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Soapweed

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Saw a friend at the gas station yesterday. He was packing one arm in a cast, so all the onlookers had to pry the story out of him.

A 900 pound replacement heifer was acting irresponsibly and couldn't see an open gate. My friend was riding a good horse, so just proceeded to throw a loop on the heifer and drag her through the gate.

His horse did a good job, and the mission was half completed, when one of the latigo straps on the front cinch broke. As the saddle came loose, the back cinch also broke, and within a split second the cowboy was sitting on his saddle on the ground still dallied to the heifer. He turned loose the dallies and breathed a sigh of relief that he'd survived the wreck in good shape.

About then his horse took off, and the strap from the tie-down was still firmly attached between the horse's head and the front cinch dee ring. The saddle horn popped up and hit the cowboy hard in the arm, breaking his wrist in two places. The worst of it is, his right wrist was the one affected, and of course he is right-handed. Guess this is one of the "breaks" of being a cowboy. We gotta take the bad with the good.
 

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Soapweed, A couple years ago, I broke a bone in my hand. About this time of year,too. I was putting fly-tags in my cows and one nasty old girl threw her head and smashed my hand against the chute.
I am right handed,as well, and it was,of course,my right hand that got mashed. Not much fun going most of the summer with a cast on!! :(
 

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Last week I was helping my nieghbor sort pairs to go to grass. He's wearing a cast from getting his hand broke in a chute mishap, curteousy of a cow that wouldn't claim her calf. We were working down both sides of an alley easy like when ill-tempered baldy turned about thirty feet ahead of us, put her head down and came at him. Before I could do anything more than holler she had him down, and slammed into the fence on his side. I got her with my stick when she backed up for round two, and fortunately he was mostly shaken up. He commented that was the third time she had come at him since she calved. He just bought most of these cows last winter and didn't have any idea about their dispositions. We have an appointment to sort a trailer load off to ship when it dries out. Meanwhile I hope he's careful, he's the same age as my dad, and I don't heal as good as I used to.
 

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He commented that was the third time she had come at him since she calved.

I like a cow that is protective - therefore the first time I would have forgiven her. Provided she did not pile me up. The second time I would have got the gun out of the closet.

Third time?

In the freezer.

B.C.
 

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I had a pretty decent spill Saturday myself :oops: I was helping my dad pen a set of Braford heilfers,and we got all but two penned ,which the dogs were working while we closed up the other 76 of em.When we closed the gate to the pens,i followed the sound of baying dogs till i found their tracks,and hit the brush,well about 3 seconds later,i hear a pop,yup,the old wenches decided they were now deer,and they tried to hop the fence,which was half expected because these two were high headed, rope climbing idiots, from day one.When i get to the fence theres only one wire left and its hanging low,so i spur old boogie up to it (a big nice dun who's about 9,and well seasoned,he just tends to pitch and spook when he feels like it) and he refused to step over,so here comes dad on another one of our good geldings,and just sails over it,and hollers to hurry up.I try to job him over again to no avail,so i hop off and try to lead him over,and when i step on the wire it makes that little metalic noise that most horses seem to hate.And somehow he jerks back,and i land hard on my left shoulder,which i thought i dislocated because i couldnt move it for about a whole minute there,somehow i get boogie across,and go rope the other heilfer (dad had his roped and snubbed to a big huisache) and i get her tied,and dad examines my shoulder,its still pretty sore,but i dont think its severely hurt or anything.I do know that it wasnt fun having to fix fence that afternoon though... 8)
 

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Soapweed, sure hope your friend is healing well....my best wishes to him!!
ropesanddogs....same to you...take it easy (yeah, RIGHT :wink: )for a few days and let your body heal!!
the hubby had a bad wreck a few months back and he is still feeling the "aftershocks" of a few busted ribs on his left side....Tango (his mustang) is a fine "cow-horse", but is also pretty stubborn and he really did not wanna go down to the bottom land and he let the hubby know....by dumping him into a pile of rubble----with NO warning :shock:
took care of a nice young man the other day in the emergency room who took a pretty hard tumble and thought he was okay and was breathing a sigh of relief til he looked down....and saw his right hand was laying "at a rather odd angle"...yep, surgery is scheduled for today :eek:
all of you ranchers and cowboys take care today----and tomorrow and so on!!! :wink:
 

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Ranchwife - You may be able to relate to this story.
A friend of mine cut his thumb off roping. He said it didn't hurt much and didn't get upset until he got to the ER room. The doctor came in and looked him over, said he would have to stay over so they could do surgery the next morning.
He said he was sitting on the bed holding his hand up and the doctor reached over with a pair of side cutter looking tools and snapped a rough point off the bone sticking up. He said that was more than he could take and passed out.
 

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sp said:
Ranchwife - You may be able to relate to this story.
A friend of mine cut his thumb off roping. He said it didn't hurt much and didn't get upset until he got to the ER room. The doctor came in and looked him over, said he would have to stay over so they could do surgery the next morning.
He said he was sitting on the bed holding his hand up and the doctor reached over with a pair of side cutter looking tools and snapped a rough point off the bone sticking up. He said that was more than he could take and passed out.

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: OUUUUUCHHHHH!!!!
while working in a bigger hospital just about 50 miles north of here, there was a surgeon (back specialist) who was a former team roper who was missing the majority of his first finger on his right hand....he used to get a kick outta the patients who would ask him what happened to his finger and he would looked shocked( :eek: ) and the look around the room as though looking for his finger.....then he would ask the patient (in a panic stricked voice) if he could please check their bandage :shock: ....sick-sick-sick man!!! :wink:
 

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I'm missing the bone in the end of one finger also, although the finger did mostly grow back. I'll never forget that sound or sensation!
 

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My buddy who got worked over by that bull is finally home and kinda on the mend. He's got a bunch of new silverware in his back now.
 

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Sorry to hear about the injury, but a broken cinch lattigo ain't an accident, oh yeah, I hate tie downs - they're no replacement for horsemanship.
 

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Brad, I have to agree on both counts.

ranchwife, did you ever know the good surgeon from Ennis that came into the operating room with cow--- on his boots? Gosh, that man was legendary as far as bone/knee/back surgery. What was his name? He was almost a household word in Montana. EVERYBODY swore by him. There was even a little story on him in the Reader's Digest a few years back.

My husband got his head too close to a cow in the chute a long time ago and got his front teeth pushed back as a result. We never thought that much about it and his teeth 'healed' that way. Just this year he had some dental work done on his front teeth and unknown to me, they straightened his teeth when they put on the crowns. Gee, he looked different for awhile~still does, but his teeth are sure nice looking~and they are much more visible than they have been for years!
 
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Brad, I have to agree on both counts.

ranchwife, did you ever know the good surgeon from Ennis that came into the operating room with cow--- on his boots? Gosh, that man was legendary as far as bone/knee/back surgery. What was his name? He was almost a household word in Montana. EVERYBODY swore by him. There was even a little story on him in the Reader's Digest a few years back.

My husband got his head too close to a cow in the chute a long time ago and got his front teeth pushed back as a result. We never thought that much about it and his teeth 'healed' that way. Just this year he had some dental work done on his front teeth and unknown to me, they straightened his teeth when they put on the crowns. Gee, he looked different for awhile~still does, but his teeth are sure nice looking~and they are much more visible than they have been for years!

FH- You're thinking of Dr. Lohse-- quite a guy.... Met him back in the 70's....He did a lot of work on the PRCA cowboys- kind of the Dr. Tandy Freeman of his day... The NFL even wanted to build a major jet airport at Ennis so he could take care of the football players.....
 

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while working in a bigger hospital just about 50 miles north of here, there was a surgeon (back specialist) who was a former team roper who was missing the majority of his first finger on his right hand....he used to get a kick outta the patients who would ask him what happened to his finger and he would looked shocked( ) and the look around the room as though looking for his finger.....then he would ask the patient (in a panic stricked voice) if he could please check their bandage ....sick-sick-sick man!!!

Good thing this guy wasn't a proctologist. Did I just say that out loud! :shock:
 

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Murgen said:
while working in a bigger hospital just about 50 miles north of here, there was a surgeon (back specialist) who was a former team roper who was missing the majority of his first finger on his right hand....he used to get a kick outta the patients who would ask him what happened to his finger and he would looked shocked( ) and the look around the room as though looking for his finger.....then he would ask the patient (in a panic stricked voice) if he could please check their bandage ....sick-sick-sick man!!!

Good thing this guy wasn't a proctologist. Did I just say that out loud! :shock:

I didn't hear a thing! :) You probably just thought it. :wink:
 

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Jeannie said:
Murgen said:
while working in a bigger hospital just about 50 miles north of here, there was a surgeon (back specialist) who was a former team roper who was missing the majority of his first finger on his right hand....he used to get a kick outta the patients who would ask him what happened to his finger and he would looked shocked( ) and the look around the room as though looking for his finger.....then he would ask the patient (in a panic stricked voice) if he could please check their bandage ....sick-sick-sick man!!!

Good thing this guy wasn't a proctologist. Did I just say that out loud! :shock:

I didn't hear a thing! :) You probably just thought it. :wink:

I was thinking "Gyno.......................... :wink:
 

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Mike- "I was thinking "Gyno.......................... "

I wasn't !!!!!!! :wink: :wink: You are a sick man Mike!!! :lol: :lol:
 

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TimH said:
Mike- "I was thinking "Gyno.......................... "

I wasn't !!!!!!! :wink: :wink: You are a sick man Mike!!! :lol: :lol:

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuure, you "wasn't"! :roll:
 

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