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Over 20 years ago I did two colt starting demonstrations a day at Las Vegas Event Center Cowboy Christmas during the WNFR for Purina for several years.
It was great fun to start colts in downtown Las Vegas in front of the rodeo crowd. We met so many people and David Nelson and Darrell Burnett really treated us great and the time there created lots of good memories for our family. We even got to ride on the Binion stagecoach one night at the rodeo.
A funny thing happened one day. I had finished a demo and was visiting with some old cowboys and Mesa was riding our saddle horse “Zorro” and he farted her off in the round pen. She was all upset about it and I told he she was probably the only one to ever get bucked off in downtown Las Vegas for along time.
Fast forward 20 years or so and Mesa had become very involved in the bucking bull world. She was helping shag bulls out of the arena at an ABBI event and got rimfired and her horse bucked her off in front of the whole crowd and all the folks on the live stream. She took it even worse than the first time!
Well we are headed back to Vegas. Mesa is producing a woman’s ranch rodeo championship for The Art of the Cowgirl on December 6th at 1:00 pm and Mesa and I are doing Ranch work demos at 10:00 am each day at Rodeo World Las Vegas at Resorts World. It will all be on Facebook livestream on several places.
Come and see if Mesa gets bucked off or stays on! It’s going to be fun and we will throw lots of ideas out there for you to think about.
The workers I encountered in Mexico were very attentive and and open to ideas. The managers were all there watching and encouraging the crew to ask questions and observe and participate. The biggest challenge was my not knowing how to speak Spanish.
Zoetis hired an interpreter that was wired to my microphone and then he immediately repeated it in Spanish. It worked very well to communicate, even at a distance.
This next set of videos was from a pen of cattle that had just come in from the grazing cells where they had been moved daily by horseback. They were not used to people on foot, and we just happened to be at the pen waiting for three guys that were going to pull a pen on the other side of the feed alley.
We watched the three guys that were checking the pen and I asked if I could go in and share some thoughts. They really didn’t know what was going on but really tried to go along with what I was doing.
The Zebu breed of cattle are so fun to work and really respond to pressure with feel.
We talked about settling the pen, getting them to respond to pressure without panic movement, and pulling an animal having them decide to walk out rather than being forced out.
I enjoy working with the cattle and the people of old Mexico!
Thanks to Esteban with Zoetis for the nice videos!