Another Wreck

So I have been trying to pick up work here and there to pay for my roping.  Last weekend I fell a little short so when my Uncle called for some help I was more the willing to go.  That may have been a mistake.

So I always go when I can to help other people out and Monday was no exception.  This time it was for my Uncle and he always pays me for my time and effort.  Since I didn’t make enough roping to cover all my entry fees this week I knew the work would sure help me out.  So I saddled up and headed to his house.

When I got there I Saddled up his horse and waited while my Uncle showed some yearlings to a potential buyer.  Then we headed out to the pasture where a 2000 lb bull was crippled up.  I am not sure what happened to him but his whole leg is swollen and he needed some shots to ward of infection and Tetanus.

I got in there and laid my rope over his head no problem.  Then my Uncle got in there and heeled him.  We laid him over without any real issues.  Then my Uncle hopped down and gave him all the shots he needed.  After that we let him up and he wondered off a bit mad but better off for being doctored.

At this point my Uncle decided that since that went as planned and seemed pretty easy that we could go doctor another cow that has a bad eye.  Again I rode in and laid a rope on her.  That went as planned.  Then my Uncle went in for the heels and laid his rope in the perfect position.  All the cow had to do was step into the trap.  That is where things went south.

The cow sulled up and wouldn’t take that step.  So there are a couple of things you can do to encourage an animal to step forward.  I tried two different things.  First while facing her, I gave her a little tug.  Okay, she is about 1500 lbs so it was a bit more then a tug.  Either way it didn’t work.  She stood firm.

Next, I tried to set her off balance by turning my horse away from her and “running off” with her.  Well, the cow hit the end of the rope and for some reason the horse reared up.  This could have been from him being spooked or that he just couldn’t take the “jerk” of the cow on the end of the rope but either way after he came down he did it again.  Causing him to lose his footing and come down on me.

I now know what a yo-yo feels like.  I am not sure what hit first.  The horse bounced right back up and has had no issues of any kind from the whole incident.  Me on the other hand is another story.  My whole left side is stiff.  My neck and back are a bit soar but my knee and leg are now limping and have some nice Purple and blue marks up and down them.  I have spent most of my time the last two days taking Ibuprofen and laying on the couch.

This morning I feel better then I have in days so I am going to try and do a bit of break away roping and get some little things done around the farm today.  I am slow but I am steady.

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Druzy???

So this last week I have been super busy.  Summer is taking a toll on us and we are working to get through it all in one piece.  There are medical issues, dental issues, haying season and the heat.  Now add in Calving season and you have this last week.

First I have been making rodeos and doing okay.  I have won some and lost more but all in all I am doing what I love by the Grace of God.  I Rope on Faith and Survive on Miracles.  I know that isn’t saying much but I have a ton of other things going on right now as well.

I have an outside horse I am riding and training for a guy as well as my Uncle’s chores I am doing.  My Cousin is at a clinic in AZ to figure out some serious health issues and they have been gone.  Mom has been working so I have also been doing any farm visits that come and our daily stuff.

Yesterday while checking cattle I found this … 38864843_1757269557642156_7923223545876840448_o

I took time to get them back to the barn and set up in a pen.  Mom says she is the cutest little thing.  IMG_20180810_163503

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Thanks to Rachael Somebody (We don’t want to post her last name because we didn’t ask but she knows who she is) We named her Druzy which means Precious Stone.  Most of the names have been used for the sheep and it is getting harder and harder to come up with names for the babies.  We still have 2 cows to calve out and 2 sheep to lamb.  We are hoping to get some good names for them too but we will see how it goes.  Next year will be so much easier … We have it all planned out.

On a personal note:  Since we have been soooooo busy Mom and I did take a bit of time for us and just to have some fun we went to see this…. 38819561_1756126884423090_4035229634105704448_oIf you get the chance to see it … DO!  It was amazing and Mom has promised to get me the DVD when it comes out.  She is hoping by Christmas and then Christmas Day we will be watching it as a family!

In a nut shell

So the last week has been nothing but farm visits and rodeos for me.   Okay, Okay and haying season.  When I was younger I loved Haying season.  It made me feel grown up to work the back of the trailer loading and stacking hay.  But that was then and this is now.  I am 20 years old and I have been hauling in Thousands of square bales of hay each year since I was about 9 years old.

When you are 9 and you get to help do a very grown up job, you feel important.  At 9 and 10 years old, I was out working teenagers that couldn’t handle the heat.  By the time I was a Teenager I was hiring the crew I wanted and working side by side with them to haul it all in.  Now as an adult … Well, that is a whole other ball game.  I see the cost of hiring the help and I know when we are running low of funds and can’t really afford the extra help.  I see how hard Mom works at everything to make each season come together for the good of the farm.  But mostly I also see that sometimes it takes all she has got to pull it off.

This haying season Money is tight because we aren’t selling as much of the hay as we need it to get through the winter.  To top that off Mom has to have a bit of dental work done and that isn’t cheap either.  Mom has actually put her tiny garden house on hold until after haying season and her dental work.  I know that isn’t fair but honestly, like Mom, it is the only way I see of this working out for the better of the farm.

What does all this mean?  Well, in a nutshell, we will not be hiring any help to put up any of the hay for us.  We will haul it all in and put it up ourselves.  That is one way to save us about 300 bucks.  That isn’t even enough to cover Mom’s dental work but it is a start.

Rodeo Weekend

So this weekend I made about 6 rodeos.  Not to mention my weekend started on Wednesday.  Then I spent today trying to get caught up on my sleep but had to deal with Storms as they rolled through.

So I made a lot rodeos this week.  I started at Oswego Ks and brought home third.  Then Thursday I went to Eufala Ok but I missed my calf there.  On Friday I made it to Huntsville Ar. where I Missed again.  By Saturday it was do or die so I started out at Sedan Ks and broke out.  From there I headed to Ferdonia Ks and was to long to place.  After that I headed to Turley Ok where I won a second place paycheck.  Then Sunday I headed out to Mounds Ok where I was Good on my first two runs but after that it all came undone.

Then today I wanted to get caught up on my sleep but that didn’t really go as planned.  After Mom left for work I slept until 11 am.  By then the animals were pretty much mad at the world.  So I got up and did the morning chores.  I stopped long enough to switch out Mom’s laundry and start the last load of my stuff.  That was promptly followed by Lunch.

After I ate I headed out to pick up my paycheck from working cattle last week.  When I got home Storm were rolling in so I camped out watching TV and the Radar until Mom got home.  The storms were hit and miss and we got a lot of rain.  We needed it so I am not going to complain.  I can do without the hail, wind , thunder and lightening though.

That is twice

So the last two days have been a bit off key and I am not really sure why.  Okay, so I really do know why but didn’t think it would matter.  By off key I mean I can’t catch a calf to save my life.  I have just flat out missed them the last two rodeos.

So as most of you know we are in the middle of haying season.  That means that Dad is pulling his normal off my meds kind of drama that he always does this time of year.  By that I mean that we have hayed the first section with three more to go.  Then I have made some late night rodeos.  That means that Dad hasn’t taken his medication regularly.  Why the two things have to go together I am not sure but it is a once a day pill and he will not take it any other time of day even if we are going to be gone at the time he normally takes it.  Then he ends up skipping pills and so on and so on.  Until finally he just doesn’t ever take them.  When he goes off his medication he gets all crazy and has to create drama where there isn’t any.  And that means messing with Mom and I by not letting us get enough sleep to do the chores and work at hand.  Not to mention Mom has a job off the farm this year that she has to do as well.

Every year Dad does this.  It isn’t anything new.  Not the same drama but he creates some kind of issue none the less.  This year he refused to sleep when we had time and then wanted to drive with only 2 hours of sleep in 48 hours.  Mom said that was a wreck waiting to happen and in the new truck that wasn’t a chance we needed to be taking.  There was no reason for him NOT to get sleep other then he didn’t want to, but he kept getting Mom and I up and having excuse after excuse why we HAD to get the hay in.  Honestly, there was no real reason to act that way.

There was one point in time that we thought it was going to rain but when it didn’t happen we (Mom and I) took a break and were going to finish up after we got some sleep.  However, once we all laid down Dad decided he didn’t want to wait and got everyone up less then 2 hours later to haul it in.  He didn’t go to sleep at all.  Then at another point he woke me up to haul in the last 26 bales of hay that he had NOT even baled yet.  I have no idea why I had to be up to watch him bale them.  He could have baled them and then if it was so important he could have got me up to haul them in.  Really, I can’t haul them in until they are baled so I could have gotten some much needed sleep.

Then on top of that I had rodeos to attend.  With no sleep and no driver because he wouldn’t get any sleep I was super exhausted.  By the time it came time for my turn to rope I honestly just physically didn’t have the energy to throw my rope and keep my loop open.  I was so tired that I just missed and Dad and I both knew it.  Mom always asks “at what cost”  Well, this weekend those 26 bales cost me a lot.  And doing the hay Dad’s way yet again, has a higher price then I really want to pay.  I have learned that I just can’t rope when I am that tired.  However, I tried to keep Dad happy by being up and doing the hay his way and it Cost me.

I know this is going to sound funny but I have a formula for my day that I use when Dad isn’t home and when I get to do things my way I am not tired, I get in my roping practice, I get all the chores done, I take care of any things that needs to be fixed and I take care of farm visits.  I think I need to make Dad let me do things my way.  My formula is simple and while some might say it is silly, all I know is that it works for me.

I wake up at 5 am.  I rope first thing in the morning when it is cooler.  That way it is easier on the horses as well as myself.  Then I do chores and anything else that needs attention for the day.  By lunch time everything is done around the farm.  And if it isn’t I do it after I eat lunch.  Then I take myself about a 2 hour nap.  I get up and take care of any farm tours that show up but for the most part this time of day is the hottest and there are only a few families that will brave the kind of heat we have been having.  That being said, I take care of any that do show up.  After my nap I get up and do any more chores I need to get done.  This is normally filling water troughs again as the heat has the livestock drinking a lot these hot days.  I also do anything else that needs my attention.  Then if I have a rodeo or roping I head out well rested and with everything done.

After talking to Mom about all this last night on the phone as I drove home, I decided it was time to do things my way.  Today Mom helped me get up and she is helping me get back on my schedule.  There is time to do everything and everything gets done WITHOUT having to sacrifice my health, the animals or any task I need to get done.  All I have to do is plan it all out the night before like I normally do and then NOT let Dad change the Plan.   And that includes the haying.  Mom says I am the Farm Manager and it is up to me to take charge and manage the farm like she knows I can.  However, she also understands how Dad is and She has said she will help me get control back starting today.  I guess it is time that I man up, step up and stand up for the way I do things ….

 

 

 

Plans Changed

Well, today didn’t go as planned.  Okay, so I am still up from yesterday and today in the post actually means two days in one … LOL … Mom worked, Dad baled Hay and I went 90 to nothing doing everything and nothing.  I then made a rodeo and after that had to play beat the rain and haul in hay all night.

Dad ran out of baling wire so I had to go get that in town.  Then I had to do chores both here and at my Uncle’s but I didn’t get the cows worked that I was suppose to do so it will have to be done another day.  When I got home I went to work getting most the horses rode and a few loads of hay brought in before I had to head out to my rodeo.

I won third and was feeling pretty good about how the night went until I checked the weather.  Yup, there was green everywhere and we had hay on the ground.  That means rain and that isn’t good for small square bales of hay laying outside.  So Dad and I let Mom get some sleep while we hauled in until about 2 am.  Then we came in and got about 2 hours of sleep and then we all got up and hit it again.  By about 7:00 am this morning all the hay was in and all the chores were done at both places.

What does that mean for me?  Well, after I take care of Carl and Wilbur and post this, I am going to get some sleep.  I have another rodeo tonight and I am going to need some rest if I am going to do any good.