|Branding and castrating calves was done after
the roundup. Branding protected the owner’s investment because anyone
could claim unmarked cattle. Castrating limited the number of bulls in the
herd. Uncastrated bulls were more difficult to control and would fight each
other. To manage the task of branding and castrating calves, the rope and
horse were essential pieces of cowboy gear. Skill and practice with both
were essential to getting the job done.
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