Over the weekend I got a chance to see a group called the Mule Tones! They were great and I got a chance to play with them on stage. Brian and Amy use to be our neighbors. They managed a ranch to the west of us and we use to get a lot of chance to pick with them. They have a couple of kids now, and it has been a treat to get to see them grow up. They live in Crow Flat NM now and have a little ranch of their own. Kathy and I could not be more excited for them.
They came over to the house after their concert with the other members of the band, Drew and Jim. We sat around and visited. Talked about music and horses. Amy is a pretty accomplished horsewoman herself and Brian a heck of a hand with a horse and a cow. Kathy and I are looking forward to seeing their new place in the fall.
Emmett, their son, was crawling around and found Wally’s, the dog, dog box. He had a blast with it. Fit him pretty good too. I offered it to Brian if they wanted to take him home in it… just kidding.
Kathy and I have met some wonderful folks thru horses and music. Brian and Amy are a good example of that..
Have some interesting emails yesterday about horses. Have some folks that have a great looking horse they just want to give us. Why you ask? Great question. This horse has been bucking folks off, we seem to get those kind around here. So we are seriously considering it. May use him in some training videos and then see if we can find him a good home. We’ll see.
Another email was from a previous client who has purchased a new horse but is a little unsure and may want some help. May make another good candidate for a video..
But first coffee.
Herb called last night. You may remember Herb, he is the guy with Herbs body shop. Anyway, he called to see if I would help him make the Cowboy Man Bar for a couple of shows that he and his Sweetie, that’s what he calls his wife. Anyway, I said I would. Herb don’t have many friends and kind of keeps to himself, so I figured he really must need the help, so I will be busy with that for a few days I’m guessing.
Weather here has been just great. We have some friends that live back in the mid-west and they say it has been really, really hot. Guess that’s one of the reasons we don’t live there anymore, and the chiggers too.
Thought I would post some more pictures of the folks that were back from the east coast to visit. Hope you will enjoy seeing the kids working with horses.
Bill could not believe how sensitive the horse was to his body language. This was the first time that Bill had ever had a chance to work with a horse and he was blown away!
Mike and Susan, mom and dad to Kai and Cody, had a great time as well. We are looking forward to the next time they come back.
Here are a few pictures of Kai and Cody on their first solo rides.
I got the picture of the kids from Belgrade (sp) who were here for a few weeks, so I thought I would share them with you this morning. Great kids and they had a great time. Come to think of it, I did too. Their Dad, Mike, and some of the other adults had a go at the horses in the round pen too. They all did a great job and had a great time.
Kathy and I said goodbye to Ziggy and Tim the Gray Saturday. We have had these boys around here for awhile now and we are sure going to miss them. I try hard not to get too attached to horses that we have. Not trying to be a hard…. Well you know what, but they are a part of our business and sometimes we just can’t keep them all.
Tim was a horse that we got because he was bucking people off. He tried that here but after we had a little talk about it, he has never offered sense. They are both going to a good home where they will have pasture, something they did not get to see very often around here, and the folks Kathy and I know very well, and know that they will take good care of them.
Ziggy is a horse we bought from some folks who were passing thru. He was trying to buck off his owner too and they just did not want to take him back to South Carolina. After a little talk he gave up bucking too and I used him on the ranch to gather cattle and drag calf’s. They both turned out to be really well minded horses and Kathy and I know that Billy and Anna will care for them as much as we did…
Kathy and I have enjoyed the company of a good friend from Texas, Randy. He brought our trailer back that he has been working on for us, and he brought his grandsons and one of their friends. Catfish, Bully, Bruiser and Tyler. We have a mountain, the Brennda Mountains, out behind the house and the boys took a hike up to the top of one of the peaks before dinner. They are leaving this morning but we have had a great time. I had the boys work some horses in the round pen yesterday. Randy, had been working with the boys at home and they did a really good job with the horses.
Today Laurie will be here in the afternoon to ride Pepe and then she will be back on Friday to ride and then take him home. He has come a long way sense he first got here, and he has a long way to go before he will be a finished horse but I think that Laurie is up to the challenge.
Casino will be heading home on Monday. Jene, his owner will come to pick him up and spend a couple days with us just riding. Looking forward to that. We are going to miss him around here.
Pepe had a good day and long ride. He did pretty good. He has a lot of go and will break gate when ever he thinks he needs to go faster. We have been working on that and he did really good in that department yesterday. He never offered to change gate after I asked him. That is a huge thing for this horse. There were only a couple of times on the ride that he did not understand what I wanted or refused to go a direction I asked him to go. The good thing about that is, after we had a little conversation, he went where I asked him to go with out getting excited about it. Big improvement for him.
Off this morning to help my neighbor gather up some cattle that has gotten on his neighbors. Mostly loading them in trailers and unloading them where they belong. But first coffee.
Spent most of the day, yesterday, with Tim the Gray. He was trying to colic so I took him for a trailer ride most of the day. He seems to be fine this morning. He seems to be prone to this issue. It is about the 3rd time so far this year that I have had to work with him to get him passed this. No one, even the vets, know what really causes colic. Change of food, water, environment, weather. No one knows. We have gotten a new load of hay in last week but the other horses do not seem to mind it. So, who knows, just part of the deal when you own horses.
Worked just a little with Pepe yesterday on the ground so will ride him out today.
You’ll remember that my buddy Mark and I went on a scouting trip earlier this week with Casino, so here are some pictures of that trip…