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Checking Cows on Horseback

Now that we are getting quite a few calves, dad is starting to check them on horseback every morning.  A few mornings ago, T, Jacelyn, and I went with dad to check cows.

It was a beautiful day and really windy (at least what I consider windy).  But, even if it was windy, it was a great day.

We saddled our horses, and after doing a few other chores, we headed out.  The first field were the first calvers.

We went riding through the cows and calves and checked for anything that looked like it wasn’t feeling good.  Dad found one calf that looked like it was sick.  He roped it and doctored it with LA 300 and chalked it with cow chalk, just so it will be easier to keep an eye on the calf for the next few days.  He also decided to tube the calf because it looked like it was a little dehydrated.  Because dad didn’t have any of the tubing stuff with him, he tied up the calf.  After looking through the rest of the calves, he would come back with things to tube the calf.  Tubing the calf would just help the calf not get dehydrated and help him feel better.

We rode through two other fields and everything seemed to be fine,  so we headed back to the barn and unsaddled our horses.  Dad, Jacelyn, and I headed back and tubed the calf.

calf tuber

This is what a calf tuber looks like.  The contents go in the bottle and the tube goes down the throat of the calf.  This way, all the fluids get into the calf’s stomach and helps hydrate him.

Here are some pictures of us riding…


T on Cowboy


Jacelyn on Twister


Dad on Boone

( T and dad switched horses halfway through the ride because Cowboy was acting up)


Pictures of dad doctoring the calf….


Dad roping


Good catch!





The green marks on the calf are the cow chalk.  Dad puts that on just to help keep an eye on the calf for the next few days.

paint stick

This is what the calf chalk looks like.

And I think that’s all.  Thanks for taking a look. 🙂












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