Back at it.

I haven’t had much of a chance to throw a scoop loop out there at ya. I have been working on the 63 ranch for the last year and a half and there was plenty to visit about, just no time to do it. When I was traveling so much it was easy to find time on an airplane or in a motel room.

I decided to come home and not continue working on the 63 ranch. I’ve been home since the first of the year. I’ve got lots of things to do on the place after being gone pretty much for two years.

It sure feels good to be on my own place. It was a great time at the 63 and I really got back to the roots of horsemanship and had about fifty horses to take total care of and a few cattle to keep track of, but there is nothing like your own place and doing your own thing.

I rode a lot this past summer.  It was a couple miles up to the main 63 ranch and I would leave my barn at daylight and be gone all day.  I got in real good shape keeping horses shod and rode, and really felt good.

There was a little appy horse that was one that I rode a lot at the ranch.  Last spring when I put the first ride on him he really bucked with me.  I got him rode but when I got off to open a gate I couldn’t stand up.  I thought I had cracked my pelvis.  It was sore for a few days but got better.  

I would ride one and lead one then the next morning ride the other and lead the one I had ridden home.  I was riding the appy home leading another horse one afternoon and all of a sudden he broke in two.( I think the other horses halter rope got under his tail)  That little bugger would jump and kick and really drop and hit the ground hard.  He bucked for a long ways down the road and finally quit when I got him up against a bank.   I was really hurting just like when he bucked before.  I have heard from a lot of my friends that have broke their pelvis when a horse bucks.  As we get older I think this is a big problem.

Any way, long story short I didn’t break my pelvis, but I hurt something and it really hurt after riding.  I’m not sure what it was but for the first time the other day it didn’t hurt when I got done riding. That’s a big relief.  The reason I am telling this story is to make sure and emphasize how careful we need to be as we get older and or body’s get more prone to injury.  Be careful!

I have been away from our place for a couple years and need to do lots of catching up, which I have been doing.  I’m ready to get back to work on the presentation side of my life.  I got word that we are going with the Stockmanship and Stewardship series with Merc and the NCBA.

Elko, NV – July 17 – 18

Durango, CO – August 27 – 28

Danville, IN – September 10 – 11

Ontario, OR – October 8 – 9

Bowling Green, KY – October 22 – 23

We are also presenting in Nashville, Tennessee at the NCBA convention trade show August 10-12, 2021

I’ve been getting some requests to do other things too.  I’m ready.

My son Rial has a interest in doing some video work.  We are going to try to do some things that we hope will be useful, enjoyable for folks to watch, and get you to thinking .  Horse, dogs and livestock and managing resources is the main focus, but with Rial who knows where it’s going!

Anyway he put together our first video.  He did great getting it filmed and edited. I didn’t even know he was filming at the auction market. He is putting together more to share some ideas we have on stockmanship

Here’s the link.

Lots of good memories from the 63 ranch

I called him “Crow Boy”

to honor the natives that were on the land before the white man came along.

I always enjoy moving horses

packing salt

lots of variety of horses

Going virtual

Chase DeCoite and the Beef Quality Assurance team have stepped up the Stockmanship and Stewardship program to a new level.

Ron Gill, Dean Fish and I are a part of the program, and my daughter Mesa joined in to help. We spent a couple of days filming some real working situations that are not possible to get in a arena demo. We filmed it at Ron’s ranch in Decatur, Texas.

We did a real fun thing that I’m exited to see how it turned out, what we called the fire side chat.

It’s now in the hands of the production crew to see what they come up with to show gathering, sorting, loading, processing, horsemanship for stockmanship, and loading bulls in the open.

I’m exited to be a part of the event and I think you would benefit from watching it.

We will be participating in the live video feed on the days of the event. It’s combining the most modern technologies with one of the oldest skills that we like to call stockmanship and stewardship.

You can sign up to join in on this link.

We all hope to get back to more live demos soon, and feel both are good teaching tools.

I’m Gonna Live Forever

Billy Joe Shaver died. He was not only one of my favorite singer/songwriters, but a mans man that seemed to have lots of challenges in life but just kept on living a simple life and writing and singing songs about life. I never saw a picture of him without a well worn cowboy hat, wrangler denim shirt, boots and the same belt and buckle. I read the book “Honky Tonk Hero” and learned a lot about his life. He shot a guy outside a bar in Waco, was a pro bronc rider, was the start of the outlaw movement in country music, and was a believer in God.

He wrote the song “ If you don’t love Jesus, go to hell”. I doubt they would play it at the church at Agape Boarding school, but they might at the Hubbard cowboy church. One of my favorite movies is a spaghetti western named “Trinity “ and there is a line in it that says “the ways of the lord are many”.

Several years ago I was in Fort Worth and did a demo at the Texas and Southwest Cattlemen’s convention. I for some reason felt the need to get out of the big city. I headed south on 35 and got of on the first main road I new headed west. I think it was “67” (there was a western store at the exit) headed to Glen Rose. I had the radio on and it had an ad for the “Brazos River Music Fest” and I thought that would be a good place to go.

I find the spot and it’s in a park on the river. I walk around and find me a spot in the shade and buddy up with a real nice Mexican family and some of their friends. I was really enjoying the music and seeing people really enjoying the Texas music. The headliner was supposed to be Darrell Dodd. For some reason he didn’t show. They said they had a surprise fill in. If my memory serves me correctly everyone was guessing who it might be. Well, they made a big deal about the secret introduction and out steps Billy Joe Shaver.

He stepped up and sang and played his heart out. It was incredible how he took ahold of a audience that was disappointed and turned it into a crowd that was very into his performance.

Then he spoke about his son Eddy who had died not to long before. After his emotional talk about overcoming challenges and going on with life he sang the song “I’m going to live Forever “ and I have never been so moved by a song being sung. He stood there singing his guts out looking at the sky and flapping his arms like wings like he was flying away. I can’t explain what it was like. He had everyone in the place in awe.

I have been a fan of a man that was not perfect but lived what he lived and seemed to enjoy the simple things in life. He’s gonna live forever in songs!