Uprooted Magnolia

Rainy Day Branding

Posted in Branding, Cattle Roundup, Photography, Ranching by leahyetter on May 23, 2011

The branding was set for Saturday, then cancelled, and then back on leaving it solely up to the rain clouds above. So we woke up at 5am, loaded the horses, and away we went wondering what mother nature had in store for us.

After a couple of sprinkles of rain on the way to the South Ranch, we arrived a little damp but the guys and gals mounted their horses and rode out to the pasture anyway to gather the little ones.

The calves ran into the branding pen with no idea what was about to happen. And we still weren’t sure if the sky was going to fall.

The cowboys roped.

And looped.

And branded.

The horses and ropers worked like champions, bringing in the calves for booster shots and their brand. Rain clouds hovered over us all day long, a constant breezed carried sprinkles all around us, but we made it through the entire day without a downpour. And to think just 2 days before, it snowed for 6 hours straight.

The branding was a success and we finished it off with a fantastic meal with good company. Patrick and I checked on the calves yesterday and aside from being dazed and confused and a little sore, they all look very well. I’m sure they will be very excited when they are trucked to the Laramie Plains and left alone for the summer.

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  1. wherewander said, on May 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    wonderful shots!!!


  2. WhatLolitaEats said, on May 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    I love the sepia-tone, and I can almost hear the sizzling of the brand on you last color picture. Lovely!


    • leahyetter said, on May 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you my friend! For a little while, the calves were damp and the hide didn’t burn well. But it finally dried out and the sizzle was alive.


  3. Looking Out The Window said, on May 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Love the photos. There is something so real about ranching and raising cattle in the west.


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