Kane was the only one to do any stock work at all. I had him take the steers to pasture this morning and return them to the barn tonight. He was very keen but held his grip, calmly moving them each way. I’m pretty proud of how he is refraining from biting. I try not to give any commands as he does these simple chores.
Another day without much as far as dog work goes. Rained almost all day and I have five tons of hay to put into the barn. I prepared the barn yesterday. I used Kane to bring the steers out. He had to work them very carefully, because of the very slick ice all over the place. They are still a bit frail so I don’t want them stressed anymore than necessary. Kane must be feeling my vibes or something because he is just the gentleman working these steers. Several times I had him move them away from where I’m running the tractor. In no time he figured the job out. I pretty much did my job and he did his. Can’t wait for this ice to melt so I can start working the dogs once again. Starting Wednesday the dogs will start getting their physicals one at a time. Tait is first up to visit the vet to get a complete work-up. I would like to visit the Tin Star ranch at least once prior to Klamath Bull Sale. Like to work some of the winter kinks out of the dogs before trialing them.
Still nothing much herding wise. Today I used Tait to take the steers to pasture. He was quite full of him self and started a fight with the largest steer. It didn’t need to be hit on the heels but Tait decided to do it anyhow. Just goes to show you, calm smooth work and they move right to pasture, a little to much in the grip dept. and they want to go on the fight. Also meant I had to give directions instead of it just being a simple task. Tonight when I opened the barn they walked right in, no dog required.
1/26/11 Tait wasn’t so ruff this time. Still was lets say, he was overly enthusiastic. Still he got it done without undue commands or profanity. I spent hours with Tait at the Vet. today. He is getting a total physical plus blood work to make sure everything is in order. Once again the calves were waiting to go into the barn.. Gave the calves their LA200 and called it a night. They seem much healthier.