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Working Ranch - March 2016

THE PREZ SEZ Ever turn your back to the critter you’ve got tied down so’s you can go rifling around in your banana bag for some LA, then when you turn back around the critter’s gone and your piggin’ string is laying there in the flat grass like some white, soggy, nylon snake? That’s how I felt when I found out that the President vetoed the congressional resolution to overturn the rule redefining Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS). Not much we can do but cinch up and pull our hat down, I guess. DRY DAYS OF SPRING Dear Northern-tier cowhands and high country buckaroos, It’s coming. Soon, I hope. That day when you dig out your riding boots from the mud room and knock last fall’s clay gobs from the tall heel and shank. You’ll hose them off, bring them inside to dry, and smear ‘em with a good layer of boot grease. Then, you’ll set them by the fire. Not too close. Just enough to warm up the dressing and allow it to soak in real deep. Same with your spur straps. And the leather will become all dark and soft and supple, and the whole living room will smell like a saddle shop. Mmmmm. And then, one day, maybe the third week of calving heifers, it’ll be dry enough from the house to the barn, and in little patches out in the pens, where it’s safe to wear them if you tippy-toe around the boggy spots. Just hang on a little longer. MARIA JEFFS / SHUTTERSTOCK MARCH 2016 | WORKING RANCH | 17 The President recently vetoed the congressional resolution to overturn the rule redefining Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS). DEITA JENSEN Almost time…


Working Ranch - March 2016
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