Monday the kids went back to school. Time for real life to start again. Monday Toni and dad were checking, Toni always takes lots of calf pictures when she is out checking. It is fun to check the picture drive after she is done. Toni checked Monday and Tuesday, Dad Wednesday, Toni was back to checking Thursday and Friday.
Both big boys went back to basketball, and Kaine had games this week. His team is very enthusiastic. Luckily Dad is able to help get the boys back and forth. Kade goes to Basin City to play and Kaine goes to Connell, so they are not even headed in the same direction. Kade and Sonny also had cub scouts. Kaine has officially aged out. That puts a lot of pressure on Anna to help do chores on her own. Yes, we are all aware that Sonny is old enough to help, but is it worth the effort? Sometimes yes, sometimes no, rarely is it yes.
Shaun was home from college this week and was able to come out a couple of days this week to help with chores. It is also really nice to get these foals exposed to someone new. Shaun, Anna, and Toni took video of Cole Thursday as well as moved Whim and Major to the corral. We also noticed a leak in our water line, so had to shut the corral water off until it could get fixed. On Friday Toni and Dad took Sagebug and Major to Josh and Crystal. They are buying Major and riding Sagebug. Sagebug is already getting great reports from them. He is such a treasure. Josh and Crystal moved, but everyone decided to meet at the Colfax fairgrounds to switch the horses. Considering how little work Major has had, he did great. Sagebug loves to load because he likes to go places so he was fine loading into a new trailer. Also on Friday dad took Jewels and Thunder to the vet to breed Jewels, so hopefully we are having puppies.
Saturday Ana and Keisha from Fantasy Stables came out with their new game, Fantasy Ranch and the kids played it all morning as test subjects. They LOVED it and there are lots of KT Ranch horses in the game; including Gunner, Dude, Colonel, and lots of foals. We are also excited that our good friends at Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Sandpoint, ID are one of the dude ranches in the game. The kids all argued over who got their card and who got the Gunner card. Two out of the four horses on the cover are also from KT, but now live at West Pleasure Guest Ranch. When the game hits the market there will be a press release and a coupon. Let us know if you want one. The game will be sold on Amazon, but you can check out the sponsors, cool graphics, and see the cards at http://www.fantasystablegame.com/.
Also on Saturday, Kicker fixed the water line going down to the corral, dad assisted. Ben fixed fences around the place and moved hot fences around for the cows. Ben and I also tagged all of the calves that had been born all week. Then I cleaned out the heavy heifer pen, moving the ones that have calved out. Anna went to a friend’s birthday party, so while she was gone Toni and I turned Shotgun Sally back out. We are really happy with our decision to keep this filly, she has been a real joy to work with as well as being pretty, correct, and calm.
Sunday Ben and I finished up tagging, we had a couple of new ones from Saturday to tag. Kicker finished up the water line, he had to let it dry the day before and then went back down and turned on the water and covered it back up. Anna, Kaine, Ben and I got the yearling bulls in for yearling weights, Kade and Kicker helped us get them in for the last little bit. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Sonny then went down to Taiten’s 21st birthday. Taiten is Toni’s god son and great kid that we have watched grow up. He used to come out and ride with us when he was little. Sunday night I got extra chore helpers as Scarlett and Kolton came out to see the horses.
This week dawned with snow flurries, rain, and fog. Let’s hope that the weatherperson is correct and we have a slight increase in temperature and no snow. We need snow in the mountains for the snowpack, not here. We are now over 50% calved out but still getting multiple calves per day. So far we are pretty happy with our calving season. Let’s just hope that it continues!