With our unseasonable winter blast back under control, I took the cows back across the road today, back to grass, off the hay supply. Whenever I move the cows, I always teeter back and forth over whether to use a lead on Glory Bee or not when walking her across the road. Sometimes the lead is just an invitation to a battle of wills. What? The woman wants me to go somewhere! I Shall Not! And sometimes, of course, the lead is a measure of comfort and control that lets me know I’ve got my cow in hand. Though, oftentimes I find it does work better to forget the lead and just say, “Hey, Glory Bee! Come on, this is going to be so exciting!” And I take off walking briskly. What? The woman must have something exciting to show me! I can’t let her get away! And Glory Bee is on my heels like she’d rather die than let me out of her sight.
Today I went for the mind game, no lead, and it worked perfectly. Mind you, it’s always a gamble! But today….. Today, mark one down for the farmer.
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