Tuesday Tour: Clearing Brush and Other Projects

Well, spring has sprung here at CBR!  We’ve enjoyed several days of mild temps and sunshine, but today is a whole other story!  It’s about 40* and we have gotten about a half inch of rain with more expected.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m very thankful for the rain, but after such nice weather it’s hard not to feel like Mother Nature is being a tease!  lol

The springtime tasks are gearing up.  One of the rental properties was in need of having fence rows cleared out.  In this photo, the fence is on the right and the brush that was removed from it is on the left leaving a clear path.

fence rowOnce all the brush has been cleared the fence will be repaired in order to make the pasture cattle ready.   The “crew” spent several days on this project and I took them lunch so they wouldn’t have to leave the field at lunch time.

 

 

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This was goulash day

Another project this week was the beginning of spring maintainence on some of the equipment.  The tires on my tractor needed to be moved out for better stability and while it’s in the shop it will get an oil change.

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Last fall Jonesy tore this post hole auger up digging through some rock, so today he was able to get it completly rebuilt…good as new…well, almost.  auger

 

 

 

 

 

 

The signs of spring are everywhere!  I am working on a post about what spring looks like around here.  Watch for that.  🙂

Hope you all are well!  Thanks for stopping by!

Be Blessed,

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How It All Began

I have been thinking lately about how it all began for us here at CBR.  When Jonesy and I moved here back in 1989, there was nothing but a 40 acre field that we pulled a teeny, tiny 2 bedroom trailer onto.  Our son was about 18 months old and we were just younguns ourselves, but Jonesy had a dream.  Me….????  I didn’t have a clue!  lol  I just knew I would follow him anywhere.  (Still would).  🙂

We started out with pigs.  Jonesy traded an old Chevy Luv 4×4 pick up similar to this one;

Image from Google

Image from Google

for 4 sows and a television set.  Then he turned around and traded the TV to another neighbor for a used roll of woven wire and some barbed wire to make a pen.  And just like that we were in the hog business!

We spent about 3 years farrowing sows, (mama pigs) keeping back gilts (female that hasn’t had babies).  Meanwhile, I got pregnant with our daughter and helped take care of the pigs until the day she was born.  Our son used to go out in the heat of the day during the summer and spray them down with the hose and make sure they had a nice mud hole.  The pigs loved it and so did he.  The pigs would shake and he would come in all speckled and needing a bath himself!pigs

When I went into the hospital to have our daughter, we were running about 30-35 sows, a couple of boars and a couple hundred baby pigs.  While I was still in the hospital, Jonesy sold the whole operation…lock, stock, and barrel!  Pigs, feeders, waterers…everything!  We had enough from that to buy 10 cows and a bull.  And just like that we were cattle ranchers!

Shortly after we sold out, the hog prices fell significantly and we were very thankful we got out when we did.

We eventually added horses to the ranch and began training them to sell as ranch broke geldings.

CK Sky High Cat "Kat"

CK Sky High Cat “Kat”

 

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Our son and daughter in about 1994 or so

Here we are many years later with our kids grown and making their own way in the world, a grandbaby on the way, a modest cow/calf operation, a nice string of quality ranch horses and the two of us working together.

Looking back,even though there were mistakes made and little bumps along the way. I can truly say we have been so very blessed!

 

Our daughter all grown up

Our daughter all grown

Our son and daughter-in-law

Our son and daughter-in-law

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for coming along as I take a look back at our humble beginnings!

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Tuesday Tour: Remington Came to Visit

Aren’t friendships one of life’s greatest blessings?!  Our friends (who we have been friends with since highschool) came for a visit today and brought their grandson Remington.  It was his  first time at the ranch and we enjoyed showing him around.  remington horseRemington on tractorremington chicken

 

 

 

 

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I think he enjoyed it too!

 

 

It’s nice to have new friends, but it is great to see the old ones!

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It’s Been Awhile

Gracious!  I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I wrote a blog post!  To be honest, I really havent been all that busy, but now that the weather is teasing us with a bit of spring, maybe I will have something to post about.

Here is a recap of what we’ve been up to.

Last week we went to the sale to buy pigs.  I’ve really been wanting to add a few to our little ranch family.  Well, we only came home with one little piggy.harley hog  I was a little disappointed, but now I know it was for the best.  Turns out, the cost of raising a pig is more than I remembered.  We paid $56.00 for the little guy, and a ton of feed is about $130.00.  We could have bought a fat hog ready to go for $150.00.  Oh well, I will be able to raise him slow and allow him to mature so he will be nice and lean for us.  Plus, there is just something about raising your own food and giving less money to the grocery store.

 

 

We have endured another time change.  I love having more daylight, but it’s sometimes hard to adjust.  I posted this picture to the CBR Facebook page.

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It kinda seems like he is having trouble adjusting too! lol

 

 

Our spring herd has begun to have their calves.  This is alway so exciting!  I love, love, love new babies!

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The markings on this little girls face are so unique.

 

So far we have 3 calves on the ground.  All 3 are heifers (girls).

Today I spent some time catching up on paperwork, and then went outside to clean out my garden shed before all the critters take over.

I’m getting excited to get my garden started.  I just hope Mother Nature isn’t playing a joke on us and decide to dump a bunch of snow on us in the next few weeks.

 

 

I’m working on a post about how it all began for us here at CBR, so stay tuned for that.  Also, you can keep up on the day-to-day happenings on our Facebook page.

 

Hope all is well with all of you!

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Wordless Wednesday: Seasons

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Tuesday Tour: Winter, Hog House, and Baby Socks

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Winter finally showed up this last week.  It’s teased us off and on here in the midwest, but lately it has decided to stay a little longer.  A couple of weeks ago we got 3 inches of snow , this past Sunday night we got about 4 inches and it’s starting  to snow again now.  I am grateful however that we havent gotten as much as a lot of some parts of the country has.

Before the snow came, we were able to get the heifer bull (Winchester) out of the spring herd and back home.  The rental property where that herd is on can be a little tricky to get in and out of, so while the ground was still froze Thursday morning,   I went with Jonesy to help load the bull up.

We have been talking about getting a few hogs to raise for the freezer.  So on Friday afternoon we got the old hog shed set up and ready for some piggys.  The ground was still froze enough that it took a little work to get the pen put up. me with axhog shed If you look close you can spot ranch dog Moe in the back ground “supervising”. moe

 

 

Here he is close up.

 

 

Back in the day (about 23 years ago) we farrowed 30 sows, had 500 baby pigs and 6 boars.  That’s a whole blog post itself.

Anyhoo….I’m pretty excited to add to our little CBR family.

 

The rest of the critters seem to be handling the weather fine. ducks and hens

Even though some have frosty noses.

086If you have been following along, then you know that Jonesy and I have our first grand baby coming in August.  I can’t wait until we find out whether the baby is a boy or girl so I can start shopping!  (The groan you heard was from Jonesy.)  lol

But…..I saw these at our local farm store and could not pass them up!baby socks

 

How cute are these??!!!!!

Oh boy…being a grandma is going to be fun!

 

Until next time

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So Ya Wanna Buy A Horse…?

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I see it all the time.  It usually looks similar to this:

ISO: Dead broke, bomb proof, no buck horse for $1000.00 or less.

It doesn’t exist people!  There is no such thing!  Now, I am by far no expert, but like so many other things in this world, you get what you pay for.  Even if a horse is very well-mannered, has good training and is just a big ole sweetie,  IT IS STILL A HORSE!  Horses are prey animals and you will never, ever change that God-given instinct.gunny

Usually this type of ad also includes the fact that the horse will be for a young and/or inexperience rider.  I don’t believe folks realize that riding a horse is not as simple as swinging a leg over the saddle and saying giddy up.  Riding involves your whole body.  Your hands, knees, legs, feet, how you sit in the saddle.  There is a difference between riding a horse and being a passenger.boot in stirup

Jonesy has broken and trained many horses over the years, so I want to share with you not only what we believe is the way to buy a horse, but how we approach  selling  our horses to individuals with little experience.B

First of all, buying a horse is an investment and it should not be rushed.  It may be tempting to fall in love with and buy the first one you see, but it’s important to do some research and look at several horses.

What do I mean by research?  Start with a clear idea of what you want in a horse.  Do you want to run barrels and participate in 4H fun shows, do you want to sort and pen cattle, or simply trail ride.  Once you know what you are looking for, you can compile a list of questions to ask potential sellers.  Be specific with your questions and ask lots of them.  Be wary if your questions are met with hesitation, avoidance or discomfort.

Second, don’t buy a “second-hand” horse.  This is what Jonesy calls a horse that someone else is having problems with or can’t get along with.  If the horse has bad habits with them chances are they will have the same problems no matter who owns them.   For example, a 12-15 year old gelding that has good training, is well broke, has a million miles on him and will take care of you on the trail is priceless!  Why would someone want to sell him for a $1000.00?

When you come to CBR  interested in one of our horses it is vitally important to us that you  get along with our horse.  We want you to be successful with a CBR gelding.  We want you to meet the horse and spend a little time with him, ride him and ask questions.  You are welcome to come several times if need be.

Because we want our clients to be a success, Jonesy will take the time to show you how the horse is trained and show you the cues that get the horses feet to move.  With our horses, all it takes is a gentle squeeze with the legs to get them to move forward.   Lean back in the saddle and put your feet forward and he will stop.  (Just to name a couple.)

As a trainer, Jonesy offers a “tune up” and help with any issues that may arise.  We are always available to answer any questions.

As I said, buying a horse is an investment, it may take a little time and putting the money back to get something of quality.  But in the end, isn’t it the things we work hardest for are the things that mean the most to us?me on gunny

Me and Gunny

Me and Gunny

Thanks for readin…be blessed,

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