The sky above, the mud below

Headed north to Canada for a few days.  I’ve been home for a while and getting lots of things done.  I have been riding three horses real consistent and getting a couple of young dogs out and working while moving my tiny heard of cattle around to feed a couple of times a day.  I really have been enjoying myself, and feel real good about the progress we’re making and the way we are making it.

I read a thing on eating a while back that has really changed the way I  approach things.

When eating it said to change your focus from your brain to your stomach.

What a simple concept that I was missing.  I really like to eat, and I’m not real picky on the kind of food, as long as it it’s good.  I eat a lot. Too much.

So I am trying to shift my thinking to really enjoying the eating but having my mind down below rather than up above.  It’s really helping me enjoy eating during and after.

Well I have been thinking about this with other things, and I think it would be helpful for you to explore this way of doing things.  It puts the focus to the place that is effective.

The three things that seem to interfere with doing our best is a lack of self discipline, lack of skill development, and ego.  

If you don’t have self discipline, you may be working hard but the focus is in the wrong area, so it’s not effective.

Developing the skills to achieve something is about learning.  The better we get at learning, the easier it gets to develop skills physically and mentally.  Learning can become a way of life.

Ego can really drive a person to develop skills.  It’s a good thing to a point, but I have been watching this for a long time and people with real strong egos usually end up frustrated and the animals and people around them end up not getting the best quality of situations in life.

As I mentioned I have been riding quite a bit.  At one time in my life I didn’t have any hair on the inside of my legs.  That means I rode a lot.  It’s not that way anymore and I miss riding and crave it.

When I was a kid I don’t think there was a day when I didn’t have my legs wrapped around a horse.  I would ride my pony Pee Wee to the corner of the pasture on the way to the bus and turn him loose.  We just rode, that’s what my sister and I did.

We weren’t training horses, we were just riding and it was our entertainment.  We did things we shouldn’t have done and it’s pretty amazing we survived it, but we did. We  weren’t training our horses, they were training us.  How to ride,

How to catch, how to take care of and all kinds of things.

When I started riding bucking horses I learned to really admire and respect the spirit and athleticism of the horse.  I just can’t explain what an appreciation you get for the horse when you ride them for eight seconds at a time and they are giving it all they have got.  I have been in awe of it since the first horse I got on and really feel bad for the horse when I see someone take the life and spirit out of the horse.  It makes me sad.  When I have to ride that way I will quit for the love of the horse.

The next phase was starting colts and getting horses handier.  I’ve alway rode horses that have lots of go.  I was influenced by lots of different people and I went through lots of ego based horsemanship.  Some of the skills I was learning were real important for what I needed to do.  Getting a horse to stop, back up and turn around in balance we’re things I had not learned before and it was real helpful.  Then it took ahold of me and my ego took over and I feel sorry for what I put some horses through because of it.

I’ll give the example of flying lead changes.  I had a paint Mare we called Major.

I really worked on lead changes and she got to wear I could do pretty good changes every couple of strides.  She was always bothered a little when doing them.  She and another horse  I had named “Count” went through a lot of my ego horsemanship days.

I really never found the need for a flying lead change worth the trouble I put Major through.  I wasn’t showing horses, but I was showing off my horsemanship.  I didn’t take the try out of her, but I sure got her a little bothered.

I think when I got real interested in the cattlehandling is when I started to change my horsemanship.  When I started to try to use my horses not to force cattle to react, but to get them to change their mind and decide to do it, that changed everything.

Now it was about being in the perfect position to create the proper pressure.  That really changed the focus line to a different spot, just like changing your focus to the stomach from the taste buds.

I actually get so much more pleasure out of eating and riding with the shift.  I’m real sure my horses are better off.

As I watch things and create my point of view it is becoming clear that many people get drawn to focusing on the wrong spot.  

Be careful.  Don’t let yourself get focused on the wrong spot.  As I try to figure out how the people who’s skill I admire have gotten those skills, I feel they have learned to shift the focus to what really matters to make it work.

It seems if you move your focus down below it will help in lots of situations.In eating move the focus from head to stomach, in horsemanship move your focus from the body down to the feet, and in if you move your focus to the soil your crops and grass will benefit. 

In all these things it’s real easy to be influenced to do just the opposite.

Think of some of the things that are important to you and see if you have your focus on the right spot.  I hope it helps.


Here is a great song as an added bonus to make the point and enjoy a story

The Quantum Physics Of Stockmanship

I rewatched “ What The Bleep Do We Know” a few days ago.  It really got me to thinking and I was not disappointed in my memory of it.  It goes right back to what we think and how we act creates contentment or unhappiness in our life.  I like the science behind it but also the kind of out there thinking that really gets my brain going.

So how does this have anything to do with stockmanship?  It has everything to do with it.  

I have gotten to see and be a part of so many different types of human/animal interactions.  I’ve seen the strongest toughest guys in the world scared to death of and/or very gentle  when working with animals.  I’ve seen people that were not very tough or strong spur and jerk horses, hot shot the heck out of cattle, and kick a dog.  It has  little to do with a persons physical and lots to do with a persons mental.  The brain and how it has learned to handle fear and stimulation from the interaction with animals.

I don’t know if everything in the movie is scientifically proven fact, but let’s assume that it is.  There are some things that could really make a difference in how you can be successful in your interactions that you want to have with animals.

One experiment they highlight is the study of water by Dr Emoto.  He put different words like “I love you” or “I hate you” on a jar of water and then looked at the crystals in a microscope.  It is amazing what happens to the molecular structure of the water.  Check it out on google.

I believe I recall our animals are about 80% water.  If we are angry or don’t like them it could be changing the way their body and brain works when we interact with them, just the same as in the water experiments.  On the other side if we feel good about them and like interacting in a positive way could we change their molecular structure and have a better immune response?

Maybe the hotshot isn’t bad, but the intent of the person using it.  If the intent was different in the first place, the animal might have not needed the extra prodding.

I hope you will really think about this and study it.  Watch the YouTube videos.

It might be a bunch of bull, but it might not.

Another thing I picked up from the film was how people create the same situations without even realizing it.  Somehow our brain gets stimulus even if it is a negative and we get a satisfaction or stimulation from it even if we could have a better situation.

I’ll give an example of something that a lot of people disagree with me on.  The overbending of the horses neck while riding or preparing them to ride.

The  reason people disagree is we want different outcomes and are riding with different goals.  The first thing is I don’t get a fear response in my brain when a horse bucks or wants to run off.  I feel confident I can ride most anything, and at one time in my life I felt like I could ride anything and proved it.  This is not normal and because of my former experience and physical ability it did not create a fear in my brain.

The other thing is if felt if you let a horse move out and helped him through his fear with proper riding skills and let him think his way out of the fear it would stick and then the human became a positive stimulus in the horses brain as well.  I could get what I wanted and not take the life and try out of my horse.

This is what I like, and makes my brain tell me to work with as many animals as I can because I get such a good feeling of getting along and getting things done.

I didn’t realize that this is not for most people. The reason is because of the fear factor when riding something so powerful as a horse.  That why I don’t fit the horse world very well.  

I have nothing against spurs, and feel some people really need them.  I haven’t wore spurs for a long time.  I feel my horses are very responsive to my feel because I keep the life in them by not bending them, and I keep a real forward attitude with lots of “life” in my mind.

On the other side of the mountain, I ride with a snaffle bit.  Even though I have lots of go in my horses I like the feel and control I get with a snaffle and can really get to the horses mind, then to his body without taking the life out.  THAT REALLY GIVES ME SOME GOOD FEELING IN MY BRAIN.

But that’s me, and I didn’t pay enough attention to what other people were going through with this fear.  When people put a helmet and a safety vest on they are afraid.  They should be.  So they do things to try to be safer.  So they do lots of ground work that takes some of the life out so they feel safe.  Then they get on and have to have a way to feel safe so they bend the horse and disengage the hind end to feel safe.  This takes lots of the forward out of the horse and they feel safer.

That’s  good for the human.  But what about the horse.  Every time he tries he gets shut down or taught to escape through a shoulder.  After a while the horse loses the will to go forward and some of the try is gone.

Well then the rider gets more confidence and wants to go.  Now it’s hard to get the horse to go because we have taken some of the life out, and it’s hard to get him to go where we want because we have thought him to not go strait.

So I was wrong for some people, but not for the horse.

I had a real nice experience last week at a feedyard.  They had a little horse that always bucked when they first got on him and would buck if you put to much pressure on to quick out working cattle.  

I said I would like to ride him.  They brought him into the barn after lunch.  I groomed him with my hand in the tie stall.  I put one arm against him and groomed him with the other hand.  I call this a three point contact. (Thank you to Dr Robert Miller).  I feel this will really help get a horse to let down some of its fear or anxiety.  When he got a little tight I would do what my subconscious would tell me to do to relax him.  I saddled and bridled him the same way.  I then led him out with all the other guys and got off the concrete and out in the dirt with a little more room and stepped to him like I was going to get on.

I noticed several of the guys had their cell phones out so they were expecting a little something.  When I stepped to him to get on he got tight and ready to buck.  I relaxed him with the three point contact and as soon as he was relaxed I led him forward as if I was on him(from out front). I stepped back to him after he walked relaxed and calm.  He was fine with me putting my foot in the stirrup so I stepped half way on.  He got tight again so I relaxed him and as soon as he was not thinking about bucking I stepped down and lead him forward.  I did the same one more time, maybe twice.

He felt good the next time so I just stepped on.  He felt relaxed so I lead him forward by taking his head to the right just a little and leading him forward from his back.  I didn’t use my legs as that would of made him want to buck.  He walked off real nice and I took him in a 20 foot circle to the left and a twenty foot circle to the right and said we we ready to go.  

He was perfect all afternoon and I got lots of work done on him.  The next morning I just saddled him and stepped on and was ready to go.  He didn’t try to buck one time and I really enjoyed riding him.

Now the thing is he could have blown up and bucked me off.  Then everyone would have said I should have done ground work.  

I did do ground work. It fit this horse.  If it didn’t I was willing to suffer the consequences and try to ride him.  I see people that are afraid they will have trouble create a lot more trouble than they had before they started.  This is why it is so important to get a horse that matches your ability.

I feel I can get along real good with horses, dogs and cattle because I can match pressure mentally and physically with them.  The more I’m around animals the more important this becomes to me.  

It really bothers me and I get the wrong brain stimulus when I fight with animals or make them afraid.  It really makes me feel good when I can really get along with animals and they feel content with me.  Same with people.

The animals I am interacting with in my life are really making me feel good.  When We sit in the house in the evening We have three dogs and three cats pretty close by.  The three hoses I am riding are all really working nice and not bothered to much, and I am not fighting with them, just having fun.

It is so great to ride out on these young horses and have a couple young dogs and an old fat one and not be yelling and screaming commands at them and not jerking and spurring on my horse.  The cattle take a little pressure sometimes from the pups, but want to be with me as that’s where the pressure is off.  They need a little exercise anyway.

So I hope you understand what I’m trying to say.  You create your own situations.  You set it up so your animals work well and you work your animals well. YOU CREATE THE STRUCTURE IN THE JAR OF WATER!

Anger and fear(of failure) create negative situations while confidence and knowledge create positive situations.

As we were riding out as a group  at the feedyard that day the fellow they all look up to as a real good hand said the day wasn’t over and the little horse would buck.  We were going along and his three year old did something and he got after him with his spurs and bit pretty aggressive.  I don’t know if the horse did something wrong or something else did something wrong, but the horse got the pressure.  I like the fellow and am sure he gets a lot done, I just wonder if he feels as good as he could, and if the animals that he interacts with could be better, and I wonder if the people that pay him wouldn’t get better value from him if he used a better kind of pressure. (Not necessarily less, but better)

I hope you will watch the movie, or at least think about the pressure you use and honestly analyze if it is the best for you and that you haven’t got into a pattern that is not the best for you or your animals.

On another note.  As I have noted before I have been reading a daily chronological bible all year.  I’m just to the time when Jesus is tried and going to be crucified.  I was thinking Jesus fit right into the thinking of creating the right pressure through parables and examples.  What the bleep and the Bible fit pretty good together-if that’s what you want!

Temple Talk

Here is a trailer of Temple Grandin speaking at the Best Horses Practices Summit.  I’ve seen her speak and present lots of times but I felt she was really “on” at this one and I think it would be worth the money to listen to this.


The video reminds me of a “Ted Talk” so I titled it Temple Talk.



I am headed home.  I was last there the 6th of September.  I sure am ready ready.  My flight from Pasco to Denver is my 90th on United this year and that’s important as it puts me at Platinum status, which means that I can check two bags for free and one can be over fifty pounds.  I can take my saddle for free and that saves a lot of money for the year.  I also get a better chance at good seats.

I had a hard time sleeping last night as I have had so much information in the last weeks go into my brain and I was trying to process it all.  

We just finished the Stockmanship and Stewardship event in Pasco, Washington.  I ended up eating with and sitting with the crew from Beef Northwest, and talked to lots of cowboys in the crowd.  I am drawn to the Hispanics and the horseback culture and We always have things to discuss.

These are the people I have the most in common with.  I don’t have a P.H.D. but I am a good P.H.D. (post hole digger), and most of the folks that are hired to handle and take care of animals are the same.  The ones that are working in all kinds of weather and all kinds of conditions for the lowest pay are the ones I can and want to relate too.  We need to give them the tools and support to get the job we ask them to do done.  

They have to be tough to work the hours and in the conditions the livestock industry requires.  There are certain cultures they follow and are and should be real proud of that culture.  Sometimes the culture gets in the way of how management wants things done and how the culture has got it done.  I feel if I can help bridge this gap, I will serve a real good purpose in the world. 

I also was thinking about how different our culture of the whole industry is from the rest of the world.  Up until 150 years or so ago everyone had to deal with animals in North America.  Horses were used for work and livestock was for meat and milk.  They say less than 2% of the population is involved with production agriculture, but just think how small the percentage is of those involved with animal agriculture.

I wonder what percentage have pets, and now look at animals completely different than their ancestors of 150 years ago.

Wife Tammy has been at “The Home Ranch” for two weeks doing yoga and horsemanship.  The ladies that come want to interact with horses and get more at one with their bodies, mind and spirit.  It’s a real great place and you don’t go there if you don’t have some money to spend.  

It gives me the chance to see just how different the world those of us that produce beef are from those that might eat beef.  One of the big things they were dealing with was the weather and if they would ride in the indoor arena, outside, or not ride at all. (The people that are responsible for the care of livestock don’t have that option)Another big dilemma was praying before the evening supper.  Lots of different faiths and beliefs bringing out “egos” at a yoga retreat.  From my understanding yoga is about letting go of your ego and acceptance of others. Interesting.

I’m pretty sure most of the ladies are very concerned about how the food they eat is raised.  I bet lots of them are willing to pay extra for “cage free” or “free range “ and are concerned about animal welfare. 

Most of them have know idea about animal care and welfare and what it takes to produce good healthy beef.  They have lots of opinions on what is right and wrong, but have know idea of the facts and science, just what someone marketing to them is putting in there mind.

At all the Stockmanship and Stewardship events we have done this year we have been presenting to people that are in the business of raising beef. Hispanic pen riders, cowboys, farmers, feedlot operations, grass fed beef producers, people wanting to get into the beef business, students and all other levels of producers wanting to raise beef in the name of BQA which stands for  beef quality assurance.  Everything is about animal welfare and science to produce better and healthier beef.

It looks to me like we all want the same thing, we just have different opinions of what it is.  Why?  That’s a good question.

I have been thinking about the brain science I heard about last week.  The release of chemicals that make humans and animal feel good and the release of chemicals that make humans and animals feel bad.  

I watched a movie many years ago called “What the Bleep”.  It was all about quantum physics and how people’s thoughts and feelings created their behavior.  I’m going to watch it again.  I feel this is the answer to most of our questions we are trying to answer.  If we want to change the habits and behavior of our workers, our customers, and our animals we must understand how the brain works and look at things from a scientific standpoint to overcome the emotions of fear, greed, and ego and overcome it with facts, common sense and true compassion for humans and animals.

As I look back over the last month, much of the funding for the livestock conferences I have been involved with were from big Pharma.  Zoetis in Canada and Mexico, Boehringer Ingelheim sponsor the Stockmanship and Stewardship tour, and Elanco was a big sponsor of the conference in Monterrey, Mexico.  They are all very dedicated to animals and the people that raise them.  If there was not a need for them they would go away.  

For some reason it seems that they have become the enemy and the negative part of our industry to the consumer.  “All natural, hormone free” is the easiest way to change the brain response for a housewife that cares about her family.

Free range brings a wonderful feeling to people that don’t know.  The cows that are being predated on by wolves in the Northwest would be much more content in a confinement barn.  They are living in total fear and the conception rates and sickness rate show how stressed these animals are in this “free range “ environment.

So after a month and a little on the road I have become even more passionate about my job and inspired by all the great people I come in contact with that are so dedicated to people and animals.

One last thought.

I’ve been to lots of livestock meetings in the last several years.  At many they pray before the meal (mostly in the south ). At many they don’t. (mostly in the north)I have never heard anyone complain about how or if they prayed.  The only ones I know what religion they are are the Catholics that cross themselves.  I’m sure there have been Jewish, Amish, Protestants, Baptist’s and even some atheists.  They just adjust and do their own thing and let others do their own.  When there is no prayer offered I see lots of folks praying on their own.  I think people of the land become more tolerant because of the life we must live.  Drought and death will make some things seem pretty trivial and puts faith into perspective.  Working with Mother Nature and animals is good for the body and soul.  I feel sorry for people that don’t get to be a part of it. 


We are in Pasco, Washington for the Stockmanship and Stewardship event.  The facility is named “Trac” and I was here several years ago at a horse expo.

I was the first one on the program and I was on a horse we called Sewball, so named because I liked a song by that name by Robert Earl Keen.  They had an arena set up and then a bunch of 12×12 pens to display horses and booths to display merchandise.

I was sitting on Stewball drinking a cup of coffee with my cinch real loose.  They had a lady singing the National Anthem and I had my hat off and my reins over my saddle horn.  Stewball was always messing with me(he had lots of personality) and he started pawing so I put weight in my right stirrup to get him to quit.  My saddle turned  and he whirled around bucked me off and bucked around and through the trade show and horses all while the National Anthem was being sung.  It was really a wreck and it just happened that my friend and good cowboy buddy Pat Beard had walked through the door to see the whole thing.  It was quite a way to start the horse Expo.

It was really funny and only a few of the stallion owners were a little upset to have a horse bucking through their pens.

It is a great song and coming here brought back some great memories.






We finished the third Stockmanship and Stewardship event in Stephenville, Texas last Friday and Saturday.  Many conferences start at 1 in the afternoon so they don’t have to provide a noon meal.  It’s just economics as food is a big expense.  Not in Texas.  They not only fed us lunch, but Catered Heart 8 Bar-b-que which is very good.  We ate very good the whole time, from great cow beef tenderloin to full breakfast and fajitas for lunch.  

Everything was great from the facility, the horses, cattle, staff and speakers and the attendees.  Once again, a great learning experience on lots of thing having to do with Stockmanship, Stewardship, and Beef Quality Assurance.

The theme of the program was how to make the change to better stockmanship. They had three very prominent stockman on a panel discussing how they had seen and made changes in the operations they were involved with.

They all spoke about Bud Williams, a very well known and respected stockmanship expert.  All three on the panel told as to how he kind of offended many of the people that  came to learn or were there to help.  Many were cowboys that got offended.  I watched the crowd as they told the stories and most were very amused and almost seemed to approve.  Bud Williams skills were great and valuable, but many of the folks missed the chance to learn because of their state of mind.

It is always fascinating to me to see how some people get offended and how some are willing to not get offended from the desire to learn.  I’ve seen many horseman and stockman make people feel bad, and I just don’t understand how  anyone really benefits.  

It was daughter Mesa’s Birthday so we met in Fort Worth and ended up going to the snaffle bit futurity to watch.  It was the reining competition when we were there.  Mesa knew lots of folks and introduced me to some.  One fellow had worked for a real well known colt starter several years ago.  He was a little surprised at how he went about it as the boss was a student of Tom Dorrance, a real legend in the horse world for getting people to use the right pressure on horses.  He wasn’t bad mouthing him and didn’t say he thought he was wrong, just that he though it would be different.

I really enjoyed the day with Mesa, and am so proud of the hand she is and that she is searching and working to be the best she can be in her way, not mine or anyone else’s.

I flew to Durango, Colorado next for the “Horseman’s Summit”.  I was asked to come and introduce Temple Grandin as she was the keynote speaker.  She gave a great presentation and the people in attendance ate it up and really got some ideas.  She didn’t tell one thing about how to sit the horse or hold you reins or any of the training things.  It was all about the mind, and right and wrong in the way we care for and handle our animals.


[Temple and I horseback doing a cattlehandling video for NCBA.  Temple suggested I use a GoPro on my horse to get some good video.  She really does think in pictures.]

In the past I didn’t see how valuable her presentations were and I let my and other people’s egos get in the way of my learning from Temple.  Just like her not improving the way I sit on or handle my reins when I am riding,  she might not tell me the proper place to be gathering cattle in the pasture(and she might)what I learn from her enhances what I know from experience and other people.

I don’t think many cowboys want to learn from her, not because she says things that offend them, it’s because she is to different and they can’t make the transition.  Too bad for them.

The next speaker was Dr. Steve Peters, and he spoke on horse brain science. He speaks about working with horses from the scientific side as far as fear based reactions and pressure and release of pressure and what it does to the brain and how different training methods effect the brain activity.  I enjoyed it as I think I might be on the right trac with my thinking.  If it went against what I thought I might not of enjoyed it near as much.  It would depend on my “ego-nomics” for that day.(I just made that word up)

There were lots of good speakers on really interesting and important subjects.  They had live demos in the afternoon to tie in with the lectures in the morning.

The first day was great and I had lots to think about.  I heard several comments about how terrible the “ futurity “ world was.  The people at the conference had a completely different opinion than the people in Fort Worth that hooped and hollered when a snaffle bit horse got in the ground and slid to a stop or turned around really fast.  One interesting thing was that a previous speaker and a very well thought of clinician whose name was mentioned many times in a real positive way at the conference was the same person that the fellow had mentioned had started Colts and thought he did things faster with the young horses than he would have.  This fellow was showing horses at the futurity. So the people that were criticizing the futurity world for too much pressure thought highly and almost worshiped the fellow that the guy showing horses in the futurity world thought put a lot of pressure on when starting colts.  Interesting.

The second day was great for me.  Dr Rebecca Gimenez Husted  gave incredible presentation on horse rescue and preparing for natural disaster and preventing man made disasters.  We need this presentation in the beef industry.

Next up was a speaker from Germany.  His name was Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, a veterinarian and student of classical dressage and “Biomechanics in Riding” was the title of his presentation.  I was very surprised when he mentioned the name of a fellow I have rode and roped with a lot, Rolland Moore, and how impressed he was with his horses and horsemanship.  His talk was on improper riding and training creating lame and bad minded horses.  He was a great speaker and used the science of the anatomy of the horse to prove his thoughts.  

Again it fit with many things I believe so I liked it very much, and proved in my mind I’m on the right track.  I’ve been criticized very much on my stance on overbending of horses by some in the horse world.  If you are interested in the horse mentally and physically, you have to see what effects things have on the horse.  If your ego causes you to only see it from a different point of view, like how you want to see things, you might not be able to see it.

He also challenge my thinking on some of the things I have been saying so I have to rethink some of the things I thought in my study of classical dressage.

We had lunch together and talked a lot and went out and watched the arena demos together.  I learned a lot on how to sit better on a horse.  I really am exited about the new things I am thinking about and bought both of his books and just about have one of them read.

I really didn’t know why in the heck I was there and was thinking I could be home.  I am so glad I was there.  When I looked at the audience the folks (mostly ladies) really enjoyed it.  There were a couple other guys that were soaking up the knowledge and it looked like they would use it.

You see, it seems to me the cowboys of the world, or the upper level English riders were not there but really needed to be. The crowd that was there were just adding to what they already believed.  I’m not sure any one in attendance had a life changing experience.

The same thing happens at cattle events.  The ones that come are not the cowboys that got offended when someone did things different, unless the boss makes them come.  That’s where I think it is important to draw them to better stockmanship and horsemanship rather than driving them away.

I think it has a lot to do with what Dr Peters had to say about the brain and it’s reward and fear systems.  Same thing that goes for horses might go for humans.  We need to look at this to get better “people-man-ship” skills to get people to change.

So the bottom line is everyone has some ego and some opinion.  We all want others to have the same thoughts as we do.  The more you believe the more you want others to believe, and the more you want to be around like minded folks.

We all have the choice to decide what we think is right and wrong.  We have the choice to put pressure on ourselves and create contentment or stress in our lives.  I want to be content and have made decisions to not be around people that create stress and pressure in my life, or at least not accept the negative pressure from them.  I have the ability to do that, and so do you.  You can create your own pressure and contentment level in life.

Animals can’t.  When you put a fence around an animal you just changed his freedom and abilities to make some decisions.  Because of this we are responsible for the pressure and contentment in our animals life.

The big question is are you willing to look at common sense and science to really analyze and see if you need to change, or is your ego in the way.  Can we find ways to get others to do the same?  If you really care about animals and people you will try.


I thought this would be a nice way to end this discussion.  Will your ego allow it?


Grizzly bears and waking up on the wrong side of Mexico

I spent the last four days in Mexico.  The symposium in Monterrey, Nuevo León was really great.  A couple hundred people came to the pre symposium live cattle handling I did and their were six hundred at the main conference.


The people I have been exposed to in Mexico are really open to learning.  They are such good hosts.  Dennise Garza and her husband Manual picked me up and took care of me the whole time I was there.  I had met a few of the people that were at the conference when I was in Mexico previously, but most were all new.  I ate lots of Mexican carne and enjoyed it.



The demo was very challenging.  I had flown all night and didn’t get much sleep so I was a little more fuzzy minded than normal (75% fuzzy rather than 50%).  They didn’t have enough ear pieces for all the attendees so we hooked my microphone to the translators earpiece and then he would translate over the PA in Spanish.  It really throws my delivery off and it took a while to get comfortable.  The cattle were real nice to work and the facility was good so that part was a big help.

When I spoke at the symposium they had earpieces for everyone and it was much easier.  I don’t do PowerPoint so I just get up there and start talking without really knowing where I’m going to go.  It really makes me nervous before I start as it all has to come to you as your presenting and I am real nervous about going over on time.  There were lots of really good presentations before me and they all used PowerPoint, so the crowd was about “slided”out so I think it’s good to present using a water bottle and my Greeley hat.

It also challenges me to come up with different ways to present stockmanship and helps me not to get stale saying the same presentation over and over.  My mind just doesn’t work that way.  The only problem is that I always miss something that was important to say, and lots of times I say things I shouldn’t.

The interpreter got a big kick out of one thing I said.  They wanted to put a GoPro on one of the heifers to put back through the chute.  I had done it before with a harness deal that comes with the GoPro.  I was trying to get it on and off in the chute and I said I would have been a lot better at this when I was a young man with a lot more “bra”practice.  Sometimes I talk faster than I think, and it’s better to be like my friend Kelly Pollard that thinks faster than he talks.

We had great meals, lots of companionship, and lots of great Mexican hospitality from the sponsors and the hosts.

After the two days in Monterrey, I flew to Cancun to a Feedlot symposium put together for key customers of Zoetis Mexico.  Here I knew many of the attendees and most of the Zoetis people, and had my favorite lady in Mexico, Lulu translating.

I felt very comfortable and my friend and fellow cattlehandling instructor Estaban ? helped me with what they would like to focus on.  I was the opening presenter so they were all fresh and awake.  It was a good afternoon and evening.

We were at an all inclusive resort so we ate good.  I went to bed and was looking forward to getting up early and going for a swim.  I listen to KGHL on the internet in the morning but the programming was not at the correct time.  I got to putting things together, looked at the map and realized I was on the gulf side of Mexico instead of the pacific.  I had always thought Cancun was on the west side and never had looked.

I woke up on the wrong side of Mexico!  It was a good swim in the early morning, then at breakfast I had a nice visit with Guillermo González, the one that coordinates my work for Zoetis in Mexico.  Somehow the conversation got on Grizzly bears.  He shared this photo of the last Grizzly bear killed in Mexico. I think it was in the early 1960’s.


I watched the conference for a bit and then off to the aeropuerto to fly to Texas for the Stockmanship and Stewardship event.  Come see us if you are close Stephenville, Texas.