Hobbles and Ice
- February 7, 2015
- Tayler Teichert
Strange combo eh? Yeah that’s what I thought too… Before I tell you this story I need to introduce you to my father. His name is Steve, he is a sorta crusty old, Western Wyoming cowboy. He claims he doesn’t care about being stylish, but I can promise you he will be the last guy in the valley to hang up his felt and put on ear flaps. I’ve seen the man feed cows when it is 40 below in a felt hat. He is all about being productive and efficient. That has been ground in my mind since infancy. He has taught me so much about life and being a cowboy. He is an excellent cattleman, and I guess I will call him a crafty horseman.
Okay, I think you know enough about my dad for this story to make a little sense. I didn’t know horses could be caught without grain for the first few (18) years of my life. It’s just the way he does it. That is until he finds a horse who has figured out his little trick. There are many memories etched in my mind of him putting hobbles on horses that were over his snacks in exchange for a day of work. Another characteristic of my father is he is consistent.
I came home for Christmas break and went to help him video this year’s crop of Blackford bull calves. We went to catch some horses so we could trail the bulls to the corrals from the feedlot. Well, one of his geldings wasn’t moving too well and I realized he had been hobbled…I started to laugh and went and caught him. Let me remind you that I was helping over Christmas break, which is always in December, aka winter! Winter in Idaho means cold, ice, snow, and did I mention ice? Well, yes you guessed it, the buckles on the hobbles were frozen!! It took us a good thirty minutes to get the hobbles off of him and the whole time I was thinking, “yes this is efficient.” I had to laugh at what my dad said next. He said, “Well I guess I am done hobbling this winter.”
He learned his lesson, and I learned mine. I learned not to rely on bribery or hobbles to catch your mount for the day. I like learning different ways to get the job done, but I also like being able to realize what the best option is for any task at hand. Don’t find yourself hobbled by the way you’ve always done things, realize there is a season for everything.
About Tayler Teichert
Tayler Teichert was raised on ranches all over the west. She is the youngest of seven children. She is a full time ranch hand and loves classy ugly sweaters. She masquerades as a freelance photographer. You can check out her photography at www.taylerteichert.com. She writes...