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A Few of the Pictures from Last week

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This week I definitely felt like Lorrie Morgan’s song, Except for Monday.

This week I definitely felt like Lorrie Morgan’s song, Except for Monday. Except for Monday, which was never good anyway, I do not even really remember Monday. I was so tired after getting home late from Nebraska, I had to pry my eyes open in the morning. The kids got home from Nebraska, with Jay and Leslie, after sleeping for two days in the mini-Pete. Toni and dad went and picked them up and literally pulled into Grandma’s house right behind them. Toni had started chores before they had left, so we just had a few left to do Monday night.  Martine came out and confirmed his two foals that he is buying. Blackie’s colt was his second choice. He is a brick of a colt. Below are Nebraska pics that I just got from Peals Pics, the professional photographer there.

Tuesday, I definitely felt a little sideways. The kids got to work working on their clubby heifers and steers to get them ready for the Summer Sizzle this coming weekend. They washed, blew and started clipping them. Jaxsen was not happy the kids were back and he had to start working on his steer again. He worked on him a few days while we were gone, but nothing serious. Tuesday Katie foaled, she had a cute filly out of Jackpot, that I named Firecracker. Toni started halter breaking Can Can on Tuesday to dr her leg. She did REALLY good. We fly sprayed her and doctored her and she stood like a super champ.

Wednesday, I feel better just for spite, however, someone at work told me I was tired, WTF. I do feel better than I was Monday and Tuesday. Toni took the kids for some trailer driving practice around the place. They also moved all of King and Tank’s mares out. Breeding season is over for them. Except, we put Katie in with Tank, since she is old. She can foal whenever. Toni and the kids also worked on the two year olds, Anna’s is Jojo, Kaine has Peanut, Kade Stormy, Toni Lightening bug and Cousin Patricia Nellie ( so the kids worked on her).

Thursday and Friday take too long, after I got to work on Thursday, I had to turn around and drive back to the Wahluke office (which is by our house) for an Accident Prevention Meeting, due to our Human Resource Manager being sick. Then Hannah and I stopped at the Mercantile on our way back to the office and got chips and salsa for everyone. Toni had court at 10. Grace took the kids to Connell so Jay could help them clip their steers and heifers. The kids helped Traci and Whitney back up the tack box. After they came home and did chores, they worked on their two year olds. Coco is back in WA, so she also helped.  We also started halter breaking Quinn. The kids continued to ride their 3 year olds and work on the 2 year olds.

Friday, I took the camper to work, so I could go straight to the Summer Sizzle from there. The kids packed the tack in the morning. Toni went down around 1 to get the kids and head to Walla Walla, both Sagebug and Gunners pen were out in the bigger circles, out with the cows, but that put them next to each other. So they went out and got them in and fixed the fences, Kaine got stuck in his blazer in the process. That put them an hour or more behind schedule. They loaded up and headed out, not far past mom and dad’s house they had a blew a tire on the trailer, which blew the bearing cover off on the other tire. The kids and Toni changed the tire, then they went to the Grange and got a new tire. But they did not have the bearing cap, went to Napa, still no luck. So, Toni, Leslie and the kids headed towards Pasco for Traci to join their convoy and then on to Walla Walla. On the way Toni’s snack bag blew out with all her tea, straws, and food. They got there, Toni’s GPS took them a roundabout loop and they ended up going through a very narrow gate to get into the fair grounds. I headed their way at 5, when I got off of work, they were just getting done unloading the trailer. Traci and I went to set up the campers, the pantry door came open in mine and spaghetti sauce had spilled all over and into the vent. John stopped by to see us that night, and he went to Costo and got Toni some tea. It was much appreciated.  

Before I knew it, Saturday was gone. We were up early washing the cattle to show, the show started at 9 with heifers and then steers. The three fall heifers were first, Natalie, Addy and Julian, they all did great. Then Kaine with his red slubby heifer and were followed by Anna and her Angus and Kaine and his clubby. They all did a great job. Then an hr break and steers by weight. Jaxsen had Dagger, Kaine had Kid Curry, Kaine had Ike, Anna had Sundance Kid, Aka Pumpkin, Natalie had AJ, Addy Shrek and Julian Speedy Gonzalez. Kade made it back to the championship round. Kade and Anna both had Charolais influenced steers, and Anna was Reserve champion and our cousin Parker Grand champion. Good job everyone. We broke for lunch, some of the kids and I napped after lunch, the other kids hung out in the camper and rested. Anna, Parker and the adults that were left hung out in the barn. Kicker took the cattle we did not need for showmanship home, so we had 5 less to wash in the morning.   

But it’s Sunday now and you can bet that I’m all right, or kind of because I napped?? We washed and then got ready for the halter breaking clinic that Miles put on. After that we had showman, youngest to oldest.  So our Peewees, Kayla and Savannah, then the Jrs, Kade, Jaxsen, Natalie, Addy and Julian, Kade was Reserve champion in showmanship, Julian and Natalie also made it back.  Kaine and Anna were intermediates. Then we ate lunch, packed up and headed home. We got home in time to get all of our stuff out of the camper and go and do chores.  John had also brought us a new mare while we were gone so we got to meet Rita when we got back.

We are lucky to have great friends and family that can do the chores while we are gone, which allows us to be gone.  Currently the chore load is pretty heavy, but luckily with Marlo, Coco, Mom, Dad, Ben, and Kicker everything gets done and we can safely leave. There is nothing better than good friends and family.

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Last Week in Pictures

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KT Heza Major Pine

KT Heza Major Pine is a delightful colt by KT Heza Pana Dude, “Dude” and is out of Reed Dunny Doll, “Dunny. Dude is by Zinks Major Kid and out of Panas May Day. Dude is a great stallion with some unique markings, and has great breeding that includes Pana Dude, Major Bonanza, Skipper W, Skipster and more. Dunny is a daughter of point earner Reeds Rangler, with point earners Somethinglovely and Johnny Pine also in her pedigree. She is a granddaughter of Snipper Reed and Pine Doc Smith. Her pedigree is full of performance, cow, show and running horses. This is a big built dun mare that really throws nice foals. She has an awesome disposition and confirmation. This colt is going to be a great roping, ranch, show, trail, all around colt. He was born 5/2/21. $3,500

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Here are some grainy videos of KT Ruths Damsel Bug

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KT To Bee King

KT To Bee King is a showy palomino colt out of Frankly Rosie and By Double Captain Coy. “Rosie” is a lovely grey mare out of Frankly Majestic, an Okie Leo bred stud, and Rosie is Tuff Continental bred on the bottom. She has a remarkable disposition and a excellent confirmation. Double is one of our senior stallions, his foals have an exceptional disposition and are a great using horse for any arena. His breeding includes Major Bonanza, Alotta King and more. This colt is going to be a great ranch, using or arena horse, he has a pedigree that is packed with both speed and performance. He was born 5/26/21. $4,500

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KT Pistol Pete

KT Pistol Pete is a bay colt 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. He was born 6/11/21. $3,500

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KT Hit the Jackpot, “Slugger”

KT Hit the Jackpot, “Slugger,” is a showy dun colt out of Coastal Tourist Trap, “Piper,” and by KT Jackpot City, “Jackpot.” Jackpot is out of Lenas Abbie N Charge and is by City Smarts. Abbie is a daughter of Smart Like Lena with Mr. Charge Bar on the bottom side. Smart Like Lena is a son of Smart Little Lena and has lifetime earnings of over $89,000.00 a ROM in cutting, and has sired offspring earning over $100,000 in NCHA money. Mr. Charge Bar was an NCHA money earner, had 33 AQHA performance points, 11 halter points, and an SI of 75. City Smarts is by An Educated Guess, 385 reining points, and the highest point earning son of Smart Chic Olena. City has a full brother that is a reiner and priced at $13,000. This is a pretty moving colt with tons of ability. 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. This colt was born 4/20/21. $4,500

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I always like to remind myself, that things could be worse. No matter the situation

            So, since the kids and I were in Nebraska all week, Toni has been in charge of many things, including the blog post. On July 9th I sent her what I had so far, since I was flying our early the next day, and she had to finish it and write all below. So here is what Toni, Ben, Kicker, Jaxsen, Mom, Dad and sometimes Kendel did all week:

            I always like to remind myself, that things could be worse. No matter the situation, I always say, well it could be worse. Monday was going to be very busy. Started out with some girls from New Jersey out to see the horses while they visited family in Othello. After we got done at Mom’s, we only had time to look at one stud pen. They picked Sagebug, because he is funny. When we got down to the pen, I noticed that the fence looked wonky, but wasn’t too worried about it. When we got out into the field, we discovered that Can Can had somehow got the two wire hot fence completely wrapped around her ankle four times. It looked pretty bad. I cut the fence, but that didn’t help. I couldn’t get the fence off of her leg. So, I ran the people back to their vehicle, called for reinforcements, which were Kendel on her six-wheeler, and Mom and Jaxsen in Kaine’s blazer. We got the entire pen in, put them in the corral, and started trying to sort Can Can out to try and get the wire off of her leg. We could not get her sorted with her mother, but luckily, she sorted with Bebe her aunt. Bebe has been injured a time or two so was actually the perfect horse to keep her calm and allow us to try to get the wire off.  Can Can was rock solid, never kicked or got worked up, and eventually we somehow got the wire off of her leg. I am so thankful to have Kendel as a neighbor and cousin to help and of course, Mom is a godsent. After we got the wire off, Can Can back with her mom, and the the horses in a corral pen, I had to get home, get the dirt, sweat, and other stuff wiped off of me, put a suit and a pair of earrings, and head to the meeting I was supposed to be headed to 30 minutes earlier. On the way I called Coco to tell her all about it, and she graciously said she would go down and get the fence fixed.  I got home at 5:30ish, changed back into work clothes and headed back to the barn. Ben, Kicker, and I shorted Shiney and Can Can out, then moved the rest of the horses back to their pen. Ben and I gave Can Can a couple of shots, really examined her leg, put some topical on, then loaded Shiney and Can Can to move them to Mom and Dad’s to a smaller pen to watch for infection.

After the debacle of Saturday, with Jaxsen and I doing chores on our own and my almost getting heat exhaustion, Monday could have been worse. First off, I decided to pare down chores to make it a bit easier. Secondly, Coco was there to help with chores. It was still super-hot, but chores went much better. After chores we went back to the barn, helped Ben and Kicker sort a cow and calf out that we were selling, and sort our big herd bull out and pull him out of the cows. Monday was a really long day.

Tuesday continued to be hot, but things went well. Can Can’s leg was swollen, but she was walking on it fine. We decided to leave her in the pen to keep watching her. Chores were pretty mundane. I had to push bales off the stack so Jax likes to pretend it is an Olympic game and score my ability to get the bales on the trailer or if I miss then I get no points.

Wednesday Ben hauled the cow and calf into the vet to get them ready to leave for their new home, vet inspection, brand inspection, etc. The cow ended up being open, but the people wanted her anyway, so that worked out. Mom came out and drove the four-wheeler for chores. She didn’t think she had driven it before, but it is pretty basic. No shifting required and if I am throwing hay off the back, try not to be jerky and knock me off. After chores we went down to help Ben and Kicker. I wanted Jax to help Ben lead the steers but he would only lead his own. He said the other ones were “too wild.” I am really unclear how he figures that, but Ben let him get away with it. When I got down to the barn, Ben was working and Jax was sitting in the rocking chair talking to the bottle calf Rollin.

Thursday Dad was done with work for the week, so he helped with chores. Dad is helping the Moore family with wheat harvest like he does every year. This year was an abbreviated harvest due to the drought. Thursday afternoon the family from Sandpoint was going to come pick up their cow and calf. They got stuck in traffic on the way down, so they ended up getting here way later than they had planned. They had three little kids, so I took them around to pet the mini horses, donkey, regular horses, calves, cats, giant dog, and whatever else Kellie has accumulated at her house. They really liked the cow and were excited to get her home. She is a pretty tame cow so was a really good fit for their family.

Friday we were supposed to have people out to look at horses but they canceled. Marlo showed up to help with chores, so Jax was pretty happy. He was less happy when we were done with chores and she made him go work on his steer and help with the other steers. He tried to convince her he couldn’t work on the other steers, but she didn’t buy into his logic and made him actually help with the other steers. They aren’t wild. After they got the steers turned lose, they cleaned the barn, then came home for dinner.

Saturday everyone was just trying to play catch-up on all the things that needed to get done. Gunner was out again, so Jax and I went down to fix that fence. I got a splinter up under my fingernail, but luckily it was long enough I could jerk it out.  Jax and I had to fix the cross fence and the main fence, but we got it done. I think Jax is getting better at helping.  Then Dad decided we needed to fix the trailer tire and we wrecked it.  The tire was pretty iffy anyway, and we broke off some of the lugs holding it on the wheel, so we got chores done, but decided to fix it for good before we loaded hay back on it. We had bought a trailer, new to us, and pretty new overall so Dad, Jax, and I went and got it on Saturday afternoon. It is big, but lighter than our Titan, so easier to pull for the smaller loads. And it is red so Dad likes the color.

Sunday I figured I had better finish getting everything checked before Kellie got home. Jax and I started out at Leroy’s pen, and right off I knew it was going to be a long day. We knew that pen was pretty close to out of feed, but with the heat, they needed to be moved. Jax wanted to go raid his aunt’s pop inventory before we got started on any real work, so we headed back to her house to set the gates before we got the pen in. Jax found himself a nice water and a caffeinated drink that I made him put back.  Before we got Leroy’s pen in, I thought we should go check Sagebug to make sure he was in, because if he isn’t in, then he could run the fenceline we were going to run Leroy up. It was a good thing we went out to check, because Sagebug’s pen was out and the cows were standing in the gate to his pen.  I made Jax get out and chase stuff out of the gate, then we got Bug’s pen in, but they went very easily. Leroy’s pen didn’t come in so easily. Lona, mom’s mare, likes to take the herd the wrong way if she thinks you want her to go to the house.  Words may have been said, we will leave it at that. After we got them in, we sorted Leroy out and moved him to a solo pen, so his breeding season is over. We loaded the mares and foals into the new trailer and took them to greener pastures. As the summer heats up, as we run out of feed, we will continue to move the mares and foals back to mom and dads to get ready for weaning. It is much easier if they are all condensed into one area. Because Jackpot, Sagebug, and Gunner are on irrigated pastures with lots of grass, they are the last pens to be moved normally.

Once we completed the Leroy move, we went ahead and did chores. Ben and Dad had put new lugs on the tire, so the chore trailer is once again operational. Got water moved, horses worked on, everything fed. We moved Can Can and Shiney over with the old mares so Can Can can use that leg more. It looks decent but we are still watching it. Chores were complete so Jax and I went out to finish checking the rest of the horses and the calves. We finished about 8 pm, but I felt confident I hadn’t let anything die on my watch. Kellie got home about 8:30ish I hear, so we once again share the burden.

            As a reward, Mom made these fantastic raspberry cinnamon rolls with a homemade raspberry sauce. They are amazing.

It was a long week.

            Back to me (Kellie), the kids, Jay, Leslie, Traci and I had a lot of fun in Nebraska. The kids included the Twins (McCall and McKenna), Anna, Kaine, Kade, Natalie, Savannah and Kayla. Saturday Traci, the three younger kids and I should have beaten the other 7 there by an hr, but with all of the delays they beat us there by an hr. Basically Saturday and Sunday we set up everything, washing the heifers and got ready for the week. While in Nebraska the kids participated in Livestock Judging, Kaine and Natalie both got 6th in different divisions. Kaine and Kade were in the same division, and Kade got 29th out of around 100 kids and Anna got 49th in a different division out of about 150 kids. They all participated in the knowledge bowl except Natalie, and the senior team, the Twins, Kacey V. and Sydney R. made it to the final round. The final round is like a jeopardy round. The 4 younger kids did the skill a thon and the two boys did Team Sales with Cora T. and Hadlee B. They had a lot of fun. The kids also went to a social and met lots of new people. The 4 younger kids participated in the mentor program. They showed their heifers and all showed great. We shopped in the booths and had a grand time. The Twins flew back with us, and Leslie, Jay, Anna, Kaine and Kade drove back. It was actually more like 9:22 when I got home.