~The way to avoid housework is to live outside.~
~Sandra Blacksmith 1900~
No truer words have ever been spoken!!! And yesterday was the perfect day to be outside in what I consider "God's Country."
Not only was it just the right temperature (60 F) with just a slight breeze, the sun was shinning gloriously!!!
My Man and I were invited up to Bossman Dan's branding...you know the one with all the dutch oven cookin'? There weren't too many ropers, and a couple of them I new I could do better. So, I put my big girl panties on and got Colt ready. I asked Dan if I could give it a try, and he said OK...take lil' ones, watch out for the other ropers, and be careful. YES!
Our neighbor Martin was in the pen on his horse, and he said to take a lil' one...so I did...well, I missed the one I was aimin' for. The loop landed just behind the calf's ears and then conveniently slid to the left right around the head of calf next to it...hey...it wasn't branded yet, so I'll take it!
Ropin' isn't easy is all I can say. Someone was lookin' out for me on our first calf...now remember, neither Colt nor I have ever roped before. I know the sayin'...green on green makes black and blue...but Colt was perfect! His instincts kicked in (and our years of hard work training), and he did everything I asked him to do.
|First calf caught...pulling him forward for Martin to catch the heels.|
|Martin missed his shot, but my friend Pat caught, and we got the calf to the fire.|
|Keeping the tension made me nervous...worried about Colt moving and stretching the calf too much.|
My friends Pat and Mary thought it'd be best if I let them head and I take the heel shots...it would be better for Colt and myself since we are beginners. It made sense to me.
I made lots more misses than catches, but we helped get quite a few to the fire.
|The last two calves of the day. Pat's on the heels of one and I'm on the heels of the other.|
|L-R Mary, myself, and Pat...the ending of a truly awesome day!|
Hope you all have a great week...and many blessings to you and yours on this Easter Sunday.