May 1, 2021
At different times of the year, a rancher must round up the cattle to move them to another pasture. In the late spring we would move them to the summer range, our largest pasture. It had three windmills so the cattle wouldn’t have to walk so far for a cool drink. In Dangerous Revelations Dillon takes Taylor and Carly with him when he goes to check that the windmills work. But I digress. To herd them to the new pasture, we would mount our horses and keep them moving in the right direction. There was usually only three of us. My dad, me, and one other. Sometimes my mom would help, but we would often have a neighbor man helping us. We’d have one rider in the back, and one on the left and another on the right.
My horse, Dixie, was a well trained but ornery cross between a quarter horse and a Shetland pony. A Shetland is considerably smaller than a quarter horse. Dixie wasn’t a lot smaller than other horses but enough Dad always told me to be careful and not let a bull hit her on the side as he might knock her over.
I had nothing to fear! When an irritated bull would approach and act menacing, Dixie would whirl and face him. If he lowered his head and meant to hit her she would simply reach over and bite him! That would back him off. (I admit to using the same fighting technique with my big sister as a kid.)
Now, I’m going to write more on this subject next time. Until then watch the movie City Slickers for a fun and exaggerated example of a cattle drive.