Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Mommas & Babies

Mommas need their babies and babies need their mommas. Today I helped sort the mommas and their new babies from the "mommas to be".  All the "mommas to be" are in one pasture until they calve.  When a few mommas have had their babies and the baby's ears have been tagged they need to be moved to another pasture to make it easier to see how everything is going with the remainder.  When you have around 300 mommas + their babies you gotta be organized. 

Before we have our fun we need to gather our helpers.
Here they come.....

Getting closer and closer......

Come on, just a little closer......

It's kind of a trick we play, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.  
Catch em' with grain and then put on their halters. 

 Here is happy Belladonna just waiting to get all saddled up for all the fun.

Ok, so you might think this is a funny picture because it is a funny picture. This momma WOULD NOT move! Dixie thought that if she grabbed the tail and made the momma uncomfortable she might move.  Nope!

So she tried kicking the momma.  Nope!

I had to try it right?  Super nope!  This momma was taking me for a ride.  
 It's hard to remember so many things, like making the horse go forward too.

 Never mind.  Dixie got off of Belladonna and just walked them to the open gate.

I bet you can't tell who the daddy is to this baby.  The milkman.  The momma is tan, the daddy is black and the baby is grey/white?  Weird genetics if you ask me. 

 This momma would not behave so we had the baby locked onto to Belladonna and then the momma followed her baby.

See this?  This is me on Downey.  I moved these two all by myself, start to finish with no problem.  Some pairs are easy and some are not, bottom line. 

 There they are in the new pasture until fall.

Oh, now who could this be?  After all the work is done.  Dixie came up empty handed with her pair. 
She had a couple momma cows really mad at her for disturbing their newborn babies and decided to charge her.  That happened to me last year and that can be scary. 

Look at this baby.  He was all curled up laying down in the reeds on the pond's edge having a little nap.  
Dixie tried to get the calf up, but apparently they play possum so she had to tie a rope around this baby and drag her out.  

The momma was a little concerned. 

Not too concerned because it seemed to walk away so we just left this cow/calf pair alone until the next go around. 

Did you know that horses tend to be their own chiropractor sometimes?  After they have worked and played they love to get down and dirty and roll around.  It helps their spines. Just a little FYI .


Marilou said...

So many fun things in this post! The most stubborn momma cow ever, Dixie trying to get that momma cow to move by her tail, you being pulled by that same tail, the face shot of Belladonna and well, everything! Looks like you had a super fun day. It always is an adventure at Dixie's!!

Barb said...

This post is darling!

Dixie Dee said...

Love the way you can tell a story, and the pictures are fun!
Love it when Spring feels like spring!
It can be a fun way of life, huh?
More adventures to come!!!

Christie said...

Sooo funny, Leelee! Belladonna's pic is hilarious! I also loved the photos of the horses rolling around on their backs. They look like big dogs.....synchronized mud ballet!! Such a hoot!

Christie said...

Love the picture of Belladonna and the horses rolling around in the mud on their backs! They look like big dogs....didn't know horses did that. Looks like synchronized mud ballet! Such a hoot!

Kaylynn said...

It was the nice of the weather to be nice that day for you to move mommas and babies. Right now looking out my window is tons of snow. You are becoming an expert cowgirl.