Mary’s week of cowboying and cleaning up

This week at Perry Cattle Co., I got to spend a lot of time in the saddle, and I got to clean the barn and some of the equipment.

We needed to clean the barn so that we could brand and vaccinate the seven “slicks” (or unbranded calves) that had just been born or missed since the last branding. It was important to get all the  straw out of the way just in case the branding iron were to hit some of it and caused a fire.  It felt good to clean up the barn because it was instant gratification. After even five minutes, the barn looked good.  By the time it was all said and done, it was good enough to house the Kentucky Derby horses…. if I do say so myself!

I rode Sam, the horse, a few times this week. On Monday we moved the cattle from the lower pasture to the higher pastures. The grasses were lush and tall in the higher pasture, and so the cattle will have plenty of great things to munch on, and without the cattle on it, the lower pasture will be able to recover. Sam and I are starting to get along a lot better now. He did not give me any troubles on Monday. He also behaved on Friday when we were rounding up those seven slicks. Although, I almost got jostled off when we were running after some of the cows. During the branding, I got to run the nord fork. I struggled, but towards the end, I was sort of, kind of,  getting the hang of it!

I have been getting the hang of the sideroll sprinklers and I am so proud of all that I have learned. I have been having a great time working here, and I am so excited to see what new adventures this week will entail!

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