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Happy New Year

Happy New Year, Ben, Kicker, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I brought in the New Year at our cousins’ show barn party learning how to play a new card game called Golf. Toni and Jaxsen were sick so they stayed home and watched movies. It has been cold and icy, but luckily New Year’s Eve was a decent day which allowed us to go have some fun. Last New Year’s Eve we spent with our old mare Tuffy, getting her through colic. This year was better.

The week in between Christmas and New Years we spent feeding and watering while battling the elements of snow, freezing rain, rain, ice, etc. However, compared to how the weather looks in the rest of the country, we are still pretty fortunate. But, we have not been halter breaking anything since it is hard enough to stay upright just feeding. Since Whitty is now an orphan he is living with our other orphan foal, Smoke, but in reality Whitty was old enough to wean anyway. Double is also now living with them since he has a hard time in the winter now due to his age. He gets blanketed, fed extra, and has a shed, but the cold weather is still hard on an older horse. He is really good with the two little guys. He doesn’t let them eat with him, but the rest of the day they all stand together. Usually with Double in between the two colts. Whitty has been with Double most of his life and has always hung out with him. Having Double in the same pen has help alleviate some of the weaning stress.

Even with the bad weather, we have still had visitors to come look at horses. We had some people over that live in San Diego. They thought it was cold on New Year ’s Day when they came out to look at the horses we have for sale. It was actually kind of nice that day, other than the ice. The ice is treacherous. They really fell in love with Lemon Drop, so we are trying to get all of the details figured out. Lemon Drop is a pretty funny filly. She took to this couple and would not leave them alone. It makes us feel good to sell a horse to people that the horse has really taken a liking to.

As of today the kids are back at school, we are all back at work. For the first day of school there was an awards assembly where both Anna and Kade were recognized as students of the month in different categories. Dad and Toni are checking the cows in the morning since Ben had to go back after his month off. We have had 3 calves as of today for 2018. The boys are back in Boy Scouts. We also have a Youth Quality Assurance class tomorrow; this is a new requirement for all kids to take if they want to show at the fairs this year. This class helps everyone understand animal husbandry. Proper and humane care of animals, especially those destined for the food chain, is imperative to our way of life. The KT Ranch adults are already Beef Quality Assurance Certified, but having the kids take the class as well just ensures the proper treatment of our animals.

Winter break is over and it is back to the grindstone. It is beautiful out today, even with the ice on the ground, which makes calving so much easier. The warm sun really helps to invigorate those new calves. We are approximately 1 month out from our foaling start date.

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Work, Christmas Crafts and Christmas Parties

Halter breaking continues on Felix and Dynamight; only because Dynamight scratched her eye lid and is now being doctored. We probably could have switched Felix out for another colt, but we didn’t. However, both are doing great, and Dynamight’s eye is already greatly improved. They are both super fun. They remind us of each other, but they aren’t related. Once these two go out we are down to 4 left. Stunner, Whim, Little Blackie, and Charlie. We are not counting the 4 little babies that aren’t weaned yet.

The Angus cows are calving and we now have two heavy heifers, Dark Knight and Cutie Pie. They are in the same pen with Gunner, and he was not thrilled with I backed the trailer up and two heifers got out, instead of two mares. I went and moved some panels around, in case we have to get the two heifers in for some reason, and Gunner continued to stand and stare at the trailer waiting for mares to come out. Gunner’s miniature companion, Tee, did not know what his deal was so she ran around crazy bucking, tried to chase the heifers, which were not scared of her, and then ran back to Gunner.

Tuesday was Kaine’s birthday, and one of his cows, Big Girl, gave him the best gift a cow can give. She calved on his birthday and he has a nice bull calf by SITZ Longevity 556Z, who is named “12,” since it was the 12th. Kade’s cow also calved this week, and he also has a nice bull calf. His is by A&B Spotlight 3065. Healthy bull calves pay the bills, but the boys both wanted heifers that they could show.

We had people out Sunday looking at Major, Dynamight and Whim. They were repeat buyers, but had not been out for a few years, so Toni enjoyed talking with them. They loved Whim because he is a fancy guy. The problem is that he will go gray so we can’t guarantee that he will stay grulla. Everyone loves the grulla color. And how big he is. These people were telling us the same thing as everyone else, most Azteca colts don’t sell until they are two. We will see. This has been a new experience for us, and we have really loved having Whim around. It is fun to hear people’s comments about him. Some people don’t realize he is an Azteca and want to know where we got the huge quarter horse colt.

Kicker and Toni put out hay for the two studs at their house on Sunday, with the freezing rain, snow, sleet and hail we had on Friday, the bales were stuck to the trailer, so they had a lot of fun getting them off.

Jewels, one of my mastiffs, opened an Amazon box with cat food in it and proceeded to eat the entire bag of cat food. So when I got home from work I had a great surprise in the laundry room, and all over Trinity, my other mastiff.

We had a cow lose her calf on Friday, through no part of her own; Ben pulled the calf head first. So we went to a friend’s dairy and got a Jersey calf (Norman Lee). The next day we had twin bulls, so now we have a Jersey bottle calf. And it not fair for one kid to have a bottle calf and not the rest. So we are now waiting to hear from Luis so we can get two more bottle calves. Because, you know, everyone needs three pet Jerseys. I tried to explain to the kids that the milk replacer costs more than the calves are worth, they heard me, but didn’t care. We have had bottle calves, and a bottle foal, before, so they know it is hard work, but I guess if the kids want to work hard, we are going to let them. Jax has no interest in having a bottle calf.

On Saturday Ben, the kids and I went to Lowes to get more rebar to make fence posts, because building fence is a huge part of our daily activities in the winter. We have another part of the corn field we can utilize, and we are deciding if we are moving the heifers or the fall cows up there. And of course while you are at Lowes, you get tires for your wagon that won’t go flat, more heaters, and a new utility sink since the old one broke. A $300 trip quickly escalates in to a “how did that happen” trip.

On Saturday the kids, Anna, Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen, also painted ornaments and made gingerbread houses with Coco. All five of them, counting Coco, got to skip chores on Saturday for their craft day. So Toni and I felt it was a huge gift to them.

On Sunday Toni took the kids to the Franklin county Cattlemen’s Christmas party, where they got to tell Santa what they wanted and Toni attended a Cattlemen’s meeting. They also got to see their little cousin, Kason “Bronty” and many friends. Toni tried to get Santa to tell Kade that Santa is NOT bringing him an old English bulldog puppy in his stocking, but Santa just laughed.

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National Day of the Horse is observed annually on December 13.

National Day of the Horse encourages people of the United States to be mindful of the contribution of horses to the economy, history and character of the United States.


The domesticated horse we know today, also known as Equus caballus was introduced into North America by Spanish explorers. Escaped horses eventually spread across the American Great Plains.

Interestingly, there is a debate about the origin of E. caballus. There have been recent mitochondrial studies of an ancient horse called Equus lamei. E. lamei once populated North America and died out more than 11,000 years ago. The studies suggest it is genetically equivalent to what we know as the modern, domesticated horse. This could mean that E. caballus is technically a native species and its evolutionary origin is North America.


Aside from the anthropological debate, the horse has contributed greatly to the advancement of civilization in North America. From clearing forests for farmland and a form of travel bringing pioneers to the west to diversifying Native American’s hunting habits and rounding up livestock on ranches, the horse is embedded in American history and legend.


KT Heza Pana Dude with mares


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On November 18, 2004, United States Senate Resolution 452 recognized December 13 as the National Day of the Horse.


KT Gunpowder N Lead with mares

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Braford Bulls for Sale

Not only do we have horses for sale, but we also have some really nice bulls for sale, Hereford and Braford. We have two really Braford bulls for sale that will be two in January. They are by BDB Master Fredrick.

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Happy Thanksgiving


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Fall Back Sucks

Well fall back sucks. I am pretty sure most animal owners feel the same way. Toni and the kids pretty much are the chore doers now during the week since I don’t get off until 5, and am not home until 5:30. And as most of you know Toni works for herself out of her house, so she can take her “break” from 4 – 6 instead of 5-7. Toni is also working on a blog post on how the Youth Development Foals that we donated worked out, so if you have one and she has not contacted you, please contact us. We don’t have your contact information.

We weaned all of the foals Sunday, except the baby 4; Yo, Whitty, McCoy, and Eclipse. We have officially started halter breaking the middle 4, so after these 4 we are over the half way point in halter breaking. Toni is super excited by this news. We are halter breaking Gypsy, Rimfire, Ellie and Yokel this week. The fun thing about this batch is that Rimfire and Gypsy are uncle and niece both by Gunner. Ellie, Gypsy, and Rimfire are all by Gunner and Yokel is a Double foal. It is cool to compare each batch with each other and other sibs. Historically we will both tell you that the Double and Dude foals are generally the easiest to work on. The Gunner and Colonel foals have a touch more heat and react, but not by much. With that said we can definitely see the mares genetics coming out too. Halter breaking is both one of the funnest things we do and one of the most frustrating. Two left last weekend, Dottie Dee and Wright on Laddie, both went to Northern Idaho into the snow.

We hauled 6 more mares out to the winter pasture and took the 7 riding horses back up to my house, since the studs are in and Dude is not out in their pasture anymore. Hopefully next weekend we will be riding them to get the cows in out of the cornfield to work them. Speaking of that, we also built fence around the cornfields this weekend (mainly Ben and Kicker but I helped a little) and then turned all of the spring cows out on the cornfield. The Hereford bull, “Waffles,” is also out with them. But, he is going to be pulled in soon and go out with the fall Hereford cows.

Toni is headed off Wednesday through Friday to the Washington Cattlemen’s Convention, this week. It is just in the tri – cities, so she is coming home most nights. Our cousin, Leslie, and Toni both are chairs for committees within the WCA and have meetings to head and speakers at the main WCA convention. Toni will also be speaking at the Cattlewomen’s annual convention on Thursday and she has court that day. Toni is the chair of the Water and Ecology section, so there is quite a bit to talk about and learn at her meeting. So I guess that means Wednesday through Friday it is the kids and I that are doing chores.

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Living the Dream

We are going to try to keep this up once a week.

            Life is great, the foals we are halter breaking have been doing very well; and it is always great to see them head off to their new homes with their new families. Three foals left Sunday and Monday, Bliss, Fooler and Quinn. Four more got weaned, Chrome, Blurose, Con and Smoke E. We also sorted out the heifers we want to keep, the heifers we want to sell as replacement heifers and the cull heifers. We turned all the heifers back out except the cull heifers. We also sorted the bulls and banded around half of them. Now we need to sort back through the steers and pick out the show steers. It sounds like the kids already have their eye on a couple.

We also pulled Gunner out of his mares this weekend and he and Maggie Eilers are up on the hill. Gunners mares were put in circle 6 with some cows and the dry mares are getting turned back out onto the desert. There is still a lot of grass out there and that way we can wait longer before we have to start feeding hay. Gunner and Maggie are not that thrilled with being locked in.

Since we are in football and soccer season, we also get the pleasure of spending Saturday mornings watching Grid Kids Football. Kaine is on ¾ Purple and Kade is on ¾ Gold. Jaxsen plays soccer, so some weekday afternoons we get to watch Jaxsen kick a ball around.

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Young Horse Development closes TODAY

Do you know a youth looking to earn scholarships and bolster his or her résumé? If so, you need to tell them about the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program.

American Quarter Horse Youth Association
members have the opportunity to participate in hands-on horse training that will teach the fundamentals of horsemanship. Then they can showcase their learned skills and knowledge at designated events where they can earn scholarships and prizes through the AQHA Ranching Heritage Young Horse Development Program. This year’s early deadline is August 15.

Foals Donated by KT Ranch:

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KT Marsala by Starlight


KT Marsala by Starlight is a fancy filly is by Just Plain Starlight, “Colonel,” and is out of Emmy Marsala. Colonel is a son of Tamalight, winner of $21,492.10 in NCHA dollars and COA. Colonel’s dam is Wright on Sugarnic, winner of the Cascade Cutters Futurity. Emmy Marsala is by the dam of AQHA Point earner and NRHA money earner Cow Cuttin Colonel. This is a mare that produces very athletic foals that go on to be money and point earners in many arenas. She is by Marsala Badger who is an AQHA High Point Performance Horse, NCHA money-earner, World Show Qualifier, ROM Performance and Sire of: NCHA Money-earners, Performance Point Earners. Her breeding includes the greats like Peppy San Badger, Doc Bar, Docs Lynx and more. This filly is bred to perform, she has a loaded pedigree and lots of style. She was born 6/3/16. $2500

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Yearling col by Just Plain Starlight

KT Starlight Cue Tee is out of Cue Bars Cue Tee, “Payton,” and by Just Plain Starlight, “Colonel.” Payton  is an NRCHA and NRHA money earner raised, shown and owned by Allison Trimble of the Coastal Equine breeding program. Payton is still owned by Coastal Equine and this filly comes with the history and strength of the Allison Trimble, Coastal Equine, and Willfully Guided names. Payton is by Cue Bars Laddie and is out of Mickeys Royal. Mickeys Royal is an NRCHA, NRHA producing mare. Cue Bars Laddie  has been shown as a reiner, cowhorse and rope horse. He was the recipient of the Open AQHA All Around Trophy and is a CCHA Hall of Fame Horse. Colonel is a son of Tamalight, winner of $21,492.10 in NCHA dollars and COA. Colonel’s dam is Wright on Sugarnic, winner of the Cascade Cutters Futurity. This colt is going to have a lot of agility and endurance and really excel in NRHA, NRCHA, or NCHA, he is also going to have some size which will make him a deluxe horse for roping, barrel racing, ranch work and more. With pedigree he is bred to perform on the ranch or in the arena. He was born 5/12/16.This colt is owned in partnership with Allison Trimble Paparoa. $2,500

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