See, see! You can see my rope around that cow's heels.
We stretch it out tight so it can't move.
No animals were hurt in the making of this post. Gotta doctor sick animals soon, before it spreads to the whole herd. Next time I'll get a picture of doctoring a lump jaw ... you'll like that.
We worked on a big cattle ranch in Nebraska where one cowboy was in charge of more than a thousand animals. There is a way to doctor an animal by yourself, on one horse. I got some pictures of Daniel doing this once. This just amazes me. You must have a horse you can trust completely, your life is in his hands, or hooves.
You start with a long rope, 50 or 60 feet. I have a hard time holding that much rope. You rope the cow around it's head and slowly start circling the animal with your long rope. The animal needs to be calm and holding still. After you get completely around the cow you dallie, (wrap your rope around the saddle horn,) and ride away. The rope is now squeezing in around all four feet. The cow's natural reaction is to jump the rope with her front feet. This causes a loop to circle around both back feet. Now you have your cow by the head, by the feet, and lying on the ground.
You tie your rope off to your horse. Once again you've got to have a good trust worthy horse to do this. Then you take tie strings and tie the front feet together, and the back feet together. Then you can take the rope off the cow's neck so she doesn't choke.
Doctor the cow as needed.
To let the cow go you lie over the cow from it's back with it's tail between it's legs and untie first the front legs and then the back. The horse still has the back legs tight just in case. Walk to your horse, get on and put some slack in your rope, cow gets up, unharmed and on it's way to better health!