Thursday, February 3, 2011
How Cattle Work
They had to thread their way through some cedars and more blackberries. I just followed along behind. George took them back to our place just fine. You can tell from the picture that I am way behind the team. George made all the turns. Charlie did not follow as well as I like. I hollered "Whoa" at our little parking area. They all backed up one step on command. I unhooked the chain. I gave George and James a "Pivot gee" with Charles and William at "Whoa", then had the second yoke "Follow". It worked perfectly. The next log was smaller, and the team did better.
The one other occurrence was that when I unyoked at the end of the work, Charlie went after William and roughed him up a bit. William ran off. Charlie did not follow. I suspect that Charlie was upset at William's mistakes, but there is no way of knowing. The team is so good that I forget that William has been with us less than a year. He is four years old and the others are eight. Not working for a few days is tougher on him.