Mike Moutoux's Ranch Notes
Jerry has declared war on the cockleburs that have sprung up in some of the sandy washes. Last year we ran a bunch of yearlings through a squeeze chute so that we could comb the burrs out. This year we are killing the plants any way we can. It would be a pretty dull chore if it weren’t for the rattlesnakes that also like those washes. In one day, I almost stepped on one, almost sat on another, and believe I almost touched another with my hand as I was pulling weeds from the very patch it crawled out of. And I was being cautious. I asked Jerry if he would apply first aid if I had sat on the one and he said I would have been on my own. Nice to know where a fella stands.
The best day was when I got to ride Joe, one of the horses that Jerry usually uses. Turns out Joe has the best trot of any horse on the ranch. That sure makes for a pleasant ride. We spent much of that day looking over the fences and then gathering the mares in that pasture. Jerry took them later to a neighbor who has nice stallion.
Here’s a good look at a black tailed rattlesnake. My good friend, Bob Pelham, took the photo. His posture says, “Don’t tread on me. Or sit on me!”