Time flys when you are having fun! Or busy as it seems in my case! I have no idea where this week has gone. It feels like just yesterday that I was listing my plans for the coming week on here, and now the week is almost over. I wish I could say it has all been fun, but it has been a lot of work!
Monday we doctored yearlings. They were sicker than I thought they would be for just being processed a few days earlier. When we are doctoring, we look for hoof rot and bad eyes. Being on irrigated pastures with a superb irrigator, we get a lot of hoof rot with our yearlings, and quite a few bad eyes. Coming out of california, they have a lot of seed heads in their eyes and that causes some problems. I rode Curly because I didn't think there would be much doctoring. Then we ended up doctoring about 8 animals. We heeled 2 yearlings for Travis, but he wasn't very cooperative and I didn't wan to get in a wreck, so we just hazed for Travis so he could get them necked. It was kind of discouraging because Curly runs to cattle awesome, and tracks great. It is just the minute that you take your rope down he turns into a spaz and kind of freaks out. Long story short, not much good on a yearling opperation. It doesn't help though that most of the yearlings out weigh him by the end of July either.
Tuesday we had a bit of a break, it was Travis's birthday, and I spent most of the day cooking for Wednesday's Processing. We had enchiladas, spanish rice, cornbread, and chocolate cake. I didn't have any ground beef, so had to substitute shredded beef instead. I got a wild hair to follow a recipe, and decided they just weren't as good as my usual enchiladas. Of course the crew didn't complain!
My big news for the week is that I sold Curly yesterday. I've been in contact with a couple from Arizona who do mounted shooting, and the husband came yesterday morning to see Curly. I've never been around mounted shooting, so wasn't really sure how that would go with Curly, but loud noises don't seem to bother him. I was talking to the guy and he told me they have an area that is roughly 100 yards by 150 yards, and they set up 10 balloons on cones, 5 on each side. You enter the arena, and run up one side shooting the balloons, and down the other side shooting balloons. The level that he and his wife compete at average times are 9.6 seconds. That is booking it, and right up Curly's alley. They seem like really nice people who take good care of their horses, so am happy he will be going to a good home. Despite Curly's many quirks, I do like him! Now I am in the process of finding another horse to replace him.
Travis is branding at Red House today. I am disappointed I didn't get to go to, but looking outside right now, it might not be a very fun day to brand calves! It is windy and pretty overcast at my house.
Mad About Turquoise with The Mad Cow Company
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