Let go of the rope

February 2, 2015

don't-let-go

I have seen this graphic all over Facebook and Pinterest, and trust me I have tried googling to find the creator, so if it is yours let me know and I will give you credit!

But, honey, I have to tell you - there are times you have to let go of the rope!

Charolais-Heifer

Meet Dallas, she was my first show heifer. And this is me, circa 1996. Nice huh? Can you say awkward and gawky? Ha! I bet my face would have been less sunburned had I worn my hat the right way!

Well Dallas - or the Big D - as we often called her taught me to “Let go of the rope!”

In the process of halter breaking her I would take her out to her pasture for walks. One day during peak irrigation time we headed out, the water was getting a little deep in the field, maybe knee high, but it was hot and I thought heck, get a little swim and walk my heifer, double win!

Turns out Big D wasn’t up for a swim that day, she headed back to drier pastures and I hung on to the rope - for a little while. She drug me through the water and I came up choking, spitting and pulling crawdads out of my hair. Only to look up and find a truck load of high school boys stopped on the road watching my humiliating heifer-walking-turned-water-skiing-adventure.

Groan.

Moral of the story - let go of the rope.

Charolais-show-heifer

Yep, wasn’t winning any fashion awards that year!

Champion-show-steer

Here is my show steer Freshman year, still no fashion awards but I did win reserve grand champion market beef over all for the Big Horn County Fair that year! Yay me!

Red-Angus-Show-steer

County Fair and showing animals was a family affair. My brother Jared showed steers a couple years.

Matt-Steer-Wash

And remember my hunky brother Matt? Yeah he was hunky even when he was 11. Here he is giving his steer a bath under the tree in the yard.

Country-kids

My sister showed steers and sheep and horses too, but I couldn’t resist sharing this picture of her and a live water snake from when we were kids.

Can you say country?

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Bring on the next generation of show steers, country kids and county fair! Meet “Wild Eye.” My Little Cowgirl’s 4-H steer.

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We started halter breaking him a few weeks ago.

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Little Cowgirl was so excited to get to pet him! She says he’s VERY soft.

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I thought about doing an informational blog post about “How to Halter Break a Steer. "

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Instead I will just show you this picture and let you connect the dots.

At least I know when to let go of the rope!

Blue-merle-mini-aussie 5910

And before I say good bye, I better show you a puppy picture, this is the blue merle male, he’s the cuddler. The pups are just 9 days old and ready for their second photoshoot! New photos are up!

Thanks for joining me on this walk down memory lane!

Come back soon! ~ Erin

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