Mike Moutoux's Ranch Notes
It’s been a very busy month as we finish vaccinating cows, weaning calves, shipping, and the never-ending fence repairs. Several days stand out for me: the first was the day I rode the boss’s horse, Joe. The horse and I were finishing a drive and almost had our herd to the corrals when the cows gave us a time. They saw the corrals and wanted to go every which way but that way. Joe is the kind of cow-horse that takes that sort of thing personally. Eventually we got the cows closer to the corrals and the boss helped us push them in. He said, “Those cows probably taught you more in 15 minutes than I have in three years.” Not true, but I was glad I had a good horse under me. Joe knows cows.
The second day I was on the notorious Charley, (see October Notes), when we had a similar deal. Four head trotted off away from the herd we were moving and were making their escape where no one but I could see them. No choice but to gallop after them on a horse I know has a habit of ignoring commands at a lope! We were dodging yuccas,
and prickly cholla cactus with each of us fighting for control. I won that round
and we got the critters stopped and headed back in the right direction as help arrived.
Score one for me for a change. Here’s a picture of Charley and I during a calmer
moment. The tall plants in the background are yuccas.