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There is no Tulip Report this week, The Joker and T are so awesome Tulip did not have to help

And for some reason we did not take any pics of T??

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KT Special Edition “Joss”

KT Special Edition “Joss”
Filly
Sire: KT King of Blue, “King”
Dam: KT Lend a Hand, “Lendy”
Date Born: 6/09/22
Color: Buckskin
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Price: 
$4,000
What a beautiful foal Joss is. She is by KT King of Blue, King 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. Joss’ dam, Lendy, is a stunning daughter of Zinks Major Kid. Zinks Major Kid is by John Zink 1972 – AQHA Pts and 67 Palomino Halter pts and and 119 Palomino Performance Pts . He was out of Sheza Major Star who was also shown AQHA and is by Major Bonanza. Tuffy is a very pretty dun mare with lots of chrome; she’s 14.2 hands tall and a combination of cow horse and running horse. Top side is Continental and bottom side is Breeze Bar. She throws chrome and big bone. Vein Morales showed Lendy at the Yakima Fair, were she got second in halter.

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As ranchers we have to make hard choices, deal with the results, and keep going. Sometimes easier said than done.

Everyone was back at school and work on Monday. Tulip and Toni worked on the 3 fillies, the two buckskins were pretty easy, Joss being the easiest. Gucci wasn’t terrible, but the worst of the three. Toni says we are selling the easiest and smartest one, I said that is because her mom is not old and the other two are out of old moms. Kaine and Jaxsen did horse chores. Anna and the men did cow chores. Kade had CCE practice after school for FFA. Three people came back from the last years team and they had three new kids. I have not had any reports on Molly for a week or so. She has been doing really well, she is now on spore probiotics. We discussed with mom moving her to a slightly bigger pen and not locking her in at night, so mom is considering it.

                Tuesday morning dad went and had coffee with his friends (old people). Toni and I joined Roberta’s Fantasy NFR, separately, and have argued each person we have picked for each team, I think. We did not consult on anything. Kade, Kaine and Anna also joined fantasy NFR at school with his FFA teacher. They did not ask for our advice on their teams either. We know Kade has Shad Mayfield because he loves Shad. Toni had the boys help her with the fillies, so they got used to other people. She had Cog help her get grain in the shed.  Cog (I call him Rich because that is his actual name) will pretty much go anywhere. He is one of he most mild-mannered colts ever. We had a skiff of snow and Toni and the fillies did not enjoy it.

On Wednesday I went to Spokane to a work conference, the roads were not good up around Spokane. Toni and Kade worked on the fillies. Kaine had a football program after school where he got awarded for making it as an Honorable Mention on the All Star team. Dad went and picked him up. Toni, Kade and Jaxsen put up their Christmas tree. I was at the Davenport, so saw LOTS of fancy Christmas trees.

                On Thursday Toni’s pickup didn’t start, so she drove down to check cows in Barry’s little stick-shift 1980’s pickup that he has at their house. Miranda did not recognize her in that pickup, but she took the Colorado out to check cows, so Murtaugh went, she will go with anyone. Miranda was mad when they got back that she was left. We started calving and had a cute heifer calf. Toni texted me that Molly was not feeling well, so her and mom were taking her into Sheena. Sheena diagnosed her with an infection from the surgery. Toni said the fillies are doing awesome. 

We lost Molly Thursday night/Friday morning. Many of you read the post, and thank you for all of your kind works. Losing Molly was very hard on all of us. We knew that there were impacts from the colic surgery, we had just thought she was out of the woods. Having her go downhill so quickly, getting her over to Sheena right away, and still losing her was a real blow. Friday I came home from Spokane, the roads were much much better than Wednesday. Marlo came out and Kade and Marlo did chores, Toni and I worked on the foals, then Marlo came over and helped. Kaine went snowmobiling with his friend Maxx, he was really excited to get invited. Friday night we had a cow calving and pulled dead twins, they had both been trying to come out at the same time. We started feeding the cows Friday night because it was so cold and they would have some straw for the calves as well.

Saturday we checked early due to the cold wind. Lots of heavy cows. After Ben worked on watering, Anna and I ran to a local dairy to get a jersey/char bull to graft onto the cow that had the dead twins. He is a cute little guy. Diane Schuler also stopped by on her way by to say hi and see some of the horses. After lunch I had some coworkers come out with Hamish Howard. Hamish is from New Zealand and we, at the Irrigation District, are looking at some work flow software, it is called Assura Software. He took a ranch tour, which is not as good in the winter, he fed Foxxy the cow and rode Gracie the horse. Eric also jumped on Gracie. Mom made them an apricot pie and then they headed on their way. We then did chores and worked on the foals. We also cleaned up all of the stuff related to Molly.

                We had a bitterly cold wind Saturday night, so lost two calves. So Ben, Anna and I got all of the cows in and sorted off of the heavy cows. We locked the heavy cows up by the house, so we had to combine a lot of show steers and heifers to make room. We have around 90 heavy cows locked in. Toni, Kade and Jaxsen went and checked the yearling heifers and rode around some on their horses. I went and picked Kaine up from Maxx’s house and then we did chores.  We turned out Gucci and Holly, haltered the Joker, Tee, and left Joss in. These are the last two of the weaned foals to be halter broke. The only one left after this is Summer, who is not weaned. Luckily by the end of Sunday the wind had lessened.

After a hard week, it always makes a person question decisions, question choices, put some self-reflection time in. In the end if we made choices because they were in the best interest of the animal, without considering cost, time, energy, or emotion, we have done our best.  Could we have done things differently? Sure. Would it result in a different outcome? We don’t know the answer to that. What we do know is that as long as we do our best by these animals that have been put in our care, we can’t second guess that. As ranchers we have to make hard choices, deal with the results, and keep going. Easier said than done, but something to keep in mind. Watching new calves being born helps to brighten a person’s spirits and keep focused.  Again, a big thank you for all of the support that we have been given through this ordeal. It helps.

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The Unsinkable Molly B

Due to complications with colic, we have lost The Unsinkable Molly B.  As many know, after giving Molly Zimectrin Gold, Molly had severe colic. After a night of walking her and keeping her alive, we got her to our wonderful vet Sheena Sorensen. Molly ended up at WSU for colic surgery with a twisted gut. We were able to bring her home after an extended stay with WSU. Molly quickly recuperated, back to her devilish self. But even with Molly at her finest, things were not out of the woods. On November 19, Molly again showed signs of colic which we were able to get through. On December 1 Molly once again showed signs that something was wrong. We got Molly into Sheena but Molly continued to decline. After giving it her best, Molly was not able to recover. We want to thank Sheena Sorensen and her staff for the care and concern that they have given to Molly. It is always hard to lose one, but Molly was very special so it makes it especially hard. 

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New Pictures of “3”

 KT Gunnin For King, “3”
Colt
Sire: KT King of Blue, “King”
Dam: KT Gun in a Million, “Mil”
Date Born: 4/23/22
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Color: Smokey Blue Roan (Color Tested Rn/n, E/E, N/Cr, a/a).
Price: $7,500
Here is a skookum blue colt with a pedigree to match. His dam, Mil is a fancy brindle roan mare by KT Gunpowder N Lead and out of Wright on Sugarnic, “Stinger.”‘ Mil has been color tested by UC Davis as a smoky black and her brindle coloring cannot be explained by chimerism. On top of the crazy color, she is bred to the hilt. Mil’s dam, Wright On Sugarinic (Stinger) Won Pro division of the Cascade Cutters Futurity and is an own daughter of Lenas Wright On. Her dam, Just Plain Sugari has NCHA earnings of $111.31 and is an AQHA point earner. She is a granddaughter of Smart Little Mesa, Slide Me Again and Just Plain Colonel, who are all money and pt earners. She is also the dam of our Stallion, Just Plain Starlight. Top side, Mil is by KT Gunpowder N Lead (Gunner), a son of Cue Bars Laddie. Cue Bars Laddie is a roan stallion that 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. Gunner is out of Charros Dandy Miss (Pistol) who was shown NFQHA and local shows. Great cow horse/ranch horse/rope horse. Gunner has greats on his papers like Peppy San, Doc O’Lena, Dandy Derby, Docs Jack Frost, and Imperial One. King 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.

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New Pics of Willie

KT Willie War Doc
Colt
Sire: Doll Docsan, “Leroy”
Dam: KT Copper Doc Lona
Date Born: 3/23/22
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Color: Palomino
Price: $4,500
Here is another phenomenal colt out of Lona by Leroy. Lona is out of Docs Sizzle Bar and Copper War Chic, “Chicken”. Chicken was a great cow horse and show horse that we had for many years. We did not start breeding Chicken until she was in her 20s, so we only got three foals out of her, one filly and two colts. We broke Lona to ride and have used her as a broodmare. Lona’s grandsire was Willie War Chic, ROM Race ~ SI 95. Loan’s breeding also includes, Sizzlin Hot, Docs Dee Bar, Ed Echols and more. Leroy is a stallion with a performance packed pedigree along with a very good disposition. He was a very smooth ride with tremendous talent, beautiful movement and huge stop. He was quiet and trainable which he passes along to his foals; he consistently produces fantastic foals with looks, color, conformation and brains. Leroy was unshown due to a wire cut injury that took a long time to heal; it happened just before hitting the showpen as a 3 year old and as a result he was turned out to the studpen. Leroy has produced 1 foal that has NRHA earnings. He also has a 3 year old competing in Western Dressage, was 3rd in Canada in July 2016 and has racked up more 1st place finishes since then. He is sired by Dolls Union Jac- ROM, NRHA earnings, and sired foals that have earnings in excess of $310,000.00 in NRHA, as well as earnings in NRCHA, Buckskin Assoc., and the AQHA world show. Leroy’s dam is Docsan Jeany who has produced foals with earnings in excess of $3700.00 and AQHA point earners. Leroy is also double registered with NFQHA at 92%.

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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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