UnsaddlingMarlboro Man and the kids had a busy two days of work Monday and Tuesday. Because the recent rain (about which you’ll never catch us complaining, by the way) has thwarted many a cattle working, Marlboro Man’s approach right now is “whenever we can work cattle, we’ve got to work cattle.” Because it’s summer, that means pretty early mornings and working straight through until they get things done.

UnsaddlingYou’d think the first thing they’d want to do when they got back to the homestead is head straight into the house…but they can’t do that until they unsaddle the horses.

UnsaddlingProblem is, it was a good 20 minute drive home—just long enough for Bryce and Todd to fall fast asleep in the backseat. So Marlboro Man had to rouse them out of their slumber.

UnsaddlingIt cracks him up how quickly the boys konk out on days like this.

I mean…out like a light within seconds.

UnsaddlingGood morning, Todd!

I mean good afternoon.

Unsaddling“Hi, Mama. I’m ready for some food.”

UnsaddlingMarlboro Man opens the back of the trailer…

UnsaddlingAnd Todd waits until his horse is out.

UnsaddlingWhen he’s out, he takes the reins…

UnsaddlingAnd heads toward the barn.


UnsaddlingBryce has finally decided to join us!

UnsaddlingThe kids aren’t the only ones ready to be done for the day.

“Yeah…anytime you wanna take this saddle off my back, it’d be just swell.”

UnsaddlingWish granted!

UnsaddlingThe girls are tired. After all the graduation and end-of-school excitement, they’ve got to get used to the early mornings and the routine of cattle work again.


(They’re not the only ones.)


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