No, we don’t have cows, but since we still have a few more days until anymore lambs are born, we thought it would be fun to go with my brother and check for calves at the ranch he manages.
The really fun part…
is we got to check for them from horseback!
The big moose on the right, is the one I got to ride.
I told my son that he would probably have to ride with me because I didn’t think my brother had enough horses for all of us. Even though he has only been on a horse once before, he was disappointed that he wouldn’t be able to ride by himself. Much to his delight, there were 4 horses in the trailer and there were 4 of us.
Here he is on sweet Mae. They were a great team!
There were 4 horses, but unfortunately there were only 3 saddles.
Luckily my brother said ‘no problem’. His mare, Nelly, had never been ridden bareback, but she handled it like a pro.
My saddle was nice and comfy 🙂
My brother’s son has been riding since he could walk and his horse, Cowboy, is a cool dude. He looks pretty good for being 32 years old.
My brother wanted to check on the first calf born. Can you see it hidden in the blackberry bushes? It is a couple of days old and mama was up on the hill eating while the baby stayed hidden.
So cute! Mama trained it well and it didn’t even bat an eye when we rode up to it.
Next, we headed up the hill to see if there were any new calves.
I love the look of this cow, but she wasn’t what we were looking for.
Here is what we were looking for!
A new calf with a protective mama. My brother rode up to check on them and all looked good.
Beautiful country to take an afternoon ride in!
The boys weren’t quite ready to stop, so they headed out for one more loop around the pasture.