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Meet the Mares: Shadie

A Little Shadie Chic is a dark palomino mare that has been shown on the reining circuit, specifically NRHA taking home the 2006 Reserve Regional Experience Reining Region One. This mare continued her show career earning multiple points. Shadie continued to take young people to the show ring until becoming a broodmare. Shadie is an own daughter of Comandalena who has earned over $143,000.00 and 260.5 points. On the bottom side Shadie is a granddaughter of A Little Shady Jac, earner of $17,715.86 in NRHA and AQHA points. Doc Tom Tucker, Hollywood Jac 86, Fritz Command, and Smart Little Lena are on Shadie’s papers. Shadie is 5 panel neg and carries one creme gene.

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Meet the Mares: Tessa

Tessas Poco Penny is a dun daughter of The Dualler and she is out of a Sonnys OO Buck, Docs Adonis, Poco Bueno bred mare. This is a really nice dun mare with an awesome disposition, great legs and feet and good bone. She is a quick mover and throws foals that are real contenders. Tessa loves attention, and as many people know that have been out, if you pet her once she you are friend for life and she will follow you around and never let you go. NFQHA eligible.

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Time for real life to start again.

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!

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Calves Today

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Whim and Sally

Toni and Anna working on Whim and Shotgun Sally on Friday.

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KT Gunners Sage Bug

Sagebug is up at Josh and Crystal’s in Potlach getting started. Here is Day 1.

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KT 1050 Advance 817

KT 1050 Advance 817 is by CX 3027 Advance 1050, 1050 is a bull from Bill Cox in Pomeroy and out of 3027. He is a moderate framed heifer bull. 817’s dam is KT Ms Rusila 315, who is a daughter of BVR Raftsman 028X ET. She is a great cow that the kids showed in 2014.  817 was born 4/12/18 and has a 70 lb actual BW and a 1.3 BW EPD. He is a flashy bull with great color and eye appeal. $2500

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Calves, Calves and more Calves

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And the New Year is Upon Us

New Year’s Eve, this year has been a great year for us and New Year’s Eve is always a great time to look back and reflect on all the year’s accomplishments. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Sonny took a mini vacation for New Years on a Lake Cruise. Lots of fun. Ben, Anna, Kaine and I went to cousin Leslie’s show barn party. Ben helped Anna and Kaine do chores since Toni was gone. So King and Louie got the day off. Our second group of synchronized cows are due on the 1st, so we had a hand full of calves on the 31st.


On Tuesday Ben and I got all of the calves tagged and we did general work around the place. Toni, Kicker, Kade and Jaxsen came back from their vacation. I worked on King and Louie. Wednesday Toni took a little break from work and took Kade and Jaxen and checked all of the horses. Everyone is doing good. A bunch of the mares look like they are getting ready to foal. The weather was fantastic so they all were feeling great. Toni was still working on Louie and King on Wednesday and Thursday.


Ben had to go back to work after being off for the month of December. With the extremely nice weather, Ben took it upon himself to doing fencing projects around the house for the month. Toni had to order him over 300 lag bolts by the time the month was up. He re-positioned the fence and gates going into Circle 4 so we would have better access to the new show shed, fixed the fence down the driveway, added a gate to the heifer pen that is big enough to drive through and reconfigured fence to water troughs. Ben kept himself super busy with fencing and cattle work over the month of December. And for a couple of those weeks he had Anna and Kaine to help. The wood fence also looks a ton better.


Kade started basketball practice again on Thursday since he plays AAU. Luckily Dad was able to take him to meet his ride and pick him up.

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Friday Anna, Kaine, Kade and I had a busy day. We went and checked the cows, Anna got to drive. We cleaned out the barn, put new straw down and tied up the steers. Then the kids took down their calf shelter since we are bottle calf less and it was in their wash rack. Anna and I worked on King and Louie. Then Kaine and Kade helped me move some panels around in King and Louie’s pen. Anna, Kaine and Kade did the front chores while I worked on the foals some more. Toni rolled in late and we finished chores.


Saturday Anna went over to Connell and helped work on bulls that are going to Denver. Kade’s friend Tye was out. He moved away and his family was up visiting for the weekend. The three bigger boys had a great time playing, and sometimes Jaxsen played too. Ben and I tagged a couple of calves. Toni and dad put out grass straw for the horses and bulls. Toni also got Smokey ready to go as Smokey went to his new home on Saturday. We decided Saturday that Louie is done and we need to get Sally in to halter break. She is our LAST spring foal to halter break. We moved her over with King.


Sunday we finished tagging the calves and made a long heavy list for Toni and dad since they are taking over checking the cows. Then we weighed all of the steers that are in, I think they all weighed decent. We had to get Kade’s show heifer in, Dark Knight, from a few years ago, she wanted a clubby calf this year, so we had to put her back with her calf. We had to get Kaine’s cow in and pull her calf (actually Ben and Kicker did) and then at about 7 we had to get Pinda in and pull her calf too. So the nursery is full! Toni and Kicker worked on pulling down the majority of the old fence that we had replaced along the East side of the horse pasture. Not only did they get to pull out old barbed wire, but there were good posts to be pulled out too and stacked to be reused later. If anyone needs old barbed wire, we have quite a bit. If someone doesn’t come get it, we will put it in the metal bin at the end of the week. I started halter breaking Sally. Toni and I didn’t realize how tall she is, we think she is the perfect combination of Gunner and Strawberry. We are really excited to keep her.


2019 is upon us. The kids headed back to school today and we all went about our daily work. Currently we are experiencing perfect calving weather, but the forecast calls for snow. We can only hope that the mild weather will continue as the cows continue to calve and we start to get ready for foals.

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