Our family just likes to have a good time and this past weekend pretty much had it all!! The calf branding had been scheduled for a couple of months to ensure plenty of help from friends and family. Of course the weather in Montana is always an uncertainty and this week was no exception. Loaded with lots of optimism and no other open weekend….our son Pete decided to “go for it”. Saturday morning came; we looked out the window at the snow and pulled the covers over our heads! Several phone calls later, it was decided to postpone until Sunday.
It continued to rain and snow all day Saturday. By noon we started getting calls from our other kids and friends asking if they could come stay the night to be there early the next morning for the cow work. By 5:00 we had 6 adults, 8 kids, 9 head of horses and one freshly groomed, ( this is important information) “white” West Highland Terrier at our house for pizza, a wild game of “Nurtz”, and the “big” sleepover!
This is why we keep our nice big house. I love ranch families. This bunch of young couples and their kids are the best. We had beds for the adults and with the removal of some living room furniture, space for 8 little bedrolls!
The corrals were a little muddy in the morning, but by afternoon with some scraping and a little straw, the calves were branded on dry ground.
We head and heal the calves. Which means that one roper catches the calf by the neck and another one ropes the two hind legs. This way is becoming a lost skill, but we plan on enjoying the “old west” way as long as we can.
Meanwhile…..the lil “cowkids” (now up to a count of 15) found plenty of mud! Fortunately Mimi was able to keep Wallace the “Westie” out of it despite a few pick-up escapes. Can you imagine what he would have looked like?….”whew”
Then it was back to the barn for a well deserved tri-tip BBQ. Another spring chore accomplished and a good time had by all!