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Everyone loves cattle sorting AFTER the fact.

Monday we woke up to a skiff of snow that when you headed south it didn’t last long, but the roads north were snowing and foggy. No new foals on Monday. The boys did chores, Anna had FFA competition in Ag Sales after school. Everyone on her team placed in the top 10 and her team placed first. Good job Anna, Keegan, Hardy and Brandy. Dad and Toni took the red trailer into Othello welding to get fixed at around noon, so Toni could take dad to subway for lunch. The handle on the middle gate had broken off when dad hauled a load of cows to Toppenish last week.

Tuesday Kade went his FFA competition during the day. Toni checked and we finally had another calf. The last few cows are drawing it out. Dad and mom went and had lunch with grandma. Othello welding called Toni and the trailer was done, so Toni and dad went and picked it up after Toni’s meetings. We FINALLY had a foal on Tuesday, a striking black colt, he is possibly a blue roan. He is out of Mocha and by Gunner. Mocha’s foals have coffee names, and Gunner’s foals have Gun names, so to a casual observer his name of, KT Black Rifle, could be confusing. However, we have a local coffee stand called Black Rifle Coffee, hence the gun coffee name that no one will understand except us. Toni is threatening to keep this colt, I told her we have too many that are related, so as of now he is for sale. In typical Mocha foal fashion, he came up to see us when we were checking. Mocha is a favorite mare to everyone that meets her, and her foals are favorites to everyone that buys one, so I am sure all of those people are siding with Toni. We are still talking about a barn name for this handsome colt. After we got done talking to Mocha and petting the colt we went and fed our cripple heifer in the cattails. She came out of the cattails since we took so long, which is good, maybe we can start working her towards the house.

Wednesday Oreo finally calved and had Cookie, or Traci said should be named Thin Mint since it is TINY. It was also Kicker’s birthday on Wednesday, so Toni calls him Kicker’s Cookie. Jaxsen and I decided Jaxsen can show him as a steer next year since he has a lot of hair. It was cold and rainy on Wednesday, Mocha had black rifle up in the hay line. Mom made us a really good butter cake, even thought it was Wednesday. Isidro moved the mower to circle 4, which means they have mowed all the trees they can in 5 and we will have to hand cut the rest which is a big task.

Thursday dad was headed out to go to Topp with Steve to drop off some cows, and saw two mares had foaled. Except one of the mares was open, so Toni ran down. The kids and Dad already had the mares in. Anna had a string in her hand to catch the thief mare and separate the mare from her “baby.” For future reference if you have a mare that is strong and dedicated enough to steal a foal from a seasoned mare, probably don’t use a piece of twine to catch and move her. Toni did use the twine and did get her moved but said that her arm almost got ripped out of the socket. Dad’s comments centered around how great the kids did and how dumb mares are. Goldie had the colt that was stolen. Mom and Toni got nursemate into him and left them locked in. Cleo had a filly that mom and Toni are fighting over. Toni told the filly that they could be best friends forever. The mowing in circle 4 is going a lot faster in the top part. The kids mowed it last spring but it did not get sprayed. Dad also harrowed the pasture during the week. He got the heavy mare pen done, circle 8 and part of 7 this week. Thursday afternoon Mud foaled and we had another black colt on the ranch. This is the first foal out of Highbrow Lil Shadow aka Stetson, so this colt has a pretty cool pedigree.  We moved Miss Gen down with Tank so she couldn’t steal another baby. She is an older (ok maybe old is a better word for her) mare so we figure she might need the extra time to get bred.

Friday we pulled CIDRs on the cows. Anna stayed home to help and Toni came down after court. We got through them pretty fast. Friday was a crazy weather day, it was cold, we had snow in the AM, then it warmed up then got cold again. We checked, fed, etc. Anna went in and got the boys from school. Marlo was out to do chores, so she got to see the new babies, pet Queenie Bellini, etc. Stina had a cute mini horse filly by Derringer, Toni claims Stina and her sister Spicy, so she named her KT Blue Eyed Devil. I told her I was not naming the sweet little baby Blue Eyed Devil, so I put down Blue Eyed Dreamer.  

Saturday morning the cows got their 2nd shot. We got up and sorted them and ran them through. We had lots of help on Saturday, Ben, Toni, Kaine, Anna and I. Kade was at a shoot somewhere there was lots of snow. He did really good, had a 39 score and was 6th overall. He won a knife. We also fixed a bit of fence one of the Hereford bulls had knocked down trying to get out with the cows that were coming into heat. Anna and Lane had prom Saturday night, so Anna went to Tonis and they did her hair and makeup. They went with Anna’s friends, Brandy and Emilee and Lane’s friends Trey and Travis (who are twins). Leroy was a super creeper in pics. They had a great time. 

                Sunday morning the kids caught their steers. Sophie came and picked up her Angus steer that she bought from Anna. We took her down to see Baby Blue and Anna showed her some things she needed to get. After lunch we sorted cows and then Mark came and AIed them. Kaine and Jaxsen left at one point to go down and do horse chores. After we got done Toni and I went down to work on The Judge and then go feed and check the mares. The boys stayed and helped get everything turned out of the corral, let their steers go and feed.

Everyone loves cattle sorting AFTER the fact. Then it is funny. Anyone that tries to tell you they haven’t yelled or been yelled at during cattle sorting hasn’t really done it. Last Friday it was Ben, Kaine, Anna, and Toni. Afterwards I asked Kaine how it went. He said his dad didn’t talk to him, Anna yelled at him, and Toni talked to him like he was a kindergartner. I just know that the code words were By, AI, and Hereford, so the only easy sort was the Hereford pen, and there weren’t many in the Hereford pen.

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Blue Star had a good time running around.

KT Goldies Blue Star

Sire: KT King of Blue
Dam:  KT Roths Golden Girl
Date Born: 3/9/23
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Color: Black (possible blue roan)
Price: $5,000
Our 2nd colt of the year is another impressive blue/black colt. His sire, 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. Izzy’s pedigree includes many greats like Major Bonanza, Sizzlin Hot, Major King, Docs Dee Bar and more. Goldy is very versatile mare, she was Ben’s pick to ride for many years and Toni took her to the Othello fair, where she was shown halter and western equitation. She is a big pretty mare that now she is a broodmare produces outstanding foals with a lot of eye appeal. Her pedigree includes Major Bonanza, Docs Rickashay, Docs Dee Bar, Lucky Lynx, Catechu and more.
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Last week in Pictures

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#Mare Monday

“Katie” is a cute mare by Zinks Major Kid and out of Lady, Lady is a half sister to our stallion Captains Double Coy. Katie is owned by Gary Moore, he had not been riding her, so he brought her back out of the kids to enjoy. Anna has been the one riding Katie.

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We have some really exciting foals on Friday Funday

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Throw back Thursday to 2019 and 2021, 2019 we had snow on the ground, and both years we had more foals then we do today.

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After an exhausting, but productive, weekend, we now have to get ready for a full week.

Monday we flew back from Fort Worth at o dark 30. The flight home was very uneventful, very unlike the trip down. We even arrived at Pasco 10 min early. In time to get home, get unpacked, the wash started and then go out and check mares to see if anyone foaled while we were gone.  All horses were healthy and happy to see us, but no foals. The kids all got home from school and we gave everyone a big hug and passed out the gifts, since they did not get on the plane we went all out.

Tuesday was back to work for everyone. We woke up to snow Tuesday morning, but besides in the shade it was basically melted by midafternoon. The kids all had judging practice after school (except Jaxsen since he is in elementary school). The kids got home and did chores, it is nice that it is still light out when the kids get home after afterschool activities. No new foals Tuesday, or any day this week. We are happy that they were not born while we were gone. Toni got the Judge in and started working on him. So he is in with Summer. The Judge was more interested in being a pasture pet, but does like the extra attention.

Wednesday was brisk but no snow. Toni and dad took Cappy to Jordan Pace Horsemanship for more riding. Jordan did a great job with King and Tank and we were happy to get him in. Toni and dad headed home and Jordan decided to jump on Cappy and Cappy did great. The Judge decided that being caught on Tuesday was enough, so Toni had to get serious with him on Wednesday. He is a really great colt, just big. The Judge is out of our good friend John’s Judge Dat Cash stud and our Apache Blue Boy daughter. So this is a big, strong, smart colt. Toni’s Sheridan Buckle and Saddle Co saddle also came on Wed. She ordered it in November for a bday present to herself. It is a partial custom, so 3 ½ months isn’t bad for a partial custom. And the saddle was very cost effective, you know, the kind Toni likes. Toni waited for me to get home to check mares. However, it got too dark before we found all of the mares, so she told me should could not wait until after fall back. The mowing of the Russian Olive Trees looks really good.

Thursday Toni went out to check the mares in the morning and the cows. She saw cow poop like they were out, but did not see any. No new foals. It is that time of year to repeat that a lot. Toni put a blanket on the Judge to get him to shed out faster. We are really getting ready to start promoting the Judge. He is a bit different than our other foals, so we need to make sure and expose him to the right market. Toni also bought a headstall with her saddle, so we decided which bit to put on it, so basically which horse gets that bridle. It is going to Gracie. So I get the new bridle too.

Friday was the start of the big work weekend. Toni, Ben, Anna and Kaine got the cows in, sorted them 15 different ways to put the bulls out and so we can AI. Then they put CIDRs in, sorted the cows that haven’t calved yet, sorted the cows that aren’t going to calve, sorted the breeds, sorted the heifers, sorted, sorted, sorted. Kade and Jaxsen went to school and I went to work. Toni texted me calf numbers all day of the ones she likes. A few of the calves had gone under the hot fence and someone had to crawl under and get them back.  Friday turned into a really long day.  The CIDRs were left in the Yukon, that should have been back from Chipman and Taylor, however, they had to order parts and it is still not back. So Toni ran to Moses Lake to get replacement CIDRs. Marlo, Jaxsen and Kade were done with chores by the time they got done. Marlo and I went out to check the mares and give them some hay. The CIDR cows were finally done around 6.

Saturday we finished the hot fence around the Old Valley corn field. Sold an Angus cow and calf, she was a late calver and had a new calf at her side. The 5 heifers we had sold were picked up and our meat buyers came out and got meat. Kaine and Anna caught their steers and Anna caught her heifers. We got the heifers in off of circles 6 and 7 and brought them home, sorted the steers off, put them with the rest of the cows.  We moved the Hereford cows up to the New Valley, Kaine and I went and picked up the Hereford bull from BB Cattle and dropped Jaxsen off so he could go to Savannah’s birthday party. Kade had a shoot somewhere and with the cold and the wind, did ok. While we were gone he did an AWESOME job, a 39, his personal best.  Toni started chores at Mom’s and was very unhappy with how many strings she had to pick up that the boys just drive over and hay that she felt should have been thrown over the fence and instead is left. So chores took extra long and she had to have a talk with the boys when they got there. I think they would rather have not talked to her.

Sunday the kids all caught their steers and Anna caught her heifers. Anna actually ties up her heifers and two of her steers every day, but she caught all her steers. Ben, Anna, Kaine, Kade and I put up some posts in the corral and then went down and met the rest of the Meachams to cut down Russian Olive trees. So we spent the day having a Russian Olive tree party, like a fencing party, but cutting down trees instead of fencing. And getting more cut up and beat up than fencing. Russian Olive trees take no prisoners. When we decided to quit fighting with trees, Toni and I went back to Mom’s and got the coming 2 year olds in, sorted the old mares out of them and mainstreamed them. They went out to the big pasture. Keep in mind that the pasture that they are in is about 5 acres, so they aren’t cooped up. They still ran around like crazies. We also got all of the heavy mares in from the big pasture and moved them in with the old mares. It was a production because we have an old rangemare that has one working eye that we had to get in. Luckily she is smart, so once she figured out what we wanted she went in. We put 6 heavy mares in the heavy pen.  Toni wanted to saddle up something with her saddle but it was trying to rain and she didn’t want it rained on the first time she used it. We headed out to the desert to check the rest of the mares and hand feed a heifer that is banged up and in the cattails. We have the mares trained at this point to come to the pickup to get fed, so checking has really become decently easy.

                After an exhausting, but productive, weekend, we now have to get ready for a full week. We think foaling should start very soon. Just a quick reminder- we require a 1/3 deposit to hold foals and have a foal contract on the website for review. We still have a few 2022 foals left that are sensational. Lots of exciting horses to look at for anyone that wants to come over and take a look.

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We have just a few 2022 Colts left for sale.

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Last Week in Pictures

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#Mare Monday

KT Copper Shimmer is one of our ranch horses, she is by Zinks Major Kid and out of Copper Star Bar. This is a mare that really can work a cow and is really good on her feet. Standing just shy of 15 hands, and very solid, everyone looks good riding this horse. She is out of Copper Star Bar, one of our original mares, and Zink. Shimmer’s 1/2 brother Leo, was shown on the cutting circuit and did well. We’ve shown this mare, used her at some cutting practices, and she is a great Working Ranch horse. Toni rides her 90% of the time, however, Ben and Kellie have also ridden her.

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