Mike Moutoux, New Mexico's Enchanting Cowboy


Mike Moutoux

New Mexico's
Enchanting Cowboy

Mike Moutoux's Ranch Notes
February 2009

We’ve been moving cattle around; getting some yearlings together and first year heifers a little closer to the home corrals where Jerry can keep a closer eye on them. We’ve also been doing some vaccinating so I thought I would include a photo of a squeeze chute.

Ranch Notes squeeze chute

This steel cage allows us to safely hold a large animal and give it shots and whatever else we want to do like de-horning or attaching an ear tag. The trick is to catch the head as they enter—some will try to beat you since they’ve been caught before. Others are pretty complacent having been through this before and discovering that it’s a temporary inconvenience. You don’t always know what they’re thinking until the last second.

On one of these days, we only had Jerry’s horse, Klondike with us. I rode him to gather a pasture and we got the yearlings into the corrals I had one that did not want to go into the second corral, Dealing with him, I quickly discovered how quick Klondike was. He didn’t wait for me to tell him what to do and if it weren’t for that saddle horn I would have fallen off. The other thing I discovered was how much I prefer the feel of my saddle to Jerry’s. Three years ago I would have sworn my saddle and my butt were not a good combination, but now I love my saddle. The question then, is: do people’s butts and their saddles start to look alike after awhile like some people and their pets or long-time married couples? If so, is this an improvement for my backside? Only my wife knows for sure!



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