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Friday, March 24, 2017

Classy Nita Lena

Well that was quick.  Went yesterday to where Jessie and Easy were thought we were gonna go riding and then last minute  I called the lady with the horse for sale if we could look.  She said sure so since it was 3 hours away I hooked up the trailer and away we went.  Took the scenic route there lol but still got there in time to see her with lots of light.  She was in a smaller pen and she was easy to catch he brought her out and looped the lead around her neck she never went anywhere.  We looked her over talked to them about what I was looking for and what they did and stuff and we decided we should try riding her.  I guess its only been 2 years since she was rode and she was an 11 year old boys horse so we kinda thought should be good but you never know.  She's shorter than expected and that's good lol, she has kinda  a long back but not crazy, she is super straight front and back, a little dip in the neck, not real pretty but generally nice looking.

(her papers)

(this morning in the fog)

He said last winter she was up and the other horses got across the creek so he jumped on her bareback to go get them and she just did it through the water and all.  Well he tied up her halter and jumped on her bareback.  He had a bit of trouble steering her she was in heat and pretty sure she should go see her gelding friend.  That took like a second and then she was fine away from him but didn't wanna leave but he climbed on her butt and stood up.  Not sure I'd do that on Jessie even lol.  We locked up her buddy and took her into the yard and saddled her up she didn't care and of course I only had curb bits so I just rode her in the halter.  She still wanted to go to her friend but less than 5 minutes I could make her go anywhere in the yard I wanted, around tires the barrel the pallet whatever.
(at my house, unsure about whats going on,
 she will settle in I think soon she doesn't seem very upset, 
quite quiet actually)

(finding out the waterer, she shares with Jess and Easy 
so that's why she's in her she can see them and they can get used to her)
(our first selfie lol she came to see what I was doing)

So we decided she's got the breeding, she's gentle enough and she is a good mother, they say she was only at the breeder 4 days last time lol.  That was her 4th foal, we saw him and he was pretty nice and so I made the deal.  She was cheaper than I planned to pay even though I still have to pay a breeding fee.  That was part of the deal but not a big part, I'd rather have the horse I want than cheap out but it helped, I'm sure if they rode her for a couple weeks they coulda doubled the price on her. We loaded her up she was fine but tried to turn around before I got the divider closed but second time around she was good.  We took the shorter route home but about an hour from home we run into thick fog it was miserable.  We sorta knew where we were going but we still missed the corner and had to go farther and find a place to turn around.  The last 4 miles to her place is gravel and that was even worse, finally got there and she offered me a place to stay over and I took it.  I had planned on driving home but not in that fog if I don't have to.  We put her in the front pen and fed her and went to bed it was late.
(Oh Jess, she loves her mud)

(Easy looking around, Jess eating)

(Easy :) )

(Easy eating)

(And I called him lol hes looking at Nita she's beside me)

This morning she had to leave early, it was still foggy but seems better in the daytime so about 10:30  I decided to head home.  I caught Easy and Jess and tied them to the trailer, wasn't sure how to load, Jess in the back and that's all I knew for sure.  Went to get Nita and she just stood there while I caught her and she loaded in the front no trouble even waited for me to close the divider.  Then Easy, he was kinda nosy trying to smell her but that's why there are dividers lol.  Then Jess in the back, she's so good just staying in while I close the door.  Got home and unloaded everyone and put Nita in her own pen for a few days then she will go with Jess and Easy and hopefully my arena will dry up and I can start riding her soon.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fingers Crossed

Well our first load of reactor cows went out today and the lady who came to make sure they were the right ones said maybe if there are no lesions we may be off quarantine by April 1st!!!  Yay.  I guess that's their year end and they wanna be done by then, so fingers are crossed they are all clean.

And in other news while sitting around in bed for 4 days is a bit boring, more so today when I am feeling a whole lot better but don't wanna do too much yet been looking online for broodmares.  I hate having a single foal so I was gonna buy a mare in foal this fall that was broke to ride as well and they could foal together and if I decide not to breed Jess back then i can use her as a riding horse.  But this time of year so many are coming up that are open and for sale now.  So far found 3 I am contemplating looking at.  Was thinking of probly selling the foal so that's also a consideration unless super nice I would keep it.  Links take you to all breed pedigree so can see breeding in bigger if you want.

First is this pretty mare, she is 17, had been mostly used as a riding horse but her last owner hung on her face something terrible so she bobs her head pretty bad, the lady said its more habit now than anything.  She has had one foal and sounds like shes built like Jessie, very stout lol.  She could come with a breeding to Eye Take Time for a small increase in price.  Foal would be super stake nominated so would probly sell easily.
(the mare)

(her foal)

(her papers, she don't look running bred lol)

Second is another sorrel mare 15 years old, not bred right now either (on purpose)  She was rode by an 11 year old but not since they had her, but they have hopped on bareback a few times and she was good.  She has had one foal as well and I would have to breed her on my own, I was debating on Hesgottabefamous at Sandy ridge cause I really like him and have wanted a foal of his for a long time even though hes a barrel horse lol.  Or else maybe Reys from Heaven probly a better match with her but that again means I would wanna keep it.
(the mare and her papers sorry its small)

(her foal)

(and again the same foal)

(I love him for some reason always have since I seen him like 6 years ago)

And third is an older bay mare, 18, she is closer lol.  Shes been used as a ranch/feedlot horse most of her life and then a broodmare.  She has a few foals, one is a proven rodeo horse even.  Shes cheaper and I would have to breed her on my own as well, not sure who I would breed to yet with her.
(her papers and pics, I haven't gotten a hold of them yet so just what I got from the add so far, and weirdly I know the breeder, she owned the stud of Bailey, small world)

So even though siting here doing nothing I am being productive sorta lol.  So far the second one is my favorite I think but I may have to go see them this week or next depending on when I have time.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring is coming

So our cows are going to the butcher not far from here, sounds like they are gonna be made into hamburgers and sold.  The butcher is paying cheap meat price and the government it making up the difference for the bred cow price.  So yes the meat will be used and that is a good thing at least.

And the fires, I can not believe that is not on the news, I just seen a bit on Facebook here last couple days what a devastation that would be.  Its hard to imagine that much fire. And I am kinda glad in a way that this TB thing isn't in the news more, news people like to share bad things and it makes all beef sound bad so the less they share the better for all the ranchers for now since they are blowing it out of proportion already.

And although they are taking 26 of our cows we are the lucky ones who get to keep the rest, there are quite a few that they just loaded up and killed every animal on their farm, I can not imagine that happening it would be so disheartening.

And the Mustache knot, its to keep tails out of mud and ropes and stuff, kinda a traditional cowboy thing.  Here's a link to it, tells about it and how to do it, I need more practice lol

Worst of all on top of all this is I still have my cold, I am gonna go to the doctor tomorrow cause its been 2 weeks and Friday and Saturday I hardly got out of bed I was feeling so awful, today I'm a bit better but I am not sure its just a cold anymore.  And its such a nice day outside I wish I could go out and do something but I think that would be unwise.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Waiting, Waiting...

We got our final figure for compensation. It will cover but none too generous.  They have killed 10,000 cattle so far and so I imagine the bills getting rather large.  Really a silly way of doing things but I'm not in charge I guess.  Neil went to a bull sale and bought 2 bulls yesterday and they will stay there until July 1st and hopefully we are off quarantine by then and can bring them home to work, or we will need to talk to these people and find out something else.

Jessie and Easy both got massages Monday from Bridgette, I won 6 free ones and so figured after Easy's leg caught episode he could use one and Jess always has a tight neck.

Jess's neck is from holding her head out when we ride she is used to using the top muscles and not the bottom ones so they are overbuilt.  She did give me an mobility exercise I should use before riding as it turns on the neurons on the lower neck muscles getting her to use it more.  She does the same with her hamstrings, uses them more than her quads, so again another exercise from there.  So I will do them every time I ride and hopefully it makes a difference.

And Easy, he was pretty good, not even anything in his armpit.  But he has a weaker muscle on his outer front leg (I can't remember what its called) and gave me an exercise to do after I ride.  And she said he holds some tension in his back so some belly lifts wouldn't hurt him.
(tried a mustache knot in Easy, did it wrong, need more practice)

She's coming back in 4 weeks to reevaluate and hopefully we will be in better shape than now.
And yesterday the farrier come and Jess got new shoes and Easy a trim.  They are not at home so the rest didn't get done till my guy comes in a week or 2.  The sun is out and the ground is melting, if only I could get rid of this nasty cold I would be out riding.  Cant wait till these 2 are home again, maybe next week :)