Pretty nice day , not a lot of wind.. got the trees planted this morning.. I went and fixed fence this afternoon after making a bunch of pipe corners and leaners for them… I got the water hooked up and running on the trees.. now, waiting for grandkids to see if they want to go ride with me.. bet I know the answer to that one… 😀

Like about 40 or 50 mph gusts… typical spring weather… heck, typical anytime weather around here.. there is a reason there used to be so many windmills around these parts… did odds and ends stuff, supposed to get some trees planted in the next few days so worked on getting a water line over to where I can water them.. if I don’t water them, they don’t seem to grow as fast. Almost like the Good Lord never intended for trees to grow around here except on the creeks.. worked on some leather.. checked cows, even fed a little hay to the drop bunch, they like that dry hay with all this short green washy grass… had a cow calving right in front of the house so Cindy made me watch her as she thought she was taking to long.. set up my scope and watched and finally seen a foot and a head, so went and saddled a horse and went to get her, when I got there, she had him.. he’s doing fine, along with quite a few others I found that were born today… need to move some pairs around, tho I did shut some gates and set it up so a bunch got cut of from the drop bunch and could go with the mothers once they find the open gates… I will probably try and ride tomorrow and move some around if it isn’t too nasty out.. pairs don’t move upwind in blustery rainy weather, for shucks…

Got the bulls branded and moved out to pasture today… had to fuss around to get a blow torch to work, finally just dug a small hole in the ground and stuck it in there with some pitch wood.. Cindy and Hope and the kids helped me and Chance…Gabe, Gus, Lige and Sam all helped me move the cows from down south across the road to the north.. they will get moved up to Harry’s in the next few days.. first branding of the season tomorrow… more calves born today, we left 3 new ones down south and I will have to move them across the road in the next few days.. Cindy sez it seems all haphazard or something.. evidently she doesn’t approve,but she ain’t giving any pointers on what to do different… and she ain’t saddling up and moving cows so I guess her opinion don’t count for much! Chilly start to the day but got nice, tho’ not real warm… perfect weather for the last part of April…

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..

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