May 31, 2013

Laguna Pueblo

May 26th, 2013 was another early day for us ~ we feed at 3:30 a.m. let the horses eat and then load them for our trip to Lauguna Pueblo to work the folks of Sedillo Cattle Association.  There is nothing like seeing the sunrise as you head down the highway, knowing you are about to see your friends and partake in a good days work.

After our good mornings we saddle up.

We then separate into parties to gather the cows who are scattered far and wide. 
Of course Jack thought he was going with Hollywood...

...but Stew had other plans for us, like searching for cow's on the moon!

Then back down to the earthly sand dunes ~ Just beautiful out there!

Cows are curious creatures.

After prayers are said work begins with John roping one and Eric going in to heel...

I was too busy admiring Eric's new roping skills, but got this shot...
...great work on your first try!

Double H Boots ~ the boots of cowboys!

Oz gets to flank and see up close and personal how they tie the calves.

Nice shot!

Oz putting his observation skills to the test with Adam as his teacher.

Most branding is done freehand here ~ it's like a ceremony.

What's this?! You tired already Buford???  Nah, it was pretty hot out there!

Awaiting another calf while Lester, who is only 5, works at tying his calf!  
Right on Lester!

Lots always going on.

My favorite shot.

Nice job Adam!

Jessica and Carmen keep impeccable records!

The bulls got into it...

... just a little too close for comfort!

After lunch Lester helps Eric water the boys.

Sure got hot out there!

He really liked Junior and asked if he could ride him ~ that's 
one happy young man!

To top off our day, we hit Dairy Queen for some refreshing icecream with friends!
Thanks all for having us once again, we look forward to next time!

May 26, 2013

San Cristobal Branding

May 18th, 2013 

San Cristobal pasture branding.  These stellar photos are courtesy by Lane DeWitt.  Lane is a Contemporary Western Artist, so be sure to check out his work! 
~ Thanks Lane, these photos are outstanding!!!

Out on the range...

Rick draggin'

Workin' cowboy's

Sterling gettin' 'er done...

The day's crew.

May 22nd, 2013

In between brandings we are on the ranch instructing sessions as always!

Marty's first time in the saddle - at least on our Jack!  
Eric making sure stirrups at the right fit.

 Lesson in how to use Mecate reins.

Getting a handle on using our natural aids.

A mini break while some of the VA participants observe.

Time for lunch...

First meal in the nearly completed bunkhouse!

Nice end to a great day!

May 24th, 2013

Back at San Cristobal for more branding, no camera today, but Oz was able to catch some shots after the working and when we moved the herd back out onto water ~ Thanks Oz!

Movin' the momma's and babies onto water.

Letting them settle.

Oz & Duke

Eric & Hollywood

Thanks to Grand & Connie, Trey & Sterlin for the invite ~
We always have a great time with y'all!

May 15, 2013

Curt Pate @ Indian Livestock Days

May 15th, 2013

NM State University Indian Livestock Days  Horse Track Co-Hosted by Horses For Heroes -NM Inc.
Cowboyin' the easy way, with internationally famous stockman and horseman Curt Pate assisted by Cowboy Up! staff  Rick Iannucci, Eric Yorty, Oz Mora and Alroy Billiman.

Intro to low stress cattle handling 101
moma wondering why Curt is petting her baby??
Curt Pate and Rick Iannucci in the pens~ Curt on the head and Rick on the heels

Curt Pate and Rick Iannucci laying one down

Rick Iannucci double hockin' another one while Curt Pate, Oz  Moro and Eric Yorty do the doctorin"

Alroy Billiman, Rick Iannucci Curt Pate and Eric Yorty... job well done veterans!
Photo by: Darilyn Jackson