My Ranching Experience

this is a picture of an angora goat, they are smart, cunning and playful. This picture was borrowed from Wikipedia, looks a lot like that other goat~I just noticed this onet had a little blood on his nose, maybe he got in a fence~

these are two of the Pfluger’s goats from last year. They were shearing today and will be busy with that job for another several days. Ranching is hard work~

Sometimes I feel like a ranch hand except I have never ranched~unless you count taking care of pasture cats and wild life. But many times I have had to stop on the road and get a goat out of the fence and I felt like a real rancher woman. Reciently I had to do that job, I was on my way to San Angelo to see the tax man and do some banking business. The wind was blowing a gale, I didn’t have my head scarf so my hair got really big~ you know like having to walk through a door sideways.  Not good at all. There is a trick to getting a goat out of a fence, they all want to stick their heads through the wire to eat the same stuff that is on their side, it works fine until they try to pull back, then their horns hang and they are stuck. They will bleat and fight all day until someone finds them.  To help them get lose, you have to pull their head toward you as far as you can and twist it around and poke their nose back through (nose first~if you manage that, then the horns will follow). It looks like it would hurt and sometimes there is a little blood but you keep talking to them and telling them you like them and they are going to be fine. When they are finally free, they take off running. My ‘used to be neighbor Joe Max’ had Spanish goats and he solved the problem by cutting a broom stick wider than the head and wiring it across the horns, there was no way they could get that new head gear through the wire fence. I thought it was ingenious, it didn’t hurt the goat at all and it kept it out of trouble. I love goats, especially the little kids. They have boundless energy and are the most entertaining creatures, maybe something like the pasture kittens~ By the way, a man in a pickup stopped to help with the goat that day, that is usually what happens.  

2 thoughts on “My Ranching Experience

  1. Rita, I love your blog. It reminds me of the years I spent as a child out in West Texas. My father grew up in San Angelo, but he raised us near Odessa until the mid-1960’s. I raise St. Croix sheep, just because I want to. I am semi-retired now and spend all my money on fencing and feed, forget jewelry and clothes. I wanted to look you up because I have 5 of your early paintings hanging in my home. I inherited them from my father, Dr. Nibling. I wonder if you remember him? I will keep following your posts. Very nostalgic.

    • Edie, I am not sure if I remember your dad, I just know I met some of the nicest people through my art work. If they came to buy a painting, they were always happy. It wasn’t like having to replace a broken washing machine or some other necessity, it was something they were gifting themselves with, something fun and joyful. Occasionally someone will tell me they bought one of my paintings at an estate sale, since I have painted for over 60 years, some paintings are going to the second or third generation. It is interesting for me to hear where they ended up.
      Thank you for writing. Rita

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