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About KT Ranch

We raise quality NFQHA AQHA cowhorses as well as Braford, Angus and Hereford cattle.

The month of November is all about being thankful.

Where has this month gone?? Monday Coco left for CA, and Toni went down and helped her load Money and Penny to take back with her. On Toni’s way to check the cows, she found a trucker sitting at my house with a load of pellets that we had ordered. The poor guy didn’t have Ben or my number so was just sitting there hoping someone would appear to show him where to dump the pellets. These are a weight gainer pellet for the show cattle. We are excited to see if it works. We bought a semi load, so lets hope they do. Dad broke his glasses so went to Kahlotus to get a new pair. Toni was busy with clients most of the day and did not get lunch until almost 2, you like to get Toni lunch at noon, or she gets hangry. Toni tied Benjamina to Tulip Monday and broke another lead rope. Kade had a basketball game in Mattawa, but since he had a concussion, he could not play. But he went to support his team and keep score, or something like that. The rest of the kids came home and did chores.

Tuesday Toni tied Benjamina up to Tulip again, she did really good on Day 2. Toni had virtual court and wore her new leopard print kimono she got for her birthday. Anna is driving everyone to school, so they get home to do chores a lot earlier. It is pretty great because chores are now getting done mostly during the daylight hours. This deal with having a 16 year old is really slick.

Wednesday was a half day, Kaine and Kade went duck hunting with Kicker and did not go to school. Anna and Jaxsen went, the roads were slick in the morning, but she drove great. There was only 4 of us at work, so 3 of us decided to get Seoul Fusion for lunch. Anna went and picked up lunch when school was over so the people at home ate Burger Factory, as is their tradition on ½ days. Benjamina and Kit Kat are the two foals that are in and are both doing really great. Benjamina is just tough minded, but once she gets it, she gets it. Kit Kat is a Leroy so was “perfect” until Wednesday. Wednesday is the day we found out she doesn’t like to cross water. Some foals you can work through issues with a minimal amount of effort. Others are hardcases. Kit Kat is a self assured filly that wants to do what she wants to do, and getting her pretty little hooves wet isn’t something she likes. Toni worked with her for over 40 minutes, most of that in the dark. At the end she went into the water forward, backward, sideways, but not happily. And this isn’t deep water, this is a puddle in the driveway. The trust component can be one of the harder concepts to train into a foal. There are horses that trust naturally, and they are usually pretty easy to work with and break to ride. They may not be your super smart horses, or they could be. Then you have the independent thinkers that you have to gain their trust over time, through repetition, effort, carefully, so you don’t set yourself backward. There is still a third group of horses that have no trust, are not people pleasers, and are not smart- we try to have zero horses in that last category. Kit Kat is a thinker. She may be a challenge, but we are up for it.

Happy Thanksgiving. We had our low-key, friends and family celebration where we gave thanks for everything we have and everyone that is in our lives. After a huge feast we played an aggressive round of spoons. We have some competitive people in our family, finger nails got broke. Lots of laughs and memories made. After our big meal, Toni and I went down, Toni walked Kit Kat back through the puddle, then turned her out. We got Blackie’s colt in. He was already halter broke but Chad was coming out on Friday so we needed to get him in so Anna and Ben could be efficient with their Chad time. Blackie’s colt is a typical Double- easy. We got all of our chores done then went home to eat leftovers.

Friday we went to Uncle Don’s Funeral. It was good to see family, but a pretty sad reason to see everyone. Aunt Phyllis wanted the service to be small due to covid concerns, so a skeleton group from Connell went to the funeral. Those of us that went got to meet Uncle Doug’s fiance Ruth. Uncle Doug’s wife Gladys passed away about a yearish ago. We are all extremely happy that he found someone. While we were in Hermiston celebrating Uncle Don’s life, Ben, Anna, and Kaine were at home helping Chad get through the long list of horses that needed to get trimmed. The list didn’t get completed, but they made good progress.

Saturday we got straw. That took most of the morning. They are little bales that we can stack in the barn, so hand load going on the trailer, and hand load coming off the trailer for stacking. We checked cows a couple of times. We have some heavy cows that are ready to calve. Per the norm, we fixed fence. Did chores, checked the horses. I had to listen to Ben tell me how much he doesn’t like certain horses that they had trimmed on Friday. I don’t really listen to him about the horses. Ben and I got ready to leave for Idaho.

Sunday Ben and I left early for our trip to Idaho to attend Ben’s sister-in-law Trisha Gail’s funeral. This is our third trip in a few short months. Toni, Kicker, and the boys came back from Clarkston. Benjamina got loaded out to her new home. Benjamina, being Benjamina, refused to load. She never blew up, didn’t hurt anyone, nothing like that, just wouldn’t load. Kicker finally was asked to come down and help assist her into the trailer. Everyone was pretty fatigued after working with her for over an hour. After Benjamina left, Freckled Son got to come in and get haltered. Because it is so muddy, Toni actually hooked him to Tulip to get him across the driveway into the far pen for halter breaking. Freckled Son got renamed to Ol Son. It took about 15 seconds for him to get the pressure release of leading. He is very smart and responsive. We are glad he isn’t a filly, which he was supposed to be a filly, we would keep him if he was. He has a really fun pedigree. Plus bay is one of our favorite colors.

We have been getting really fun videos from Jordan Pace who is riding our two young studs, King and Tank. King was started last year by our good friend and great cutter, Tim Johnson, so King was already ahead of Tank. But both studs are doing great with Jordan. Jordan has moved back to the Prosser area where he is building a very nice training facility. If anyone wants to go see Tank or King while they are with Jordan, just contact us and we can give you Jordan’s contact. We will be standing both of these studs to the public for 2022 for a limited number of mares. We had 2 foals out of King this year, both selling quickly. We bred Tank to some powerhouse mares, so are very excited to see what we get out of him in 2022. We are pretty stoked about both of these studs.

The month of November is all about being thankful. We are thankful for our friends, family, our ability to lead this life. We have been very blessed and we recognize that fact and are thankful everyday. So thank you for reading this blog and being part of it all.

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Is he perfect!???

Well no, no horse is perfect, but KT King of Blue is pretty dang cool. king is just a 3 year old, but already shows tremendous potential. He was started very lightly in the fall of his 2 year old year, just went to trainer Jordan Pace this fall, and is already going strong. This video is Jordan loping him for the first time. King is out of Shining Blue DR, from the Davis Ranch, with his dam being our really great mare Izzy. King is hz m/t, aa, 6 panel neg, power, speed, great bone, lots between the ears, all in a package small enough to heal or cut on, but big enough to actually do ranch work. It is hard to find this type of pedigree with the looks this horse has. We are excited to continue to watch his training. So far Jordan likes him as much as we do!

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Calling for the girls- when I call for the girls to come in and get grain and every old gal out in the field is suddenly a girl at heart.

When I call for the girls to come in to get grain and every old gal out in the field is suddenly a girl at heart.
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Week in pictures- No Nebraska pics included

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We hope the kids get to go to more shows like this one.

Monday Ben and I were both off for the 4th from work. Toni and I went and got horses in first thing and fixed some fence. Then Toni went and worked at her house. Ruby came down and her and Anna washed Anna’s animals. Kaine found his shirts that needed dry cleaned and we ran them over to McCall, she was gong to take the kids shirts in for Jr Nationals. Ruby went with us and we ran into Connell to get lunch, and the only think open was Subway. So Anna, Ruby and Kaine got Subway (we got some for him to go) and then we ran out to grandmas. Kaine and Kade were supposed to be home washing their steers and heifers, however, instead they were putting underglow lights on Kaine’s old blazer, it looks really cool now (according to the males in the family). Ruby invited them to come up and swim at her pool, so the three big kids went up to Ruby’s house for a few hours, the we went down and did chores. Toni had a guy come out Monday night, and want to breed his mare to King. She took him over to look at Gang, and he really liked him, so he is going to buy Gang and just breed his mare to him. Gang really liked this guy and it has been hard to find the right person for Gang. He said he could come back Tuesday or Wednesday to get them and left his trailer.

Tuesday was a busy day, T013 left at 8 that morning, he is one of the polled Hereford bulls we had for sale. Of course, he got out the night before and took a walk about down to the corn field. So Anna and Kaine went looking for him early. It turns out that Toni and Ryan were at WSU at the same time, he is a veterinarian in Oregon, and they have a lot of the same friends, but they had not met. Then Toni had a call, then our friend Shannon came out to get her mini donkey that Tulip has been babysitting. So they loaded him in a dog crate and sent him home. Toni reported that her AC and internet were still out, she is still using her hotspot, until as Jaxsen said, he hacked into it and stole it from her. Mom made chocolate chip cookies for the kids to take to Nebraska to the Jr Angus show, and she made fresh apricot pies to put in the freezer. Kameron and Christine Jenks brought her the apricots; they were really good. She also boiled some down to take to grandma on Wednesday.

Wednesday the kids were packing up tack and getting their heifers ready to go to Nebraska. Anna spot died hers again, to cover up any dead hair. Toni reported she still had not internet or AC. She had a lunch meeting in Othello, where there is AC, so she was happy to leave. The kids packed what they needed into the gooseneck and got ready to leave. We had an online exhibitor meeting for Jr Nationals. They really ruined our fun, they said we could not take an ATV or golf cart to ride in, I KNOW Jay was going to let us take that, since we can not take the chute, no wheelbarrow, blah, blah, blah. Toni wanted something in here, but I don’t remember what it was, but she thought it was funny.

Thursday dad went up and got the apples from Kameron and Christine Jenks that they donated for the kids to take to Jr Nationals, in the WA Booth. Toni and Dad took the kids over to Connell at 2 so they could get everything moved over to the Eby and get ready to leave early Friday morning. Leslie got us some folding rocking chairs for our tack area. Toni, Jaxsen and I did the horse chores. When I got home Kicker and Ben were done with their normal chores and were on the kids’ chores, so I assisted them in finishing cleaning out the barn and putting hay out for the steers and heifers. Kicker went home and Ben finished up Anna’s cat chores, she has 11 orphan cats she taking care of.

Friday the kids, the twins, Leslie and Jay hit the road early to Nebraska. Toni already misses them. So does Jaxsen. He started making comments right away regarding doing “their” chores. Luckily Marlo showed up Friday to help with chores. I gave Toni lots of last minute instructions that she did not feel she needed to have before I left Sat morning. Like don’t ignore the calves with bad eyes and pretend they are ok. Make sure to check everything.

Traci, Vanna, Kayla, and I flew out of Pasco bright and early Saturday morning. The flight was delayed coming out of Seattle. Then in Omaha there were thunderstorms so we circled for an hour before we landed. Then we got in our rental car and made the 2 hour trip to Grand Island. The kids had made it by then. Got unloaded, set up, and enjoying Nebraska. Back home Toni said that the Gunner pen was out, so she got them back, checked calves, worked, check the horses, dealt with a dog that already missed Kade named Coco that decided to ride in the front of the pc. Still no ac at their house. Just her and Jax for chores and it didn’t go well. After chores were over, which took more than 2 hours, Jaxsen said he would like to drive to Nebraska and kick the kids’ butts for having to do their chores.

Sunday Kicker and Ben got up at 5 am to get the cattle in and doctor eyes. After that, Kicker, Toni, and Jax went to Shannon’s bday party in Kennewick. They came home early to load Gang out to go to his new home in Yakima. Gang loaded well and is gone. He was the last 2 year old we have for sale. Now just the 2 yearling fillies and the babies. Grand Island is humid and the barn doesn’t have much cell phone service. The kids are meeting new people and really enjoying themselves.

You never realize how many chores there are until four of the seven works are gone. Then it isn’t all fun and games when the work source has left. But we are really excited that the kids have this opportunity to be part of a National experience. When we were showing we got to go to the Hereford Jr. National Show, as well as some of the big cattle shows like Houston, Red Bluff, Famosa. There is nothing like being around like minded people at the big shows to help strengthen a persons commitment to the ag industry. Making friendships that last through the years and realizing that working and being part of a national organization is achievable with hard work and dedication. We hope the kids get to go to more shows like this one.

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Bar trotting

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Bar not moving

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Fly guy again

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Fly guy 4

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Fly guy

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