The calf was bawling as it slid backwards through the now dusty branding area. “Get ready,” I told my daughter. The excitement and apprehension were written on her face.
“I don’t know what to do” she exclaimed as the horse pulled the calf by her.
Cattlemen and farmers have a knack for speaking the truth in straight-forward terms.
Having now been married for more than 40 years to a fourth-generation rancher/cowboy, who seems to be a 'throw-back' in many ways, I've found listening for those tidbits of universal truth a fascinating process!
Here's a peek at the Sixth Generation on our Family Ranch! The "littlest wranglers!"
In a community best known for the world's oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant and the last one to use pure cane sugar, the Lightning C Ranch is a faded memory. During the Forties and Fifties, the Texas-based company produced rodeos in New York City's Madison Square Garden, the Boston Gardens, and even the Houston Rodeo.
Wind, you may spend half your time thanking the good Lord for it and the other half of your time cussing it. Without the Windmill, it is a question of if the West ever would have been won. Water is the one thing that needed to be harnessed in order for the people, stock and crops to survive.
Capture the Wind
Working on a ranch gives a person an opportunity to wear more then one hat. You most likely wake up thinking about the immediate needs of the stock your running and while your doing the normal chores, your brain is running a hundred miles an hour on what you family needs are. If they are not awake and running beside you, they will be when you hit the house.