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Tonight we ride!

We saddled up after the moon came up and made a little peaser out west and north. Checked on a couple tanks and had a nice moonlight ride. Windy and warm, but a nice ride. Not many get to do that.

Kelvin rode the Beav and I rode Woody. We took along the Aussie whip and after we found the heifer I let her know just what a whip could do. She seemed somewhat impressed but still had to test us. She was in a pasture about 2 miles long by a mile wide and we used up a lot of it coming back, back and forth and circling trying to get back to the cattle she was visiting. But she ain’t near as fast and tuff as Woodrow! We had our gates all set and we went thru’ them fast! After she got into the next pasture, she jumped the fence and broke one strand of wire we need to go patch, tho’ there are no cattle in it right now. Then she went across my pasture and jumped that fence and broke a wire. Dirty rip!

Not terrible hot this morning. Warming up a little this afternoon.

By the way, the last two saddles I showed pictures of on here are for sale. I will sell them at a good price as both are slightly used. Contact me if interested.

Got up over 100 today. Kelvin and I rode down south to the next door neighboring pasture and failed in our attempt to bring back a strayed heifer. Dumb little rip wouldn’t drive lead or drag worth a darn. Perhaps with the right application of some braided kangaroo hide tomorrow we will change her mind and attitude.

We decided it was going to get too hot to do much else so we went to Rapid and went on a shopping trip. Money was left in that fair city and also in Spearfish where we went in search of banded collar shirts for Kelvin. I got a new chain on the chainsaw and left the old one for sharpening.

I got a pair of fairly cheap priced Ariat boots as Cindy has been after me forever to try a pair. We shall now see….


Kelvin and I went down to the Cheyenne River for the Artist Ride on Wednesday evening. Got our range tepee’s set up and an over head line between two tree’s to tie all the horses to. We took Pilgrim, Beaver, Mijo and Squirt, as Hope and Chance and children were coming down on Thursday evening after Gus got out of school.

Daylight Thursday morning we were up and going. We loaded up Beaver and Mijo and drove up on top to a big flat where all the models saddled up and rode back and forth at mostly, fast speed as the Artist sat on a flat bed being pulled by a pickup, keeping pace, so they could get good photo’s of running horses with Calvary, Indians, old time cowboys and a few modern cowboys. We also did a few different deals with individual artist riding up and down and around on the bluff overlooking the river. Around noon, the light was bad for the artist so we all headed back to camp. Kelvin and I unhooked from the trailer, left the horses fed and watered and rove into Wall and ate a bite, picked up some necessaries for the Boy’s from Illinois, camp ( 5 guys who come out ever year prepared to model anything from Revolutionary War soldiers on up to late date cowboys.) Mountain Man seems to be the one most artist pick to depict them in, maybe as they are very good at it, seeing as several if not all used to go to hunting camp in their buckskins and cut up and pack out the elk and deer. If their skins look real, it’s cuz’ they are! Good guys and many at the ride hang out at their campsite a lot, both artists and models alike. I mean a real lot! Great hosts, and I always try to contribute to the beer cooler and maybe a bottle of selected adult beverage! They get offended if their friend try to pay for some of the beer or food you eat or drink while setting in their camp, so I just get some and some ice and dump it in their cooler. So far, they haven’t stopped me from doing so.
Cindy got down to camp before Kelvin and I got back and was setting in out camp. Later on we set up the big wall tent for the kids. IN the late afternoon when the light gets good, we saddled up and ride to the river to set up different scenes and just try to come up with things that look real and western. the artist take photo’s and then pay the models in tips. We ride in and out of the river with and with out slickers and there are cowboys and Indians, cavalry, towns folk from days gone by and some wagons and teams and this year an ox cart pulled by some ox a 12 year old boy trained himself. Great job with them too and the artists really enjoyed them. We also move longhorn cattle around and up and down thru’ the river and also a herd of horses. Artist make suggestions and once in awhile an artist takes certain model or models off to do a private shoot, which is not open for the other artists to take photo’s of. We do this over and over in different settings and clothes for four days and nights, yes there are night scenes for saloons and bath houses and about anything else from the old west.
I got sick Saturday night as did Hope and Gus./ Not surer what we ate but it was bad. I haven’t been that sick for ages. No, it didn’t have anything to do with beer or other booze.
Got the Master CD in the mail while I was gone so will be getting the new CD done and ready to ship to any and all. I will keep everyone posted who might be interested in one.

Been warmish and dry tho’ a brief rain storm came thru’ camp the other night and two artists got some real good photos of real wet and wind blown cowboys.

Hope and Cindy mostly took the kids around, all dressed up and also with a bum lamb and them artists just ate that up! Cindy even had an old time dress made for her so she could fit in. Models and families pretty much are always dressed up in old time looking or authentic looking clothes from different time periods of the west. Artist mostly just wear street clothes. And no, she doesn’t want a picture of herself in the dress on this blog! Why, I don’t know….

Here it is…

the reproduction saddle that is. It is setting in the yard, letting oil soak in. we used some stain on it to try and make it look older. It does, from a distance, but not so much, up close. Wish I had thought and bought some antique stain for it when I was in town the other day… oh well, I am sure it will be fine.
Kelvin and I have been riding every day, looking for sick calves, yearlings or cows or bulls. We doctored a yearling the other day for a sore foot and a bull. the bull needs it again. We go to help a neighbor vaccinate calves tomorrow.Then get ready for the Artist Ride on Wednesday, the last minute details. Weather has been warm but not too hot…

Kelvin and I had to make a trip south to pick up some stirrups to fix for a man I sold them to some time back. the cleat in the bottom had come out on one. He sent them with a neighbor to the south so we ran down and picked them up, then came back and fixed them. Ran over to Delbert’s to borrow his long range vaccine gun, then took the fixed stirrups to Punkin’ Center and dropped them off, left the car to get the brakes worked on while we ate lunch, then back home and doctored a bull then saddled up and rode south and doctored a yearling and looked around for grass and problems. Now we will eat supper and then back to leatherwork. Got warmer, but breezy. Cold is still here. Anyone want it?

Saddled up this morning after working in the leather shop for awhile and we went for a nice ride.Let the cows into fresh pasture, tho’ not all that much extra feed there…. found a bull who needs more vaccine for fot rot…and just had a pretty nice ride. Neighbor called and we start fall works on calves next Tuesday…Kelvin will enjoy that as it’s a pretty big rough pasture to gather. I worked on the reproduction saddle and Kelvin helped me. Cold is hanging in there….but no hives for several days. Got a new little Heritage Arms Birds head grip pistol in town the other day so Cindy and Kelvin and I shot targets last night. Pretty nice little gun. Real nice day, not too hot and just a nice breeze. Supposed to warm back up now.

As I picked up Kelvin, my Danish friend from the airport last night. Y cold kicked back in yesterday evening as I went5 a bit short of sleep night before last. Was up until midnight watching and responding to a small grass fire with Delbert and the Truck from Red Owl. They had it out by the time we got there, but we stayed as they mopped up, kept up a drizzle and we got wet and came home. When I went to bed I was cold and couldn’t sleep, so moved into the other room so as not to disturb Cindy. Felt good yesterday morning for awhile and then got real sleepy so took a nap. Awoke rested and refreshed and felt better than I have for a long time. Good drugs! But by last night, I was running down. Did a lot of running in Rapid getting things we will need to take with us to the upcoming Artist Ride. Coughed a lot in the night and will need a nap at some point today. Laramie is supposed to come and shoe up the front feet on some horses this afternoon. Windy and cooler today. Now off to other project. But because of Kelvin being here and the Artist Ride, I may not post quite as often….

Or Curlycup Gumweed if you prefer. Nasty little weed that even the grasshoppers won’t eat. Not sure what it’s good for, but it must be what is causing my allergies to kick in. Up last night and the night before, itching and scratching. Took some anti itching pills and eventually went back to sleep for awhile. This morning I got an appointment with a nice lady doctor in Sturgis and I think she is going to make it bearable. Got several different pills I will be (and am) taking and basically just more of them than I normally would.

This afternoon, Delbert dropped off his dart gun and some med for a foot sore bull. Fr Tyler and Cindy went with me to see me use it. Worked well. guess i will have to invest in one, tho’ I am sure Delbert would be willing to rent his for a reasonable fee.

Got a new tree in the other day and skeleton rigged it and been riding it on Charlie. It is full Quarter horse bars which means they are a bit wider and flatter at the front so as to fit them no to low withered horses. Charlie is going well, didn’t even try to buck the last couple ride. And got him to walk home after the horses which is quite a feat as gassy as he is.

I go pick up Kelvin, my Danish friend, tomorrow at the airport. Then we will be busy! Got Laramie coming to shoe horse on Wednesday and I am, sure we will be ahorseback every day after Kelvin gets here. He came early so as to get in on the Artist Ride. I think I will ride some colts while I have him here to go along for my colts to follow a broke horse. This new saddle, I worked on the cantle quite a bit and it really feels good. Talked to a tree maker about how the cantle on a bronc saddle is made and tried to mimic that and think I’ve got it pretty close. I’ve always been pretty happy with my ground seats, but wasn’t aware I could do this and make them feel so secure….cool! Supposed to get wind and cooler on Wednesday.Got an email with the picture that is supposed to go on the cover of the new Cd and man! It is way cool! Brenda has so much talent it’s scary!