How to become a cowboy?

Things that come up in the daily operation of a ranch.
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Re: How to become a cowboy?

Post by Faster horses » Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:58 am

mrj wrote:
Big Muddy rancher wrote:We live a dangerous life, guess that's why the women are so attracted to us. :wink: :cowboy: :nod: :lol2: :lol2:
I believe you may mis-understand. It's because we know 'your kind' will get yourselves killed if you don't have a good woman looking out for you! And if you live past 80, some of you do figure things out a bit and back off when you should.

:lol: Well said, mrj. :lol:

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Re: How to become a cowboy?

Post by 4Diamond » Sun Oct 23, 2016 1:11 pm

You're from Missouri throw on a hat and boots, half the state thinks that's all it takes. ;)

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Re: How to become a cowboy?

Post by J.Johnson » Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:24 pm

Big Muddy rancher wrote:
Soapweed wrote:Being a cowboy has been my lifelong addiction that I am trying hard to overcome. The present cattle market is almost better than any other form of cure. :-)
I hear ya on that point Soap :( :(
I got beat up by a cow yesterday :oops: that takes a bit of fun out of being a cowboy as well. :cowboy:
I almost had a similar experience on Saturday as well. If I haven't mentioned before, I am a veterinarian. I was preg checking cows on Saturday and as things often are, we were short on help, so I was helping load cows into the alleyway up to the chute.

Well this one cow(lets just say she is a little "rangey") must have took offense to my plans, because she came after me and it was clearly no bluff. I cleared a five foot corral fence in one jump and vault off the top rail.

The rancher said, "Hey that was pretty good. Did you high jump in high school?" I replied, "Nope, but it's amazing what you can do with a little motivation!"

I'm just glad I'm still young and agile!

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Re: How to become a cowboy?

Post by leanin' H » Mon Oct 24, 2016 7:43 pm

Sorry to hear ya got scuffed up BMR. Cows will put a dent or two in a fella from time to time.

Missouri to Montana, I wish ya well in your endeavor. Most of us have grown up on ranches. We got to learn on the job training as kids who probably didn't draw any wages. And most of us here were dumb enough to love the lifestyle and the livestock. I was vaccinated against being a cowboy but it didn't take. Without experience, riding horse for a living will be a tough pull. There are so many things that make a great hand. And like Jody said, a lot of them require good old sweat from a shovel and stacking hay. A good hand on a horse knows where to be and when. They can think like a bovine and have had the opportunity to learn from older folks who spent their life in ranching. I am not saying you will never be successful. Having enough try and being willing to work goes a long ways these days. But there is no substitute for experience. I learn stuff every time I help a neighbor or day work, and not all of it is good. :D I suggest you take every chance ya can to learn, regardless of the task given. Use your ears more than ya do your mouth. Ya may find work at a salebarn, a feedlot, or day work at branding time and roundup in the fall. Read and do research on ranching. Don't expect to get rich. Expect to put in long days, freeze a little and bake a little depending on weather, have everything from afterbirth to scours from head to toe and know you will have to pay your dues with the hands who have been doing it longer and better. Now that I think about it, I maybe shoulda tried law school like my momma wanted. :D But you can also expect to watch calves bucking and kicking, feel the pleasure of a fine horse seeing new country, watch supreme sunrises and spectacular sunsets, be tired but satisfied at days end and know that you are doing something that very few folks can ever do. Law school be damned :wink:

Good Luck!
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Re: How to become a cowboy?

Post by jodywy » Mon Oct 24, 2016 9:36 pm

Hey H , I know a lot of Lawyers that have nice ranches........ Now stich that prolapse up...
"Every once in a while, I’m overwhelmed by the feeling that I’ve done something REALLY STUPID." -Hank (Hank the Cow Dog ,John R. Erickson)

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