Why You Don’t Have to Fear Ninjitsu Cattle

by Kevin on April 24, 2012

The calf was bawling as it slid backwards through the now dusty branding area. “Get ready,” I told my daughter. The excitement and apprehension were written on her face.

“I don’t know what to do” she exclaimed as the horse pulled the calf by her.

“Just grab the tail and pull it hard to you and I’m going to pull the rope my way. The calf will roll to its side and then you jump on the head and pull that left leg towards your chest.” I had already explained this twelve times, but she was nervous.

She did as she was supposed to, but was not prepared for how hard I was going to be pulling on the rope. The tail slipped out of her hand and I could see the terror in her eyes. She didn’t want to mess up in front of all the cowboys that were there.

Dell kept dragging the calf as I told her to do it again. This time, she nearly pulled the poor calf’s tail off. It laid over perfectly, and like a duck after a junebug, she pounced.

The calf thrashed and I could see Reilly doin’ exactly what she was supposed to do. I sat down and removed the rope while pushing one back leg forward and pulling the one on top towards me in preparation for the cutting and branding.

One of the kids came over to give an injection to the calf and when he stuck it, the calf tried a ninjitsu move on all three of us. In her kindheartedness, Reilly had not really been holding the calf down, she was just kind of touching it. With the speed of a hummingbird, the calf squirted out of her grip.

“Dad!!” She yelled.

I performed the anti-ninjitsu-hummingbird counter hold on the calf as I told her to grab it again. I told her to hold it down like she would her brother when he gets to pestering her. I felt a little sorry for the calf after she got a hold of it again.

She did well, although she did turn her face when the little guy was relieved of his bull-hood. When it was time to let her first calf go, she got up with a down-trodden look on her face.

“What’s the matter?” I asked.

“I really goofed that up. I’m sorry.”

I put my hand on her shoulder and made her look at me.

“Honey, me and you are a team. You might lose hold, but I won’t. The only time you’ll mess up is if you give up. You learned a lesson and this next one will be ten times as good as the first.”

Hold on! Be fearless! Don’t be scared of those that fight against you because the Lord is right beside you. He won’t ever shuck out on you or forget about ya. Deuteronomy 31:6 (Simplified Cowboy Version)


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  • Greg Box

    Awesome Message Again and Thanks Again Sure Great To Hear From Ya!

    All God’s Blessings To You And Your Family Always!


    • Kevin

      Thanks Greg…I’m going to be preaching in Midland on June 3rd at Desert Thunder Raceway. I hope to meet you then.

  • Paul Weatherby

    With you “training” on my Granddaughter brings back fond memories of my “schooling” on you and your brother flanking calves with the “assurance” of gaining confidence and faith in yourselves even when the hooves met teeth, the rope burned, and the needle stuck. The Cowboy Way raises good values for our Christian Youth. Ya’ll are living proof.
    Stay with it

    • Kevin

      You tell ’em pops!!

  • I like that, Kevin.

    “the only time you mess up, is if you give up”

    Thanks for the message!

    • Kevin

      Thanks Cory!! I know you have girls and there is something quite spectacular about a teenage girl willing to flank calves!!

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