July 22, 2014

Doctoring Calves By Yourself

I had a busy morning checking cows and running kids to swimming lessons so it was around three o'clock by the time I went out to catch calf number 215. It has been very hot and humid here this week and I knew my best chance for catching this calf would be on my first shot. By then they know you are after them and it just gets more difficult. So this is how it went. I saw them in the trees and spotted my calf.

I threw my rope and missed. I threw it a couple more times and missed. Then I did this:

For a long time. I chased, and threw the rope, and chased some more. Until I was chased out. In fact my daughter got more pictures of me chasing the calf than anything else. I spared you the majority of those pictures. By this time I was frustrated. When you are frustrated your terrible roping skills get worse...

It was getting on to five o'clock and we had some friends riding around with us so we went home with full intention of returning. After doing some domestic duties like unloading the dishwasher, washing some laundry and feeding the crew, I had my game face on. I also had a different rope. Can I blame some of my bad roping on the rope? Please? I got a stiffer rope that would hold a loop and caught that little calf fairly quickly. The only problem was that I caught it by one back leg... the worst case scenario, seriously. That's the worst thing you could do when roping: catch one back foot that kicks and can still limp along. But I wasn't giving up! After a few tries I learned how to properly run over the rope with enough tire to hold him.

He couldn't get away as long as the rope stayed on his foot. I didn't have much time to throw him down. But I was surprised by his size when I reached this "little" kicking calf. He was past my waist. 

I tried flanking him and throwing him down. Have you ever seen a child try and pick up their parents? 

Frustrated, but not defeated I started pulling on his tail in the same direction of the roped foot. As soon as he went down I jumped on him. (Where was my photographer? I don't know.) The only problem was that all four of his feet were underneath him. I looked like a bull rider getting ready to pull his rope. Somehow I pulled his front legs out and was able to get him on his side, bend a front leg back like when we brand calves, and give him a shot. I was totally on the wrong side though. You should be over his back, not legs. I was in a hurry and was just worried about sitting on him!

These calves are growing and that's a good thing. I just don't think I'm gonna be able to take another one down by myself in the future. But I did do what I set out to do, and that felt good. Never give up. Do what you say you are going to do, no matter how long it takes. That is called integrity.

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1 comment:

  1. Summer you are amazing! SO true, that is integrity!! Thanks for keeping me inspired!!


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