Ranch life’s monthly challenge-June Memories.

Okay, so first, here is a story! πŸ™‚ I’m gonna do several! πŸ™‚ Here:adayinthesaddle.jpg

πŸ˜€ Yes, as you can tell from the picture, and title, we had our first day of GATHERING CATTLE!!! πŸ˜€ It was a LOT of fun, but also pretty hard! πŸ˜› Now you can’t really focus on doing a good job with the cows AND take pictures, so there aren’t very many pictures…but I’ll show you the ones I have! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€


Up at the barn. Time to stop taking pictures and CATCH MY HORSE!! πŸ˜› Hehe!!! πŸ˜€


Just getting light!


Almost there! πŸ˜€ Herding them back! πŸ™‚ Oh look, Legend’s ears!!


You know how I love shadow pics…




Finally home!! πŸ™‚


I was having fun playing around with close-ups and decided to do one with my shirt! πŸ˜€


Saddle horn.

Okay, so a lot of people ask me: “How do you gather cattle? What do you do?” Well, in answer, here is a little summary of what you do!!! πŸ˜€

So first you have to get dressed in jeans, and a long sleeved shirt. One that will keep the sun off your arms. THEN you do your hair (usually in a braid so the wind doesn’t blow it away…okay well not-) and go outside. Then catch your horse and brush it. And then put on the saddle, and blankets. Then you tighten the cinch- but not too much, cause you want them to still be comfortable in the trailer- and go get other things, such as a water bottle, spurs, …camera…. :/ πŸ˜‰ And also make sure you have the bridle somewhere attached to the saddle! πŸ˜‰ THEN you load your horse in the trailer and drive out to where ever you are gathering cattle! πŸ™‚ And unload your horse and bridle it, and tighten the cinch. Then you ride out into the pasture, or down the road or both. And go into a pasture, find ALL the cows in it, and herd them together, then herd them through the pasture/onto the road…etc! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ You want at least one person on the back, pushing the cows (or if you have good dogs, they can do that), and then someone on the sides to keep the cows together, and usually someone in the front to have the cows follow!!! πŸ˜€ Then you herd them (eventually) into cattle pens, where they’re counted, and loaded onto cattle trucks, and hauled away to go to feedlots and then be butchered! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

There, did you like my little explanation? πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ Hehe!! πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ Okay! πŸ™‚ So…there! πŸ™‚

Painting Cattle pens.

πŸ˜€ This wasn’t EXACTLY the definition of fun…but it was too.. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ We went out to the cattle pens with our paint and PAINTED THEM ALL!!!! πŸ˜€ It took two days! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› We put on a loooong glove, then a short one, then another cotton one, and then dipped our hand in paint, then just rubbed down the fence!!! πŸ˜€ We also built the cattle pens, so it was pretty cool to be building them, THEN painting them too!! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ I can’t show the pictures of us painting cause they’re too private, BUT there were some eggs that I HAD to take pictures of! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› Hehe!


pretty right? I’m PRETTY sure they’re killdeer eggs, but if you know for sure, please tell me!! πŸ˜€


Soo… we have a lot of puppies, so OBVIOUSLY we had to PLAY WITH THEM!!! Two litters were born in June ALSO!!! :O πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ Now THAT IS FUUUUUN!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€ Now these ARE some pretty old pictures-BUT still in June! πŸ˜‰ Here are pictures:



I’ve NEEDED to post these pics for a LOONG time! πŸ˜‰056.JPG142.JPG141.JPG


Asleep on a …brick? πŸ˜› Haha!



Givin’ you that look… πŸ™‚ Cutie poo!!! πŸ˜€ He’s SOOOOO much fluffier now TOO!!! :O

And then my darling 8 pups! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

Β Going to a small carnival…JUST to get Cotton candy!! πŸ˜€



I went to help daddy hay! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› We only got 5 bales baled…but it was still fun!! πŸ˜€ Meanwhile I got the COOOOOLEST sunset pictures!! :O :O πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚



Raking hay!


Seriously, this is about the coolest thing ever!! :O πŸ˜€ I like how it’s all done without any motorized things- other than the tractor!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€



On the way home, there was an AMAZINGLY COOL MOOON!!!! πŸ˜€ I LOOOVE this picture!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€


Taking pictures!!


Aggie before she had her puppies.


Darling Aggie girl! πŸ˜‰

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Aggie before she had her puppies



Chunky Aggs! πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ Before she had her pups! πŸ™‚

And then making yummy slushies!!



taking pics of smoke.


Also delivering lots of mineral bags to cows!! πŸ™‚ With our forewheelers! πŸ™‚

I could probably post for another 20 minutes about other things..but I’d better stop there!! πŸ™‚

So, which was your favorite!? Gathering cattle? Puppies? Haying? Misc.? πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚ I hope you liked the pictures! πŸ˜€ My fav was probably the gathering cattle one!! πŸ˜€ If you read all of this, then CONGRATS!!! πŸ˜€ *hands out virtual smarties* πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ BYYE GUYS!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€



One last picture!!! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€