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.
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!
Just got back to Montana after a 10 day journey. Took my Mother to Yuma, Arizona where she spends the winter. (I’ll show you why in a bit) Spent a little time with my Dad and Stepmom as they live in Yuma, then flew to Fort Worth, Texas to shoot some video footage for the upcoming NCBA Stockmanship and Stewardship virtual experience that will happen November 11 and 12. Sign up at “Stockmanshipandstewardship.org”.
Had a good morning helping Ron Gill and his crew vaccinate calves and demonstrate how not too operate a ArrowQuip chute. Then I headed to the Will Rogers in Fort Worth to watch Daughter Mesa show her nice horse “Six”. They are getting better every time I see her show, but she drew a real tough cow to show well on, and even harder to rope.
Next on the agenda I headed to Stockton, Missouri to take part in “Agape colt camp” at Agape Boarding School. A few of us with a little colt starting experience were able to combine our knowledge to help around twenty 2 year old colts that had only been halter broke, and twenty young fellows, most who had never ridden a horse before get started in the right direction to spend the next several months together before the horse sale in June when the boys show their horses to be sold.
When we brought the young horses in the arena the first time and to see how snorty they were, and to see how the boys didn’t know how to put a halter on the first time I saw them, I was wondering if it was possible to make it work.
In four days almost all the boys were saddling their colts without much help and everyone got on and we led them around on the colts with very little trouble. It never ceases to amaze me how much change a young horse can make in a very short time if the right kind of pressure is applied. It is the most satisfying part of stockmanship for me.
The reason I love going to “Agape” is the change that the horse and the right kind of pressure from the staff at the school apply to the boys to make the same kind of change for the life challenges they face, and to learn to get along in the world, like the young horses must adapt and improve to get along with the world of humans.
I tell the boys in my first visit that the horse does not care what color they are, what they have done in the past, or how rich or poor they are, and I don’t either.
All they and I care about is how they do things right now, and I hope I can be as pure as the colts.
The school is faith based and so is the colt starting. We pray when we start and we pray when we are done. All the instructors are on the same page and work together to keep people safe first, then use horsemanship to progress through life better. I truly believe it will help these young men change to make better decisions in life and give them the courage to make good decisions as they face the challenges and triumphs of life. I am so proud to be involved with it.
They shared some videos and photos with me and I thought you might enjoy seeing the progress. No one that I know of was videoing the day we got them all on. That would have been nice to see!
The instructors teach God first, becoming a good human second, and becoming a stockman third. I am in awe of their skills!
I got back home Yesterday afternoon and jumped on the tractor to plow snow to get my horses fed. The snow was so deep they were having a hard time getting grass pawed open. It’s good to be back with the woman and animals I love.
This is why my mother goes to Arizona every winter!