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post #311 of 753 Old 09-23-2018, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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I never thought about people thinking I exaggerate @Rod ! Lol. They probably do think that! Yes, it is that alkali there too. I am sure you have been part of those rides where the horses come out of the trailer white and you are trying to squint to see but you can’t see far in front of your face when things move fast. :)

Edited to add: I was telling my husband that you said they shut down the roads, and he said forest service maintains your roads too. Do they do that? Do they come add gravel to it and the like? These roads don’t get messed with by blm.
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It is just the rode that gets dusted out like that, but everything else is only dusty in a different way.
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Here in WA, on a sandy soil type on what's called the Bassendean formation, up and down the Swan Coastal Plain near WA's capital Perth, if the soil gets bare, it blows black dust in summer, and can give people lung problems in the long term, colloquially known as "farmer's lung" - do you have to worry about that with your dust?


You can see how the dust flies up on the track made from that sand at my parents' place:


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That is a beautiful picture! No, I don’t really think it is an issue here. I take my inhaler and I have to use it sometimes, the girls too. My mother ties a bandana around her face. If I start struggling too much I will pull my shirt over my nose. I’ve never heard of long term issues though.
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I never thought about people thinking I exaggerate @Rod ! Lol. They probably do think that! Yes, it is that alkali there too. I am sure you have been part of those rides where the horses come out of the trailer white and you are trying to squint to see but you can’t see far in front of your face when things move fast. :)

Edited to add: I was telling my husband that you said they shut down the roads, and he said forest service maintains your roads too. Do they do that? Do they come add gravel to it and the like? These roads don’t get messed with by blm.

That's because you probably never think of exaggerating. Sometimes the horses come out so dusty I worry about their health.

Yes, the BLM doesn't do much for our roads either. The FS maintains the main roads but smaller roads like the one I mentioned, it's just easier (and limits liability) for the FS to post a sign and close the road. Of course we need to use the road so closure doesn't apply to us. Actually they have threatened to ticket us but haven't so far.
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@Rod my mother was just saying that on that ride. Our trailer is enclosed, and our horses come out clean, but the ones they bring up are pipe. So, I was saying why not put everything in ours when it is open; at least it would minimize parts of it.
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Bones and Lucy

When they tied horses up on this morning the moon was full, and it cast enough light that shadows could be seen. The woman thought it was one of her favorite times to saddle. The air held a chill, and she was grateful that her daughter harvested all of the still green tomatoes the night before.

The woman wasn’t picked up for work until the girls had left on the school bus. The drive to where they would start was long. Usually horses came out of long trailer rides with good attitudes.

Bones and the woman tended to work on a compromise. Either one could be cranky, but never should it be both. Today was an exception. Even with the edge both displayed, they noticed the beauty they rode into. Jackrabbits stood to watch the riders, and antelope crossed their path, stopping with their curiosity evident.

Lucy was also hot, maybe the moon was to blame. In the beginning Bones was distracted, rushing he fell hard into a badger hole. The woman knocked against the saddle horn and the air left her lungs. Although she caught her air quickly, her back had been bothering her and it complained. Each time Bones jumped the brush it tightened. The woman joked to everyone that she was practicing becoming an eventer. Only Bones knew of her edge.

He was lonely. He worried over the other riders when they separated. At one point the woman barely pulled him out of his tantrum when he began running backwards setting up to buck. Lucy took a few jumps herself over her own frustration at being pressed to leave the others.

When they brought the cows into the corral to separate the pairs Bones shined. He loved that job, and even his bad attitude couldn’t truly withstand his desire to work. The only residual effect of his temper was a bit of nervousness. He knew how to provide just the right amount of pressure to separate a cow from her calf. He loved when one would argue with him. Even the woman couldn’t quite hold her edge at the fun of his agility.
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A Case for Hugo

I often joke about the imaginary suggestions box on the ranch. A box where one could give their unwarranted opinions. So, here begins my suggestion box offering:

This year a cow will be sold that we call lightening cow. She carries a beautiful white haired circle of a scar on her side from once being the unlucky recipient of a lightning strike. She is part of the “famous” cows the girls and I joke about, but what most call “spotters.” She is being culled this year because she lost a calf during the spectacular cold spell of the spring. Now, my father is choosing to allow the cattle who lost calves during that particular time frame a free pass, but hers was taken away because she displayed a terrible attitude as they tried everything in their power to save the dying calf.

Now, during this same week a few calves were born to excellent mothers who also gave their all to save the frozen babies. A couple in particular stood out. They survived the ordeal but lost ears and tails to the experience. One was called Hugo and another Herbert by my girls. Herbert was the worst for wear; her tail fell off at the very base. She lived for quite a while, but had to be put down when her feet later began peeling off from the leftover damage. Hugo however lived.

My undeserved suggestion is to keep Hugo as a replacement for lightning cow. Hugo is a display of the very determination that we hold. She wears the scars of her difficulty for all to see. It took an inherent strength for Hugo to survive her first days, and her mother proved her own. Hugo not only lived, but she eventually came out of the other side and she has thrived.

Hugo would be a spectacular famous cow. A reminder to all that we are capable of coming through hard things. She reminds us our scars do not detract from our value. Our past shapes and strengthens us, but doesn’t not define our future.
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post #319 of 753 Old 09-27-2018, 05:02 PM
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Ahhhh!!!

Life is so tough on a ranch! I don't think I could survive so much ending of life! *runs away crying...*

I'm so glad you have so much love to give all the creatures there, and are teaching your kids to do the same.
The story of Hugo is great. She fought to survive, let her enjoy a few years of being. You have my vote. :)
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@Dragoon , this spring was an anomaly in the world of mine. I have never seen so much loss. Never had their been such a bad timed cold spell. Even the deer and birds were dying. It was hard for everyone to see. It was only a 50 mile radius too. People asked, “what do we do?” but no one had an answer other than to keep trying.

That is part of why I think she should be kept. Look at what she represents all around. Not the bad part of it, but the other side, the one that keeps trying.
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