Thursday, July 20, 2017

Enough Finally

J has been enjoying stopping by the blackberry vines several times a day for little snacks.  It has not been possible for me to pick many for anything else. 
 Until Tuesday, there were finally enough for me to make a pie.
Homemade crust and delicious blackberry filling.  Too bad it is just me and J here to eat it.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Family Outing

We had some wonderful company Saturday, M and V came to go riding. 
 It has been awhile since we have had 4 horses out at once.
 J helped M with some adjustments on Hanks tack.
 V rode her old friend Jessica, J was on Brother and I rode Pep.   After a few minutes in the barn to make sure all tack was ok,
 we headed up to the arena for a little warm-up.
 V and M didn't stay completely focused on the horses though.
 But J gave Brother a workout.
 Then it was off and around the farm.
 J was the official gate opener.
 All the horses behaved themselves, more or less. (couple of spells out of Brother with all the excitement of extra horses)
   I think M liked checking on the heifers.
  Pep and I made it to the front at one point.
  But usually she was tagging along in the back, way back.
 It was a nice 2 hours ride.  Jessica did her signature roll afterwards.
While everyone else just ate.
M might be ready for a real trail ride after this.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Just Kit Sunday #121

"Green eyed Kitty, lovely Kitty, 
Strolling slowly toward the sun."
Granted the cattle guard was slowing him down some.
Apologies to Sugarloaf for changing up their lyrics slightly.

Friday, July 14, 2017

First Trail Ride, Finally

Tuesday morning we had a substitute farrier shoe 3 horses.  Tuesday afternoon we hit the trails. 
 Since it was the first trip out for the trailer too this season, J had some tire work to do.
 We made the short trip to Horse Heaven and after a few adjustments J and Brother were ready to take off with me and Hank.
 The biting flies were pretty bad so J resorted to caring a branch to wave them off Brother's head.
 We saw a few wild flowers along the way, milkweed,
 yarrow,
 black snakeroot,
 and mountain laurel.
 We also ran into some wildlife.  This deer acted a little like someones pet.
Then off into the sunset.  A pleasant way to spend the afternoon with horse and husband.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Thistle and Rose Bush Progress Check

Hank was my partner Sunday as we went around the farm checking on how the spot spraying of thistles and multiflora roses was going. 
 Because I don't like seeing the thistles I somehow didn't really take any pictures of them.  But I was able to see close up one on the bulls J got from Nebraska last winter.  He was pretty uppity when he arrived and again when I helped (hid while J did the work) J get him up to turn out with the cows.  He must have been use to riders on horseback because on Hank he wasn't the least bit scared of me.
 This section was full of rose bushes and thistles last year.  J had to make several trips through with the back pack sprayer.
 Lots of dead bushes.
 Looks like J's hard work paid off.
 The goats are trying to do their part.
They eat the tops and blooms off the thistles.  Only there are too many thistles and not enough goats, so I am still spot spraying for now.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Calves, Tires, And Company

Yesterday was action packed from start to finish. 
 We headed to J.J.'s to wean the fall calves and met the mechanic there already changing the tractor tires.
 J has been using his dad's tractor at this farm and it was time for a new set of front tires before there was a blow out.   The mechanic made quick work of it and was done in 10 minutes.
 I can't help but think of something I heard one time about Loretta Lynn in her song Coal Miner's Daughter.  She is the only person that could rhyme tired and hard.  I'm pretty sure I could add J to that list.
 Next up was gathering the cattle which is always easy because of J's pre work the day before, already having them in a smaller lot and all the coral panels in place.
Then we just had to sort out the cows,
  pick out a few replacement heifers,
then load everyone else on the trailer for a trip to the house.  
Three trips later they were all here. 
Then J squirted them with some dewormer and they are ready to turn out on a bigger boundary this evening.
No pictures, but then we had a visit from the feedlot operator from Circle 5 in Nebraska.  He came around 1 and talked cattle with J until another local cattle produce showed up at 3 and the conversations started over again.  Then V and M came at 5, our cattle friends Robbie and Lynn showed up at 6 and then their son got here after 8.  Lots of cattle and crop talk over hamburgers and potato salad.  Busy, busy day.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Horse Shoe Woes

Last month our farrier was hit by a truck while riding his horse on a gravel road.  He broke a vertebra in his back.  No surgery but has to wear a brace for several week.  I don't know when he will be able to work again.  His horse was injured too and had to go to the Vet School for treatment of a deep laceration and cut artery.   Both horse and rider should make a recovery but it will take time. 
 Meanwhile, what to do with Otoelene?  Her feet still aren't in good enough shape for shoes anyway.  I had these Davis boots that I got as a back up for endurance riding but never used so I thought I would give them a try today.
 Our first obstacle was this plant with big leaves that Otoelene must have thought was made from plastic.  Once we finally got up to it she was fine.
 But I looked down and we had already lost a boot,
 out in all this grass somewhere.
 Luckily, retracing our steps we found it and put it back on.
 Then down through the bottom to check on the thistle spraying progress.  Looks like they are curling up and dying nicely.
 After losing the boot two more times I just tied it to the saddle until we got back to the gravel drive.  The other side was her bad foot anyway and it was staying on pretty well.
Then we found J out in the far field spraying more thistles.  It's a never ending job.  I was hoping the boot would work out and I could trail ride with them but it looks like they won't be that dependable.  Guess I will have to keep looking for another solution.
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