I feel like we have gotten more done this week then I thought was possible. Monday I had to stay in town and run some errands after work, so Toni worked on Magnum and Big Iron on her own. Then had soccer with Sonny. Tuesday Kaine had a game in Mattawa so again, Toni worked on Big Iron and Magnum on her own. But, she does have Anna to help her with chores, and Kade if he does not have a game or practice. Wednesday Kaine had a game in Royal, so Toni was on her own with Anna, after she got back from her meeting in Union Gap. Thursday Kade had a game in Othello, so I was on my own working on Big Iron and Magnum, which was really good for Magnum to have someone new. Big Iron could care less who works on him, he is very goal oriented. The goal is to be petted and be fed. Thursday Jaxsen also had a soccer match, so Toni and Kicker had to run both boys around. Friday we were BOTH home to do chores and work on the colts, which was great, we could compare notes on how they had been. Sometimes it is hard to keep track of everything we are doing and make sure we are on the same page.
Saturday Kaine had a game in Connell and Kade was in Othello. We had one of our calf buyers coming out after and she got a load of calves. Then we got the cows in, sorted off what we needed to work, and moved them to a different pasture. Weaned the last couple of calves, let the weaned heifers out in the pen with the cows had been in, and put the sold bred heifers out with them. Then, we weaned 3 of the 4 foals we needed to wean this weekend, Coco Bean, Double the Fancy, and Lassie. We ended Saturday when the sun went down.
Sunday was Ben’s big 42nd birthday. So, we started out the day with clipping the heifers for the Evergreen sale and jackpot next weekend. The kids are getting old enough to be a lot of help. Toni clipped bodies while Anna clipped heads, and Kade, Kaine and I got the next one ready. Sonny ran around and played (we are really trying to get him to help). Then we had Magnum leaving at 10. So we left the kids clipping, with Anna doing bodies and Kaine heads, and Kade doing prep, with Ben supervising, and we went and loaded Magnum. He jumped in a like a super champ after a little negotiation. Then, Rachel showed up to see Pecos, he is her colt that is staying at our house while she rides Friday. I left Toni to go help the kids finish, Kade and Kaine had switched jobs, so I took over bodies and Anna went back to heads. We got done at lunch time, and had Ben’s birthday lunch.
After lunch we weaned the last four foals, Katana, Hot Shot, Cattle Kate, and Sweet Annie. They are all such a good group. Hot Shot jumped in the trailer out on the 500 acres with just the trailer gate open and her dam in the trailer. Then we went and got Sagebug, Cupcake and Omen from the neighbors, they just right in the trailer and were ready to head home. Omen was an outside mare, so her owner, our cousin, came and got her. We put Sagebug down in the “stallion station” AKA the corral. So Bishop, Sagebug, and Double are all next to each other down there. But they get along as long as they are not in the same pen together, which we do not allow. We haltered Flatliner and Golden, and then finished chores. Toni and I had left the kids with Ben to work the rest of the calves, Ben and the kids had worked the first group of calves the weekend before. Mom says she is not feeding the bottle calves on weekends or at nights, but with no kids, she was stuck doing the job. Now I am ready for a nap, but no time.
Monday Toni and Chad are trimming a bunch of horses. We are trying to get the mares trimmed up before we turn them out in the winter pasture. This week we need to get ready for the Evergreen Sale, have football and soccer, and have bulls to haul to Connell for testing, as well as heifers to get to the vet. Lots to do, but we will get it done. The fall weather has set in and fall is definitely here.