Well here we go again. It’s been three years since I have done a regular writing on this site.
I’m not sure what I am going to do, but I am going to do more. I am going to write some and I’m going to try to put more video up. Tammy has filmed lots of work and we will share some of that, and I purchased a go pro and I will do some with that.
Hopefully I am going to expose you to some things to think about and decide if they work for you, or if you agree or disagree. I really like animals, and I really like people, and I really like the environment, so it’s natural that I like to share thoughts on the things I like. That’s a lot of likes.
The thing I wonder about is what gives me the right to do this, and what makes me qualified?
When I go do a demonstration, the thing that makes me qualified is that the person in charge of doing it thinks I have the skills to present livestock handling. If someone decided to come and watch, they have the decision to make if I am qualified enough to stay and watch. ( there’s been plenty that haven’t). The real nice thing that shows some degree of qualification is if you go back and do it again, or someone wants to see more.
There are lots of critics out there. I used to be quite critical of folks methods myself. After studying on it for several years I realized I was wrong. They had different goals than I did, or a different agenda, so naturally we do things different. So what I try to do is give my opinion in a way that gets my goals across, but in as positive way I can figure out.
People take things way to personal. If you like to one rein stop and bend your horse a whole bunch, have at it. I’m not going to, and if you ride my horse, your not going to either. If your horse is handier than mine, and lives longer and is healthier thats great. I’m pretty happy with my horsemanship, but I would sure like it to be better.
With the cattlehandling, same deal. I am real confident that I can go work snorty bucking bulls,
Settle wild weaned calves in Hawaii, get better flow in a dairy, and pull a sick animal out of a pen in a Feedyard. I feel like I can fit in with any crew and not embarrass myself.
I’ve worked with and learned from some great stockman. I have been so fortunate that my whole life has been in the company of livestock and livestock people.
You can call all this stuff what you want. Low stress cattle handling, natural horsemanship, whatever. Those are just words. I will let those that want to talk and write about what others do have their say. Myself I’m going to step right into the pen and try to “make a hand”. I hope these writings and videos will help you as well.