A Moment… teamwork
I want to start a little series here… the ‘Moment’ series.
In it, I will post just one image, with very few words. The images will represent a few of the ‘moments’ I feel are unique to our world, our way of life. I welcome your feedback, or questions.
The first one was taken yesterday, as my ‘boys’ worked in the yards, drafting up cows. My husband’s mare Scandal is walking towards the mob here, watching the cattle, her ears twitching as she listened to my husband, ready to leap into action. They have already mustered and so both have a sweat up…
Scandal is the horse Mr I was riding when he got concussed recently. She likes to toss her head, and tossed it right into his cheekbone as he leant forward to open a gate. They have sorted out their issues (he’s very careful opening gates) and are working beautifully together now. Those spurs (which are quite blunt if you look closely) very rarely touch Scandal’s side, but are there to encourage her to ‘keep up’ if her attention strays from the task at hand. It rarely does.
No farmer does this job completely on his or her own.
Working the land is all about partnerships – with horses, with dogs, with cattle or sheep, with other people. These partnerships are worked on and treasured (and occasionally cursed) and mourned when lost. And that’s a fact.