Monday, September 26, 2011

Head em' up & Move em' out !

It's round-up time in the community pasture. In order to be able to keep your cattle in the community pasture, you have to have shares. More shares = more cattle and this year there were close to 1000 cattle which made for 4 full days of rounding em' up. And guess what? I was there. On the back of a horse. For 2 full days. As you know, one of my favorite things to do is helping with a round-up/cattle drive. Love it!

On our way at 7:30 am. The community pasture is 4 miles square that borders the US which is right under Old Chief. fyi....Old Chief is in Montana.

It takes a lot of cowboys to round up 1000 head of cattle. Besides having trailers to bring your horses, you need trailers to haul your cattle home in.

When you have so many cattle to round-up you need to be organized. A group will get together and decide who goes where and then off you go and hope you find some cattle. Sometimes you do and sometimes you don't but that can be fun because you never know what you will find. When our little group went out we came across one of Dixie's cows that had been killed by a wolf.

You need to click on the picture to see the cattle and the cowboys in the distance.

Just bringin em' in.

This is one of my favorite pictures. It is so "cowboy" to me- so true western and I am so lucky to be just a small part of it.

Drivin em' down the road towards the corrals.

Look who we have here. It's the home stretch for these guys.

Horses can go quite awhile without drinking so when they cross the creek they want to drink. Horses suck the water. Did you now that?

Here are the holding pens. You bring them into one big corral where they are then sorted one at a time down a pathway and directed into the right corral. Each corral is designated for the person who owns the cattle.

Each man you see is at the gate opening of their corral. One guy at the end yells a person's name and then that person opens the gate to their corral and their cows goes in.

The gals just hanging out watching the men work. Dixie, Shauna, and I.
(Shauna's daughter is the first young woman you see in the video)

Loading up the cattle. Shauna's husband and two sons are there. It's a family affair.

I thought I would take a picture of Downey, the horse I ride these days. She is a good horse. fyi..... my father's saddle is on Downey and I am so happy to be able to use it. He made it while he and my mother were living in Samoa working for the church in the 80's. My father is a cowboy at heart which makes him happy that I am learning how to ride and that I enjoy it so much.

This is Tiffys Lucky Wrangler. She is yawning after a hard days work.

I hope you all don't mind posts about cows and horses. I don't have any grandkids, so I suppose this is entertaining me until that happens.


Brad said...

Awesome post mom! Loved it. Keep up the animal posts and maybe...just maybe someday one of your kids will surprise you. Hopefully not a big surprise though...cause that'd be a bit weird. what?

Marilou said...

( Oh Brad, you are so funny! )

Okay.....first of all......the scenery is spectacular....second of to see daddy's saddle on Downey and third of all.....your life is more exciting than mine!

Glad you love that stuff though......I like the idea of it but you get to do it. But then I get to read all about it.

Jan said...

Gorgeous pictures -- makes me homesick!! I love how you are getting way into the Alberta lifestyle. Yay for you!!

Dad said...

What a great adventure. You are so lucky to have an opportunity to do such things.

Dixie Dee said...

Oh that is a good post Marilee! Love the header, but then again I knew you would make that spectacular!! What a great week for working in the pasture, and what a good hand you are becoming! "Get along little doggies, Marilee is on the job!!"
All your pictures tell a story, and you get some good ones, love it, love it, love it!! (And Brad, grandkids and animals, the best of combinations!!! Those will be fun posts, can't wait!)

Kaylynn said...

What fun pictures. It looks so pretty. I am sure they couldn't have done it without you!

stone's eye view said...

Breathtaking scenery, thanks for sharing!