The Twins

Friendly and her twins!!

Friendly had twinsbut she was rejecting one of them. That was not good. A friend told us to put them in a small space and keep the Mom apart from them for a couple of hours. Here is the story of how we did all that and what ensued. Well we went out and got the rejected calf first. Of course that was a challenge! First we had to be sure we had Friendly’s calf and not one of the other cow’s calves. Massey, Cutie andTippy all have calves. We lassoed the rejected calf. (Pretty Funny). I stood there holding on to her while Gary checked out all of the other cows and their babies. Then we put the reject into the back of the Kabota. Gary laid on top of her to keep her from flopping out. He kept hollaring at me to not go too fast as to toss him out of the Kabota. LOL We got little Reject into the corral. Went back out to get Friendly and her little bull calf (henceforth called Lazy). He was asleep, as usual. Of course we had to convince Friendly to follow us. After we had her attention, we put Lazy into the back of the Kabota. She thought that was OK and started to walk off. S—! Of course we had Tippy’s attention also. I drove the Kub through the gate, stopped it, chased away Tippy and herded Friendly toward Lazy and the Kub. Gary got Lazy out of the Kub and was leading (dragging) him to getFriendly to follow. She followed through the gate. I shut the gate and took off in the Kub. Gary is laying on top of Lazy and Friendly is following. This time Gary is yelling “slower” and “faster”. It was intense. Well we got them all to the corral. We put the calves into the shed and locked them in there so Friendly could see them but not nurse. I think everyone took a nap; including Me! That was all around 2:30. About 4:30 we went down and let Reject out to see if Friendly would let her nurse. Nope! We decided to get the cow chute and lock Friendly in there so she could not kick or head butt little Reject off of her. Meanwhile I got to talk to the vet and ask him what he recommended. He said the chute was a good idea but to not separate the calves from the cow. We got Friendly into the chute and had both calves nursing. Phew!! They nursed for a while and then we got Friendly out and went to the house. My knees hurt all night!! Then this morning we got Friendly in the chute again and the kids nursed. Friendly is not kicking off Reject as badly as she was. The vet says it will all be better in a 2-3 days. Sure hope so. Also hope little Reject got some colostrum when she was born.

Bovine Challenges

This fall has been full of Bovine (Cow) related challenges.  The first one was this guy.  We put him up every fall so that our cows get bred when we choose so our calves are born when we want them; the fall.  So, we got this fellow up one nice day and within 10 minutes he found the weak spot in the fence and out he went.  Gary called me and said “the bull is in the garden!!”  Now I was at the other end of the barn lot.  What I was going to do I had no idea.  I took off running (like I was going to stop the bull!)  Not a Chance!  I got up to the field where I figured to bull ran back to and Gary was there but no bull.  ”Did you see him?” I asked Gary.  ”No” he declares.  About that time I heard this plodding behind me.  It was the bull.  Somehow we both ran past him and beat him up the hill.  As you can see we did get him where we wanted him about two weeks later.  Due to other events that was a good thing.  See the next post.  

Our New Exchange Son.

Joao is our latest addition to our International Family.  He arrived August 3.

Great Kid!

 

 

Horse Camp Update

Horse Camps are half way completed for this season.  Things have been going very well.  Thank the Lord!  All campers and horses seem to be doing very well.  We’ve had plenty of heat, rain, storms and lots of HUMIDITY.  YUK!!  Everyone has maintained a positive attitude and been enthusiastic at every step.  We are looking forward to the next half.

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Autumn 2013

Autumn 2013 Update.

Horse Camps were great this year.  The weather didn’t turn hot and dry until after August 10.  Our current exchange daughter, Luisa Steinmeier arrived August 6.  She is a terrific young woman and a wonderful asset to Gary and I and the farm.  She has taken on PSR Cassiopeia’s Glory (Cassie) as her own.  They make quite  a team.

Most immediately after her arrival we had the Show Me Morgan Horse Club’s Trail Obstacle Practice Day.  The event was on August 24th.  Gary worked incessantly on preparations and the place looked outstanding.  There were about 25 horses participating.  It was hot and horseflys aplenty.  Inspite of the hinderances a good time was had by all.

Hot, dusty, buggy but FUN.

Our next BIG EVENT was unplanned.  The cattle came down with “Pink Eye”.  This is a nasty disease that can cause an animal to go blind.  We had to inoculate the entire herd with antibiotics and vaccine.  Luisa was home and was a great help.  It was all exhausting.  The good news was that no more livestock came down with the nasty stuff.  Two days prior to the work, one of the heifers had her calf.  The calf was really small.  That was a good thing since it was the heifer’s first.  (That is the definition of heifer; a cow who has never had a calf.)  Luisa held the little thing (Chi Chi) in her arms for the injections.

Luisa and Chi Chi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most of the fall was spent preparing for Morgan Horse Grand Nationals and World Championships.  May Flower was at Crescent Ridge Ranch with our trainer, Jessica Weger, putting her through her paces.  Val went to ride and get her training at least once a week and sometimes more.   All of the hard worked paid off.  We had great results in Oklahoma City.  May Flower and Val won the Rookie Non-Pro class and Green Horse year 2.  They placed 3rd in the Non pro World Championships and fifth in the Freestyle.

May Flower and Val dressed up for Crocodile Rock with our award.

Jessica, Val, May Flower and Gary with most of our "loot".

GATES!

Our beloved Gates passed away on June 18.  He was 31 and in the last 10 years he taught many people how to ride.  I will have lots more stories about Gates soon in our “Every horse has a story” section.  Please feel free to contribute your own stories of Gates when I get a story up.  Thank you to all of the lovely thoughts of condolence we have received.

Horse Camp Spots Still Available

We still have a few horse camp spots available for summer 2013.  We have a very high camper to instructor ratio:  Never less than 3 to 1, sometimes 1 to 1.  We boast that our campers are with horses the entire camp time.  Fringe benefits you won’t find anywhere else.  Come for a visit.