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Monday was a really nice day. Except all of the kids were in school full time, and we (including the dogs) liked them at home part of the time. Anna is done with tennis, so she was home after school to help build fence, Mondays are fencing days. We had the PHD (post hole digger) but it would only go in the ground about 6 inches before it hit caliche, so it was a hand dig, rock breaker kind of day. Instead of getting 5 posts in, we only got 3. Kade and Jaxsen’s baseball has not started yet, so they were also home, but for some reason Jaxsen was not out building fence. Kaine had baseball practice, so he came down after he got off of the bus, so him and I got there the same time. The three old mares are not happy about having the three mares in with them to go to King, but we have to put those pairs somewhere. Good thing we built an extra pen. The three older kids went home to feed their show animals, and Toni and I continued with the fence for another 30 minutes or so.
Tuesday was another beautiful day. Twist foaled and had a cute palomino filly. Kaine had a baseball game in Mattawa, so I went to that. They won 5 to 2. Toni, Anna and Kade worked on the two and three year olds, since Tuesday is horse day. They loaded Jitterbug, rode Jag, layed across Jojo, Stormy and Lightening. All are doing really well. Stormy and Lightening won’t be 2 until this summer, so we are just getting them ready to go. After they got done working on the horses, Anna and Kade went to feed their steers and heifers. Ben was working late, so Kicker did all the cattle chores. When I got home we hooked up Butte to the gooseneck, and got the two bulls in that dad was hauling Wednesday.
Ben left for work early on Wednesday, so Anna did the morning chores on her own, normally her and Ben do them. Dad left bright and early with two bulls, one to Sprague and one to Rice, he has been to both places and made good time. Toni and Kicker went to LD and Gwen Green house to get some more continuous fence panels. Jeanie brought King down from Tims. Then Toni and Jeanie went to Jordan Pace’s to get Jeanie’s horse and for Toni to check it out. Jordan has broke about 16 horses from our breeding program, but none of ours. We plan to send him a few this fall. He had a horse we sold there while Toni was there to see his new place. Toni, Anna and Kade dug some more holes on Wednesday to put the continuous fence up. It is really hard and rocky and the post hole digger was not working well, so we are using a lot of muscles. Kaine and I got there in time to help with the last few holes. Toni put her grey Canadian mare in with the heavy pen. The kids purchased a mini mare and colt, John is bringing it out on Sunday. We already have the colt sold. John and the kids are looking at a new miniature horse stallion since Dreamer is getting fairly old.
Thursday morning dad and Steve headed to Toppenish area with one bull for Kody. Another bull was getting picked up, so Toni met with them, and with the small world philosophy the guy is good friends with Kicker’s cousin. Sports are getting into the way of Toni’s fence building plans, Kaine had a game right after school and then Jaxsen and Kade after that. Because King is in the corral, we decided to tease his mares with Double to see if we needed to move any of them down with King, and they aren’t ready yet. Belle should be the first to come in heat, but we are teasing Belle and Reba just so we don’t miss anything. Kade and Anna worked on “their” horses and didn’t work on anyone else’s horse on Thursday. So Jojo, Jag, Jitter, and Stormy got worked on. Toni was claiming Stormy but Kade says he stole her. She is a pretty typical Double foal so far and just takes everything in stride. We also sold some meat on Thursday. If anyone needs any, go to got-beef.net We have a freezer full to sell.
Friday Toni is still checking every morning. Nothing in the morning. The kids were running late, so she had to go give their steers hay, check, then run back home in time for court on webex. Dad went by the field and saw Red Robin had foaled, but decided we must have already seen it, so he said nothing. We unloaded the continuous fence and started putting it up. It is different that what we used before, but it looks great and has the connectors already welded in, so that is nice. It is 6 rail vs the 7 we used for the rest of the project, but who cares. It is allegedly lighter, but it feels just as heavy when you are moving it around. Marlo was out to help. Jax went to baseball, so he was the only one not there helping. We got all put the last panel put up with all of the extra help. We moved Belle down with King. The kids took off for their chores and saw that Red Robin had foaled, so we ran down and saw it. Super cute filly, three white socks and a spot on her head. Got chores done and got ready for Sat.
Saturday Ben had to work, so Kicker and I met Leslie and Stacy and we headed to Spokane with the campers for the junior show. We have 11 steers going and about that many kids when you count the 2 little ones that can’t show yet. The three big kids worked on their steers. Toni and Jax fixed fence and started moving horses around. Kam came out to look at his two heifers and steer. He looked at the bull calves while he was out too. At 11:30 Chad showed up to trim Crossfire and Fly Guy. Fly Guy did great for his first trim. Then Brita, Norm, and Austin showed up to go see their foal, which was the foal out of Twist. Brita had already asked to buy it before it was born as it is a full sib to her filly she has now. The bull buyer got a flat tire, so once he got that fixed, he showed up about the time Kicker and I got back, so Toni and I loaded his 2 bulls. Then we started getting ready for chores.
Sunday everyone was still getting ready for Spokane. Both Butterfly and Dunny foaled and had colts. We are pretty short on colts this year. Our good friends Erina and Terry brought their grandson Jr to see the horses and their mare Livvy out to get bred to Tank. We drove around and checked everything out. Had a great time with Jr who is walking and talking. Dad let us use the trailblazer so we had room to spread out . After they left, we started moving horses around so that King has a bigger pen because he is getting 4 mares all at the same time. Tank has had Voodoo and Fancy in for a bit, so we turned them out, moved Gang, put moved panels so Tank could have Gang’s pen and the bottom corral pen, put King on the hillside, and moved 2 summer yearling heifers we don’t want to get bred down to eat the grass in the alley. One of these heifers is my belted galloway Oreo and the horses do not like her at all with her belted white belly. She is freaky to them. We brought Twist and Red Robin to the house, one to King one to Tank. We got Crystal and her filly in so that Crystal can go be bred to John’s stud PD (Judge Dat Cash). We also decided Tuffy needed her west nile and dewormer, so we chased her around a bit before she decided to go in. She is 27 and still acts like a range horse. Once she is in she is ok, but she is not overly friendly. Luckily she had some awesome foals, so she has earned her place on the ranch. Toni and I finished putting up the last post for the continuous fence, and by then John was there with the kids’ new mini stud. In our efforts to move a panel over to load Crystal we broke off a riser so had water spraying all over. Toni and John went down and shut off the irrigation water while I moved Crystal to the big corral, let Double out, and fixed gates. So we have made another project for ourselves for Monday. Luckily Crystal’s filly, Cash, loaded right up without the panel, maybe because John with his 6’6 wingspan was there to grab her if she didn’t go in? After all was moved and fed we called it a day.
We are on the bottom end of foaling and couldn’t be happier with the foals we have on the ground. We are also starting up with cattle shows, which seem to be back in full swing, so we are starting our extra busy season. If anyone wants to come out and look at foals or yearlings, we can schedule you in.
Showy dun colt out of Coastal Tourist Trap, “Piper,” and by KT Jackpot City, “Jackpot.” 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. City has a full brother that is a reiner and priced at $13,000. This is a pretty moving colt with tons of ability. Piper is a daughter of AQHA point earner Cue Bars Laddie and NRCHA and AQHA cowhorse and cutting mare Cutters Tourist Trap. This is a mare with a superior pedigree, with point earners and working cow horses all over. This colt was born 4/20/21. $4,000
Monday was much warmer, but was windy, like tie down your trampolines windy. We had heard we were going to get a Chinook wind to wipe out all the snow and mud. It was happening. The kids all had school so Toni checked cows. She reported it was a muddy mess from the snow melting. Our Braford cow, “Super Champ,” had a cute Braford Plus bull calf. Toni and the kids fed the mares in circle 5 and the desert and checked them. Then they did chores at the house, and locked in the mares that needed to go to the vet. Coco brought down a lemon blueberry cake, that was really good. And you know, everyone needs cake. We called Skip to see how him and Rowdy were doing, they were getting along famously, Rowdy shared the bed with Skip and Skip took Rowdy to town to meet his friends. I guess Skip just needed a dog.
Tuesday Toni took Cleo and Pepper in to get their teeth floated. Cleo and Pepper, the two that went to see Sheena Tuesday, had the best teeth so far. They also got blood pulled to see if they are going to foal this year. We also put a few of the old mares down on Tuesday. Foxy the mini mare also died on Tuesday, on her own, we did not put her down, but she was going to be. She was older and was going blind. She had been a great mini. So Tuesday was a hard day for everyone. But part of ranch life is doing what is right by the animals even if it is hard on the humans. Anna checked cows, the wind was still blowing.
Wednesday Dr. Wisse came out to semen check bulls. Anna went down and helped the kids get them in, Ben had to go to work first for a meeting. On Toni’s way down dad called to tell her that Frieda had foaled, so Toni turned around and went the other way and the kids got the bulls in and sorted. Of course, Freida did not have Chic in the shed, she had her out in the mud, so she was cold and had not nursed. So Toni, mom and dad all gave Chic some colostrum and put her in the shed. Freida is one of those great mares that lets us mess with her foals and is pretty chill. However, not on the first day. The giving of the colostrum did not go well, but it did get done. Luckily no one got hurt, but it was close a couple of times. Everyone was SO excited that our first foal of 2021 is a grulla filly. What a great way to start off the foaling season. Then Toni had to run home for court. Ben, Anna, Kaine and Dr Wisse got the bulls semen checked and the two red heifers bangs vaccinated. The kids were great help and everything went really smooth. Then they did chores and called it a day.
Thursday was still windy, we had a light brushing of snow in the morning. Everyone had school so Toni checked the cows, we had two new calves. Our walk-in freezer was supposed to get there, so Kassandara, the neighbor girl, and her friend came down and sat the house and waited all day for it. It did not come. Toni had court all day, and in between Kayla brought out some Hereford bull semen. The freezer never showed up. As a side note, our semen that we had ordered to use on Sunday also didn’t show up, so we are pretty thankful to Kayla for bringing us some Hereford semen. We have some old stuff in the tank, but we want to move genetics forward, not back.
Friday morning Kade called from the bus, on a phone he had borrowed because his mean mom won’t let him have a cell phone, to tell us Roe foaled. I ran down there but it was Lola that foaled. So Jackpot now has 2 foals on the ground and gave us some fancy dun factor on both. Lola had a really fancy red dun colt. After we got done checking, Anna, Kaine, Toni and I pulled CIDRs on the cows and gave them their out shot. Then dad and Kaine went to Bryans to pick up meat, and took it too Diane’s, since we did not get our freezer. Anna and I went and met them there to unload it. Then we checked cows, fed the horses and went down to do chores.
Saturday Ben, Anna, Kaine and I gave the cows another shot. Then we got circle 2 in and sorted them to go out with bulls, then got circle 1 in, the show heifers etc. Toni and Kade went down to mom and dads and showed horses. Then Gary brought Kady for Anna to ride, and Toni and Anna rode her around a bit bareback. Kady hasn’t been ridden since last fall, but once a horse is broke, they are broke. She was a tiny bit jiggy at first, but she was also in a new area, bareback with strangers on her. We think she did awesome. Kicker went down to battle with the beaver and break down the dam. Saturday seemed long, but Mom made us a three layer brownie cake with three different types of brownie and three different frostings, so it was all worth it.
Sunday we went out and checked the cows and made sure all of the cows had their calves. Then we sorted the cows into AI groups. Toni and Kade went and got Kady so Toni and Anna could ride her in with the cows to see how she did. Kicker and Jax showed up in time for lunch and then Mark got here to AI. Marlo also came to help. Ben and Marlo worked up front helping Mark, Toni, Kicker and the boys brought cows up. Jaxsen and I went out to checked cows and they were in the pen pond. So we used Riggs and got them out and then fixed the fence. We got back to the house and helped for a bit. Toni had her friends David and Kellie come out with their three year old son to see the cows. When we got done AIing, Marlo and I hauled the Hereford cows up to circle 1 with Scrat and Toni, Kicker, Ben, Anna, Kaine and Kade let the rest of the cows out. Kady did really well in the corral. She doesn’t mind pushing cattle, but wasn’t a fan of sorting them out. That is just something that takes a bit of time. She did very well. Anna was much more comfortable on her the second day. We are hoping they make a team. If not, both boys are waiting in the wings……
As we anxiously await more foals, we are also fine tuning our 2021 breeding program. The cattle piece is done. We have one more round of AI, bulls are out, things are moving forward. The horse piece is a touch more complicated, but we are getting there. One of the moving targets is how many outside mares we will breed. We try to limit to 10, currently we have about 8 coming in, 2 of which are already here. Translation- if you want to breed a mare to one of our studs, let us know sooner rather than later please.