Thursday Morning.

We got a better start at daylight.  I only had one cup of coffee in bed. Then saddled up and long trotted about 2 miles through our place and across our neighbors pasture that we lease.  I met up with our cowboys for the day (Day Riders).  They are also our good friends. A father and two sons. He’s also the pastor of our church.

 

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Usually on a daylight ride I would have time to contemplate and meditate. But today all I can think about is beating the heat.

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These cowboys are a well oiled machine. We all fan out and start walking.  Picking up everything we see and head north about a mile. And visiting a little. The best part of cowboy-ing.   Rick meets us in the  feed truck at the highway we have to cross. He honks the horn. (I want a siren, but he refuses. I’ll get one yet. What I really want is a recording of Don Edwards singing “Cattle Call”)

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Since we have so much help today, I ride ahead and go through the gate and stand in the road. It discourages them from wandering down the road ditch.  I love my cows.  They are so tame. Even if they do wander a little you can ride though them and turn them back around.

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They mosey south. (oops.  I mean north)  I am directionally challenged.

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Hi Levi!

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Hi Herb!  Our dear friend, neighbor and landlord.

 

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They follow the truck through the trap pasture.  It’s shaped like a and funnels them into our working pens with the hydraulic chute.

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We are having a lot of eye problems like I said before. Instead of being real western and roping them we push the “Easy” button and just bring them all into the pens.

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We sort off the ones with bad sore eyes and run them through the chute for medicine and sometimes a patch.  We spray them all with a long acting insecticide.  And hope for the best.

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These are the heifers we AI-ed last month.

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We head them back south through the pasture they were in.

Now they mosey south.

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I want to call this photo.

“My Three Cowboys”

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After the old show “My Three Sons”. Which the theme song is now stuck in my head. Thanks.

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It’s about 11:30 now and getting really really hot.

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Or, “HOT HOT HOT!”

That’s another song stuck in my head that replaces “My Three Sons”

I don’t know all the words but it ends with…..

“It’s Hot Hot Hot”.

Somehow I don’t think they were talking about the weather.

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We get them across the road and into a new pasture on Turkey Creek. Rick strings out a line of cake. That’s their reward for being such good cows.

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Even though it’s Hot Hot Hot, we take time to visit for a bit. My favorite part of cowboys.

Then comes yet another song.  Actually a Waddie Mitchell/ Don Edwards collaboration.

“We commune while we’re commutin’ and what a difference that makes”

I hope that’s the one that sticks in my head the rest of the day.

Please.

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Love,  Cowgirl-Red    aka Terah

P.S.  This week has been too hot for man or beast in Kansas. I hope everyone has stayed safe and smart in the heat.  It kicked my butt by Thursday afternoon.

P.S.S.  Words like North South East and West are wasted on me. It’s a problem. I wish people would quit using them.

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  1. I think I love your cows!
    And the cowboys aren’t bad, either. 😉

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