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The week of Thanksgiving is always fun. It is the beginning of lots of family time and we are getting ready to start calving. Two things we are very thankful for.

Monday Lilo finally got to go to her new home. She was the last sold foal to leave. We got to meet a new shipper, who was really great to work with. He arrived on time. It was a relief to have the last sold foal gone before the weather got really bad. Lilo had been ready to leave for quite a while, so was used to being handled fairly regularly. Toni and dad got her loaded and Tracy said she was a real trooper when she got there. Tracy had to lead her about a mile in the snow.  Lilo has been really good to work with the entire time. She is a Jackpot so has a brain and beauty. Boys were still sick on Monday, Jaxsen started out at school but went home. Toni and Anna worked on the foals and did chores. Anna then went home and helped the men with the cattle chores. Anna has been primarily working on Gunnie, as that is her youth foal. Gunnie is very much a Double. Wants to go go go. So she gets lots of time being tied and learning patience. Gunnie will probably follow Anna through hell, but don’t stop because she doesn’t want to stop. Gunnie is out of a Jackpot daughter, Yo. These foals that are combinations of our studs are really fun. You can see aspects of their personalities that represent exactly what you had hoped to accomplish in the cross.

Tuesday was a rainy and dreary day. Boys were all still sick, Ben asked Anna if she was ok to go to school by herself, but I think she was happy to get to go by herself. LOL. There are some that think Jaxsen may not be as sick as the other two boys. He was really sick when you asked him, but didn’t seem to actually be sick…. Toni and Anna worked on the foals in the freezing rain. Yes, we are serious when we say we work on the foals in the rain, sleet, or shine.  There is nothing more fun than taking a piece of hail to the eye while being pulled across a pen on ice while you are “halter breaking,” the quotes are from the joke that you think you are halter breaking on the ice.  But really, working on the foals is important. Willie and King Three were actually really good. The weanling calves all hung out by the hay stack, hoping that someone would take pity on them give them some hay. No one did, they have lots of alfalfa to graze.

Wednesday was a nice day, I was home from work, boys were still sick. I took some videos of the Angus bulls and checked the cows. Anna got home with a half day, so we went down and checked the weanling calves and took pictures. Then I hauled some hay down to the bulls in circle 3 and hauled Gunner down too. At chores Toni and I took pictures of Willie and King 3. Kade and Jaxsen were feeling better at chore time, so we finally got to see them. By we I mean dad, mom and I.

Happy Thanksgiving. Everyone was finally feeling better and Terry and Erina got to come down. We all went to the Meachams and had a great time. We all did chores and worked on the foals after.  Willie and King Three got to be lead out into the driveway. We also got the confirmation that Kaine was honorable mention for 2022 Football All-League. We are all really proud of him. There aren’t many freshman that make that list.

Friday the Meachams headed to Clarkston. The rest of us got the cows in and started working cows. Thompsons from Elgin came by and got two bulls. I also took them on a tour of the stallions, they might be bringing a mare back to bred to King in the summer. We got 2/3 of the cows worked then stopped to do chores.

Saturday we finished working cows. Then Kaine and Ben branded the bulls and Anna and I went out and made a heavy list of the cows.

Sunday Meachams came home. Anna cleaned the saddle shed and made a calf box to get ready for calving. Toni and I let the two colts out and got the next round of halter breaking foals in,  3 of the  late fillies.  We are down to the end of halter breaking. We always struggle to get done before the weather turns bad.  We got all the big ones done, so really the stress is off. By the time we got to Willie that bugger was big, but he just wasn’t hard. Having Tulip really helps a ton. I mean you still have to get the foal handled enough that you can hold it while you clip to Tulip then get out of the way before you get cut in two. Sometimes Tulip boycotts so you are holding an unhalter broke foal with one hand and a resistant donkey with the other. And the 2 do not meet. Tulip usually ends up winning that battle because you have to drop one or the other. After choice words, normally one of the kids will come over and help get Tulip in position. Tulip is still lovable. Especially when she is done and she wants Equine Senior. Try to feed her the wrong reward feed. She is very vocal.

                The three fillies we got in are 2 out of King- Joss and Holly, and the last Tank filly. We keep changing her name. She has been Boots, U girl, now she is Gucci. Toni is keeping Holly and I am keeping Gucci. Those two are out of old mares, so we need to keep them. Joss is actually the best of the three so far. She is a thinker, with a big eye, big hip, really flat when she moves. Just a really nice filly.

The week of Thanksgiving is always fun. It is the beginning of lots of family time and we are getting ready to start calving. Two things we are very thankful for. Being thankful for what we have needs to be something we try to do everyday, not just the month of November. Easier said than done, but we are thankful. Thankful for the friends, family, clients, and team we have at KT Ranch that helps us get through the good days and the bad days. So if you are reading this, we are thankful for you.

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Last Week in Pictures

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The weather this week has made us all thankful to be living in the great Columbia Basin. Yes, it has been cold, but we didn’t have snow.

On Monday we were on our way back from Idaho, we stayed and waved as the girls got on the bus, we did not get up early enough to see James off to work. Toni snapped a pic of Anna’s Youth Foal, “Gunnie,” and said Anna’s chestnut, Kade pointed out that John Dutton rides a chestnut. Gunnie is pretty nice, she is by Yo, a daughter of Jackpot and out of Pistol, Gunner’s dam, and her sire is Double. Toni waited for the shipper all afternoon to ship Lilo, and never heard from him. Finally, at 4:13 she called, since she had to go to a city planning meeting that night, which she had told him, and he was at 9 Mile, north of Spokane, so probably 3 hrs away. Kade went down at 5 to wait for him, we got home around 5:30, so I called Kade and told him I would switch him. At 6 still no sign or work, so I contacted him, he said an hr and a half. Toni got home and I told her he should be down around 7:30, but would let me know when he got close. At 8 he contacted me at said 30 min out, I joking said for sure this time, which he took to be rude and did not stop. So poor Lilo was locked in all afternoon waiting for someone that never showed. But, sometimes you just roll with it.  We put the purchaser in touch with some good shippers to see what could be done to get this filly home. 

Tuesday after school Anna went down and rode her young horses. Toni worked on the foals. They weaned the May/June foals, so only Summer is left on. The normal horse calendar pics are done with voting, now we are doing a stallion calendar and voting started on it. Toni said all of the foals she is working on are doing great. Deano texted Toni on Tuesday that he would arrive Wednesday night with the 2 steers for South Dakota, could he unload the longhorn bull he is hauling so he could sleep in Connell for the night. And that was all fine.

Wednesday morning Deano texted Toni he was ahead of schedule and would be there at noon. Toni was worried she might be in court when he showed up, but he was earlier then he thought, so Toni and dad unloaded the steers and bull, loaded Blue Devil up, the bull back up, and Deano took off. The bull was really tame so would get way too close to people with those long horns. Deano said that the bull was $25,000.00. He didn’t look like much of a bull for $25,000.00. The steers looked really good. And they were pretty tame. Deano is a great hauler so he takes good care and reduces stress on the haul. Toni went to court. Anna came home from school and messed with the three foals we have in so Toni could go change clothes and grab the trailer to haul the steers to my house. With it getting dark so early even working together they didn’t get the chores done in the light. But the steers got moved before it got too dark, so that was good.  Wednesday night Kade started feeling sick. I guess a bug is going around the school.

Thursday Toni and Mom took Molly in to see Sheena for a checkup and blood test. She was doing pretty good so she just has to finish her one antibiotic. No more fluid in her lungs. She was herself, so she tried to escape the trailer and was a touch ornery.  Mom and Toni stopped by the cowpath bakery and got Anna a pumpkin dessert for her birthday. Boys did chores, Toni worked on foals. Anna and men did cattle chores. The three foals, Honey Bug, Judge, and Gunnie are all really great. Toni said she put the three easiest ones in to have an easy birthday week.  Kade stayed home from school.

Friday was Anna’s birthday, Happy Birthday Anna, she is 17. Where does the time go?? Marlo came and helped do chores, I brought home groceries. Toni had Marlo lead some of the foals around.  The men took grass bales down to the horses.  Kade was still home sick.

Saturday was Toni’s birthday, Happy Birthday Toni.

Toni went down to the house to show some horses. Ben went to Moses Lake to deliver meat. Mom, dad and Skip went to town. Kaine, Anna and I put fence posts in for the fence around the corn field. Dan, Seth and Rusanne showed up to look at bulls, about the time Ben got home. They picked three out. Ben then put the gates up and Anna, Kaine and I went and got the cows in. We sorted out the heavy heifers and turned the rest out in the corn field. Then we sorted the Angus steers and the heifers out of the clubby steers and hauled them and Fred down to the alfalfa field. Molly was colicy again, so Toni spent most of her birthday down with mom leading Molly around. She tried to lead her off of Shadie, but since Molly does not believe she is a horse, she did not want to be around Shadie. Mom said Shadie was the problem, but really….. Molly finally started feeling better around 10 that night, I did take a turn in the evening so Toni could have Chinese food for her birthday and watch a movie.  Kade was still sick and Kaine started to feel sick.

Sunday Marlo and McCall came over and we had the big birthday party for Toni and Anna. Ben cooked meat balls, bacon wrapped shrimp and funeral potatoes. Mom made 3 pies. Toni brought a salad and appetizers. We had a great time. Then we went down to mom and dads, took pictures of the Judge, pictures of Anna and Gunnie, turned out the Judge and Honey Bug, and put in the next 2 to halter break. These are the last 2 big ones, King 3 and Willie. Willie is exceptionally big, but he is a Leroy. Haltering these two took less than 3 minutes. So maybe two easy weeks in a row? Kade and Kaine were still not feeling great.  When we were out messing around, we heard a kitten meowing and found a little kitten out by the road. So Anna had a new kitten for a bit. We later found out it is the neighbors, so Anna gave it back. I would also like to thank Mary with who not only took our call Sunday but took the time to discuss feeding options for Molly. Mary has been a really great asset to our team. When you have feeding concerns and are dealing with issues, Mary is knowledgeable and helpful. We are getting Molly onto some supplements that will hopefully help combat all of the meds that have been put into her and get her feeling good.

                The weather this week has made us all thankful to be living in the great Columbia Basin. Yes, it has been cold, but we didn’t have snow. So many of our friends and neighbors are dealing with early winter weather, trying to get cattle moved, keep the cattle fed and healthy.  Raising livestock is not for the weak.

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New Pictures of The Judge

KT Judge Dat Apache, “Judge”

Sire: Judge Dat Cash (PD)
Dam: RH Apache Butterfly
Date Born: 4/24/22
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Color: Gray
Price: $7,500
KT Judge Dat Apache is a showy gray colt with a pedigree bred to perform. His dam, Butterfly, is 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. This colt’s sire, Judge Dat Cash, “PD,” is by Judge Cash, AQHA Race SI-110/AAAT/ROM/Superior, (SW) 34-12-10-3, $115,936. Won: Pocatello Downs Spring Derby, Boise 440 Championship, Leon Dafoe Memorial S. 2nd: Boise Futurity[G3] 3rd: All American Gold Cup(G1), RACE & BARREL HORSE SIRE, NFR qualifiers, Barrel Futurity and 1D winners. Sire of Race Money Earners of $1,223,619. PD’s dam is by First Smart Money: AQHA Race SI-105/AAAT/ROM, (SP)17-3-4-4, $32,613, 3rd: New Mexico Juvenile Challenge-G3, Los Alamitos Stakes. SIRE RECORD: Sire of 218 foals of racing age, 110 starters, 68 ROM, as of 05/13/2014. Chief Earner: Capones Vault SI-107, Earned $503,501. 3/4 Brother to Holland Ease.
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Last Week in Pictures