5 hours ago
"Fast Enough to Catch that Calf" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We are proud to be riding horses that are the result of the breeding program of the Old Man (Wayne Ducheneaux; Dad, Poppy, Neighbor and Friend to many) and a vision he had in his youth. Growing up, horses were still the primary source of horsepower for all things that happened on the ranch. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Putting up hay, feeding cows, building dams, any farming that had to be done, even the occasional trip to town all occurred while looking at the ample rear end of a draft type horse. Because of the nature of these tasks, things such as performance, disposition, and versatility were sacrificed for other, more important characteristics. He loved to tell a story about his father’s excitement upon returning home after selecting one such steed; he said, while holding his hands up and apart about the size of a dinner plate….”He’s a good SOB too, must have a foot on him THIS BIG!”
Now you can imagine that a practical man like that is not likely to have a couple separate herds of horses around, one for the heavy work and another for the cowboyin’. What he did have was a herd of fearless and indestructible kids, and a bunch of yearling and two year old draft horses. It was one day while doctoring calves on one of these lumbering beasts that Wayne had his epiphany. You see, the method for doctoring calves on this type of horse pretty much amounted to chasing the calf until he was sufficiently tired that the draft horse colt could get you in position for a throw of your rope…he decided right then and there…”someday, I’m going to have horses fast enough to catch that calf”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The method for “breaking” horses in those days also contributed to Wayne’s vision, because it basically amounted to going to war. He knew there had to be a better way, and having a horse that was friendly and willing would be part and parcel of that...photo by @cdphotog ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Part two, tomorrow...
#workingranchcowboy at Ducheneaux Quarter Horses