Many times the younger calves fall behind when the herd is moved, especially in hot weather or rough country. Rather than let a calf perish, any cowboy worth his salt will pull it up in the saddle and give that baby calf a ride and a rest. That’s just good livestock management. However, a good mama, of any species, doesn’t spend a lot of time researchin’ motives or cowboy philosophy when a stranger has a hold of “the kid”. In this pasture fracas, the cards have been dealt - Misunderstood gestures of good will, strong maternal instinct, lack of communication, and grim determination on both sides have been bet. Who do you think is going to win the pot? I always bet on the mama! And pity on the innocent bystander – the horse. He wasn’t in favor of packing that calf to start with!
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