I came home to a note the other day that said, "Have gone to pick up cattle be back by 7." What cattle, and where? I had no idea what J was up to. When he got home he said he had bought 15, 300 wt bulls and steers. He has been trying to send more cattle to the feed yard so he thought he could start buying a few that would match our fall calves, graze them for the summer then send them out in around July.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
V said she needed a change of scenery from college so she came home for the weekend. She also brought her boyfriend Alex.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Friday's Fences has been handed off to another blogger, The Run A Round Ranch Report, and in the process has had a name change to Good Fences.
Check HERE for more Good Fences.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Monday ended up being pretty nice, weather wise. Much better than the snow storm on Tuesday. And what better way to enjoy the weather than a ride on Otoelene. She really is an awesome little horse.
I ended up riding for about 2 hours. A wonderful ride on a wonderful horse.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Today I have 3 examples of this photo problem. It is always nice to have the item that is for sale be the most prominent item in the picture.
Which leads me to really wonder what is for sale in this first picture.
Nice suspenders. We don't see enough of those these days.
Monday, March 24, 2014
E competed in the State 4-H Horse Judging contest on Saturday. She actually had a team this year. One of the county FFA teachers had a group and divided it up so there was a team of 4 for the 4-H contest.
E made the state team her first year as a Senior. She is eligible for another year but so far it has eluded her. They take the top 8 for the team. Usually, one or two don't accept it so the top 12 are always invited and given the information on practices and contests. Two years ago E was 13th, and we all remember last year where she miss marked her scan tron sheet and ended up with 2 zeros placing her last instead of 3rd.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
J and I were intrigued by a recent article in Western Horseman called, "Look Him in the Eye." It described temperament based on eye shape. So of course we had to go out and look at everyone's eyes.
In the article from left to right, the open book, the work horse, the flight risk, and the herd leader. To tell you the truth, I can't really tell much difference between the open book and the herd leader.
(Paraphrased from the article)The open book - The perfect horse for the inexperienced rider has an "Elsie the Cow" type of eye, round, open and kind with no wrinkles. This horse is receptive to what is going on, doesn't show much fear, and accepts any challenge the rider puts forth. He wants to please.
The work horse - Has more wrinkles around the eye and its shape is more oval than the round open look of the open book horse. They are intelligent not overconfident but not overly worried either. This horse is a little more concerned about things it is unsure of, but willing to follow the rider.
The Flight risk - Worried with talent, his eye is very expressive and always has the startled look. It is wrinkled on top and bottom, showing his worry. He is timid and worried. If you buy a horse that is borderline flight mode, you have to be a seasoned highly confidant rider to keep it together.
The herd leader - The shape of his eye - not round but more shuttered and there is not an overabundance of tissue above the eye and the few wrinkles are due to age not worry. This is not a horse for beginners. Each stride, he tests the rider for authority.
|Otoelene, Pep, Brother, Hank, Wrangler, Jessica, Thumper, Little Girl.|
A very interesting write up worth reading if you get Western Horseman.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
As I eluded to yesterday there was one other thing that J had no control over and that was calf stupidity. After we had gotten the calves up J wanted to check the field one more time because there was a calf with sore foot he thought might not have come in. I volunteered to do this because I thought it would be pretty simple to check a mostly open field.
J was still trying to figure out where to cut the tree.
They finally decided that they had enough muscle to just lift her up.
J put this as his facebook status on Monday with the title Wreck of the Week. One of his friends said, "Watch it J, there's a lot of week left."
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
J has been looking forward to sending these cattle to the feedlot for some time now. The weather hadn't been too bad until Monday, the big day. After hearing the forecast, rain, sleet and freezing rain, J had 2 loads of gravel spread in the driveway just in case.
They were finally able to load the last of the calves and head off to town.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I'm taking a break this week from the totally bad horse pictures and just going to the cute but little dangerous pony pictures.
Monday, March 17, 2014
My last instruction to E before we got the the 4-H meeting was, "Don't let me forget to take any pictures." Luckily, someone posted some on facebook which is where these came from.
So, we had a 4-H meeting at a different barn Sunday to learn about and practice horse judging. We had 13, count 'em 13 kids show up. The only problem now is that 10 were completely different from the last 2 meetings. I feel like I am starting over every month. I don't know how many of these are really interested in the club. Six were FFA students that are going the the State Judging Contest next week and cross entering with 4-H. But at least it does give E a team to judge with instead of just having to go as an individual again.