Monday, April 14, 2008

Getting Secret ready to milk

No, Secret won't be milked until she has a calf, and she'll be at least two years old for that event. However, next month I'll be calling the artificial insemination man to come and impregnate my heifer, and I need to be able to get her inside the barn and in a stanchion.

Since she's a chow hound, it wasn't hard to get her in the barn. I simply shook the feed can at her.
I haven't milked for fifteen years, so Cliff has been using my milking area for storage. I cleared the area in front of the stanchion and tried to lure Secret in... after putting a halter on her. Meat Loaf, the miniature Dexture, didn't want to come in. That's good, because I didn't want him in.
Secret had forgotten how to lead, but she didn't do too badly, all things considered. Cliff looks awfully busy, but I want a picture of me with Secret. Do you think he'll mind?
Oh Cliff? Cliff!!!! (He's repainting a trailer.)

Obviously, Secret's getting pretty fed up with all this handling.
Ummm, Secret? Look at the camera.
Much better.
Meat Loaf is just glad to have his buddy back; he bellowed the whole time I had her out of their pen.

Blue, Sassy, Libby and Tude are not impressed.

"When are you going to break her to ride?" Libby wonders.

Now playing: Kasey Chambers - A Million Tears
via FoxyTunes


The Guy Who Writes This said...

Blue looks creasty. It might be dry lot time for him.

Donna said...

Guy, for the first year I owned Blue I assumed he had foundered because of that cresty neck. Turns out he's just naturally that way all the time. I don't like it, I think he'd be much prettier without it.

We don't have enough grass to founder anything yet. LOL. It's been a long winter.

nerves05 said...

I LOVE the pic of the horses.
They are so inquisitive. (not sure if i spelled that right)
Meatloaf is a cute little buger too..

Take care :-)

Robbyn said...

What a beautiful little heifer! :)

~*~ Jennifer ~*~ said...

You remind me of my mother in law.. only she doesn't have horses. But I'm sure she would love some.

She does have cows... no milkers.

I came over here from "hate to blog" or what ever her name is... I saw my town on your sidebar -- thought I'd leave a comment so you wouldn't wonder. =)

I love it that you are blogging... and I bet your kids do too. I wish my mom would blog.