In addition to branding new calves for identification purposes, it’s an opportunity to visually inspect every animal and make sure they are in good shape and health. Calves are given important vaccines to prevent diseases. It’s an important part of growing a healthy herd.
Here at Long Pines, we don’t own any ATVs. We depend on our horses. Experiences such as branding make a world of difference for young horses: trusting their rider, overcoming stress, learning patience and develop the necessary skills to become a solid ranch mount. Of course, we also believe that ranching is a pretty amazing foundation for competition! All Long Pines young horses are exposed to ranch life, making them better no matter what the future holds.
Lessons are best learned through experience and having great mentors. That’s another reason that brandings are important. The veteran stockmen go about doing what needs done with the animals’ best interest as top priority. Calf wrestlers help the novices figure it out. We work hard together. We get rained on, sweaty, bruised and dirty. Yet at the end of the day it’s one of the best feelings in the world to have accomplished something important with a great crew.