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Feeding the horses at the farm is a little bit different from feeding the horses up at the ranch in the winter. For starters, we have about 150 horses in the field, rather than 30, so that means a lot more hay piled on the truck! I normally feed the horses on  my own when…

On Saturday Richard and I attended an important community event: an auction. Around here, auctions typically indicate the death of a farmer or a rancher (to distinguish: a farmer raises crops, while a rancher raises livestock), a retirement or a foreclosure. Some people attend auctions to purchase farm equipment, some to see what the going…

Pirate is about to be five years old, and she happens to be one of my personal riding horses, an Arabian mare of CMK bloodlines. She is “sabino” in color, which is quite unusual. She is steel grey with white legs, a white blaze on her face, and a splotch of white on her tummy….

I must admit that I was not present for The Great Trailer Extrication of 2011. I was busy getting ultrasound on my knee at a physical therapy appointment. BUT, I did extract a promise from Richard to photo-document the event, and I think he did a very good job. Mel and Bayard returned from India…

I woke up on Sunday to see grey skies and heavy snow falling outside my window, not the ideal weather for the outing Richard and I had planned. John Finley, a neighbor of ours on East Fork Road, bought two tons of alfalfa hay from us for his cows. Richard agreed to deliver the hay…

The combination of cold weather and slow recovery from surgery has got me reminiscing about active moments in warmer weather. One of my favorite such memories involves climbing the legendary Castle Rock this past summer of 2010. Castle Rock is a beautiful landmark near the ranch, an outcropping that earns the name “Castle” even from…

Going to town from the ranch is an expedition, especially in the winter. One of our lovely Danish guests, Nethe, suggested that I write a blog entry about a trip into town, since most people do not have a 40 minute drive and a 17 mile dirt road to contend with when they want to…

The ranch is quite the haven for wildlife in the winter. Every time you glance over your shoulder you are bound to see mule deer. The prevalence of deer has been a real blessing during my convalescence from knee surgery. I am regularly seeing deer stroll by my bedroom window, one even paused at the…

I believe we ended Part I of Garnet’s tale just as she was taking her first steps in our kitchen. Soon after those monumental steps, Garnet was reintroduced to her mother, and 517 accepted her, which was another remarkable event. Most cows will not accept a baby after a few days, but 517 was willing…

We got very exciting news today– Garnet, my pet cow, had her baby calf, a boy! She had her first calf last year, a little girl named Sapphire. I’m holding off on naming her newest gem until I meet him on Sunday…be prepared for pictures! Garnet is a four year old black Angus cow with…