Here are some general ranching terms that many of you might not know:
– the general term for anything that is in the species Equine.
– a baby horse, under a year old.
– general term for a horse over a year old, but not yet 2.
– a term for a male horse, over a year old that has testicles.
– a male horse that has testicles.
– a male horse, usually over a year old, that has no testicles. We have *gelded* him.
– term for a female foal, under 2 years old.
– term for a female horse, over 2 years old.
– an aged event for a horse; usually for horses that are 2, 3, 4 or 5 years of age.
– an aged event for a horse; usually for horses that were futurity horses the year prior.
– an event in which only barrel racing is the only event.
Snaffle bit horse – a colt or green horse that is being started in the snaffle bit. He will learn most everything he needs to know in the snaffle bit.
Hackamore Horse – a horse that has advanced past the snaffle bit, into the bosal (hackamore does NOT refer to a mechanical hackamore that works via leverage). This stage will further advance and refine your horse.
Two Rein Horse – a horse that has advanced through the hackamore. In the two rein, you don’t teach the horse much more- you continue to refine what he does know, and ride him in a spade bit, with a pencil hackamore underneath. Hence the term, “two rein”.
Bridle Horse – a finished horse that goes in a spade bit and is ridden one-handed. He will neck rein and tip his face/nose into the direction of the turn.
– the general term for anything that is in the species Bovine.
– a baby cow.
– a female cow that has not yet had a calf.
– a heifer that will have her first calf in the spring; usually a 2yo.
– a mature female bovine (for purposes of this blog).
– a mature male bovine that has had his been castrated.
– if you people don’t know what a bull is, then you should get out more!
– a cow/calf unit.
Open/Dry Cow – a cow that is not bred back.
Gather – bringing in cows or pairs for work.
– when the calves are branded by use of a hot iron. Branding helps ranchers identify their stock from that of their neighbors. Calves are also castrated at this time.
– a term that refers to the act of de-worming cattle by use of a drug such as Ivomec to rid them of internal parasites by pouring the chemical down their backs.
– a (usually) man-made watering hole. Some people might call them ponds. They are called dams here, and tanks in Texas. Just a difference in regions, I guess.
– either by ultra-sound machine or by using an arm (yes a human one) to see if the cow is going to calve in the following spring.
– assisting and or checking on first-calf-heifers when they have their calf.
Brangus – an angus/brahman cross.