I just went and added a bunch of new photos under “Newest Saddles” it is the header on top.. you can click on it and check them out if you’d like..
Not sure what I have been doing since the last time I wrote.. Chance and I and some runt cowhands brought the cows in, sorted off the bulls and any who needed doctored..and switched pastures with the cows… Ari Cat rode her new pony and got dumped.. not real hard, but hurt her hip pocket and feelings… Went on Saturday and watched Sam and Gus play some football.. I had a doctors appointment today to get shots in the joints of my big toes.. had it done about a year ago and it hurts real real bad when they stick the needle in, but then when it takes effect, it feels great! Doc said I am bone on bone, there and this is the cheapest and easiest solution for now.. I need to get them fused but with no insurance I am sure I can’t afford that….While in Rapid, I picked up Chance who had his pickup in the shop and we ate at a new to us Mexican Restaurant and then went and watched Sam and Gus’s team play football.. Gus only played in one play.. he is limping.. guess his horse spooked the other day and messed up his back.. Sam got to play several plays.. I keep telling them to hit somebody and go after the guy with the football! That is the extent of my knowledge of the game… I see we got a little rain shower while we were gone.. we had 1.75 in the rain gauge the other day.. I have been doing leather work, a saddle and built Chance a belt… got several other saddles to build, but also got stuff to do outside.. weather has been hot the last couple days.. looks like it’s going to cool down a bit now…
It got real cool, the end of August, first part of September, then it got hot…seemed like it was hotter than it had been all summer, but I am sure that isn’t right..
Been doing some leather work, building a saddle.. a young man came to visit Chance the other day and while here, rode one of our horses and one of my saddles.. he ended up ordering one… still waiting on the down payment on it, but pretty sure it’s coming.. this saddle I am building now is interesting.. the guy wants it to look old timey but be modern..big square skirts, just some border stamping… gonna, be cool.. I am supposed to be building Chance a saddle and he needs one, he’s about outgrown his old one and Gus rides it a lot… he is getting too big! Chance was thinking big square skirts… I have never been a fan, but got to admit that they do look cool. I have a tree to build myself another one on, seeing as my oldest Grandson, who shall remain nameless, stole mine last year.. he has since found another one to ride.. I tell you, when you go to getting 8 grandkids and three adults all horseback, it takes lots of saddles and horse!
So on my new one, I am thinking to make it look similar to an old 1870’s model saddle… we will see if I still do it or not.
We preg checked the heifers on Monday… hauled the opens and the steers to Philip that evening…we turned bulls out on July 1st for 24 days.. got 55% bred… some would say that isn’t a high enough pregnancy rate, but by doing it this way, supposedly we willet the best ones and won’t have so many opens as 2 year olds… guess we will see.. steers sold fairly well, heifers sure could have brought more.. they really stole my corrientees. I knew they would, but didn’t think it would be that bad.. should have brought the Corry heifers home and fattened them and sold them as beef…would have been pretty cheap meat… oh well, lesson learned…
Chance is done working the rally and his kids are here, so this morning them four and Ari Cat and I got the bunch in from out east and doctored cows and calves.. not as many this time, so me must be gaining.. we pushed them south, across the road.. then this afternoon, I went and mowed some weeds and grass around the buildings.. if I had a decent rake, I’d go to mowing more, for hay.. thought about seeing if I could get my team going and just bunch some up and leave it for them,…… the the younger, greener mare has a colt and I am not real sure how well that would work, but I bet it would be good for her! Tomorrow we will ride on the other bunch, bring them in to the corrals if there are very many big ones who need doctored.. if there are just a few, we will just rope and doctor them in the pasture… LA 200 seems to be working as good as anything.. this bunch tomorrow, is the bunch we used Micotil on last Sunday… we will see if it worked any better..
How in the heck did it get to be Autgust, so fast? Seems like the summer is flying by.
Because of all the extra rain, we have been fighting sore feet and sore eyes in cows and calves.. we started off just darting them, but that became to expensive too fast, so we went to roping and doctoring in the pasture.. and decided we didn’t have enough horses or time in the day to do them that way, so we started bringing bunches into the corral and sorting off any cows or bulls that were effected, and putting them down the chute to vaccinate them.. the calves we just rope in the corral.. been getting lots of work out of the runt cowhand who live here… but they have been having to put up wth a grumpy Grampa… one bunch has been thru’ three times.. and the numbers are getting lower, so I guess we are gaining.. it is still green around here.. seems I heard we had 10 inches of rain in July… but I haven’t added my totals up yet.. wettest I have ever seen it in 61 years… people are having a hard time getting the hay put up as they never get much time when the moisture is right to cut and bale.. but they are making progress. I have always loved the idea of wet years like this.. who would have thought it would cause so many unforseen problems
Been getting lots of rain, washed out a couple creek crossings.. one, I had just got done repairing then got over 2 inches of rain and washed it out again.. I went and worked on a couple today…
Went and worked on water tanks that were getting pretty dug out around them by the cattle and the water… these skid steers are handy..
Got hotter today. this evening we had ambulance training ….had the life flight copter come and land and showed us what to do when we call them, then a presentation after they took off, a lot for an old guy to try and remember..
Kids are having Vacation Bible School, Totus Tous this week in Faith.. I went and picked up the kids yesterday…
Have an appointment with the doc on Thursday, then meet up with Cindy and go down into the Hills and meet up with cousins, out here on vacation..
Seems like there is plenty to do.. still lots of green and the clover is just now starting to lose some blossoms.. lots of people getting hay put up.. it has been hard for them with all the rain.. maybe we will have a late fall and not much snow this winter, seeing as we are getting so much moisture now..time will tell..
Up into the low 90’s this afternoon, a little breeze.
Went and helped a neighbor haul his lambs to the sale this morning.. Bit went along and helped.. she got sick at the sale barn, waiting in the pickup so had to go get some paper towels and some spray cleaner and clean up her mess.. poor girl. I let her out at the sale for a bit while waiting to unload, but evidently not long enough… I had the air running hard in the pickup, so she stayed pretty cool, but dogs don’t sweat.. on the way home I found some clean water alongside the road and stopped and let her go in and cool off and get a drink… I lost a dog from over heating once and never want to do it again.. lots of humidity, for this country.
We had to bum a calf yesterday while we were doctoring a few calves for bad eyes…seen one who’s mama ain’t got no milk, just to old I guess, so we caught him and brought him in.. man is he a wild cat.. probably a couple months old or close to it… Cindy and I tried to get him to suck a bottle, but he wasn’t hungry enough, so it didn’t work to well, this afternoon when she got home we did it again and had a lot better luck.. I put some grass and some water in his pen, which is the old horse trailer… I think he’s got the sucking a bottle idea figured out.. I will have to get him some calf feed if someone doesn’t want him. I have one lady interested, but he might be a bit to big for her deal with a couple calves sucking one cow.. she raises quite a few that way…we aren’t really set up very well to raise them.. Cindy works several days every week this summer, as one of the people at the job is out on medical leave…
Lot of hay getting cut today, looks like, finally warming up and drying off enough, people can get to haying full time instead of waiting for things to dry out..
We just keep getting rains… got an inch the other night than an inch yesterday evening and night and then it rained hard this afternoon… looks like about 2.5 inches in the last couple days.
We had cattle get mixed the other night, heifers and heifer bulls in with the older cows, so Chance and I and 3 runt cowhands, Gabe, Ari and CC went and got them back where they were supposed to be yesterday and got the bulls at least back with the other heifers.. we went out this afternoon, same crew, and got the yearlings sorted from the old cows and back where they belong, got pretty wild and western just driving and sorting as we went.. one of the Hereford bulls was in with them, so when we were about done, Chance and Gabe and CC took the yearlings back and Ari and I went and got the bull and brought him home.. I had been riding Mijo and she had been riding Pard, so we swapped. She didn’t want to do it but I talked her into it… and just as I thought, they got along great and she really liked him.. he has mellowed a lot in his older age.. hard to believe he is 15… she kind of swelled up some when I told her there were men who would give their left arm to get to ride him.. she and he done well.. Gus had been riding him some lately and he really likes him, but he is like a kid in a race car, always going faster than he needs to.
We had some friends and neighbor over last evening for burgers and food and then the kids all shot off their fireworks.. started drizzling as they were getting done…pretty good show.. off to the east we could see someone else shooting off fireworks.. not sure who, quite a ways away… it was a good Independence day celebration…
Got about 30 hundreds last night in a quick passing thunder storm…we will take it..
Eric and Rainey and Glen came over yesterday and helped us get the last bunch of calves worked.. Gus and Sam and Eli and Gabe and Rainey all roped and Eric roped on a colt he has in training… went well.. towards the end I stole the horse Gabe was riding and drug the last couple out… Game told Chance, while waiting on me to catch one.. Grampa stole my horse and he ain’t even catching any! And I sure missed several times..and in truth, I let Gave ride MY horse, Pard, so there!
I sure am loving the green color of this country!
Supposed to get hotter.. up towards 90… can’t complain, it has been staying cool..
Ari Cat and I were supposed to go up north and help sort cattle this morning, but the rain moved the date to Friday… roads are bad enough that if we get much rain, it is pretty hard to get anywhere with a trailer on..hopefully they are going to get these bad spots fixed in the near future.