You’ll get used to mud. It covers your your driveway, you’ll never have a clean truck, it dirties your wood floor from his cowboy boots tracking it in (I could seriously sweep and mop every day), clumps in your entryway, and stains and ruins pants that cover the laundry room. Then there is the constant battle of brushing it off your horse before you can saddle and pushing cow pens at the feed yard so that the cattle aren’t knee deep in it.
Dinner before dark? Yeah right! However, the freezer is always full of meat. There is beef, beef, and more beef.
You’ll get used to cowboy gear landing where it falls. Cowboy hats, spurs, boots, and wild rags among other gear will be strewn all over your house. Just put them away so he can find them the next day. He can’t help it after a long hard day.
You learn to resolve conflicts because cattle mix in the pastures and never stay where they are supposed to be, the hired help doesn’t show up for a day of work, the market is down, or the cattle aren’t the weight you desire.
Patience… You learn patience… Trailing the cows up the mountain is an all day process. A day after day process. There may be that one cow that keeps giving you trouble and trying to go astray, or an old cow that isn’t as fast. Those old cows are sure beneficial when gathering time comes around. They know the way home and show the others. They may be slow, but they are consistent.
The cattle get on the highway at 2 a.m., or in this case they get in your neighbors front yard. It’d be to easy to get out during the day, or even better to not get out at all. It’s part of it, you just take the officers call, get out of bed, and go get your cows.
Holidays…. What are those? Cows require care every day whether it’s a holiday or not. They need to be fed on Christmas, birthdays, and mothers day. You learn to plan around and make it work.
You get to spend date nights in the tractor feeding the cattle at the feed yard. Yes, I think his tractor is sexy, ……! You know the next part lol
Family pictures are all instantly cute. There is always an old fence, cattle, horses, old barns, weathered equipment, wild flowers, creeks, sprinklers, or an insanely beautiful view.
You learn to work hard, ride for the brand, and pay attention to detail. The calf that’s droopy today may not be here tomorrow if not attended to in the right way at the right time.
You learn to be honest and reliable. A job that is half done isn’t worth doing. A half built fence will still let the cows out. Hard work when done right pays off.
Ranchers build friendships that last a life time. A day of branding, pushing cows, taking in the views, or any time spent on the ranch brings people together.
Ranch life is hard work. It’s our way of life. You learn to love it. It becomes unimaginable to picture life any other way. The long days, late nights, and early mornings are suddenly worth it when you begin to see your dedication paying off.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of my ranch guy. He devotes his life to ride for the brand. Not many people can hack it. A full day of work on the ranch can be overwhelming, but he works every day in a precise, efficient manner. I tell you what, good or bad, I wouldn’t trade my life I’m a ranchers wife!
~ The Rustic Ranch Wife