Saturday was branding day at our ranch. It takes a small village and we have great friends and neighbors that joined in to help out.
Spring means branding and vaccinating time for calves before they get turned out with their mamas to summer pastures. We were fortunate to have some very patient friends who offered to let our kids join their kids to learn the ropes of branding over the weekend. It was meant to be a learning experience for all them (and a test of patience for the adults!)
The kids each took turns in the catch pen; two in at a time roping until they caught one. You could almost see the gears smoking in their minds as they tried to remember what to do once they had a calf on the end of their rope – dally (thumbs up), steer the horse (but not too fast) (but not too slow), take the corner wide, keep the rope taut…and BIG smiles as they drug one to the crew. It will be a few years before this crew hires out, but you’ve got to start somewhere.
All in all, awesome way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
When the “First Nice Day” hits in South Dakota, everyone is appreciative. We had several inches of snow fall earlier in the week and more is in the forecast for later next week. But, today? Today is 65º F. Today we celebrate spring with friends.
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~Margaret Atwood
I am focusing on rodeo for this month’s six favorites. No baseball or swim team on this ranch. Rodeo is the summer sport for my family.
Over Memorial Weekend, I enjoyed shooting a South Dakota Rodeo Association (SDRA) sanctioned rodeo for our local newspaper. It had rained several inches just prior to the event which made the arena quite muddy. It didn’t stop the cowboys’ and cowgirls’ competitive spirits, though.
After watching rodeo for two days, my family took to the road for the kids’ first 4-H rodeo of the summer. The last two images are my daughter competing in pole bending and my son finishing up his goat tying run. Let the summer begin!
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Drove home a few evenings ago (dear hubby was in charge of kiddos) and found this happening. I took a deep breath and thought to myself, “the damage is done”. Honestly, who am I to complain about a bit of mud when they were getting along?
The boys were pouring the mixture into the sandbox to “pave” roads. From the looks of it, the horses wouldn’t have minded joining in.
“The most memorable days usually end with the dirtiest clothes.”