Sunday was sort of a lazy day on the ranch. I mean, lazy as they get while it’s sunny and pretty. Some of the branding crew was still around to hang out. And the cows and calves still hadn’t all paired up, so we chose NOT to move them out to pasture. Plus we were all just a little wrung out. Some of the branding crew, and our resident fence builder, Zach’s brother Bud, were building fence up until 6:30pm the night before branding (we have a traditional pre-branding party at a local steakhouse on Friday night) and Zach, myself, his brother Guthrie and Bud all skipped the party to finish putting stays on the newly built fence, stretch an old fence, added lag bolts to the new corral boards, as well as gathered vaccine, ear tags, fly tags, vaccine guns and all the other sundry items one needs to put on a branding.
So obviously all the stuff we’d done leading up to branding had taken its toll, plus we’d had a week-full of late nights, and early mornings, and the after-branding party the night before. My dad spent his Father’s Day in our John Deere Skidsteer and moved manure around, while I took my mom and sister to see my 2yo filly, Dolce, registered as Ibaflitnbird. She was the first filly I raised and I own her mama, Streakin Iron, also know as Sonora, Nora, or my pretty gray mare. My sister took some pretty pictures and the day could not have been more beautiful.
Enjoy the photos!