Monday, February 20, 2017

In Bloom At The 4Rs

February has been particular mild this year, so much so that the daffodils are already blooming. 
 This is at least 3 weeks early.   And the forecast is continued mild for at least the next 10 days with noting below freezing.
Hope this mild spell doesn't hurt the trees.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Just Kit Sunday #114

Like the rest of us, Kit Kat has been enjoying the recent sunshine.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

For Sale For Real

E's trampoline is officially for sale.  We have had some terrible wind lately.   I woke up the other morning and asked J how things were going.  He said, "not so good, the trampoline blew over and I can't tell if it hit the truck."  That's not  what you want to hear first thing in the morning.
 It looks like another escape attempt, the gate is pushed open,
 but the truck was safe.  Close call though.
 Luckily,  it caught on the hitching post, otherwise I am sure it would have rolled into the truck.
We have managed to re corral it after  its 4th  escape attempt.  So now it is officially advertised for sale on a local Facebook yard sale page.  Someone already asked if I wanted to trade it for a 15 foot inflatable pool,  I don't think so, no.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines Day PLUS Horse Surprise!

I've been saving this picture since April and almost forgot to use it until something on Facebook reminded me about it.  
I't is across the road from the gate to our other farm and I noticed it one day while riding.

Now for the horse surprise.  This is a link to a hilarious street act that even non horsey people will appreciate.   enjoy.

Monday, February 13, 2017


It's official, her APHA registered name is Otoe's Golden Asset.  Today's name is Draper (location of where she was born)
 Calling her Draper sort of reminds me of Sweetwater, but that is where the comparison ends.  She is so calm and smart.  Do something once and she knows it.
 Today we went for a little walk about outside of her lot.  She was the perfect young lady.  Curious and alert yet polite and listening.
 I've done a little more with the tarp and had no resistance.  I can now drape it over her and lounge her and if it falls off she just stops and sniffs it.
 I have also shown her the plastic milk jugs.  I drug them around so she would be interested and follow along.
 Even without a halter she didn't spook when I rubbed them all over her.
She has been making friends with Hank who is hanging out around the barn now.  He prefers grass to hay and the only grass left is around the barn.  He never really bothers anything else so as long as he behaves himself he can finish trimming up around the barn.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

B & B Horse Judging Contest

Since E aged out of 4-H a couple of years ago I haven't had much opportunity to help out with any judging contests.   But now E is in Block and Bridle and on the college horse judging team.  The class she is taking to be on the team required that she judge in the contest.  And I, for some reason, got a last minute request to take reasons.  
 There was a beautiful class of Saddlebreds that I got to hear the Jr. FFA reasons on.  Luckily I got to see the class because I would know nothing by listening to the FFAers.
 I heard unusual terms like "torsion" - used in a sentence, "one had better torsion which is good."  I have no idea what that even means.  Also, apparently one horse had a "back and belly that didn't align."  And surprisingly, in a halter class, 3 kids thought the horses cantered.  Half the kids read their notes, one girl even reading her name and where she was from.  And one girl had such a bad panic attack I thought she was going to pass out.  She left the room in tears.  I get that reasons are hard but I wish that the coaches would practice with the kids more.  It is a great skill to have that translates to so many other areas of life.
I don't know what E got for her grade but she looked pretty relaxed judging.  And, she is getting to go to Oklahoma to a contest in the spring.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Guess How Many

I was feeding "Blondie" the other day and decided to check on a little Red Maple tree we planted in the barn lot a couple of years ago. 
 The tree is suppose to provide shade for the lot since there are no other trees there, but that may take a few more years. 
 Anyway, when I was checking to make sure the electric fence around it was still working I noticed lots of these little brown things. 
 Who would have guessed that there would be so many Praying Mantis nests in one small tree. 
 Can you guess how many. 
I counted eleven. 
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