As I loaded up my truck and trailer up to go sorting last Saturday, the shine of the clean truck and trailer was dimmed by threatening skies. I woke up during the night to hear the rain pounding outside, knowing that next morning's adventure would be a wet one.
Did I say wet? Sunday broke a record for rainfall, the most rain in over 64 years...and I was heading out to go sorting cows! I grabbed my wet weather gear and headed to the barn to pick up my Cowgirl Pals, their horses...and my horse, Elvis.
This would be Elvis's first exposure to cows and the activity that takes place during sorting. I had asked my Frainer (friend and trainer) to ride him on this day, unsure how Elvis would do in the whirlwind of cows, horses, buzzers, etc.
I arrived at the barn and within minutes all three horses and tack were loaded up, a testament to the fact that my Cowgirl Pals know their way around a horse trailer and what tack to haul. What great traveling pals for sure! :)
Parking is minimal at Fiddleback Ranch. Groups are assigned a time to arrive, sort cows and leave before another group arrives and does the same. On this day we'd arrived ahead of our sorting group, barely fitting my truck and trailer into the parking area where the current group was sorting.
We'd reserved stalls, giving our horses a chance to settle in. Once the current group left we would have about 30 minutes to bring our horses out and acclimate them before our sorting bunch all arrived.
We are all signed up for the next sorting, April 13th. Like one of us said on the way home, "If we can sort in this weather we can sort in anything"! What a great bunch of gals to ride with. AND what a GREAT Frainer I have - thank you Rachel Koehler for introducing Elvis to his First Cows!