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Last Week in Pictures

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Flashback Friday to Dude February 2015, when he went to Pomeroy to get started by Dustin Mulroany, and then later went to Ferndale for Jordan to ride in Allison Trimble Paparoa training program.

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Waiting to get fed

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Fancy gray colt by Brays Eye Full

Eyes Blue Boy is a fancy gray colt by Brays Eye Full and out of RH Apache Crystal. Brays Eye Full was introduced in 2013 from Oklahoma.  He is a son of Mr Eye Opener who has a SI of 106 and has sired multiple race and barrel racing winners. “Dillon’s” dam is a daughter of First Down Kelly that has a SI of 93. “Dillon” was never raced due to an injury as a yearling. Dillon’s foals are proving to be very trainable and athletic. He sired the 2015 NDNBHA 1D Champion “Bullys First Bug”. She is also an NDRA and RRA Ladies barrel racing finals qualifier in 2017. His foals are eligible for the CBHI and Western Fortunes incentives. RH Apache Crystal is a 2002 gray mare by Apache Blue Boy and out of RR Sonoita Melissa. Apache Blue Boy has 1,119.5 AQHA performance points, Superior Heading, Superior Heeling, Superior Tiedown Roping, 2007 AQHA World – Res Champ Sr Heading, 3rd Sr Heeling, 5th Am Heading, 9th Am Heeling, 9th Sr Tie-Down Roping, 2008 World Champion Amateur Heading Horse, 2011 Res. World Champ. Amateur Dally Team Roping Heading, 2011 World Champ. Amateure Dally Team Roping Heeling, He is by Blue Boy Doc, NCHA money earner ($405.93) and producer of NCHA & NRHA winners. He was born 4/21/20. $4,500

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KT Shine on a Dime

KT Shine on a Dime is a darling bay roan filly out of PDQ Rikki Tikki Lee, “Sissy”, and by Shining Blue DR, “Bishop.” Sissy is a distinguished mare with a very contemporary build that carries on to her foals. We have a couple of her daughters that we use on the ranch, Goldy and Pocket. Sissy is a great mare to work with; she was ridden in her younger years as a trail horse. Sissy’s pedigree includes a lot of the greats like Docs Richashay, Lucky Lynx, Docs Dee Bar, Birthday Bar, Bartender, Catechu and more. Bishop is a very good looking son of Autumnator, from the Davis Ranch in Utah. He has a big hip, low hocks, pretty neck and is very balanced. The Autumnator is sired by SMART LITTLE LENA, earner of $743,275, NCHA Triple Crown Champion. Autumnator’s dam is AUTUMN BOON Earner of $244,470 NCHA. Dam of 26 foals, 17 perfs earning $1,003,985 NCHA. Bishop’s dam is Plum Sparkling who is by Shining Sparkler, a gorgeous palomino son of Reining and Reined Cowhorse Leading Sire Shining Spark . He has as pretty of a head and neck as any horse. He has a lot of bone and a big hip. He was trained by Brett Losekeand Joe Hayes but his show career was very limited due to an injury. His colts are very pretty and have a lot of ability. Bailey is out of Slide On Bartender. Bailey is a very pretty, feminine mare that has a strong performance top side, crossed with a great foundation bottom. Dime is a filly with a lot of try and agility. She needs a job, she does not want to be someone’s friend. This filly was born 5/4/20. $3,500

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Calving, Halter Breaking, Building Fence and more

                We woke up to a layer of snow Monday morning. Cam finally calved on Monday and Kaine had another bull calf, he is a nice healthy guy.  No heifers for Kaine so far this year. Luckily he claims a few of ours. The kids are happy this is their last week of school before Christmas break. Anna is getting ready to start drivers ed in January. Ben worked on repairing some wood fence on Monday, he did a lot, and it looks really good. One of our big projects is to rebuild a bunch of the feedlot pens over the winter.  Dad built them many years ago, so it is time for a rebuild. And we want to put an alley on the north side so we don’t have to get everything in to get the far pen in. Since Dad, Ben, and Kicker went and got all of the hop poles and the weather has been good, Ben is getting started. One of the heavy heifers calved Monday night, she had a KG Justified 3023 calf. Kade stayed late at school because of the Coke fundraiser helping pass out soda that students had sold. Kade is the ASB treasurer for Connell. We all had to buy Coke products from him and Jax so we have lots of pop to drink over Christmas.

Tuesday morning was not too cold, a little damp but not bad at all.  Ben, Anna and Kaine checked cows and then went and got the heifers in to ultrasound on Wednesday. After that they worked on putting some posts in where they are building fence, they had to take out the broken posts and put in new ones. Some were broken off at the ground so they had to dig out around them and pull them out. On the funny front, Toni bought Jaxsen a new pair of shoes since he has worn out his old ones. His old ones he has literally worn for everything, and really got his mom’s money out of them.  In the summer he wore then in the lake as lake shoes, he wears them to wash his show animals with as wash boots, he wears them to do chores as mud boots. They are now holey and he is wearing them as snow shoes. He makes my feet cold looking at him. He does not like his new shoes so he is continuing to wear his old shoes to school. Toni found out on Tuesday that the principle has repeatedly asked him to not wear the shoes to school. So Kaine sent down a pair of twisted x shoes for him to wear that Kaine has outgrown. No, those don’t fit him either, so he wore Toni’s shoes.  He was in a bad mood about having to wear new shoes. Most kids would be excited to have new shoes, but not him.  Tuesday night 845 calved and had a  dead calf by Bub.

Wednesday morning 612T calved and had a cute Hereford heifer calf by B6018 (Toni refers to him as Flapjack) and 917 had a fancy Angus bull calf. Brett Tonne came out and ultra sounded 15 heifers, 11 Angus and 4 Herefords, the kids found it quite interesting.  We haven’t ultrasounded much in the last few years, have just been using carcass data to make sure we are on target with our genetics. It was fun to do this select group. Ben even admitted that on the screen you couldn’t tell the difference between the Angus and the Herefords. For those of you that don’t know, Ben and Kicker are anti-Hereford and would like us to sell them.  The kids then went down and did chores with Toni. They are still working on Shi and Dime. Both are Bishop foals and Dime is the last foal out of Sissy. Dime has pretty much been a disappointment. She is very catty, and does not want attention. She is great to lead, gives really well, but she isn’t overly friendly.   Anna’s two bottle calves got grafted onto cows on Wednesday, 845 has Malcom and Puddin has Ash. Both calves were happy to have moms and both moms were happy to have calves. 

Thursday Black Widow had a cute heifer calf. Ben worked on the fence. Anna and Toni worked on foals.  I updated the website.  Toni is on the tail end of her confirmation hearing/trial in Yakima with the post-trial briefing due on Friday. This is hopefully the last piece of information the Judge needs to make a decision.  So Toni was pretty swamped Thursday and Friday.

Friday we went and checked cows first thing, then I took Anna into Connell to get signed up for driving school. So she can officially drive with a permit now, so with an adult and not at night. We went to the grocery store and grabbed a few things then headed home. Anna and I went back out and checked again when we got home. Ben and Kaine were working on fence. Then we went down and worked on Dime and Shi. The opposing attorney for one of Ton’s bankruptcies had filed a lot of documents Friday afternoon, so Toni missed most of chores dealing with that. Marlo, our Friday chore girl, came and helped and brought us homemade pretzels. They were really good. Marlo came up for dinner and we played Phase 10.  Toni went back to work.

Also, Dennis Wise sandblasted a rock for dad to put at the end of the driveway, so if you are interested in getting one contact dad and he can get Denise’s number for you.

Saturday we checked cows and then tagged calves. We got two heavy heifers in and put them in the heavy heifer pen. One was an ex-show heifer so Anna just went and caught her and led her in. Ben and Kaine worked on fence. Kicker pulled out Russian Olive trees and hauled out some dead trees. The official driver drove the small trailer and we hauled three pair and a steer, in two loads since we were using the little trailer. Then Anna and I went out and checked again and then went down to mom and dads to do chores and get our annual Christmas picture. Toni wanted the dogs in it this year too, so we took a few difference poses. It started raining on us, so we finished up and worked on the two fillies and the kids did chores.

                Sunday Foxxy calved, it was like an early Christmas present. She has a cute smoky heifer. Kade and Kicker went down and pulled out more Russian Olive trees. Ben oiled the tractor and went and got parts for continuous fence, more lag bolts and what not. Anna, Kaine and I put up a second wire in one part of the hot fence around the corn field, the mini mares were getting out and going over to visit Sagebug and get in his grain. We went down to mom and dads after and took pics of Dime and turned the two fillies out and got Whiskey and Star in.  Once Whiskey and Star are done there are only 2 left to halter break! Done just in time to start all over again.

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The weanling pen is full to capacity and it is cold and time to get chores paired down to a minimum. Cold winter weather is on the horizon.

Fall is definitely in the air, or winter, Monday was a little on the chilly side, but at least the sun was shining.  Kayla came out to brand inspect in the morning, so Toni ran down there to show her the cattle. All 4 kids had school. The bus called and said it was going to be late because it was stuck behind a train, but Anna got home and said one of the kids on the bus got sick so they sat at the potato shed for like 10 min, then turned around, drove around Connell and then switched buses. So it was a cluster to say the least. Toni almost went to get them. Mom had them stay out of the house since we do not know what is wrong with the kid on the bus. Toni came down and they did chores, wormed the yearling fillies and worked on Whammy and Slider, who both did awesome.

Tuesday Toni had a mediation at 10 and mom and dad went to town for Dr Appts. Toni texted me at one point and asked what day of the week it was, people were having Monday issues. Anna and Kade rode their two year olds out of the corral and into the driveway.  Jitterbug walked slowly around, her normal rate of speed, and Jag was nervous at first and did not want to go, but warmed up to the idea and did great. Anna and Kaine went home after to do chores at home. Ben has confiscated “The White,” the pickup I bought at Musser Bros auction to replace the blazer. He always has some excuse on why he needed it instead of his own. Things like, well his doesn’t run, or it needs to be fixed, or that there are no shocks left so it doesn’t ride very nice. All sound like whining. Dad went to get pellets on Wednesday, so on Tuesday Ben and Kicker made sure that Red and the flatbed were ready to go.

Wednesday the sun was shining. Dad said up north when he went to get pellets that there was snow but it was sunny. Anna went to her friend Josie’s house. Toni, Mom, and Kaine went and picked Kade and Jaxsen up at school and then went to lunch at Michael Jays. After lunch they went out to see grandma, it was her 90th birthday. And she does not want anyone making a big deal out of it.  She is the opposite of Grandpa. Maybe that is why they worked so well together. So it was low key at Grandma’s house, just Toni, Mom, the kids, and the Joe Bennett cousins and their kids. When I got to moms Ben was there with the tractor and Toni, Ben and Kaine were unloading pellets, so I helped Kade and Anna ride their horses.  Jitterbug still walks so slow, but at least she has stopped pawing when she gets annoyed. Jag is just good. She is annoyed, she wants to be a pasture pet, but she does what Anna asks her to do.

Thursday we were back to looking for somewhere to process our meat, expanding our search a little wider. Kaine had a parent teacher conference after school, he was the only one with one, his is getting all As, so I don’t know why he needed one. It only lasted maybe 5 minutes. Toni rode Shadie and ponied Anna and Kade around on their two year olds while we were at the conference. Kendel and Toby brought Scrat back down to mom and dads, Scrat is the Hereford bull. 

Friday was windy and cold. Toni and Kicker took Kade and Jaxsen to the Freeman Pumpkin Patch. Tennelle came and got Anna, and took her to carve pumpkins, then she came and got Kaine and took them all to the straw maze. Dad went and looked at a Percheron mare for Morgan and Joe. Marlo came to help do chores, so Toni, Marlo, Kade and Jaxsen did chores.  They had to get Scrat in because Ben and Kicker moved the weanling calves down to the alfalfa fiend since it has had a good freeze. For some reason we don’t trust the big huge Hereford bull to stay on his side of the fence and not try to breed our precious little baby weaned heifers.  Scrat came in really well and got put out with the weanling foals. The foals were not scared of him at all and everyone in the pen just went about their business.

Saturday the kids washed and started clipping their animals to go to the show next weekend. Ben worked on the corn field fence. I helped the kids for a while. Then Ben and I got the cows in, Kicker came and we sorted out Kameron’s heifers and the beef cows. The kids that were not clipping put show halters on their animals and set them up with their show halters on. I also took some new pictures of the bulls in between clipping and moving cows. Then we went down and did chores.  Toni rode Shadie again and ponied Jitter and Jag around a bit further. Anna rode Jag up the driveway. It was really exciting because the 2 big Hereford bulls stand at the fence and beller at each other so they had to ride between them up the driveway then back. The weanling foals ran around like crazy the entire time, but Jag only spooked once and just a tiny bit. Anna is still riding her bareback with a sidepull. Kade has Jitter in a hackamore. 

Happy Halloween

Sunday we finished up clipping. We hauled 917 down with the weanlings, 917 is a old cow that needs a little more than corn stalks, and there were 3 coyotes surrounding the weanling calves. Toni and I spooked them off. We went down and caught Friday, Ollie and Pocket, we took Friday and Pocket to mom and dads and put Ollie in with Pistol to go back to Jeannie. Anna is going to start riding Pistol. Anna rode Pistol around for while when Kade was clipping. We weaned the rest of the foals, except Fly Guy since he is so young and Dime since she is in a different pen.  We had to run the mares in to get Golden, so we wormed anything that came in that had not been wormed. Anna and Kade rode Jitter and Jag for a little while before it got dark.  This isn’t a long list, but it was pretty time consuming. We got Aught and Dual in to be the next halter breaking projects. Toni already worked on them in the roundpen even though we normally give them a day to get accustomed to the halter and lead rope. These two are just pretty easy going.  Really, it isn’t good to just halter break easy stuff. You have to keep your muscles and mind strong for the challenges of a challenging foal.  So maybe next weekend we will get something in with some attitude. Not sure which one that will be though.

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Down to the final 6

We only have 6 2020 foals left for sale:

Eyes Blue Boy, grey colt by Brays Eye Full and out of RH Apache Crystal.

KT Apache Snow Kitty is a cute gray filly is out of RH Apache Butterfly and by SDP Snow Man.

KT Ray of Gunpower, “Ray,” is fancy colt out of Plain Dark Choclet, “Rudy,” and by KT Gunpowder N Lead.

KT Dual by Starlight is a handsome buckskin colt by Just Plain Starlight and out of Charros Dandy Miss

KT Star Solider is a bay colt out of Sugars Badger Doll, “Camie,” and by Favorite Solider.

KT Docs Fly Guy is a phenomenal colt out of KT Copper Doc Lona, “Lona,” and by Doll Docsan, “Leroy.”

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We are starting the last week of October and hitting our stride on weaning and getting stuff halter broke.

Monday was supposed to be the nicest day all week, getting up 70, and then gradually going down all week, or not so gradually since it is supposed to be 40 by Sunday. We call this Pneumonia weather, as it sometimes results in our livestock getting sick when there is such a big jump in temperature. Especially for the stuff we just weaned that is already under stress.  Monday on my way to work my phone starts going crazy, when I got to work I sat in the parking lot for 10 mins responding to everyone, I give myself 20 extra min in case when I go by mom and dads something is going on and I need to stop. 1. Kaine forgot Monday was picture day and forgot to give me the form, so I just had him fill it out and get some cash. 2. The brand inspector could come out Monday, but I did not leave her a check since I was not expecting her to come out Monday, so we rescheduled for next Monday, Toni was gong to come out and meet her. 3. The mineral and protein blocks could get delivered, yes, just put them by the hay stack. 4. Other work-related items a. I am running late, will be in late, b. I won’t be in at all, etc. I would say a typical Monday. Toni also emailed that she was having a similar Monday, of items she had sent out Friday that people wanted again because they did not remember they had them, or it was they needed to respond, etc. Pam, owner of Coy, came out on her monthly jaunt to see him. Her son Jeremiah came with her and the foals were all really interested in him. He was a good sport and let them smell and sniff him. Toni and the kids started halter breaking the next group of foals, Blue Bug, Mayday, and Cue Tee, they said they did really well. Anna is the only one that rode her two year old.  Kade needed a boy break and stayed in the back yard with Kaine and Jax wrestling or whatever it is they do. It involves lots of screaming. Toni has run back there a couple of times and the boys look at her like she is crazy when she asks what is wrong. So I guess boys faux fight and that is normal. We got a load of protein blocks and mineral Monday night, and of course the Case would not start, so Ben came home from work to put the hay forks on the Trojan and unload them. According to Toni, all tractors are at my house at this point, so if we need one at mom and dads we have to go get one of them. Kind of interesting considering there are 2 tractors and a loader, how many need to be on one side of the ranch? Maybe spread them out a bit for others to use? Also interesting, both tractors are not running very well, one needs a new starter, which we just replaced in March, and the other is having battery issues, so only the loader runs reliably.

Tuesday was a little cooler, and a little darker. However, the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful day. Toni was supposed to take Blue Bug and Rooster (Rooster is a calf) into see Sheena at Sagehill Vet, Blue Bug needed a hernia clamp and Rooster needed to become a steer.  However, Sheena texted that her afternoon opened up, so bring Blue Bug, Rooster, Splinter, and Mayday so we could get the coggins, health, and brand done as well. Emma, Toni’s legal assistant, and Anna helped load and went in with her. Rooster hadn’t been haltered before, but was a bottle calf, so was pretty easy to handle. Blue Bug, Splinter, and Mayday all acted like they knew what they were doing. All loaded great, unloaded great. No one would have guessed that Blue Bug and Mayday only started getting halter broke on Sunday. Blue Bug and Rooster got left there for the night, Splinter and Mayday came home after they had their blood taken and were inspected. As Tuesday was our last night home, Ben and Kicker were busy getting stuff done for us to be gone, so the steers didn’t get tied up.  Anna was nervous about leaving all of her animals, but gave Toni instruction on all she needed to do.

Wednesday we are headed to Idaho to see Ben’s family and bring home our new Idaho Shagg. So, the rest is Toni. It will be fun to get a new take on things, however, it is not totally new since after I get done typing I send it to Toni to proof.

Toni- So Wednesday morning was my first Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (BAP) argument. Luckily I just got to be co-counsel and didn’t have to argue, so just had to help get ready, and lose sleep over it. It was cool to be able to watch it in real time. Then I had 2 more hearings in district court. Once all of that was done, then I headed to Othello to grab Blue Bug and Rooster. Rooster loads like a 2 year old child you are trying to put in a car seat. He is haltered (yes, still a calf), but throws himself down or goes backward when you feel like you are making progress. He is big enough that the loading, especially on my own at the vet, was problematic, but it got done. Blue Bug is a good loader. Got home in the rain and thankfully, Marlo rolled in to help me with chores. Neither her nor I were wearing a coat, why would we wear a coat at the end of Oct? We went and borrowed coats to wear over our sweatshirts from Mom and got to it. It was Jax’s bday so he had friends over and got out of his minor chores for the day. Kade, Marlo, and I did chores, worked on the foals, and then went to Kellie’s to finish chores.

Thursday I had an emergency hearing in the morning. I was also trying to get gravel delivered and everyone organized to regravel mom and dad’s driveway as it is a bumpy mess and feels like it is full of speedbumps. About 1 pm, Shanan and Pete arrived to get Splinter. Splinter wasn’t in love with the trailer, but he got in. It is good to see the foals go to their new homes, but hard too. When chore time rolled around the gravel was delivered, now it needs to be evened out. Both of the fillies did well with their leading lesson and got tied up as well for a few minutes. Kade and I got chores done, then went to Kellie’s and did those chores. At 6:30 pm I got a chance to talk to one of our AQHA Youth, Kaylee, about her expectations of the Youth program. We have 2 girls again this year. We haven’t determined with colt goes to which youth, but we are working on it.

Friday morning dawned cold and had that overcast snowy look.  It snowed all around us, but we just saw some of that watery white crap that is almost like snow, but we aren’t calling it snow. Kick went down and started scraping the gravel on the driveway to make it nice. Kade, Jax, and I did chores, which now includes draining hoses.  I led the fillies out into the driveway while Kick was using the box scraper to see how they would react and they both did really well. After chores, I went ahead and drained the irrigation hoses and moved the irrigation sprinklers, because really, what else would a person do on a Friday night? I haven’t told Mom and Dad but my dog bites the hoses when I move them because she thinks it is a game. So basically we are going to need new ones in the spring. Good thing they don’t read the blog, I think it is funny that she does it. It would be really cool if I could teach her to move the irrigation sprinklers while I stand at the edge of the field and point, but I am not sure she is up to it. I mean yeah, I do think she is the best dog ever, smartest dog that ever lived, but she is a dog.  After I was done with that, we went to Kellie’s for her chores.  I am hoping that we don’t get snow. I hate snow. Then I went home to make lasagna and clean my house because Sherri and Barry were going to come over on Saturday. When I undertake the making of lasagna I try to make one extra to put in the freezer. The best lasagna is one I already made.

Saturday was cold. That is the only word I can use. Barry and Sherri came over for a nice visit. Sherri makes this great strawberry pretzel salad that the boys call heaven salad. We devoured it. I worked in my office after that listening to the wind blow. Then I put on layers of clothing and headed out. Kade did chores while I loaded the 2 fillies, weaned Whammy, got Ro and Ellie in to be hauled out, and fed grain at the house. Kade and I had put together a to do list for this weekend, but after our hands were so cold we couldn’t feel them anymore, we agreed to take some stuff off of it. The fillies loaded great and are ready to head out. Cue Tee may stay a little longer due to the pass report. We are always willing to keep foals a little extra if the weather is bad. As I was sitting in the pick-up trying to find incentive to get out and unload the mares, I realized that Kellie planned this pretty well. 35 degrees with a wicked wind from the North, and she is on vacation.  I need to strategize better in the future. On a funny note, somehow a door got left open at Kellie’s house and when Marlo got there multiple cats had taken up residence. Some of them are not tame. I tried to get one of the wild ones out (it had already bitten Marlo), but it is a good hider. So Kellie and Ben get to come home to random cats living with them.

Sunday morning Jax wanders in (Kick and Kade had left) and told me some man with red or brown hair drove up while I was getting dressed. Pretty soon the phone rings and it is Marlo and her pick-up is broke down on the road. Marlo is not a man, and she is very blond. Jax’s powers of observation may be lacking. She didn’t think we were home so had left and made it a little down the road before the pick-up really died. Jax and I went down and towed her back to our house. As we waited for Kicker to get home we had a good chat and I made her some hot coco. She was in leggings and crocks and seemed a little cold. Kick got back, popped the hood, and out popped a cat. The cat was fine, just wild, and had knocked a belt off and some other stuff. Kick got the pick-up up and running and Marlo headed home. The cat is hopefully in our shop area. I tried to catch it with no success. After that I went down to load Mayday out for Austin and Grace. We always wait and catch the foals while the new owners are here so they can see our process and see how we switch the halter, etc. I tied Cue Tee up and got Mayday out and ready to load into the new, rubber smelling, piled high with shavings, trailer. She loaded great.  There has been a tiny bit of drama surrounding Mayday. This spring we had decided we needed to keep a Leroy foal. Last year we decided if Ro had a filly, we would keep it. Well she did, she had mean Jean. We all love mean Jean. Except Kellie, she may not love her, but whatever. Piper then has Mayday, also out of Leroy. We went back and forth about if we should keep her too. Finally we decided we can’t keep them all, Austin and Grace came up and bought her. Mayday weaned really well and the first day we put the halter on, I was like, crap, we should have kept her. I have just loved that filly. She has been an absolute typical Leroy foal, just the best. They trust, they are smart, they are pretty, move amazing, but aren’t overly hot. For example, I needed to load her to take her to the vet for coggins, brand, and health. We put the halter on Sunday, hauled her to the vet on Tuesday. Monday was the first day I really got to lead her around. So 1 day. She loaded, I held her while they took blood, she came home, unloaded and walked calmly back to her pen. All I am saying that mean Jean had better be perfect, or I am really going to be in a bad mood. After Mayday left Dad and I weaned the two Canadian foals, Black Eye and Kitty. I put Crossfire into the halter breaking pen with Cue Tee. Left Mom and Dad’s and came home and had duck breast. No one can say I am not supportive of my child. Got his first duck and I ate some of it. Barf.