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May 5, 2011

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Soapweed

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A bunch of two-year-olds and their calves gathered so we can brand the calves
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Ready to sort off the cows from the calves
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Kosmo Kid coming through
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Bringing one out
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My sister puts the rope up and over.
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Today Rena brought back a four-year-old she has been riding for me this spring.
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My passengers on the way back to the branding location
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After we had gone home to check the cows that are still calving, and to eat dinner.
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Rena demonstrating that the horse is rope broke.
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Crew at the branding corral
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I get a chance to try out the young horse.
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Making a throw
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Taking a calf in to be worked
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I think the little horse will be a good one.
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Rena did a nice job putting a lot of miles on this horse.
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Dad brought over some visitors this afternoon
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The gentleman in the green leisure suit was our pastor at the Methodist Church back quite a few years ago. At that time, his son
had given him a nice hand-tooled leather belt that had REV in big letterson the back. This was supposed to stand for "Reverend"
but I had to point out that it could also stand for "Rear End View." :wink: :)
 

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Glad to see life on the ranch is going good..Sometimes I wish we had smaller brandings to keep up..but then again 1 big branding means only 1 big meal to get! lol Good luck with you new horse...
 

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in that first picture with all them cattle in that pen, with hardly a post holdin it all up, if the cows only new. really enjoy your pictures of that country, and your going's on
 

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Jassy said:
Glad to see life on the ranch is going good..Sometimes I wish we had smaller brandings to keep up..but then again 1 big branding means only 1 big meal to get! lol Good luck with you new horse...

Thanks, Jassy. Your big branding is bound to be more exciting. Our brandings are quite humdrum, but at least the ol' Kosmo Kid and I get a significant amount of roping practice. :wink: :)

Faster horses said:
That seems to be a nice young gelding. So, where did you pick this one up? And how about the sorrell colt you got last fall and Carol got the gray one? Or was is a grulla? How are they doing?

The horse that Rena has been riding is the sorrel I got last fall. She has done a nice job getting him gentle and used to a rope. The grulla is a good horse. We have a lot of sorting and cattle work ahead for him.

VB RANCH said:
in that first picture with all them cattle in that pen, with hardly a post holdin it all up, if the cows only new. really enjoy your pictures of that country, and your going's on

The corral is probably stronger than it looks, with zigs and zags to give it stability. Our cattle are as gentle as anyone's. They are used to horses, Polaris Rangers, and pedestrians. The dogs are supposed to stay home. :wink: With our small crew, the long narrow corral design makes it much easier to sort cows from calves. Even though these were all 2-year-old heifers, which are notoriously hard to separate from their calves, the sorting took less than ten minutes. It helped that the herd was locked in the corral while some hay was fed. The hay gave the heifers incentive to flow out of the corral to go eat.
 

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