Somehow, we always manage to pick bad weather to work cattle. Last time it was a frigid cold snap, and today it snowed the whole time. But – that’s how it goes. Work needs to go on…
The gathered the heifers and brought them down to the corrals. My Cowboy on his horse, and the Boss and Tom on motorized versions. 🙂 Whatever works, guys. I quickly ran out when they were close to the corrals, so I could snap pictures… someday I may take time and go out to the field – but not this day! 🙂 my sister called me just as the heifers were coming over the hill, so I ended up fumbling with my camera and dropping my phone. Apparently I am not so good at multi-tasking. Hmm.
The old ponies in the yard are the older horses that the kids ride. The mustang tried to act younger than he is and turn on a dime – but it just made him wipe out! He landed -smack! on his side. …but he jumped up quickly and seemed no worse for the wear. He really needs to calm down and act his age, dontcha think?!
The snow just kept coming down as the guys brought the heifers in. OK, I must say that this barn is beautiful any time of day or year – but this day, surrounded y still-falling snow? Gorgeous! You will have to forgive me for all the pictures of this barn that you see in my pictures… It is pretty, unique, and in my backyard. So yes. I photograph it all the time! I have to restrain myself from snapping a picture of it every time I walk past. Seriously. Cisco was sporting a new saddle. Made by CK Custom Leather. That’s right – my husband rides his own saddle. Cinched down with his wife’s custom cinch, I might add. (shameless business plug, right there! 😉 ) After that cold morning working cattle, I figured the guys needed a hot meal. So I stirred up a big pot of chili soup.
Let me tell you, I am thankful on days like these to be inside a warm house. So thankful my husband works hard for me in all kinds of weather. Yes, I like to work with him, and yes, I could do it if I wanted too. But it makes me feel loved and cared for that he is willing to ‘slay my dragons’ for me – and my dragon is cold.
What is your dragon?
Krystle Cook says
Lovely pics! I was wondering how do the animals take to the cold? Are there measures done to keep them warm or are they used to it?
Kay Schrock says
Hi Krystle! Thanks for your kind words, and for stopping by!
Yes, the animals have an amazing ability to stay warm on their own. They grow thicker coats of hair during winter, etc. I won’t go into the details, but they really do stay quite warm! Also, we do have shelters and windbreaks in the fields, but they almost never stand behind/under them. Even on the bitterest cold days, they will just stay out in the weather. 🙂 The one exception is when the cows are calving, and it is their first calf – they sometimes need help caring for their babies. So we have a calving barn, and when they are dropping calves in cold weather, we will take the mama and baby into the barn for a few days.