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Last Week in Pictures

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KT Double Yo Gun, “Gunnie”

KT Double Yo Gun, “Gunnie”
Captains Double Coy
KT Abbie Get Yo Gun, “Yo”
Date Born: 
: Chestnut
Price: $5,500
Gunnie is an eye-catching filly with a personality to match. Her sire, Double, is an outstanding stallion that really puts his stamp on his foals. His foals are really easy to break and are really cowy. Double is a great stallion that shows cow ability, but rides like a gelding. He is a fun horse to have around and an easy horse to get along with. We are currently using daughters of Double on the ranch, have shown some of his foals, and have been very impressed with their easy nature, but ability to work cattle. We have also sold foals out of Double for roping and barrel horses. Gunni’e dam, Yo, is out of Pistol, who was shown NFQHA, has been featured on the NFQHA rule book and in the NFQHA magazine. She is a great working ranch horse, rope horse, and the kids can ride her as well. Yo’s sire, KT Jackpot City, is out of Lenas Abbie N Charge and is by City Smarts. “Abbie” is a daughter of Smart Like Lena with Mr. Charge Bar on the bottom side. Smart Like Lena is a son of Smart Little Lena and has lifetime earnings of over $89,000.00 a ROM in cutting, and has sired offspring earning over $100,000 in NCHA money. Mr. Charge Bar was not only a racehorse, but he also was an NCHA money earner, had 33 AQHA performance points, 11 halter points, and an SI of 75. City Smarts is by An Educated Guess, 385 reining points, and the highest point earning son of Smart Chic Olena. City has a full brother that is a reiner and priced at $13,000. This is a pretty moving filly with tons of ability.

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KT Im Smart Like Peppy

KT Im Smart Like Peppy
KT Jackpot City
Pollys Leagurette, “Freida”
Date Born: 
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: Bay Dun
Price: $4,000
Here is a fancy bred filly, her dam, Freida, is a daughter out of Peppys Major Leaguer. Peppys Major Leaguer has his ROM with 83 AQHA points in reining. He was also shown halter and cowhorse. He has NRHA earnings of $12,824.98 and has qualified for the World show multiple times. He has lifetime earnings over $25,000.00 and was the Open Champion in the Big Sky Derby. Peppys Major Leaguer has a star-studded pedigree with performance horses. Freida’s dam, Polliana Peppy earned 1.5 AQHA points in reining with limited showing.  Frieda has a pedigree of who’s who with Peppy Badger Chex, Major Bonanza, Cowboy 2 Duster, Quincy Dan, King Fritz, Peppy San Badger, Peppy A Poco, and Doc’s Malbec. This mare combines the foundation with the modern in a great combination. Frieda can really move and has been used on a cattle ranch in Idaho, being shown in 4-H and local shows. Jackpot is out of Lenas Abbie N Charge and is by City Smarts. “Abbie” is a daughter of Smart Like Lena with Mr. Charge Bar on the bottom side. Smart Like Lena is a son of Smart Little Lena and has lifetime earnings of over $89,000.00 a ROM in cutting, and has sired offspring earning over $100,000 in NCHA money. Mr. Charge Bar was an NCHA money earner, had 33 AQHA performance points, 11 halter points, and an SI of 75. City Smarts is by An Educated Guess, 385 reining points, and the highest point earning son of Smart Chic Olena.
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Last Week in Pictures

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This spring has been fraught with unexpected twists.

               Baseball season I guess has officially started. Kaine had a gave on Monday night, Toni and Kade did the horse chores and then Kade went and helped Anna with the cow chores. The men flushed out the circle to get it ready to turn on water. Kaine’s team lost, then Kaine and I hung around and watched Jaxsen’s practice to bring him home with us. It looked like at practice they were playing tag, not baseball. Toni teased BB and the new mare we got from Dan and Rusanne, Miss Gen. Neither were quite ready yet.  We got some much-needed rain, which came about the time Toni was putting wire out on the latest fencing project.

Tuesday Jaxsen had a game, Toni and Kade still did chores first. Toni put Rosey and Miss Gen in with Stetson, Miss Gen was in heat. I went out when I got home to catch BB, but she was anti. I moved the old buckskin mare back down with Double, so if I caught BB I could put her in with her sister, Mil. Jaxsen team lost, but he played a good game. Dad went and picked Kaine up from practice and went and got new tires for the gooseneck.

Wednesday dad and Steve left to Centerville with another bull. They had a great trip over but there was snow and traffic coming back. They had a great time talking to James while they were over there. Kaine had a baseball game on Wednesday, Marlo and dad both went and watched. I had a late work function, so I did not make it.

                Thursday I was still on a work tour. McKenna presented her final at Oklahoma State, I was able to watch a little of it on the bus while we went from one place to the next. McKenna is studying to be an Engineer, so I made the engineer sitting next to me watch too. I also slipped and fell in the only little square of mud there was on a sandy hill. Luckily I had a spare pair of pants since we were doing family pics after work. Kendel came down and took the pictures with my camera and I edited them. Kendel did a great job, the pictures turned out really well.  We let the three older kids pick their horses to ride, but we forced poor Kaine to ride Reba because we wanted her in the pics because we love her. We have quite a few nice mares, but Reba was there and on the favorites list so she made it into the picture. We had some of the horses in the pasture try to be in the pictures as well and some of the dogs. Sometimes photos are the ranch can be entertaining.

              Friday I took dad down to Musser Bros to pickup his new pickup. We got lunch for everyone at Hot Mess, which is a burger wagon in Kennewick, like a taco truck, it was really good and the burgers were huge. Then Scott Dowers, who bought three bulls, asked if he could get them over the weekend, so I checked with dad and him and Steve made a plan to take them Sunday. I hauled some stuff out to the camper, then met the kids down to do chores. Jaxsen’s game got canceled, so he got to help with fence.  Our fencing project isn’t progressing very fast. I think we all have fencing fatigue, as in we don’t want to build fence anymore.

                Saturday Ben, Leslie and I took the campers down to park at Spokane. Anna worked at the FFA plant sale, and the boys worked on their heifers and steers. We had an outside mare come to be bred to Dude, then Brita and Austin came out to look at horses. Since they have been out a bunch, Toni made them help her get Jitter in and move her back to the house. We got back and Toni and I got the rest of the horses in out of circle 5 and hauled them to the house. We put Zoey with Dude. We took the outside bay mare out to ultrasound on Sunday. Mark came and AIed Anna’s nile heifer and two more of the show heifers. Toni and I went and got some poles to put up and made ourselves a stack down at the fencing project.

           Sunday the kids continued to work on their show animals. Dad and Steve took the bulls on to Moses Lake. Mom called Toni, and Toni called me, and said we had a horse down, so we ran down there and Piper was colicing. We were not able to get her back up, she had a 21 day old colt, that Toni refers to Bubby, and we got him and Leroy in while we worked with Piper.  We couldn’t save her. We broke for lunch and a much needed break. Then Toni came down and we got mares in for Allie to ultrasound that afternoon.  We also had a mare to ship with Allie and one to send with John, so those mares also had to come in. We had mares everywhere. Tied up, in pens, had people holding them. Allie also had a mare that needed a foal, so Bubby got to go with Allie and see if that would work. Ultrasounding went ok, or as expected. We knew we would have some open this early. We also thought something was off with Rosie, and she needed some TLC once Allie took a look. We did have 2 mares bred to Stetson, so that is exciting that he is getting the job done. Allie had gotten Crystal bred to NZ Scotch time, aka Rip, so she brought her back.  We got everyone loaded and all headed home, then finished moving mares around and getting everything cleaned up until about 8 pm Sunday night.

This spring has been fraught with unexpected twists. Just when we think things are starting to smooth out and get back into a good groove, something happens that sets us back. We had a friend ask, how do we do it? How do you continue when you know you can’t save them all? You focus on the positive. We have a couple of mares in the heavy pen. The grass is green and really starting to come on. Almost all of the bulls are sold and shipped out, we just have 2 Hereford bulls left. Life is good.

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The winter of April 2022

The winter of April 2022 pretty much derailed us on all fronts. Monday dad was going to take a load of beef cows and a bull to Toppenish, however, we woke up to it snowing in April. So sometimes you have to roll with the punches, the cows were unloaded and turned out in the corral. The kids did not have school, teacher in-service day, so Anna went and checked. Piper had foaled and it was blowing and cold, so Toni and Anna got in Piper and her colt, and Twiggy and her colt, and they hauled them to the house.  I heard that it was pretty hectic. The snow was blowing so hard that it took awhile to find the horses, get them in, and get the two pair sorted off. By the time they got that done the roads weren’t great, so Toni had Anna drive her own vehicle in case things went sideways with the trailer full of horses they both weren’t in it. Toni let the kids out of fence building for Monday, due to the blizzard like conditions.

Tuesday we continued to have weird April weather, however, it was better then Monday.  Due to the Monday weather, we canceled the hauler who was hauling some heifers and a bull we sold. The weather was just too iffy. Snow fell from the sky, but did not really stick, and it rained, and the wind blew, but not as hard. It was still cold. Toni went out to check and Izzy had a cute palomino colt. Then she noticed that Voodoo had legs out, so she called Mom and Kendel for backup. That is the “C-Team” in case anyone was wondering, yet this year they have had to step up their game.  She texted me to call Sheena at Sagehill vet that she was bringing her in. She then pulled VooDoo’s filly while she waited for Mom and Kendel to bring the trailer, and then called me back to tell me to call Sheena and say we were not bringing her in. VooDoo then ran off, so Toni, Mom and Kendel loaded the little filly up in the trailer, which she could not stand up at this point, and hauled her to the house. They cleaned her up, gave her colostrum, and mom continued to feed her throughout the day. Since she could not stand up all day, Toni had to leave work and go help mom feed her, so they could stand her up and get her circulation going. By the time I got there, I went out to the trailer to look at her and she was up. I did not know that this was new, so I gave her some pets and encouraging words and went into the house. Toni and Kade were out building fence, Kaine had baseball practice and got to moms about the time I came out of the trailer. I went out to give Kade some water and said something about her being up, and Toni said she has not been able to get up by herself, I said well, she is up. So that drastically improved her chances. However, at this point she still had not had a bm, so we, Toni, mom and I gave her an enema. And about 60 seconds later she had a good bm. So I texted Sheena that she was up and had a bm and was doing better. Sheena did not know she was not on her mom, so Sheena said we should bring her in in the morning for some plasma. About this time Jake Bennett (no relation) showed up to look at the studs on his way to CA, and then went down to check on VooDoo with us. We got down there and Tank and his mares were out in the alfalfa field, so Jake also helped us fix fence and got shocked, we didn’t laugh (or did we laugh hysterically).  Tuesday was long. By the end of it we have Molly Brown (Mom named her) about a 50/50 chance at best but we were sending out positive thoughts.

Wednesday the Unsinkable Molly Brown, “Molly B,” was doing great, so dad and I loaded her in the trailer so him and mom could take her in to see Sheena. She pooped all over me so I had to go home and change on my way to work. I guess the enema did wonders. There was road construction on the end of Hendricks Rd, so I also had to wait there, but don’t worry, I made it to work on time. We had some more light snow on Wednesday, it was cold, but a little warmer than Monday and Tuesday. Dad had a dentist appointment and ended up getting some teeth pulled. Toni went and got Molly B, who seemed even more energized after the plasma. Then we had a big blue roan outside mare arrive. Of course Rick and Jaime also had to see Molly B, so they helped Toni unload her and move her back to her living quarters. Jaxsen and Kaine both had baseball practice.  Tank’s pen had been put in the corral so after chores we went down and fixed fence so they could go back out.

Thursday we had another snowstorm, so dad canceled going to Toppenish again. Which was good, it got worse down in the valley. Molly B’s vet appointment was also canceled due to the storm. However, later in the day her joints swelled,  she was lethargic, and things didn’t seem to be going well. After a consultation with Sheena, who said we had better bring her in and figure out how much money were planned to invest,  Toni ran her in and she got more plasma. Her plasma was really low. The good news was her total proteins had come up and weren’t as low, so we still had some hope.  I went down and let Tank’s pen out of the alley while Toni was at the vet. Dad took Jaxsen in to baseball and brought Kaine home and took him up to help with chores. The men had some equipment to use the hours on, the neighbor rented it but did not use all of the hours so let them use it, and so they cleaned pens and hauled dirt. I got stuck, where I had driven on Sunday and it was now was wet and muddy due to the storms (which is good we need the moisture), so Kaine came down and got me. We got home and the TV had died. Then Ben decided they were going to go back down and get my pickup out and they got his pickup stuck. So Anna went down and got them.  Toni and Molly B got home about 8 pm, but we were still not out of the woods with Molly.