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.