Monday was President’s Day so the kids didn’t have school. Toni and Kade went out early to try and shoot coyotes. They saw a couple but the coyotes saw them from a long way off and ran. They ended up walking all over but didn’t get another glimpse. Then they went and checked the cows when it started snowing on them. Monday was an interesting weather day with snow, sun, snow, rain, and all around February weirdness. Luckily there were no new babies of bovine or equine. Toni worked on Cash as the next halter breaking project. I hear Toni put some posts in the fence line but Kade and Jaxsen refused to help. They said it was snowing so they should have to build fence.
Tuesday we flew back from Oklahoma and dad picked us up at the airport. We got home in time to start a load of laundry and then go down and do chores. The kids went up and worked on their show animals after chores, and clean out the barn. Toni and I went and took some posts out in the next jag of fence. We got Pistol Pete in so he could go to the vet on Wed to get his coggins, health, and brand so he could move to his new home. He is a great colt. We put him in with Cash and Hottie for the night. Cash is doing great. I am really happy we have her priced so high so we can keep her. With her awesome pedigree we were a little worried someone would pony up the money and buy her, but so far no one has wanted to pay what we want.
Wednesday Toni took Pistol Pete to see Sheena with her new Pistol Pete Posse hoodie from OSU. Pete and Tulip did great at the vet. This was Pete’s first “big” horse ride in the trailer. Toni was running way late but Sheena was kind enough to wait for her. Pete got turned back out in the big pen when they got back. He unloaded as well as he loaded. Petunia’s calf died, so I texted our friend Kam, since he has lots of bottle calves, and we got Petunia a new calf. Dad went and picked him up. Petunia was very happy. Toni and the boys worked on fence after chores and then the boys went up to help Anna finish with the show cattle and clean out the barn. Cash is getting worked on still but she is already halter broke after just a few days. She gets sticky when you want to walk past a feed pan or anything that could have feed in it. Toni almost got her to walk in the shed because there was feed in there for sure.
Thursday we woke up to more snow. This is kind of overkill on the snow. Anna had to be to school early for an FFA breakfast. So dad took the boys in and they all went to breakfast. When Toni got down to check the three mini horses that are in with the cows were out. After school Toni, Kade and Jaxsen did the horse chores, then all the Meachams fed the cows, grain and hay. When I got home Ben, Anna and Kaine were sorting the cows off that get CIDRS, so I helped them finish sorting. We got everything situated with feed and then Toni, the kids and I hooked Butte up to the gooseneck and I ran it down for dad to take to St John on Friday to go and get Eddie. The men went up to the Old Valley to check on the heifers, Toni and Kade thought they saw some out. The fence was down, but really hot, so they did not know what had happened. They were all in when they got up there.
Friday morning was still very cold, but the weather person says it is supposed to warm up. Anna and Kade went to Finley for an FFA event. Kaine did not feel like going, so Toni had a stern talk with him as she ran Kaine and Jax into school. The kids did really well, Kade’s team placed 2nd, Anna’s team placed 2nd, Anna placed 2nd individually. Chad came around noon to trim a few horses, mom went out and helped. They did Tulip, some mares and some weanlings. Dad went to St John to pick up Eddie the mare to foal at our house. Marlo came down and helped with chores, at 4 they all went up to help put CIDRS in, Toni, Marlo, and Jax fed and the others put in the CIDRS. We are doing one big group of cows this time instead of 2 smaller groups. So we are only having to do this once, but it is double the work as normal. Luckily the kids are big enough that they are really a great help.
Saturday I ran over first thing to Connell to get a straw of semen for Oreo, my Galloway and get Bullwinkle (yes that is his name) our new Hereford bull. He was a bit wilder than Toni thought he would be. Then we got in cows and moved them around to turn out bulls. Chad came again and trimmed some more horses. Kade jumped on Apache the pony to make sure she remembered she was broke to ride before we take her down to Traci’s house for the little kids. We turned Cash out as she is done. Anna and Brandi went to Traci’s house to baby sit on Saturday for Cattlemens. Kade had his last 2 basketball games, so he got run down to his games where he played great and made some points. We all got dressed up and went and had a great time. The majority of the family was there along with literally hundreds of our friends. They sold 525 tickets to the event, had more people show up, ran out of food and ran out of vodka. It was a great time for a great cause.
Sunday we came home and finished sorting the cows and moving stuff around so they were all in pens and had lots of room with the bulls. Bullwinkle was already breeding cows as he was moved out. We got Glo in to halterbreak next. We have just a few to get done from the 2021 foal crop. Of course, the 2022 foal crop should be here any minute. We are thankful they are waiting for better weather.
We are also excited to welcome Coco and Jake’s new baby girl into the family. She was born on Sunday with bright red hair. We can’t wait to meet her.
We are all impatient for our foals to be born. Based upon early 2022 sales, it looks like this is going to be another hot horse market. We promise to get foal pics up as quickly as we can once they are born and price them as soon as possible. We also welcome visitors to come and meet the horses. If anyone wants to look at the foal contract it is on the website under the foal contract tab at the top. We have received some questions from people asking which mares we are most excited to foal. All of them. No joke. Every year we are so excited about our breeding program, this year is no different. We breed horses that we think are the right kind- meaning they have the look, disposition, breeding, ability, and structure to do it all. And we breed for ourselves. We don’t trend breed. The horses we are raising are horses that we are proud to own. We have to make tough decisions on which ones to sell, but that doesn’t mean they are less, it just means that we can’t keep them all, because believe me, we would if we could! So if one strikes your fancy, let us know. We love having people out to the ranch and showing off our program. So if you are reading this, you are invited to come and visit, we would love to see you.