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KT Reed Me a Cutter

KT Reed Me a Cutter is a charming and delightful brown colt out of Coastal Tourist Trap, “Piper” and by KT Reed Me a Double, “Reed.“ 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. Reed is a phenomenal Grullo son of Captains Double Coy and out of Reeds Poco Ms Whinny. Double is one of our senior stallions, his foals have an outstanding disposition and are a great using horse for any arena. This colt’s breeding includes a lot of the greats, Peppy San, Doc Olena, Smart Little Lena, Docs Star Barred, Major Bonanza, Alotta King, Dustin Command, Zan Parr Bar, Fritz Command, Star Duster, Skippa String, and Page Lee. This is going to be a colt with a lot of body, a great personality and the breeding to back it up. He was born 5/24/19. $2,500

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KT Cue Bars Shining

KT Cue Bars Shining is a charismatic brown (roan?) colt out of Cue Bars Cue Tee, “Payton,” and by Shining Blue DR, “Bishop.” 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 mare 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. Bishop is a very good looking son of Autumnator, who is sired by SMART LITTLE LENA. Smart Little Lena is earner of $743,275, NCHA Triple Crown Op Ch. Autumnator’s dam is AUTUMN BOON is an earner of $244,470 NCHA. Dam of 26 foals, 17 perfs earning $1,003,985 NCHA/WS. 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 was born 5/26/19. This colt could be homozygous roan. $2,500

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KT Cash on Justify

KT Cash on Justify is a lovable charming colt out of Miss Kyra and by Just Plain Starlight, “Colonel.” Miss Kyra is a big elegant mare by Remember Smash out of Cashs Juno. Remember Smash is a AAA money earner that was raced very little, several of his foals went to CA to be money earners in barrel racing. His sire is Easily Smashed who was an AQHA race Champion; he had 14 wins and had earnings in excess of $320,000. He had an S.I. of 99 and his foals have earnings of over $9 million. Her dam, Cashs Juno, is by Juno Dat Cash, a AAA and AAAT sire by Dash for Cash, and her dam is by Pasamonte Paul (AAAT and AQHA Champion). Miss Kyra’s pedigree also includes the Old Man, Jet Smooth, Easy Jet, Rocket Wrangler and much much more. 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 has an incredible pedigree, an unbeatable confirmation, and an incredible disposition. He is bred to have a lot of agility and endurance. He was born 6/9/18 $3,000

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KT King of Blue

KT King of Blue is out of KT Copper Queen Isabelle, “Izzy,” and by Shining Blue DR, “Bish.” Bish is a very good looking son of Autumnator, who is sired by SMART LITTLE LENA. Smart Little Lena is earner of $743,275, NCHA Triple Crown Op Ch. Autumnator’s dam is AUTUMN BOON is an earner of $244,470 NCHA. Dam of 26 foals, 17 perfs earning $1,003,985 NCHA/WS. Bish’s dam is Plum Sparkling who is by Shining Sparkler, a gorgeous palomino son of Reining and Reined Cowhorse Leading Sire Shining Spark . Izzy is out of Captains Double Coy and KT Copper Queen Cleo. This is a filly that was our first 4th generation foal. We were able to show her prior to her injury, and now we use her on the ranch. She really goes after the cows. Izzy’s pedigree includes many greats like Major Bonanza, Sizzlin Hot, Major King, Docs Dee Bar and more. This colt was born 5/22/18. King has been color tested as a true blue roan that is homozygous black mane and tail. E/E, a/a. $5,000

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We are supposed to see a 100 degree day this week, so I guess summer has officially began

Monday, the first week of June, May just slipped through the cracks. It’s the first week of June and we still have 6 mares to foal. School is almost over, it is time to work hard on the show heifers and steers. Coco was back on Monday, so we had lots of chore people, so Toni worked on her poles while Coco and I did chores, when we got back she had Kaine and Sonny helping her. When I got in I asked where Anna and Kade were, Anna was working on homework and Kade was watching the news with mom. I suspect all the boys will be watching the news on Tuesday. The big news on Monday was that Felix went to his new home. We are going to miss that guy, but it is time for him to be a horse and not a pasture pet.

Tuesday morning Ben took the camper in to Broadmoor, it has some minor repairs that were covered under the warranty. I had an appointment with a neurologist that morning to see if he could figure out why I cannot smell. All the tests came back normal, so I guess that is good??? Ben went and got the kids after school and they went up and washed their steers and got in their heifers for Prineville. Toni and I did chores and then worked on the corral fence, we got three sections up were the rail road ties were still good. Half the battle on rebuilding this corral is having to pull down all the old stuff. It takes twice as long because all the old stuff has to be taken down and hauled out, then we can bring in the new stuff. The good news is that when Chad was out trimming horses, he asked Toni why we don’t have a post hole digger that attaches to the back of a tractor. Why are we digging all of these holes by hand? Toni said because they are too expensive. Chad said, no they aren’t. So Toni decided to look into it and low and behold, they aren’t that expensive! RDO in Othello has a great manager that now has ordered us a post hole digger. This should make digging post holes about 100% easier. Let’s hope anyway.

Wednesday Toni had a lot of calls on her big bankruptcy. Juan and dad showed up to look at horses but she had to kick them out. I teased the kids that they were washing their steers so much so they would not have to help with the fence. And they went and worked on their steers anyway. We had an outside mare come to breed to Bishop, a cute palomino mare by Jumpin Jack Whiz. She is not too sure she wants to stay out with him though and we had to go and put her back in twice Wednesday night, we are started calling her Mino since we didn’t know her name. And part of the time we were dealing with her was in a rain storm. It is a good thing we like her! Of course the fence was down after she got out as well, but that is to be expected. One of our three summer cows also calved, Sweet Apple had a cute Hereford calf.

Thursday dad took two bulls and two cows to Toppenish. Toni went down to check on the palomino mare to see if she was still in, she was. But, she got out later so Toni took her to the house and we put her in the corral there until Friday. Coco was there to help with chores on Thursday, so Coco and I did chores and Toni got more poles ready to put up some more sections of fence.

I do not know what happened Thursday night, but we had some mixing going on Friday morning. The show heifers and riding horses were out with the big group of cows. Eric the Hereford bull was also out with the big group of cows, and some panels were knocked down in the corral in circle #5, there was nothing in the corral but cows were in the pasture around the corral. So I spent most of Friday fixing fence. I took a two hour break for mom and I to run into Connell and get our hair done. Kade was a student of the month so Toni went to the assembly and brought all the kids home and took them to get milk shakes. Then she brought them down to work on their heifers and steers. Toni and I went to take Mino back with Bishop. Pepper was in heat so we hand bred her to Double. Pepper had gotten an injury in her shoulder when we put her out with Gunner (this seems to be the year for injuries) so we had to bring her back in to care for her. Toni wasn’t too happy about breeding Pepper to Double, but I had already said I wanted to breed her to Double to try to get a replacement for Double. The guy is 23 years old, he isn’t going to live forever, even if we are in denial about it. So now Pepper, Pistol, and Shady are all bred to Double for potential replacement stallions. So, they are all having fillies next year.

Saturday was mom’s birthday, happy birthday mom. The kids and I caught all the heifers and steers and the kids washed them. Toni got a bunch of work done. People came out to look at horses, so they got the tour. Then we went down and worked on the fence at the corral for a while, we had Coco on Saturday to help. Luckily for Coco and I Toni ran out of lag bolts so we got to stop at 6:45. Then we went and celebrated mom’s birthday at Toni’s house.

We hauled Mino back to the house Sunday, Toni is going to take her in to see Dr. Sorenson and see where she is at in her heat cycle. We also brought Cole up front so Toni could take him to get him ready to go to CA in a week. Pecos gets to move to CA as well, so he got put in the corral to go the vet Monday too. It will be a full trailer headed to the vet on Monday. 3 heifers, 2 colts, and 2 mares. The kids worked on their heifers and steers, they are getting the steers ready to go to NW Farm Supply show on June 15th and then we are headed to Prineville with 3 of the heifers on June 20th. Toni got some lag bolts from Ben so we finished the sections we could that had good posts. We also moved Whim back down to the corral so he had more room. Jeanne showed up with their 3 ponies, one may be a mini, so we got them all worked and loaded and hauled them over to a friend’s house. He had requested “ponies” to eat down his grass, so the joke was on him when we literally unloaded a passel of ponies. The kids aren’t too happy that their mini herd is all of 10 miles away, but it is nice to take Dreamer somewhere else for a few weeks. A mini stud is still a stud.

We are supposed to see a 100 degree day this week, so I guess summer has officially began in the Columbia Basin. Business as usual here at the ranch. We are getting lots of visitors, so if you have your eye on a particular foal, let us know when you want to come out and take a look.

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KT Reed Me a Cutter

KT Reed Me a Cutter is a charming and delightful brown colt out of Coastal Tourist Trap, “Piper” and by KT Reed Me a Double, “Reed.“ 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. Reed is a phenomenal Grullo son of Captains Double Coy and out of Reeds Poco Ms Whinny. Double is one of our senior stallions, his foals have an outstanding disposition and are a great using horse for any arena. This colt’s breeding includes a lot of the greats, Peppy San, Doc Olena, Smart Little Lena, Docs Star Barred, Major Bonanza, Alotta King, Dustin Command, Zan Parr Bar, Fritz Command, Star Duster, Skippa String, and Page Lee. This is going to be a colt with a lot of body, a great personality and the breeding to back it up. He was born 5/24/19. $2,500

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KT Bing Bang Boom

KT Bing Bang Boom is a cute roan filly out of Copys Strawberrytart and by KT Gunpowder N Lead. Strawberry is a big boned red roan mare with a lot natural thickness. She is by True Enchanted Copy, who goes back to Jackie Bee, San Peppy, Biankus and Go Man Go. On the bottom side Strawberry is out of Tue Much An Angel, who goes back to Dry Doc, Bueno Chex, Skipper W and Poco Bueno. Gunner is a roan dunskin son of Cue Bars Laddie, AQHA point earning and producing stallion. Gunner’s dam, Pistol, has been shown NFQHA, has been featured on 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. This filly is possibly homozygous roan. She was born 5/5/19. $3,000

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If you’re ridin’ ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there with ya.

Monday was a day of remembrance for all of those who have served and paid the ultimate price for that. We take it one step farther and want to thank all of the members of the armed services for their service. We have multiple family members and friends that have made the commitment to serve our country and we cannot thank them enough.

Memorial Day 2019
Kaine and Kade went with mom and dad on Sunday to St John to help decorate graves. They came back with great stories from dad and were excited and happy from their experience. Normally either Toni and her family or me and my family go with mom and dad. But this year it just did not work out that way. Even when we can’t go, it is important for the kids to understand that someone must go because that is our heritage and must not be forgotten. The kids have always gone from a young age and understand that it is our duty to go the gravesides.

Also on Monday, Goldie had a cute chestnut colt by Colonel. Ben had finished some fencing down in circle 6, so we moved Bishop’s pen down there. That was our last stallion pen that we were feeding, so now the corral is empty to allow for the rebuild that is going to take forever. The corral won’t stay empty forever, so it is just going to be a slow rebuild. We worked the rest of Bishop’s pen and got them out to the grass. Kaine, Anna and I caught the steers and the May heifers and tied them up. We ran to town and got groceries and had lunch. When we got back the kids washed their steers. Toni showed Roy around and I showed Juan around. Roy put a deposit down on Beretta and Juan is coming back next Saturday, he is trying to decide which roan he wants. Pepper’s filly, Nellie, did not like being out with Gunner, so we brought them back to the house for a few days to let her get a little older and try again. Some times that happens.

Tuesday Anna and Kaine had orthodontist appoints, Anna a retainer checkup and Kaine to see when he is getting his. Cousin Traci took them back to Connell for me. Toni and mom took Grandma and Grandpa to the Dr for their appointment and took grandma grocery shopping, grandpa did not want to go so waited in the car. They went out to lunch with Tom and Peggy, for mothers and fathers’ day, so they took grandma and grandpa to Red Lobster. They were late getting back so Toni did not get her projects started. Ben came down and got the 4 kids to go and work on steers, well, 3 worked on steers and one went and watched TV. Toni and I took some videos on Whim as well on Tuesday.

As of Wednesday morning we are still waiting on the last mares to foal. Not patiently I might add. Toni went around and got a good check on everything, and then had to get back to work to deal with her clients. The twins brought us strawberries Wednesday night AND stayed and helped us on one of Toni’s MANY fencing projects. Aram and Daisy were also there for a while and helped. While working on the fence we also came across a bull snake. Toni tried shooing it away, but it must have needed to go the way we were, it zipped right between us, and Kade took off for the pickup like a shot. Jaxsen tried to run up the hill to get a good look at the snake. The kids refused to go over by that part of the fence after that, so Toni had to finish that area on her own. We may not be petrified of snakes, but we don’t like them. We did get the fence done in preparation for tall John’s colts to arrive. Another project done!

Still no babies Thursday, and none of the mares even look like they are going to foal. Very disappointing. Kade and Sonny had dentist appointments, so they got to miss part of a day of school. Poor Kade had cavities. Kade and Jaxsen also had a troop meeting for boy scouts Thursday night. But don’t worry, we worked on some of Toni’s fencing projects first.

Woohoo, its Friday. Chad came out on Friday afternoon, so Toni and Chad trimmed the yearlings, two year olds, Whim (first trim ever!), Miss Kyra, and BeeBee. When I got home from work the kids and I did chores, then Anna held Shotgun Sally while she got trimmed. Everyone did great. We ended about 7 pm, Chad went and had a burger with Mom and Dad, then went over to our friend Debbie’s and fit her gelding in as well. Big thanks to him for fitting Debbie in.

Tall John rolled in Saturday morning with his two yearling colts that we are going to keep for him. Bad news for him is that possession is 9/10th of the law! We thought they were going to be way bigger than ours, as they are running bred, but our Holllywood Cad is still taller. John’s colts fit right in with ours, they all act like they have been together forever. Toni brought Kade down and we caught all the steers and the May heifers. Then Chad came to finish up. All of us women wore tank tops on Sat so we are all crustified critters, Anna changed midafternoon to a long sleeved shirt. We had Cody come out to look at the stallions, he wants to breed a few mares, he brought two friends. Then Josh showed up to get BeeBee and take her back to Potlatch with him to start, Jeanne is going to ride BeeBee for a while after Josh gets a good start on her. Toni took Josh out to look at the yearlings and babies while he was here. They saw another snake in the driveway, luckily it was dead. It was little, but still a snake.

Sunday Kade and Toni came down and we caught all the steers and the heifers going to Prineville. We led the non clubbies to the washrack for the first time, it was their third time being caught. They all did really good. Then a family came out to look at steers for the Jr. Show in Spokane next year. Toni had one of her law interns coming out for a little while Sunday, she needed to finish off some hours. So Toni left, and then we took Kade home for lunch and Kaine, Anna and went to Othello for lunch and groceries.

We came back and got the mares in out of circle 5, Goldie, Payton, Maggie, Frieda and Blackie. We took the three left to foal down to mom and dads, put Goldie with Colonel and Payton with Bishop. Our good friends Sonny and Jeannie Riley showed up with a bundle of fence posts and some dog chow for us. The fence posts are for continued fencing projects. We had run out. Sonny Riley is a lover of chocolate chip cookies, so we gave him 4 for the trip home. We got to see Jeannie’s brand new Ford pick-up, it is pretty fancy. All the mares still to foal are now at mom and dad’s out front. This makes it easier to watch them do nothing, as none of them look like they are going to foal anytime soon.

Our first cutting of hay is down and ready for baling, the heat has let off a bit and the wind is a refreshing change. It might be the perfect week to put railroad ties in at the corral and get that project started, or at least that is what Toni is saying!


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May is a very important month, since it is Beef month.

We are frequently asked what type of ranchers are we? Are we horse ranchers with cattle, or cattle ranchers with horses? Most people assume, because we have approximately 80 head of horses, that we are horse people. We are not. We are multi-generational cattle ranchers. If anyone ever wants to read about our history, we have a brief write-up on our website under the history tab- This may seem like an insignificant distinction, but to us, it is important to recognize where we are, how we got here, and what our future holds, which will always be cattle. Our priority will always be the cattle sector of our ranch. But, Toni does tell people that the horses take up 5 times more of our time and expens as the cattle do, however, that is mine and her time, Ben and Kicker spend the majority of their time with the cattle, alfalfa and circle repair. The month of May is such an important month to cattle ranches as it is Beef month. When you are faced with which protein to buy at the store, please remember that cattle ranchers everywhere thank the everyday consumer and appreciate you helping us stay in business! I could go on and on about the benefits of beef to the environment, to diets, to our everyday life, but I won’t this time. Just know that beef is whats for dinner, and we thank you for helping to keep it that way.


Monday was a beautiful day. Kristy came out in the morning to look at Gen, Bell’s colt. She brought a couple of ladies with her and I hear they had a great tour of the ranch. Toni had court, which she was out in record time, 3 minutes. Toni also took mom to get her glasses on Monday. Kaine had baseball pictures on Monday night, and of course he forgot his form and money at our house, luckily Maria had an extra form and paid for him. Mar and Leslie brought Mar’s mare out to breed to Bishop Monday night. He thought she was in heat but Bishop did not agree, so they left her. We had a meeting Monday night for mom and her colt, we all had to come up with a name, and mom picked one, and then mom decided on what to price her colt at. Lona is mom’s horse, so KT Doc Hollywood is moms. Just ask her, she will tell you it is true. Toni had a late meeting Monday night to get some of our farming stuff figured out, which she made progress. Toni is also wanting to starting fencing projects again, but we are ignoring her since there is just NOT enough time in the day.


More rain on Tuesday, we like the rain, it makes our desert grass grow. Again, no new foals. Keshia and Ana from the Fantasy Stables and Fantasy Ranch board games came out to take pictures of the foals for advertising and cards in the games. Gunner is a featured stallion in Fantasy Ranch, and there are a number of his foals in the game. Colonel, Goldy, Shasta and Shiney are all on the back of the cards, as well as on the top of one of the rules pages. Dude is on the top of the one of the cards. And two of our horses are also on the cover that are owned by Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, which is one of the ranches featured in the game. The girls got some good pictures, but the weather wasn’t great. Even with the junky weather, they took about 3000 pictures. We are really excited to see the pictures when they are done editing.


We woke up to a cute buckskin filly on Wednesday out of Pepper and by Gunner. Toni had a conference call first thing then headed out to check. There were not any other foals. Wednesday was the only day Toni didn’t have a set ranch project to complete, so she decided to try and get some of her actual job work done. Kade had boy scouts Wednesday night, he got to cook a meal and set up a tent, so Toni ran him into that. Kaine, Anna, Jaxsen and I finished up chores and went and started digging a post hole. Toni got there when we were ¾ done. After we buried the post Leslie showed up to get Mar’s mare, so Kaine, Anna and I left and left Toni and Sonny to help Les.

No foals Thursday, Toni took Whim into Dr Sorenson at Sagehill Vet Clinic to get cut, she also took an outside mare, Livvy, in who cut her leg and an Angus bull in for a semen recheck. Lucy the puppy needed some more puppy shots, so she got to go which made her happy as she thinks she needs to go everywhere with Toni. Toni had a conference call starting at 10 and made it back from dropping the animals off with 6 minutes to spare. Then she had to go between clients to go pick them back up. This was Whim’s second time being loaded in a trailer and his first ride in the trailer. Again, such an awesome awesome mind on this guy. The bull was in the front compartment and he had to load next to a yearling bull.


Thursday we also got an email from our cousin Jodi, cousin on our dad’s side. Her dad, our uncle Walt, passed away from Prostate cancer, and her mom also was a victim of cancer, our aunt Janet. Jodi is participating in a ZeroProstate Cancer walk/run to bring awareness. Currently our Grandpa has prostate cancer, our great Uncle Don has prostate cancer, our neighbor Bob, and of course our uncle Walt died from it. Click here to view the team page for Pierson Pride

Thursday night we packed the trailer and tackbox for our trip to E-burg and the Angus Preview. Planning ahead this time we actually got everything we needed in the tackbox so no one had to make an emergency run to a feed store for provisions.


Friday we woke up to a cute brown colt by KT Reed Me a Double and out of Piper. The kids went to a half day of school and then we headed to E-burg to the Angus show. We checked in, check into our motel, got the heifers settled in and washed. Then we went and had dinner at Ellensburg Pasta (since Lyyski’s were not there to take us out) and back to the motel. The kids swam a little while in the pool then we had an early night since we were having an early morning.


Saturday we got up at 4:30, got to the barn and got the girls washed and ready to show. It was no fit showmanship, so we did not have to fit until after. Anna and Kade both made it back to the championship round in showmanship, and Anna was the Reserve Champion Junior Showman. Kade’s bred and owned heifer was Reserve Champion in her division. Anna’s May heifer was Reserve Champion in her division. Both of Kaine’s heifers made it back to the championship round, Jaxsen’s heifer made it back to the championship round, and Kade’s second heifer being third in her class, so one spot from making it back. We had a great show, all the kids brought home a check. Jax had significant improvement in his showmanship skills from the first class to his third class. He has decided he wants to beat his brother. That is a big goal!


Sunday Payton had a cute brown colt by Bishop. We got the mares in on Sunday to move Lona and Piper out with Leroy. We hauled Pepper out to Gunners pen. We caught and washed the heifers and caught the steers. Sunday was a long day, but we got what we needed to get done, done. Now the start of a busy week. The countdown has started for the school year to be over. The kids are already working on their steers after school, and I think may have summeritis already. We would like those last mares to foal so we could count spring as over and summer as here! Looking forward to summer weather and lots of new friends coming to look at foals.


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I think the weather is confused, May showers bring June flowers??

We still have a number of mares left to foal, but as of Monday morning they had not foaled. They are looking VERY heavy. Anna had her last tennis match Monday in Hermiston. With having missed so many practices being at state FFA convention the week before, it was not her best match. Dad went to Palouse and got pellets Monday, Toni and dad unloaded them Monday evening, while I went to get Anna from the bus. Kaine, Kade and Jaxsen did front chores, Jaxsen has really been helping out a lot more lately. However, he did think he was being picked on Monday and let everyone know that was how he was feeling. Toni sold Stunner on Monday and found a repro specialist to send Cammie too, the same one that bought Stunner, so that was a win/win.

Tuesday dad took Stunner to her new home and Cammie went with her to get bred. Toni checked, Pistol’s colt seemed a little off, so Toni and mom went down and gave him some immediate response. When Ben got home from work Ben and Toni went down and got the pair and brought them up to the house. We texted Dr. Jennifer King and she had us give him some mineral oil and an enema, he seemed constipated. Wednesday morning he seemed much better, was nursing and had a BM. However, it made for a long day.
Wednesday morning I went out to check on Pistol and her colt and saw Whim was missing, so I had to run him in before I went to work. He was having a good time frolicking through the grass. Whim is now a 2 year old Azteca stud, anyone wants to buy one!? We would like to sell one! Sissy was in heat so I threw her in with Bishop and called Toni and let her know. Toni was going on Jaxsen’s field trip that morning, but she put the kids on the bus and ran out and checked first. Toni spent so much time checking that she missed the bus and drove herself, I think maybe she missed it on purpose?? Toni called Dr. Sorenson and made a date for Whim to go in and get gelded. Kicker is gone on a work trip, Ben was out late working on circles, so Kaine, Anna and I did his chores too when we got home. Ben has some “helpers” while he fixed circles.

Pocket had a cute filly on Thursday that we think is by Sagebug. Also, I think the weather is confused, May showers bring June flowers?? Toni did not have a court or any early meetings, so she did the whole circle and checked everyone. I have a feeling that if anyone wants Bing Bang Boom (BBB) you better speak up soon, Toni has really been taken by her. Kevin came down and sprayed the pasture on Thursday so Toni had to lock all the horses and the three fall calves up at the house. So we have horses stashed everywhere, that is what the text said that I got from Toni. The lactating horses (we are including pregnant in this) have to stay locked up for month. Luckily there are only a handful of those in that pasture, and as they foal they can be moved. It was rainy when we did chores. Whim is now officially living in the round pen until he has a change of attitude. His attitude is actually really good, he is a fun horse, he is just thinking like a 2 year old stud sometimes.

Friday we woke up to more rain and no new foals. Toni had Dave and Lorraine out to look at foals and they decided to buy “Stick.” Stick is a really sweet colt, we are very happy that he is going to a good home. Dad went to the Basin City Hardware store and picked up our mineral, his old truck split a tire while there so he went and got new tires. The counties called at work to say the beavers were flooding out the road again on our side, and I said nope, not us, call the neighbor, WaaHaaHaa.

Saturday dad took the last two sold bulls to their new homes, he left early because it was a long trip, he took his driving partner Steve, and they met some friends in Sandpoint for lunch. Sierra came out and got her blue roan mare from Bishop’s pen, she did not really want to leave. We got all the cows in and we worked them. The kids helped for a few hours and then the Twins came to clip the show heifers so they stopped to help and learn. Ashley and Sandy came out to look at Regis. We had Skip’s birthday party Saturday night. Dad and Steve had stopped and gotten pizza on the way home. Mom made three pies (one Skip took home with him) and rolls. Working all the cows and calves on Saturday went amazingly well. Someone must have been smiling down on us because we got it all done (except for 3 yearlings and a bull) by 7:30 pm! That is a record in efficiency.

Sunday we woke up to a cute colt out of Lona by Leroy. Toni, the kids and I got up early to dye the Angus heifers, this is quite the process, where I am the most covered, with clothes and gloves, and I still get the most dye on me. Ben and Kicker fixed a circle and then went and built some fence in circle 6.

When we got done with the heifers we tied up the clubby steers and then Kaine, Kade and Andee the puppy went and helped Ben and Kicker build fence. Toni, Lucy (the puppy) and I got Gunner’s pen in, we still had a few in there that needed West Nile, we took Ellie out and hauled her home. We ran the riding horses in and wormed and West Niled them. We played with Lona’s new colt, he was a disappointment that he was not a filly, we were hoping for a filly to keep. We let the heifers and steers go. We hauled Blue down to Colonel pen and Dyna out with Sagebug. Then we did chores and the kids had pie. Sunday was also long, but weekends here usually are. With so many of us working, we try to get all of our big jobs done on the weekends. Lots to do this week with a show this next weekend. We are hoping for a few more foals this week, but this foaling business is SLOW. I guess this is a good lesson in patience.

Also, we have a handful of Hereford steers available for sale if anyone is looking. They are fall calves, 1.65/lb and are 500-600 lbs.

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