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Breeding Mares, Angus Show and more

Monday was a pretty normal day, as far as ranch life goes. I guess what I mean is that nothing died, nothing was born, and nothing ran through the fence. Tuesday dad headed to Yakima with Stinger and Pistol, Stinger to get AIed and Pistol for a recheck. Pistol had absorbed her foal, so we decided we would bring her home and breed her naturally. Toni also had to go to a different vet when Dad got back with Lemon Drop to get her ready to move to California. Lemon Drop loaded great and did great. She is a pretty nice 2 year old. Two emergency vehicles drove by with sirens blaring when Lemon Drop was being vetted, and she stood like a champ. She has just been an exceptionally fun young horse. Super happy to be with people. Mil went to her trainer and we are getting lots of updates about how well she is adjusting.


Thursday Blue foaled, and had a fancy colt with two blues eyes and a really cool blaze. I was hoping he was a filly so I could keep him, even though Dad does not like blue eyed horses and never wants to keep them. Madison came out to look at Rosie’s filly and fell in love with her. Madison is currently running high school rodeo and one of her geldings is a Zink son.


Friday dad went back up and got Stinger and Pistol. He had to be back by noon so I could get the trailer loaded for our cattle show. Our Braford heifer calved and had a cute black ballie heifer. Then, in the afternoon Toni, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I headed to Ellensburg for the Jr Angus Field day. We weren’t able to unload until 4, so we rolled in at about 3:45. The heifers unloaded great and acted like the pros that they are. We had five head that we hauled to Ellensburg, four of them were shown last year quite a bit. Both Anna and Kaine have 2 big heifers.


Saturday the kids had a great day showing, all three made it back to the championship round in showmanship. Anna had the Grand Champion Sr. Yearling Bred and Owned heifer with Mal. Anna, Kaine and Kade all did well with their January heifers. We had a great time and got to see our showfamily and cousins. The best part was that there was an art show and auction at the fairgrounds at the same time, and a taco wagon right outside of our barn. The other really great thing was we stayed in a hotel, so all got hot showers.


Sunday we had a VERY busy day. Rachel came out and took Friday up to ride her. Erina and Terry came out to see Katana and they bought Hot Shot of Mocha while they were out. Michelle and John came out for their anniversary to look at the foals, especially their 2 year old colt’s full brother, Big Iron. Then we moved Blue in with Colonel and Pepper out with Gunner. The kids washed their show heifers and turned Darma out. We had three groups of people come out to look at horses on Sunday, along with celebrating our Uncle Skip’s birthday which was on Saturday while we were gone. Sunday was a get everything done day, so we kept at it until we couldn’t keep going. We did get everything that was necessary done, like moving the mares around so we don’t miss their heat cycles. We also decided to try breeding Pistol to Reed, so that could be a really cool combination. This week the kids get ready for a jackpot show with their steers, Lemon Drop left for CA, and we are getting ready to put another embryo in a cow. We are officially done Aiing both cows and horses, and we are not accepting anymore outside mares. With this hot weather coming on, it is time to get the breeding done before the pasture is gone. Looking forward to Summer weather and these last few foals we are still waiting on.

This morning we had a CUTE blue roan colt out of Izzy and by Bishop, this is OUR first Bishop foal, we bred a few outside mares to him and one of those has already foaled.

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White-Eyed

Well we definitely started out last week right with Twist having a cute buckskin colt last Monday. And Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday we finished our buffer fence out in the desert to keep stallions and mares separated. So now there is a lake AND a fence between Colonel and Gunner. Also on Tuesday, Tessa had a charming dun colt. Thursday Toni and I went to the front side of the lake to make sure that fence was up and hot. It was not hot so we went through the cow pasture and found were a jump wire was knocked off. Once we got it back up the fence was scary HOT. But that one fencer energizes miles of fence, so it needs to be hot. With this 1350 feet of fence done, we are taking a small break on the big fencing projects. We have two or three smaller projects that we hope to get done this week.


Friday I got up to load dad and send him up to see Dr. Jennifer King. He took Cleo and Hottie up to get ultra-sounded and pick Pistol up from getting AIed to Playdox. Cleo was confirmed bred to Reed, we are very excited about that combination. However, Hottie was open, so we left her up there to get AIed back to KR Gunpowder. Toni was in Ellensburg at court. So I also got to meet Craig and Christina who came up from Utah and bought Vann, Daze, and Dancin Dan.


Saturday we needed to get one of our recept cows in from Leroy’s pen to get ready to receive an embryo. Ben, Anna and I went and got her and the heifers in. Toni and Kade went down and finished up Colonel’s pen and let Gunner and his mares out into the desert. Then our farrier Chad Whetzel came and we spend the rest of the day trimming horses (and a mini mule named Bunny). We started with Chad at 10:30 and ended at 8:00 pm. I think he is ready to quit on us.


The kids worded on their show string, they are getting their Spokane steers ready, their Angus heifers ready for the Angus field day, and then steers ready for Wheatland after that. May is going to be a busy show month. I also got to take a little spin on my mare, Cad, while I waited for Chad to make it to my house, Toni took him to her house to do Colonel and I went to catch Cad and move some bulls around while I waited for him. Kicker spent a few hours mowing weeds and Russian olive trees on Saturday. Also, now that it is irrigation season, Ben and Kicker also spent part of the weekend starting water. While we were grabbing horses to trim, we also got serious about deworming and giving the West Nile shot as the weather is actually warming up. Any horse that we caught to trim or that would stand still, we got done.


Sunday we got to move some cows around bright and early. Then, we saw that Mud and Lura had both foaled. Two really nice roan foals by Gunner. Then Toni and I spent pretty much the rest of the day moving horses around and trying to get as many horses as possible out on grass. We moved Colonel down to the lake, put Tessa, Mud and Lura out with Gunner. And took Sagebug, Cammie and Shadie over to a neighbors to eat down his pasture. Again deworming and giving WN as we went. Ben worked on getting the camper ready for the Spokane Jr Livestock show, and he made some food for us to take. As well as help the kids with their livestock and change a flat tire for us. Kicker continued with his mowing project. By the end of the weekend we had over 50 head of horses dewormed and given their WN shot. There was a brief argument about where the half-way mark is and how many horses we actually have, but no one wants to get bogged down on numbers. Toni thinks we need fewer horses and I would be happy with a minimum of one of each color and as many as we could run!

Once the weekend was done, we were all “White-Eyed” – Exhausted.

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KT Hot Shot of Mocha

KT Hot Shot of Mocha is a charming buckskin filly by KT Gunpowder N Lead, “Gunner,” and out of KT Mocha Fudsey Lean, “Mocha.” Gunner is a dun roan son of Cue Bars Laddie, AQHA point earning and producing stallion. Gunner’s dam, Pistol, has been 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. Pistol’s sire, Gold Country Charro is a dunskin stallion that was shown in 1998 and 1999 in halter at local shows. Gunner was broke to ride in Allison Trimble from Ferndale, WA training program and was ridding by Jordan Crabtree. Mocha is a fancy bay mare with an award winning disposition. Her breeding includes Smart LIttle Lena, Docs Oak, Tuff Continental, Jackie Bee, Imperial Dixie, Thirsty Blue Boy, Coy’s Bonanza, Wimpy, Skipper W, Little Joe the Wrangler and more. She was born 3/7/18. $2,500

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KT Gunners Big Iron

KT Gunners Big Iron is a fancy buckskin colt by KT Gunpowder N Lead, “Gunner,” and out of KT Copper Comet. Gunner is a dun roan son of Cue Bars Laddie, AQHA point earning and producing stallion. Gunner’s dam, Pistol, has been 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. Pistol’s sire, Gold Country Charro is a dunskin stallion that was shown in 1998 and 1999 in halter at local shows. Gunner was broke to ride in Allison Trimble from Ferndale, WA training program and was ridding by Jordan Crabtree. KT Copper Comet is a great mare that we raised. She is out of Copper Robin Queen, a great all-around mare and we all rode, we was a great ranch horse, dad roped off of her, Toni and Kellie barrel raced her and Toni showed her in 4H. Comet is by Docs Sizzle Bar, a son of Sizzlin Hot, AQHA H-19/P-29; AQHA Champion, Arena ROM; World Champion Sire, ROM Sire, AQHA Champion Sire, Superior Sire, Youth Supreme Champion Sire. Comet is a big mare that we showed for a while NFQHA and at the county fair. She is one of our favorite mares and we have a hard time selling her foals. She has 3 white socks and a white splash over her eye. Comet’s breeding also includes Shenandoll, Reed King Duster, Ed Echols and more. She is NFQHA eligible at 81%. This is a fancy colt with a pedigree bred to perform. He was born 3/17/18. $3,500

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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KT Heza Pana Dude with mares

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NationalDayoftheHorse to post on social media.

HISTORY

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

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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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