pairs in with the old and gathered them all into the corrals. The dust made the riders almost blind. The horses worked well together to separate the cows and calves. Lucy let a cow pass her by, and threw a bit of a tantrum when the man scolded her. In the dust the woman waited for a rodeo, but Lucy calmed right back into her work.

Bones and the woman were left behind at the corrals when the first loads of cattle were taken out. It was good for the horse, as he had taken to becoming lonely. The woman worked with him on leaving the tied up horses and returning. A couple hours passed and they were loaded into the trailer, dusty but none the worse for wear.
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post #306 of 753 Old 09-21-2018, 03:05 PM
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With all that dust, I bet you are looking forward to some rain! When does that usually happen?
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Rain doesn’t come along predictably, but when winter hits so does snow usually. That can come as quickly as Halloween.
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@SueC I think it is always dusty or muddy in that specific spot. lol. I have seen days where we had to trot in 10 miles before we could even start work with horses slipping in the mud in the dark. Then, there are the days like today, where the road getting in is dusted out almost a foot deep. I didn’t filter the top two pictures because I thought the dust did a good enough job of it. ;)
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Didn't it just? It's so great being able to read about the life in your part of the world here!

Speaking of, as you are a roper, might I direct you to a little roping story here that @Rod provided for the Krones&Kodgers? (I have cheerleader status at K&K, since I'm still underage. )

https://www.horseforum.com/horse-tal...post1970603135

...I hope ropers without horses have gloves with them...
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post #310 of 753 Old 09-23-2018, 12:11 PM
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@SueC I think it is always dusty or muddy in that specific spot. lol. I have seen days where we had to trot in 10 miles before we could even start work with horses slipping in the mud in the dark. Then, there are the days like today, where the road getting in is dusted out almost a foot deep. I didn’t filter the top two pictures because I thought the dust did a good enough job of it. ;)
Some people might think you are exaggerating writhing about dust a foot deep but the Forest Service closed one of the access roads leading to the backside of our ranch last fall because the white alkali dust was so deep vehicles were getting stuck (high centered) in it!
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