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Branding pictures

Postby Soapweed » Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:21 pm

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The first picture is of Saddletramp branding, and I am using the knife.

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The second picture is of Saddletramp getting ready to secure the rope by clamping with the vice-grip handles.

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This picture shows Saddletramp ready to clamp the rope, and Galen Valentine is the roper on the paint horse.

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This is a calf locked into position for the ground crew to commence working.
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Postby Soapweed » Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:38 pm

These are a few pictures to demonstrate our branding gizmo. We did 116 calves yesterday. A friend asked when it would be a good time to come borrow my horse-drawn "Little Dickens" big round bale feeder (which is like a horse-drawn Hydra-bed). I told him to come yesterday, and he could get in on our branding. He did, and the rest of our crew was Saddletramp, Mrs. Soapweed, and me.

We made a few innovations that helped. We put about 40 calves at a time in the actual branding pen, and the rest are held in an adjacent corral made with portable panels. One problem is for the roper to detect which calves are "available" and which calves are already done. We put a chalk mark on the opposite flank, so it is easy to tell the ones that are branded.

On the bunch last week, Mrs. Soapweed had a pouch strapped around her waist which held two vaccine guns and the implant gun. Yesterday, we used a small kid's toboggan and slid it into place after each calf was captured. This contained the vaccine guns and other parphenalia, and was much handier.

Anyway, the deal seemed to work real well. The day was 60 degrees and no wind, so all in all, our job turned out to be a lot of fun.

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Postby Faster horses » Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:48 pm

Really interesting, Soapweed. Looks like you've really figured out a deal that works!!

Thanks for posting the pictures~

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Postby Hanta Yo » Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:53 pm

Interesting looking gadget you came up with Soapweed, love your pics, nice looking calves!!!! :D :D :D
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Postby TXTibbs » Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:00 pm

What the heck is that thing? I've never heard nor seen such a thing before? Not knocking it at all, but looks to me like if the calf was a fighter at all it would be kinda hard to get him "locked" in that thing. What do you call it?

Back home we used the Nord Forks...not sure if you heard of them. They work slick, but the guy has to hold them tight with the horse. You can go through several 100 head in a day. Sure is easier on the crew using them.

I like the paint horse...I have one that looks like its twin!

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Postby Broke Cowboy » Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:05 pm

Great pics!

Looks too dry for my liking.

Cannot believe how nice and clean you guys look in the pics.

Showered and a white shirt!!!!

When it happens here, there is mud and sweat and dirt everywhere. You guys are coming to my place next!

Add some class to us dirt dogs in the ring.

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Postby Soapweed » Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:15 pm

The advantage of our deal over a Nord Fork is that the roper isn't compelled to wait until the calf is processed. When the calf is locked into place, the roper is free to grab another lariat and go catch another calf. With any luck, he has another one snagged and ready to pull into position when the first calf is done. In essence it saves one person. No matter how much a calf struggles, they are fairly immobilized with both hind feet elevated off the ground. This is not as hard on a calf as a Nord Fork, because it is just the weight of the calf for pressure rather than a twelve hundred pound horse keeping them stretched out.

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Postby Silver » Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:38 pm

Looks like quite a rig. One question though... how do you keep all the folks away? Branding smoke around here draws quite a crowd. I'll make sure to take pics when we do it here in a few weeks, you won't believe the fence sitters!

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Postby Big Muddy rancher » Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:47 pm

Looking good soapweed. Glad it is working to Expectations.
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Postby Les » Thu Apr 14, 2005 11:01 pm

where are the beer coolers? :P

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Postby Saddletramp » Fri Apr 15, 2005 7:03 am

No coolers and No Dogs. We pet our dogs while we sip our refreshments back at the house. :D :D :D
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Postby Mike » Fri Apr 15, 2005 7:18 am

You guys look very organized. Don't you love it when a good plan comes together and everything works smoothly?

I couldn't help but notice some white on the calf in the last picture. What happened did a neighbors bull get in the pasture? :wink:

Those are great pictures of a dying art. At least around here anyway!
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