I’m often asked: what’s a typical day on the ranch? I chuckle inside and then quietly say with a smile on my face, “there is no such thing”! When you live where you work, and work where you live, manage animals and grass for a living, life gets hectic, frenetic and crazy. One day (like Monday this week), we spent 16 hours either branding calves, getting ready for said branding, or unsaddling our horses and doing chores at 11:30pm after branding. The next day, we planned to start halter-breaking some of our colts.
But morning came and a neighbor called to tell us they’d driven by and we had a cow that was having trouble calving. So Burt and I headed out to see what we could do for her.
The calf had a leg back and was dead. She’d worked it a while. Sometimes, these things happen. Doesn’t make it any easier, though.
By the time we got the calf pulled, after much struggling on the part of Burt to get the leg that was back, unstuck – the knee had been bent forward in the birthing canal, it was nearly 10:30 and a morning calf check needed to be made.
Before you know it it’s 12:30 and time for lunch.
Then when you do get to head to the barn to handle the colts you’ve had corralled for three days already, you decide, you know what? I’m gonna move some panels around and get it set up so these guys can live in temporary corrals outside, instead of being stuck in this dusty barn, with no sun to warm their backs.
After changing your mind three times about what and how you want the pen set up, you finally get it done.
Get home, and finally at about 5:30 you get your hands on an un-halter broke yearling.
That, my friends, is a typical day on the ranch!