Friday, January 06, 2012

Friday Farm Fun -Bullish

small bull moved to corral
Last weekend we had to separate a bull from the herd and move him to the corral. Only I wasn't informed my husband was doing the chore until he called from his cell phone and said, "I'm heading the two bulls out of the pasture, get the red gate, and then the gate at the bridge."

I shoved my feet into my Bog boots, pulled on a sweatshirt, stocking cap, and gloves and jogged to the first gate that needed opened. Here came the bull we needed to move. He was jogging down the road the direction we wanted so I cut across the field to open the gates at the bridge and then the corral.

Looking up, I noted the bull running down the hay field with my husband and our border collie, Boots, not too far behind.  Knowing once the bull was turned back, I'd need to stop him from going back through the first gate so I jogged that direction. My husband hollered to close the gates. I did. Then attempted to turn the bull when he came my way. I manged to scare him back the other way and then he headed for the bridge only to pivot and run through the large gap between us. Back toward the cows.

Large bull who gets to go wherever he wants
He dodged Boots's attempts to turn him and charged through our yard to get back to the pasture with the cows. My  husband hollered to open the gate back up. I opened the gate and then stood back waiting, and waiting, finally I saw a big black body, and then two. Hubby had run both the bulls out this time. The biggest and oldest looked at me, snorted, and started my direction gaining momentum. I hollered and waved my arms.

He kept coming. So I stepped aside letting him go where he wanted, and thankfully the smaller bull, the one we wanted, trotted down the road, across the bridge, and into the corral., Why he couldn't have done that the first time...that's what farm life is about.

You never know how long a simple task may take. It all depends on the mood of the animal your working with.


Nancy said...

OH SOOOOOOOOO laughing. But yes, you are so right. And no bull about it that's a hard job being the gate handler. But you've got beautiful bulls. I'd show the picture to my two girls but Esmeralda and Abilene would be jealous you've got two and they've got none.

RuthZ said...

Paty I enjoyed your post and realize the saying "stubborn as a bull" holds very true. Also, it brought to mind several scenes from the Spielberg blockbuster(and rightly so) WAR HORSE. It's fascinating the way the young man works with the untamed yearling against the "Irish" odds. I think the stronger and larger the animal the more forceful the human must be. Recently, I had brought both my dogs to be groomed. My mini Aussie was easy to carry in. But, my border collie/black lab at 65 very stubborn pounds, well she was like pushing a cow, but I did it. :)
Thanks again for sharing a day on the ranch!
Happy New Year,
Ruth G. Zavitsanos

Paty Jager said...

Nancy, I'm sure your "girls" would love to see our "boys". One is going somewhere else next week and we're getting a new younger boy. When he gets here I'll put up pics so Esmeralda and Abilene and have a pinup poster. ;)

Ruth, So true! My horse, Bud, is a big boy and we have days when it's a battle of wits. We have my daughter's mini Aussie pair living with us. I'll have to do a post about those two crazy dogs one of these days.

Jessa Slade said...

LOL The big bull does look like he gets exactly what he wants. I'm picturing you waving a cowboy book in his direction :)

Lauri said...

Oh, goodness, I just had to laugh at this. I could just see it all happening. Glad all ended well!

Paty Jager said...

Hey Jessa, He does!

Hi Lauri,
Thanks! He's really a docile bull but when he gets it in his mind to go a direction there really isn't much that can stop him other than a fence. And even that wouldn't if he really wanted through.

Genene Valleau, writing as Genie Gabriel said...

Oh, Paty, the memories this brings! Glad all ended well. :)

By the way, really like the cover for LOGGER IN PETTICOATS!

Paty Jager said...

Thanks, Genene!

My daughter made the cover. I think she did an awesome job.

Danita Cahill said...

Bulls might not have huge brains, but they definitely have minds of their own! Entertaining story, Paty. I love your Logger's cover, too.

Paty Jager said...

Danita, That is so true about bulls. Thanks on the cover. Christy did an awesome job.