Doctoring a Calf

After church and a quick bite to eat, Amber and Erik set out on horseback to find a sick calf. With Sara the cattle dog, and a four wheeler for the photographer, we set off to find that particular herd. I honestly don’t know who was more excited to go out and work again, Amber or Sarah.

Amber, Jesse and I hung back as Sara took off to separate the mother and calf from the herd, and then isolate the sick calf, with Erik and Bett

y just behind.  It was very exciting to see each one of them in action! So exciting that I let my camera slip down for a moment (you’ll catch it) but I still got most of the action.

DISCLAIMER: THE CALF IN THIS VIDEO IS SICK, AND WAS ROPED FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADMINISTERING MEDICATION. ALTHOUGH YOU WILL HEAR HER CRIES, SHE WAS NOT HARMED IN ANY WAY AND WAS RETUNED TO HER MOTHER WITHIN MINUTES . RATED PG

http://youtu.be/UexTN8r2bSQ

Erik prepared the calf by tying its feet, and getting the syringe in place… and Amber got to administer the medication!

“Mom, normally I would have been worried about hurting the calf (by giving it a shot) but knowing that it was sick, and that I was helping to make it better made me feel really good.”

I believe this is evidence that Amber is now an official “COW GIRL!”….notice her left hand is still holding her horse.

After checking on one more herd a few hills over, we were ready to head back.  Sara’s work was finished so she jumped on the four-wheeler with me for the ride back…and while you don’t often see pictures of the photographer, I wasn’t given a choice on this one. I’m only including it because many of you who know me well, know that I have a love for learning, and I think there are lessons to be learned each and everyday… The lesson I learned on this day; if you plan to take pictures standing atop a four wheeler on a downhill slope, don’t forget to use your parking brake!

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