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Hardworking stockdogs cover way more territory than a horse does. Good dogs have a lot of heart and don’t quit easily. They can quickly become overheated in hot or humid weather. It can also happen on a moderately warm day working rough stock or bringing cattle out of the brush or rounding up a herd-quitter.
Penning bulls - Taylor Ranch ©Copyright 2013 Hartnagle Archive: http://lasrocosa.com/
When dogs get hot and tired they are at greater risk for injury. Water can boost a dog’s endurance by 75 percent, so plan ahead. Set up water stations when you are going to be working in areas long distances from water. This can be as simple as placing jugs of water in strategic spots so your dog can rest and cool down.
Working Ranchdogs ©Copyright 2013 Hartnagle Archive: http://lasrocosa.com/
Working cattle effectively requires an understanding of bovine behavior. Fifty years ago, the men and women who worked with stock still lived on the land. They were for the most part themselves a simple people familiar with the nature and behavior of animals. Today, most people come from urban, man-made environments. City people are often unfamiliar with farm animals and the land.
A working cowdog calculating a hit – the dog is looking to see which leg is carrying the weight to avoid being kicked. ©Copyright 2011 Hartnagle Archive: http://lasrocosa.com/
Autumn is upon us and the beginning of fall roundup. This is the time of the year when livestock is rounded up and gathered to be shipped to market. Calves are collected and weaned and any that weren’t marked during the spring are now branded and tagged. Before snow falls, clean up rides are made to gather any strays left behind during the main gather.
Joe Taylor riding down a ravine searching for cattle. ©Copyright 2011 Hartnagle Archive: http://lasrocosa.com/
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