The Longest Day!
Trip Start Sep 26, 2010
28Trip End Oct 15, 2010
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Down at the barn for 6.30am, we had the horses loaded on the trailers and went out, mob handed, to separate the cows from the calves, of 2 of the herds we moved yesterday. This involved all of us riding out to round up the first herd and bring them into the corrals, then we got a rest whilst the professionals separated the cows into one pen and the calves into another.
We were then given a choice of working the calves or riding out to gather some cows that had escaped from their field, Iris, Tracey and Kim elected to stay with the calves, and I went to round up cows, with the other 3 guests here. Well I have never met more awkward cows in my life, but we eventually got them back where they belonged and returned to the others. Riding across the plains chasing cows is such fun!
On our return I was horrified to be confronted by Iris and Tracey wielding cattle prods, and Kim with the most enormous hypodermic syringe I have ever seen!! They were sending calves down the chute to be vaccinated, and de-bugged, up to their armpits in it and happy as pigs in you know what!!
Nevertheless, all stopped at 12 for lunch. We drove back to the ranch, leaving the horses behind, tied to their trailers, and had a quick lunch, (still a full cooked meal, mind!) and returned to the job in hand. The horses were still standing where we had left them. This time I took the enormous syringe, what fun!!
Once we had finished with the calves we had to drive the cows away, as you can imagine they were not overjoyed at the idea, but all went as smoothly as can be expected. We rode back to base at a cracking pace, because, guess what, we had to do it all over again with a second lot!!
To be fair they did give us the option of returning to the ranch if we had had enough, and most did go back, only Tracey, me and Amy, one of the other guests, stayed. Unfortunately by now Tracey had broken her horse, so she had to use Kim's, and then later on when she went out again, she was on yet another horse, Little Red, so she has had THREE today! Greedy!
We did not get back to the ranch until after 7pm, and were dirty but happy, a job well done today. Traceys grin was from ear to ear, she has been doing all day exactly what she came here to do. And as we enjoyed today so much, we have to it all over again tomorrow!!
We are being fed very well, 3 cooked meals a day! Some of us are struggling slightly with that concept, lots of beef, no surprise there then. We had steaks the other night that did not fit the plate, it took 3 of us to eat one!
There are only 3 other guests here, they came together, an American couple and their English friend, who happens to be from Derbyshire.
Sorry haven't got any photos for you today yet, but just look at yesterdays, and you will get the general idea. Will get some on for tomorrows blog.
Everyone here is fit and healthy, no accidents or ailments, so nobody need worry. Everyone sends their love to their respective folks. Time for bed. Goodnight. XXXXX