Home on the Range

On the way to the South Camp to move cows we saw this young mule deer (note the big ears like a mule) in velvet just sleeping by the road.

Then a little farther South we saw this antelope. It reminded me of one of the few songs I knew as a child.

Home, home on the range
where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard
a discouraging word,
and the skies are not cloudy all day.”
I guess my home is on that range, maybe except for the skies not being cloudy.
We moved around 500 pairs (I guess that’s really 1000 animals) a few miles today, my cowboy and I and the dogs. We took our time and that means about 5 hours but it all went pretty smooth. We work well together; we’ve been doing it so long that sometimes outside help confuses us (but it’s always still appreciated).

Roxy, Pashaw, and Blue had lots of water breaks which was important since it was so hot. 

When we were waiting for the last cows to go through the gate Blue found the only shade there was, me.

They always think their mother/daughter/son is back there somewhere, but they’ll eventually sort it out.

Another good day with a handsome cowboy.

5 responses to “Home on the Range

  1. Just another day in paradise! Ever hear the Cindy Church song, Love on the Range? It's a good one.

  2. Its been a long time since I moved cows on horseback. The little herd we have now ,its hardly worth it . 500 pairs ,that would be a sight!

  3. I remember that song! :)Awesome! Hope you're having another good day today. 🙂

  4. OMG did you see the ears on that first picture! Wowza! 🙂 I'm not sure I've ever seen an Antelope in real life… I need to get out more 🙂 Missouri just doesn't offer those.

  5. Hmm how is it you guys move 500 cows in five hours and yesterday we moved about 100 cows 7 miles in 4 hours with 12 riders, seems you are way more efficient than we are.

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