Morning Muster

G’Day Mob,

You’ve all been reading for a while now and getting to know the farm so I thought it was high time to take you on a Rocky Springs muster.

It’s an early start and I am on the quad bike armed with a camera and tailing the mob, which Brian and Cobey have gathered in Creek Paddock. Horse and rider watch as the weaners (young cattle) funnel through a gate to Lake Paddock (we don’t actually have a lake – it is just a dam; a little dam; a dam that sometimes holds water).

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Bo and Spy take any opportunity for a drink and a swim. Here they are in the lake dam. Mind you, Bo would go swimming in the Antarctic given the chance. Some of the mob also stop for a drink but most are keen to move to a new paddock,

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and they wander off through the native box and boonary trees.

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Spy takes charge and pushes the mob up a hill, working back and forth to keep the whole balanced,

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and then Brian and Cobey block the lead and settle the animals in Tank Paddock.

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And before you know it, everyone is happy and the job is done. It is 8.30am and time to knock off for breakfast.

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Now if only every muster in my life had been this easy.

Stay tuned.

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2 responses to “Morning Muster

  1. The photos are beautiful, and I love these views into the countryside, and the lives of the people there.

    Cobey sounds a bit like my old horse Brimstone, a Quarter horse / Thoroughbred cross. Brimstone snuck up on my mother once, and pushed her into the manure pile when she emptied the manure cart. Mom was taking care of him when I had a broken leg. She was pretty mad when she got back from the barn… He liked to sneak up on people, especially neighborhood kids who took shortcuts through his field.

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