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Old 04-13-2012, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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That is so cool. What I would have given to have grown up like you did.
I have decided to switch my English saddle to a western saddle though I don't know if it will ever feel right to hold reins in one hand.
It's a funny thing about folks- branding is hard, dirty work that has to be done right or best not done at all. Even with 'modern conveniences' like branding chutes and electric irons, the work is still very hard and tough, and potentially dangerous for kids. But it's the kind of work that also gives a younger child some real deep feelings of accomplishment; there is no unimportant part to it, so any part of that work a kid does is just as vital as anything else.

It's also the kind of work that can only be learned best by the doing of it, following the instructions of the elders, whoever they are. My Dad was very good at it, but my Uncle was better, and both taught me, and I taught one of my sons. All my cousins know the work, and it's man's working my family, even though the women do much of the other work that goes into the total effort. There is no easy part to it, for anyone.

When my grandfather and uncles, who all had their own livestock when I was young branded, all of us turned out for each branding, and pitched in. It's stuff like this that keeps extended families together. The hard work that is shared is always the most clearly remembered and cherished as the years pass.
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:16 AM
 
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Mike, would you consider adopting me? That is how I wanted to grow up, too! Never too late for an additional childhood...
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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Mike, would you consider adopting me? That is how I wanted to grow up, too! Never too late for an additional childhood...
It all ended with my father's generation. He, his brother I mentioned, and his sister are all gone now, and his youngest brother is an old man. As it is everywhere, all of us who were their children have spread to the winds and gone on their separate ways.

My younger brother is the traditionalist. He likes to keep the old ways as much as possible, so I go do my bit whenever I have the inclination. But we're getting old now, too, and the tradition is going to one of his sons-in-law who was never a part of them, so it's impossible to say how long they will last now.

But in Idaho, the cowboy way isn't ever going to change all that much. Most of what we did is still being done today, all over the state. Old Mother Idaho dictates, and cowboys can only follow her rules. The most efficient ways were figured out a long time ago, and they are still just as good as ever.

Ranch life is romantic in the thought of it, and damned hard work in the doing of it. And these days, fat guys on AWD's down in Florida raise far more cattle than Idaho does. it's just the way things go.

The only change I think was bad was the state's outlawing the use of the running iron to make a legitimate brand. All brands have to be stamp brands now by law. It's a good law- the running iron was always the rustler's friend, but our brand favored them.

It's too bad we can't use them anymore; a nuclear engineer made a beautiful set of hard stainless irons for my Dad as a present 50 years ago, and they were the envy of all our neighbors. They never bent when they got hot, and they stayed very hot once heated. My bro still has them, and they still look good.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:35 AM
 
Location: naples, idaho
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horn hunting as the snow melts.
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:44 AM
 
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I love reading about all your plans! And nice to see you all, including some posters we haven't seen for a while here. I'll add another Idaho spring plan of mine, if everything works out: getting our property perked, and applying for our site location permit! Yess!
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Old 04-15-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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That is so cool. What I would have given to have grown up like you did.
I have decided to switch my English saddle to a western saddle though I don't know if it will ever feel right to hold reins in one hand.
You'll love the saddle horn on steep slopes...but you probably have English riding knees of steel! I bought a restored classic Lawrence saddle from the 1920s in a Sandpoint saddle shop a few years back. Perfect condition. One of these days I hope I get to slap it on a horse in NID!
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Old 04-15-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Lakeside
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You'll love the saddle horn on steep slopes...but you probably have English riding knees of steel! I bought a restored classic Lawrence saddle from the 1920s in a Sandpoint saddle shop a few years back. Perfect condition. One of these days I hope I get to slap it on a horse in NID!
Oh no...you never pinch with your knees in an english saddle, that will get you slapped. Or you'll eventually fall off. My lower legs on the other hand are pretty strong.
I do have a western saddle, several of them, and I've ridden western a lot back in Arizona. I like it, but I never quite feel the horse beneath like i do in my jumping or dressage saddles. Different saddles and styles for different purposes. I might get an Aussie saddle, since I don't rope, the horn just gets in my way.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Coeur d Alene, ID
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Longboarding down to the beacon and sitting in the sun drinking a beer on a nice day, and spring football league.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Lakeside
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This spring I just can't wait to get out on the forest roads in my new Jeep. Just got it saturday and I'm convinced it's the prettiest Jeep color ever.

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Old 04-17-2012, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Great Jeep color, indeed!
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