Gathering up the 2 year old heifers.
These heifers will be having their first calves in March. Yesterday we had a lovely, warm day to gather them up and bring them through the barn to vaccinate them. They were vaccinate with Guardian which is a vaccine to prevent scours ( E.coli diarrhea) and a few other viruses in their pre-born calves. The heifers will get a booster in two weeks. I think it's amazing that this vaccine enters the mother's immune system and will help to protect their baby calves against common viral and bacterial killers.
Taking the cows back out to their pasture.
Often heifers are a bit flighty and apt to break away from the herd when they see horses riding out to them, but the girls did a good job of remaining fairly calm amidst the three of us riding into their space. There was no rodeo nor any run-aways! What a relief because despite the bare ground showing, there is still quite a bit of snow and patches of ice here and there which makes for precarious riding conditions. The thought of our horses slipping out from under us is always a concern when riding this time of year.
After the vaccinating was done, the heifers had to go back to pasture. I rode up ahead since it was my job to guard an open gate and the car gate so the heifers wouldn't go through either of them. While the guys brought the heifers up my way, I took some time to love on my pony, Pete. I petted and patted and talked sweet to him and he loved me back by sniffing my boots. I don't know why, but he likes to do that. So "click" here's a picture of Pete sniffing my boots! It reminded me of a quote from my devotional time in My Utmost for His Highest.
"Sometimes we are fresh for a prayer meeting but not fresh for cleaning boots."
My Utmost for His Highest, January 20 entry
This morning I spent some time cleaning boots -- banging the dirt out of shoes, work boots and riding boots alike. When I realize that even boot cleaning is important to God, it's easier to be fresh for the work. If Jesus thought it was important to wash the disciples' feet, I can clean the boots.