Friday, June 21, 2013

Greener Pastures

Today was the day.  It was time to move cows across the ranch.  We almost always get to ride in June and I didn't know if it was going to happen this year but it finally did!

I got to ride a new horse that they brought down from the other ranch.  The horse that I have ridden for 2 years, High Noon, is no longer with us so I was a little nervous this morning finding out what Augustus was like.

He was not fun or easy to catch but I made sure to move slow and let him think I was just going to pet him after I got him in an alley and shut a gate.  He finally let me put the rope around his neck and halter him.  He was fine until I tried to bridle him and threw his head around some but from then on out we were pretty good.  I guess he didn't like it when I would ask him to stop while moving cows and in the corral when we had to stop pushing cows he got pretty anxious and picked up both feet and did some hoppity-hopping with me. 

He was beautifully responsive to reigning and legs and had some great get-up-and-go but not too much that I had to hold him back.  And he had no issues going through water or boggy areas, which was a welcome change from High Noon LAUNCHING across water with me.   

We got The Prairie Daddy to get a picture before we headed out.  This is Bart and Augustus (aka Gus)

The grass is so beautiful this time of year.  Here is our barn, shop and brother's house
Uncle was helpful on getting things adjusted
Shabby view up Meeteetse Creek of Carter Mountain
The Nephew
Franc's Peak in the background
Uncle and Nephew and Franc's Peak
My little cowboy is horsey enough now to take the camera and take pictures of me while still on his horse! 
There were beautiful blue bells on the hill
Mama and baby didn't know what to do with 4 horses, 2 ATV's and a bunch of cows
Sometimes the grass is greener on the other side...
Move along lil' doggies
The herd looks good but there was a storm brewing in the mountains
The two nephews and The Prairie Kid bringing the cows to the corral
These draws are the hardest part of the ride but having a horse that doesn't launch over them made my day much smoother!
After we dropped the cows off at the hay field that they were destined for we picked up the Hereford bulls from our upper pens and took them to greener pastures also
They have been in a pen for weeks with hay and they were like kids in a candy store to be out on the fresh grass
It was a great day!  And the storm went around us so we didn't get drenched!

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