Over Memorial Day Weekend we took our annual trip to Bar-K Wrangler Camp for trail riding and camping. This year was probably the coolest and wettest weather we’ve had since we have been going there. The rain made the trails pretty muddy and while I enjoy riding, rainy/muddy conditions aren’t my favorite. Jonesy on the other hand loved it! We took 3 horses:
And 8-year-old KatJonesy likes to take a couple of young horses to Bar-K because it is a good experience for them. It exposes them to new things on the trail. It teaches them to watch their feet, to go through belly deep water, and that it’s ok to get their feet muddy. Plus, the more miles they have under saddle, the better the horse. The “veteran” horse us usually for me to ride. 🙂
One of the best parts about camping out is cooking over the campfire.One of our favorite campfire meals is just a simple foil packet dinner. I just toss chopped potatoes, onions, peppers and smoked sausage into the foil and cook it over the fire until the potatoes are tender. It’s really yummy!It was another fun time despite the cooler than normal temps and rain. We alway enjoy hanging out with our “Bar-K” friends and look forward to next time.
For more about Jack click here and here.
You can also read about last years Memorial weekend trip to Bar-K here.
The weather has begun to change here at CBR as I am sure it has for you too. Fall is probably my favorite time of year, and while I am enjoying the cool down I can’t help but to think of the winter ahead. I’ve been hearing predictions of bitter cold temps again this year. One good change from last year is I won’t have to get out and drive to a J O B! (Have you read this: From Desk Job to Shoveling Horse Poo)
The fall herd of cows is still calving. This means twice (at least) daily checks on horse back. I went with Jonesy on Sunday to ride through the herd. We have 21 babies on the ground right now, but that number changes each day.After checking the cows we decided to load up and go to the Bonanza Conservation area to ride. It’s about a 30 minute drive from the ranch and the weather was perfect for riding. The trails at Bonanza are very nice and it is one of my favorite places to ride. Because we are in the business of raising and training horses, Jonesy changes which one he takes almost every time he rides which, keeps each one tuned up and performing well. This time he took Kat and I of course took my Gunny.
If you think these two ponies look a lot alike, you would be right! They are half brothers (same daddy).
I’m sure this week will bring more changes our way, isn’t that just how life is?
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It was HOT this last week…miserably hot! We are supposed to cool down a little bit though. (Thank goodness!)
We put up over 1,000 more square bales in that heat. The square baler started breaking a lot of bales and upon inspection, there was some gizmo that was not working right and needs to be replaced. The part is ordered and should be here in plenty of time to do the last couple of fields. Hay season seems never ending.
I did more canning. Canning and gardening also seems to be never ending. I think could can in my sleep! lol But, when I look at these shelves I feel really good!I still have more to do too. I want to get a few more pickles, tomatoes and salsa. Maybe try some pasta sauce. I am very grateful for a bountiful garden!
The critters are moving around this time of year. We have seen skunks and raccoons around. Moe the ranch dog “treed” a coon this morning under a trailer and made quite a ruckus! Glad it wasn’t a skunk though! Whew! or should I say Pew!
He was after a mouse this afternoon. It found refuge in the tread of a tractor tire, but Moe doesn’t give up easily.This time of year is also allergy season for me. Some days I am just one big sneeze! On those day it seems never ending! The main culprit is this nasty evil weed.
Not the best pictures, but believe me…it’s everywhere!
Our stud colt Jack is not feeling well either. He is our 3 year old that we started training earlier this year. Jonesy found a puncture wound on the right side of his neck that is infected. Poor horse wont turn his head to that side. We cleaned it up with the hose and he seemed to enjoy the water so much we ran it over his whole body. He sighed several times…poor guy. We put some liniment on the wound and gave him a shot of penicillin. I will post daily updates on our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/CrookedBrandRanch
Hope all is well with all of you!
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