It was a nearly perfect spring day yesterday! And as such we got horseback and did some work. It’s time to start sorting off the dry cows. For those of you unfamiliar with the terminology, a dry cow, is a cow that has sloughed her calf, or lost it in some other form or fashion, be it was still-born or she had it during a blizzard when we had our hands full trying to save other calves, and missed hers- or if she for some reason didn’t take her calf. That happens. It is sad, but it does happen. There’s only so many of us to go around, and we can only be in so many places at once. I’ve said before that death is part of this life I lead, and we don’t like it, but we do plan for it.
But before we sorted off dry cows (which is a bit like looking for a needle in a hay stack- more on this later), I got to ride my 4yo, Dino. Most of you know he’d Gump’s little brother, and so I have an extra special place in my heart for him.
Here he is looking extra happy. We’ll thank Instagram for the coolness of the photos. That and my new iPhone, which, I adore.
I saw our shadows and thought that might make for a cool shot. I’m always thinking like an artist and photographer! I can’t help it.
And this is him being his cute, sleepy-eyed self.
I had a super ride on him. He’s just so cool. Part of it is his personality, and part of it is how he’s been handled his whole life.
Then it was time for supper- and I feel the need to share how much the Granny spoils us. She made boiled potatoes, hamburger gravy and cheesy green beans. And I wonder why I can’t shed 10lbs!
I saddled the Gump, and headed to the pasture to see if we could find our 22 dry cows, in a herd of over 400. So you can see how it’s a kind of like finding a needle in a hay stack, right?
Here he is looking calm, cool and collected, in the corral:
Here we are heading out:
We found three of our 22 yesterday. Which means today, we’ll be back at it!
And finally, I managed to get a photo of my awesome stirrups and cool boots.
I hope you got to take advantage of nice weather if you had it yesterday! It appears to be another lovely day here in South Dakota and I’m frankly excited about going out to play cowgirl, once again!
Happy Trails and Happy Tuesday!