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Went out to check last night before dark, fixed a little fence and then drove around the cows.. had several new ones.. one was one of Chance and Hopes and had twins.. she really only seemed interested in one, so went back and told them about it, formulated a pan… I saddled a horse and Chance and Hope drove out to get the calves, we were going to bring them all in so both calves got colostrum .. when we got there I decided maybe we ought to just take the one who had obviously sucked and leave the other, so we did and Mama seemed to like her one baby but was puzzled, he was a little crippled in the front legs from being squished in there with his twin… brought the calf home, they fed it some more milk.. fast forward to this morning. Cindy went out with me to check and found that that twin wasn’t going to work, wasn’t even sure if he had sucked because of the front legs, tho’ he was with his mama and she liked him.. found a calf with no mother and trying to suck what ever cow was around him.. obviously he was kicked off and his mama had granny’ed somebody elses calf, loaded him up and brought him in and told Chance about it, so he saddled up, we drove back out, figured out which cow was grannying and started the two cows and one calf toward the barn, here come Chance on Beaver and they got them and put them in the shed… proceeded to rope the cow and tie her to the wall and get the calf sucking, gave her a little rompum and some oxy to make her mothering instinct kick in and let the milk down, the rompum to make her sleepy… got the calf to suck, but it was a job, he is big, she is short and a low bag so it was hard for him to figure out how to get his head low enough to grab a tit… we ended by hobbling her and leaving them together… I took the first twin back out and laid him by the other twin, grabbed the crippled one and put him in the outfit and we headed back.. Hope fed him some milk and I guess he is a bum for now… this weather that came thru’ seems to make cows stupid and you get grannying.. even out in a larger pasture.. cold and damp this morning, fog came rolling in and now it’s about gone, had a lot of frost on the grass this morning… glad we moved the cows off the old hay fields yesterday where there is some alfalfa as that can cause bloat pretty bad… grass is growing but seems slow, like it does every year at this time.. we need some sunshine and warm rains.. but then, we always do!

About 4 inches any way.. some wind, not real tuff but wet for the new babies… fed hay this morning and again this evening to give them something to lay on… supposed to be nicer tomorrow but chilly tonight…
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Might not amount to much but I like to play to safe.. so early this morning I started getting horses in and sorting riders from non riders… Gabe came up to help us seeing as his Dad was off doing his EMT training… Chance Gus Same and Gabe all saddled up to go get cows from down south… I took the tractor, Cindy brought the pickup and we set out some hay, fixed some fence and gave the cows a reason to come across the road.. I also took some hay up the creek to some pairs we kicked up there yesterday.. got a load of cows and some baby calves in yesterday so had to get them situated.. spent most of the morning getting stuff ready and cattle and horses where they needed to be. this afternoon I hauled some gravely dirt in around a hydrant behind the old house and filled the tank at it and kicked the bulls out in the cottonwoods.. they sure like that green grass.. then I caught up Mijo, aka Mighty Mouse, who Dustin had brought home yesterday… and rode out and moved a few pairs around, fed some more hay then drove all the close pairs in behind protection.. don’t know how tuff it will get, the last I looked we were supposed to get some snow and some wind and this time of the year it can change quick.. I guess I have everything set as good as can be so we will just see how it goes…looks like a leathershop day tomorrow when I ain’t checking cows or feeding some hay… Fr Tyler is on vacation so is out here for part of it.. Chance and Hope took the boys to their last shooting sports practice before the state finals this weekend and left Addy Bear here who has been picking on her Uncle Tyler and Gramma… It was a damp foggy morning then got real nice even with a stiff breeze blowing, looks like the last warm day for a few…

Worked in the leather shop off and on, a guy came and got is chaps.. he’d been waiting quite awhile, but when I make custom chaps I like to fit them to the customer and if they don’t show up for a fitting it’s hard to get them right… went out this afternoon and Chance went with me… I rode Hub again.. his standing in the barn didn’t improve his patience a lot but I am getting the bulge on him.. Dad was a great one for tying a horse in a stall leading him to water twice a day and pitching hay in and poop out.. it sure makes them better.. you get to be pretty special to them when you are the provider of hay and water… He was better this evening but still his green… we got some cows in who had knocked a gate down and checked some others and then checked another bunch and kicked the pairs out.. good afternoons work..

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Went out this afternoon and we saddled horses, I saddled Hub, my green young horse and Chance and the kids all went along.. I warmed Hub up in the round pen and away we went.. real well until I rode away from them, Hub is an unweaned little twerp.. he threw a little fit and we went on.. at one point Gus came up in a hurry beside us and Hub grabbed himself and acted stupid.. then later when we were kicking some pairs out and he had to wait, he acted stupid.. he just wants to go go go, and not stand still.. he is learning patience tied to the swivel rope in the barn.. he can move around and not get himself in trouble and learn that he can be away from the other horses and act like a gentlemen, bet he has a better outlook and attitude tomorrow! I hate riding stupid young horses who are full of themselves..wears me out as I am out of shape, if I ever was… sure glad he has been in and not out eating all this fresh green grass that is coming up…

e many April fools around here, tho’ I did get fooled on a couple postings on Facebook… Yesterday, Lige and Sam and I ran out to Moorcroft to get a windmill head.. today, after Mass, Gabe rode with me and we took some young horses down to Eric’s to get a little riding on them.. he was kind enough to top off my younger horse.. Hub acted good and I am sure I could have just got on and went after a little warm up, but this way, an expert made sure and I didn’t have to worry about messing the horse or myself up.. now if I can just keep riding him.. cloudy and tried to rain a bit.. we sure could use some April showers..

Falling, real soft and not a lot, but it’s still grand… Laramie came this morning and trimmed and shod Jake and trimmed a pony.. told me what to do on Tank who has a flared out rolled over foot… went out this afternoon and caught up Pilgrim and went and found a 1st calf heifers calf, she had lost.. he was close but in some pilled up old logs. plumb fine, but she is a 1st calf heifer and they are astooooooppppppiiiiiddddd… kicked her out east wit the other pairs and hospital bunch… some one gave me their cold and I sure wish they would have kept it… man, I love a nice warm rain.. almost 50 degrees out there.. this will help the grass to pop..

Warm and a little wind… Chance and Cindy and I drove down to check cows and work on a water tank that has been running over.. the float arm had slipped where it hooks together.. them ol’ girls are sure cleaning up some old grass… had a saddle making apprentice show up about lunch time, so he worked on his saddle while I worked on one I am building.. we got in some good visiting.. solved half the worlds problems, at least! Looked down towards Tate and Kass’s and there were cows out…I started feeding towards evenings, to set the cows up when they star calving in a few weeks, so he left and I drove down in the pickup with two dogs.. Bit is a real wild child when it comes to working cows.. she needs more miles, but did do a good job of lying down when I told her to and could get her attention.. I need a small bunch of sheep to work her on and perfect her training, Peg Cindy’s dog is not a cow dog evidently, but then she is Aussie and to a year old and they take longer to mature, so who knows, she may make a cow dog yet…… we got the cows put back and discovered a gate that we left open, earlier… oh well, Bitty sure enjoyed it! Gabe and Arrabelle have State Wresting today so Gramma ad I are going down to watch and cheer them on in Rapid. I am sure we work as hard as them, while they have their matches…. looks like we got a chance at some rain in the next week.. sure beats snow.. but I will take any kind of moisture, as I really don’t have much say over it anyway…the calendar tells us it is now spring, but I think winter is going to try to come back at least once before it gives up the ghost..hope it stays cool long enough that we don’t get all the wild fruit blossomed out and then get a freeze, we haven’t had any wild plum jelly for a couple years now.. a neighbor lady is supposed to get me some wild grape sets that I can put out around all these rocks and see if the vines will grow up and around them… we have lots of scattered boards and stuff left over from the house build we need to get picked up, burnt and stored away, depending on whether it is something we can use or just fire wood.. we have several big tote bags filled up and I need conditions right so I can haul them to the dump and burn them.. wish we could put a regular wood burner in the house for heat, but it cost so dang much to do it up to code and if you don’t and you ever have a fire, the insurance won’t pay.. too bad these outdoor ones cost so much to set up… and about the time you got one set up you’d run out of extra wood to burn.. the neighbors have one but sounds to me like he can burn up a lot of wood and I don’t think he is too interested in this smaller odds and ends…

About an inch to maybe two.. but it’s wet.. the yard down at the old house is pretty muddy.. where the new house sets on the hill, it doesn’t get as muddy.. that is one of the reasons we built it where it is.. but it sure catches the wind! No new babies out there this morning when I checked.. this is supposed to blow over and warm back up… we can always use the moisture and as much as we’d like I guess we can’t always get warm rains with now wind.. in this country, you take what you can get, when you can get it, because you never know when they are gong to shut the spigot off!

Tho’ we’ve had some wind, but then, it is March and it is South Dakota…

Boys helped me get a bunch of my leather working tools and benches out of the old house and in to the new shop in the new basement, seems like I have more room, but you wouldn’t hardly know it… I need to get more shelves and places to store stuff… I can do some leather work now.. got a saddle to build and odds and ends of things that have been backing u while I was waiting to get this new shop set up. Tate has pretty much taken over the old house for his wood shop.. it’s odd to not have things where I don’t even have to think where they are, can just put my hand on them.. now I have to think and we all know how hard that is for me! Getting a few calves out of a small bunch of heifers of Dusty’s also a couple out of a few cows I bought last fall… sounds like we got a little moisture coming in in the next day or so, but it is the equinox and the old timers always said you’d get some at that time… so I guess we should expect it..

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