Yesterday, time got away from me. There wasn’t much to report on the home front though. I did chores, school work and such like normal. The good of the day came when I unwrapped Coop’s leg. All the swelling was down and I actually ponied her a bit and she moved really well.
Then I spent the evening with a friend roping and practicing for the Tulsa Heritage Rodeo on Saturday. It is going to be a tough roping but with practice I might be able to bring home a pay check. So my friend and I have been practicing a lot. We practiced Monday, Wednesday and we plan to practice Friday too. It does get me home late but Friday I plan on spending the night at his house so that I can just ride to Tulsa with him and I won’t have to get up so early. That means if I blog Friday it will be before I leave and if I blog Saturday it will be after I get home.
As for today Mom and I had plans to pick up the craft room and then to work on going through her material so that she can make a quilt for a young man that I think will be going from a Crib to a big boy bed soon … and we all know you can’t do that without a big boy blankie right … LOL He is the son of the friend that I have been hanging out with and practicing with so much. He and his wife both rope and they have been helping me with my roping so I think it will be an awesome way to thank my Friend and his wife.
Anyway, we all know what happens around here when I make plans don’t we??? So you guessed it. Plans went awry. Mom and I got the Craft room mostly picked up and the table cleared. Then we got the material tub out and made some selections. We did the math and by then it was time for lunch. Every 3 hours or so we did sheep checks so after I ate I headed out to the pasture.
That is as far as a planned day as I got. You see when I got to the pasture shed there stood … DERF! He had escaped his stall. Behind the hay feeder in that same stall was Hersey and she was had a sack exposed. I called Mom in for back up. While she made her way to the pasture shed, I had to do something.
So I started with Derf. I had to get him back to where he was suppose to be. This would take away part of Hersey’s stress. She wasn’t laying down because Derf was upsetting her. That means she was running around with that sack swinging and it could break at any time. I got Derf back into his pen as he is super sweet. I just walked up and grabbed his mane and put him away. Then I latched the gate my way to keep him in.
About that time Mom got to the shed. Her and I tried to get ahold of Hersey to calm her down but she was in a tizzy. Mom went and got some feed for her. While Mom made her way back to the shed with the feed, I got her cornered and was able to head her to the barn. Some place in all that her sack broke.
Mom used the feed to help guild her into the barn when we got her into a pen. At this point we had time to breath and think this thing over. Our issues where this. First, if labor is interrupted in some species, labor can be delayed by up to two hours. Second, the sack broke so she should have been delivering pretty quick. Therefore the wait might take the life of the baby. Third, upon checking Hersey, we found that the lamb had a leg back. Fourth … I couldn’t get either of our Vets on the phone. Fifth, I didn’t want to have to pull another one.
Mom called the Vet Tech Program we sometimes work with and the Vet there said we had to intervene. So we got to it. Mom held while I worked to get ahold of the one leg that was forward. Hersey was doing all she could to help and with a bit of luck, Little Hazel (short for Hazelnut) joined the world.
Now the fun began. Hersey wanted none of Hazel. She didn’t want her in the pen with her. She didn’t want her sucking her. And Mostly she didn’t want to clean her off. So Like last year, we did all the work. I worked to clean up Little Hazel while Hersey would try to headbutt her. Once cleaned up Mom and I got ahold of Hersey and held her while Hazel sucked both sides of Hersey’s sack dry.
After that I took a much needed break and when to the arena to rope. Mom took up residents on a bale of hay with her spinning wheel in front of Hersey’s pen. Mom spun and kept the little girl safe as Hersey tried to get used to her.
After about 2 hours Dad got home and he had to answer for Derf’s bad behavior. As punishment Dad got to help set up the grafting stall.
The stall is what we use to help make new Mommas great Mommas. Or in this case to remind Momma’s how to be great Mommas. As well as for grafting babies to Mommas. What this stall does is hold the Momma in place with her food bowl and yet allow us to help the little one latch on and get their feeding as well. By the time we had done it twice at least Hersey was letting the little one around her without headbutting her around.
So after that we started what will be the first of many family fun feedings. At this point I am doing today’s feeding. Dad will take the 3AM one and then I will feed every feeding until I leave Friday. At that point Mom says she will take over for me but she said that Sunday I have to let her sleep in.