Interesting day (as usual). My cowboy tells me, "We're going to check the late red angus herd. Which horse do you want." I think, oh good an easy day I'll ride nutsy(Pic, the paint horse).
He's what is known as a long circle horse. He has his problems but you can ride a long ways and fast on him. We've learned to work together pretty good for most jobs but roping calves isn't one of them.
Besides I am the worst calf roper. I can rope foot-rot cranky bulls, 1800 lb Simmental cows, yearlings, long horns, muleys (cattle with no horns) but to save my life I can't catch a calf (only if they are so sick I could catch them on foot).
So it turns out that he really meant the early red angus herd (I so took the wrong horse) and I don't discover the slip of his tongue till we're 4 miles from the house. He's riding my colt Hooch (for the 3rd time) and inevitably there is a sick calf. Hooch is a good colt but not up to running up on a calf quite yet. He can hold them but not ride up to the pocket (the correct spot from which to throw your rope) as fast as a calf can run.
Not good, just not good, . . . the calf didn't get treated. As fast as he ran I don't think he was all that sick anyway.
1 day ago