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Hoar Frost

So yesterday while out on the ranch it was absolutely beautiful.

Hoar Frost appeared and everything was touched with a white crystal frosting. WP_20160121_12_30_59_Pro

 

And upon a closer look the frost was very thick

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We are just a short 57 days to SPRING

which also means we are that much closer to this year’s foal crop

I for one am getting excited as Abu our handsome stud had his choice of some ladies

last spring – and we will see what kind of color he throws this year.

Spring can’t come soon enough!

 

 

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So since I last left you we only had two foals on the ground since then six more made their appearance and we are happy to report that all are healthy and doing great.

Here they are and respected birthday.

Numbers 3 & 4 decided to share a birthday and it was an EASTER Surprise (April 20) to us to see them both this morning….

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Yeller had this cute buckskin filly…

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And Dancer our niece’s paint had this cutie

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And no white other than socks…hmmm her mama is a paint yet no marking on this little filly.

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She has a nice head and is very alert!

So lets just have another foal the next day – ask and you shall receive

April 21, 2014

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Lucy had this little colt and his is very easy going like his mama!!!

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So as of now we have 5 on the ground 4 fillies and 1 colt.

But

THERE

ARE

MORE

TO

COME!!!

And they did just that

Foal number 6 came on May 3rd

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Candy is a fantastic mama!!

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There is always one foal I catch sticking their tongue out at me…

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Mark loves to make sure that they get some human attention right away,

He says it makes it easier to train, I think he just

really likes playing with the little ones because they are so soft…LOL

Foals 7 and 8 made their appearance back to back May 5th and 6th

Filly from Babe was May 5th

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after walking about for a bit on unsteady legs they lay down for a nap

being born is hard work !!!

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And this first power nap is really lights out

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Mark messed with her legs and she didn’t move her head or open her eyes for 20 minutes

Number 8 May 6,2014

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Yep I am a STUD !!!

So that is what we have been busy with…

Oh yes and we did this too…

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Flowers for Mother’s Day

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Walked the foals

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Hung out with my mom and my auntie

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walked the foals again

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IMG_3778Then we went to a band concert

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And special people came by for the concert too!!!

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mowed lawn

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Watched the birth of kittens

Both of our mama cats had kittens on the same day at the same time!!!

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Camo is getting bigger and loves dirt…

He is helping dig a trench so we could fix power line to barn

MOWED AGAIN

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We had to replace our frost free hydrant in the barn

Mowed again

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more rain

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FIX FENCE

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more rain

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polka dotted my car for cancer

Put up a new pasture for Abu

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Really MORE rain,

as of Memorial weekend we have recorded 30+ inches

so guess what we did

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Cole had friends over

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yep more rain

this is camo’s ball in the middle of our driveway next to the mini river

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pansies like to be a little on the wet side but this is getting to be too much

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Cole spoke at our local relay

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Celebrated Father’s day with our kids and Mark got this new tool belt

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took a photography class at Itasca State Park

taught by Steve Maanum

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While the boys were getting the tractors ready for our first cutting of hay

oh and we played with the kittens

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That pretty much is how our lives have gone since we last wrote. Hope you all had a busy, happy Spring as well!

WE ARE READY FOR SUMMER!!!

Here is our foal line up for 2014

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Happy Birthday to…

cadillac 1st birthday

 April 6

buddy's birthday card

April 10

remington bday

April 11

As soon as these little yearlings dry off well and loose their winter hair I will post updated pictures

We are so happy we have been able to watch them grow

 

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babies on the way

So today was nice out just above 20 and sunshine, sunshine, sunshine….ground is still white but its beginning to feel like spring and our mares are showing full baby tummies…

We have 8 mares that all look like they are going to have a little one this spring….

DREAM

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YELLER

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LUCY

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ZANEE

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CHICK

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CANDY

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BABE

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DANCER

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Can’t wait for the first to arrive….

Here’s hoping they wait til Thursday as it is suppose to warm up here.  Winter coats still are very shaggy, but yesterday was the first time Dream started to shed…that means SPRING IS CLOSE….

 

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Winter will fade to Spring

So we finally broke our bitter cold and on to seeing our ranch again.  We have much to clean up and brush out as we create a new pen for Abu

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So we are clearing trees

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Cole running the bobcat

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Chain saw awaiting more trees to cut

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Skidding a tree out

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Loading the wood for our outdoor furnace

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Another tree down

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Mark and Cole restarting the bon fire for tops

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So as we cut we are hauling good wood to the furnace and the tops get put on the fire.

We had some wonderful help come for a couple of hours too.

Thanks Connie and Tonya

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We also had time to play with Camo

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He likes this tug o war game

We are also clearing some larger brush piles and I got some cool pictures of the flames

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So we are really happy that this winter has faded into spring

Mares are showing foal – very heavy and some are waxing already.

ONLY 2 weeks or less to foal one!!!!

 

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2 months to babies!!!

This week will mark 2 months to go until our first foal for the season.  We will be busy then, fixing fence, putting in Abu’s new pasture area.  As this year he will be old enough to start breeding mares we have him separated with Skullerina for now (Cole’s cow) but come spring they are going to get some new digs…or at least a larger area.  Room to run…and play. Kick up their hoofs.  Enjoy the sunshine on a beautiful spring day ahhhhh yes I can’t wait for spring to make its happy arrival.  The trees pop their bright green foliage, the flowers bloom especially lilacs!!!  The horses shed their long hair and sport new short coats.  And everywhere you look you see new life, from the first foal IMG_0950last years first foal

to the little cygnet

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on the pond not far from our home.

We see the eagles soar over head looking for the meal to feed their young (4 nesting pair on the lake just a 1/2 mile from our home)

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Cute Babies!!!

Our old stallion Smoky is the proud papa to these three beauties!!!  Thanks so much to our new friends at the Crazy Cow Ranch for sharing these pictures!

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Smoky with their mares

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these are the babies!!!

 

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