I'm telling you, there are a lot of nice things to love about Leavitt. Lou Lou comes out every other week from Lethbridge and then every other week I leave the country to go to the big city of Lethbridge. It's fun. Period. Just last week she came out to visit, and we were driving over the hills on our homestead, listening to country music because that is what we do when we are in the truck on the hills looking for gophers, when she just out of the blue said, " I really like coming here LeeLee, I just love coming out to Leavitt and forgetting my troubles". I think I should make bumper stickers that say, "Love it in Leavitt". Anyways, it makes me feel good when she says things like that. It feels like home to her and I like that. Back to my story, Lou Lou came out again on Saturday because her husband, Chris, is tiling her kitchen area and thought it be better if she was away from the mess. Nice yah? I had already made plans to help Dixie sort her 16 pairs from the herd of 300 pairs in the morning so Lou Lou just hung out at home until I was finished. I went home to pickup Lou Lou and we headed back out to Dixie's to do a little gopher hunting for an hour or so , but when we got to her place plans had been made to brand her 16 babies after gopher hunting. Do you know what that meant for me? Getting back on that horse and rounding up the cattle and putting them in the pen then sorting. Love that!
This is Downey and I pretty much love her. Remember my last post when I said that I wasn't going to ride Downey because Dixie was getting ready to show her and I didn't want to do anything to mess up all the training? Well, the event was cancelled/postponed for at least a month due to the equine herpes virus that is going around in the states right now so I was able to ride Downey and it was fu-un let me tell you. Right here I am sorting the mammas from their babies in the pen. See how Downey's head is pointed towards the mamma cow? That is how it is done. Downey/me is steering the momma in the direction I need her to go. Oh man, this is fun. To be on a horse riding is fun, but when you have a job to do it makes it more fun.
After the mammas are separated then you have to get the babies one by one to brand them. When Neal and I went to watch branding a few years ago at another place and last fall, it was done differently. Here they rope the babies, hold them down, then do their thing. This is Austin, he is the Jr. High Principal and the teachers' quorum advisor for Neal.
It takes at least two people to hold these babies down. They not only get branded with three separate brading irons, they also get vaccinated and? if you are a boy baby a couple of things get removed and now the term, " it's like adding salt to the wound" really hits home. Rio had a nice little treat when I got home. Ok, a few nice little treats.
Girls do this sort of thing too. That is Raven in the green and she is one of my Mia Maids. Jill is there too, she is a Beehive but would like to be with the Mia Maids, anyways, her dad is Austin. She has three sisters and they can all ride. Her mom Kaylynn learned how to load horses into a trailer and haul the trailer this year. I think that is amazing that she can do that all by herself. When she married Austin she didn't know a thing about horses and now she is an old pro.
Here is Jill and her grandpa, Buck, showing her the ropes of wrangling a calf.
A family affair with Dixie, her niece Raven and her dad, Denver.
Here is Dixie's brand. Three separate brands. Ouch. Double ouch, and Triple Ouch! It's Bar Ziggy Ranch. This is on the upper back corner on the left hip. I tried to turn this picture right side up and it just looked funny.
Ok, I wasn't going to post this picture, but I love it almost as much as the one above. I love the coloring, the background, the look on my face, all of it. Only one thing wrong with this picture though, is one hand is on the horn. Darn it.