Category Archives: Wyoming Cowboys

Branding near Wheatland.

We went to help our friends brand calves yesterday. Cliff loaded up the horses and older kids and left by 5:30 am. I woke the little ones and fed & dressed them and followed in the suburban by 6 am. (We can’t all fit in the truck, so I had to drive separate.) It was a gorgeous morning, sun rising through a bit of clouds and into a clear sky.

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By the time I reached the ranch, the cowboys were almost done gathering the cattle. The lane runs through the pasture, so I was surrounded by cowhands at one point. It always feels a bit like I’m living in a western movie set, when I see cowboys riding down the hills on either side of me. :) Never gets old.

Looking for strays.

Looking for strays.


The wind wasn’t too bad, thankfully, so the baby didn’t have to gasp for breath. 😉 Babies just don’t appreciate this Wyoming wind much. I strapped him in the stroller, and assigned an older kid to keep track of Reata while I ducked around horses and cowboys to take as many pictures as I could. I knelt in some questionable damp stuff with my new jeans – yuck. And I was awash in branding smoke most of the time, but I did get a couple of nice ones, in between feeding and changing the baby, and getting him to sleep.

My 3 older kids.

My 3 older kids.

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Brandings are a favorite time of year for most ranchers. We reconnect with friends and neighbors – some we haven’t seen since last year’s branding! We share jokes and tips and stories of the past year. We gather for a huge feast afterwards, always a highlight! Yesterday they served prime rib, which is a very delicious cut of meat. Most of the time if a fellow ranch wife comes to a branding, she will bring a dish to add to the table… a pie or salad or some rolls. It is not required, but always appreciated.

Cowboygirl.

Cowboygirl.

Dragging to the fire.

Dragging to the fire.

Cliff and Jenni wrestled calves a while.

Cliff and Jenni wrestled calves a while.

And remember, calves hide (skin) is ‘way thicker than yours, so branding them is not nearly as painful as it would be for you. 😉 And besides that, it is required by law.

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Jane Grove branding.

Jane Grove branding.

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Branding

Wyoming Cowboys ~Featuring: Matt

 

Matt Turner - working cowboy

Name: Matt Turner


Location: Silver Spur Ranches out of Encampment Wyoming

 

 

 

Matt Turner - working Cowbo

 

When people ask you what you do for work, what do you say?  I say that I train horses and cowboy for the Spur.

Tell me a little about your job.  I am horseback everyday training horses. Starting them on cattle, etc.

Matt Turner - working cowboy

What are some things you enjoy doing in your time off?  Spending time with my wife and three daughters. Working my cow dogs and doing what I do for work.

What is something you enjoy about your job?  I enjoy working with horses.

 Did you grow up on a ranch?  I didn’t grow up on a ranch. I always wanted to be a cowboy for as long as I could remember.

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matt turner

 

 

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Wyoming Cowboys ~ Featuring: Bill

Bill

Name: Bill

Location: I work on the T/A Cattle Co. in Medicine Bow, ZigZag Horse Training in Arlington, and Rockin’ EZ Cattle Co. in Rock River, Wyoming.


What do you do for a living? Cowboy.

What is your job description?   Well, I’m always breaking and training colts. Starting them and getting them trained up. Then of course its a nonstop battle with doctoring. Some years you fight pink eye and foot rot; others years you gotta fight selenium poisoning. And of course pneumonia – last year it was lichen poisoning.

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What is something you dislike about your job?  Well, there’s not much I don’t enjoy about it. I don’t like fencing, but I know its needed. :)

What are some things you enjoy about your job?  Gotta love the green up of spring and seeing young healthy calves running around. But my favorite is breaking a colt and training a new pup and being able to see the progress you’ve made in real time.

What do you do in your spare time?  If I get spare time, I like to read a lot, to get out of the every day world and into another time or place. I like work on my leather work or even play video games. :)  But lately I’ve finally been taking lessons learning how to dance some.

Bill

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