GETTING READY TO RIDE

I can not believe how warm it is today. All that means is I have a million things to do to get ready for spring! I need to order in sand for the arena, get the paddocks done so the horses can come off the field, clean all the tack in the tack barn clean up saddles wash saddle pads and organize all my tack, start walking the horses because they are just as out of shape as I am. Get some good muscle built up on Gwen and buddy so they can be ready for showmanship this spring, find some barrels and start walking the pattern so that way I kind of have a good idea of what horse is going to do the best. Get the horse trailer new plates and washed and vacuumed out and a new coat of paint….all that while building fence and tilling a garden hum yep it’s going to be one busy spring!!!!

The Clydesdale

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All horses are beautiful but none are as beautiful and graceful and as powerful as the Clydesdale. well at least in my opinion these gentle giants are just so amazing and smart and well-mannered, how could not want to breed and raise them! And who doesn’t love Budweiser!

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CLYDESDALE FACTS:

The Clydesdale Breed: Farmers living in the 19th century along the banks of the River Clyde in Lanarkshire, Scotland, bred the Great Flemish Horse, the forerunner of the Clydesdale. These first draft horses pulled loads of more than 1 ton at a walking speed of five miles per hour. Soon their reputation spread beyond the Scottish borders.  In the mid-1800s, Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to the United States where the draft horses resumed their existence on farms. Today, the Clydesdales are used primarily for breeding and show.

Hitch Requirements: To qualify for one of the traveling hitches, a Budweiser Clydesdale must be a gelding at least four years of age, stand 72 inches at the shoulder when fully mature, weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds, have a bay coat,four white legs,a white blaze, and a black mane and tail.

Feed: Each hitch horse will consume as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and 30 gallons of water per day.

Hitch Locations: The Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch breweries in St. Louis, Mo., Merrimack, N.H., and Ft. Collins, Colo. They also may be viewed at Grant’s Farm in St. Louis and at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville, Mo.

The Clydesdale is a breed of draught horse derived from the farm horses of Clydesdale, Scotland, and named after that region. Although originally one of the smaller breeds of draught horses, it is now a tall breed. Often bay in colour, they show significant white markings due to the presence of sabino genetics. The breed was originally used for agriculture and haulage, and is still used for draught purposes today. The Budweiser Clydesdales are some of the most famous Clydesdales, and other members of the breed are used as drum horses by the British Household Cavalry. They have also been used to create and improve other draught breeds.

The breed was developed from Flemish stallions imported to Scotland and crossed with local mares. The first recorded use of the name “Clydesdale” for the breed was in 1826, and by 1830 a system of hiring stallions had begun that resulted in the spread of Clydesdale horses throughout Scotland and into northern England. The first breed registry was formed in 1877. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, thousands of Clydesdales were exported from Scotland and sent throughout the world, including to Australia and New Zealand, where they became known as “the breed that built Australia”. However, during World War I population numbers began to decline due to increasing mechanization and war conscription. This decline continued, and by the 1970s, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust considered the breed vulnerable to extinction. Population numbers have increased slightly in the intervening time, but they are still thought to be vulnerable.

They are still on the conservation watch list today, and that is a lot of the reason we have decided to breed them.

Registering a brand

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Today was a big day in the Iron horse ranch world, We registered our brand!! yay us!! so exciting. So I thought I would explain a little about it.

Livestock branding is a technique for marking livestock so as to identify the owner. Originally, livestock branding only referred to a hot brand for large stock, though the term is now also used to refer to other alternative techniques such as freeze branding. Other forms of livestock identification include inner lip or ear tattoos, earmarking, ear tagging, and RFID tagging with a type of microchip. The semi-permanent paint markings used to identify sheep are called a paint or colour brand. In the American West, branding evolved into a complex marking system still in use today.

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We chose old school and went with the branding and freeze branding. Out here if you don’t have a brand on it chances are someone else is going to nab it up! Once you have chosen your brand you have to submit it into the department of agriculture in your area and send in your fee, you also have to choose where your going to place the brand on the animal you can choose the front right, front left, middle left or right side and rear left or right side and that is where your brand will have to be placed every time you brand! Makes selling animals a lot easier to as you can have a bill of sale but it is always nice to have a brand inspection done so you know your not buying someones stolen livestock! Once your application is ready and you have sent it in they will approve it and that’s that you are done I was amazed at how simple it really was! And now You have your own personal brand!

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“COWGIRL UP”

“Cowgirl up” a term used that means to toughen up,to have a thick skin. All my life u could say I have been a bit soft, every time I have fallen I have laid there and balled, every time someone looked at me cross eyed,I balled and boy’s… yeah I balled. I wasn’t always a cowgirl I grew up country but ran as far away from it as I could leaving behind all my good country friends, which if I would of stayed friends with I would have cowgirled up a lot sooner. But I didn’t ,I did the whole goth thing, the whole skater thing ,the whole punk rock thing and then when I hit about twenty I came back to my roots and had a lot thicker skin. My husband use to give me the lecture all the time that I need to “cowgirl up “and be tougher and have a thicker skin! Today I am blown away by how cowgirl tough I have become and it didn’t hit me until it literally hit me the other day. I was out cleaning the snowballs out of the horses feet ,we have three :Gwen the half Clyde, buddy who is impressive bred and a little on the slow side he has the mentality of a golden retriever, and jewel my husbands older yet a little hot headed horse. Well I did buddy’s feet and as I was cleaning them out my husband came home and was talking to me as I was going about my business, then I moved on to jewels feet ,got them all done and as I stood up I was still talking to my husband about the day’s events and walking around the back side of jewel….. she kicked me, kicked me right in the stomach, well, let me tell u what, I didn’t even flinch, I didn’t quiver , my eyes didn’t even water up to my amazement I just kept walking turned and looked at her and called her a few choice words and I went on to gwens feet my husband was astonished he laughed and said “oh my god, she just kicked you” I said yeah she sucks and then we laughed  because he also knows how easy I cry. As we were talking about it later that evening and still laughing about how calm I reacted, he said to me well I guess u have finally “cowgirled up” for him to say that to me made my day I felt like I had finally joined the club and I’m tough enough to do anything ! I am so proud of myself and thank everyone that has helped me become tougher and rougher! I am so proud to be a cowgirl now and I’m so ashamed I ran so far from it ,but the past is the past and you can’t change it! You can only cowgirl up and move on and be the best toughest person that you can be! 

Mini Cows,The Dexter

Dexter cattle are the smallest of the European cattle breeds, being about half the size of a traditional Hereford and about one third the size of a Friesian (Holstein) milking cow. They were considered a rare breed of cattle, until recently, but are now considered a recovering breed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The Dexter breed originated in Ireland.[1]

The Dexter breed originated in southwestern Ireland from which it was brought to England in 1882. The breed virtually disappeared in Ireland, but was still maintained as a pure breed in a number of small herds in England. The Dexter is a small breed with mature cows weighing between 600–700 pounds (270–320 kg) and mature bulls weighing about 1,000 pounds (450 kg). Considering their small size, the body is wide and deep with well-rounded hindquarters. Although usually black, a dark-red or dun Dexter is sometimes found. They are always single-coloured except for some very minor white marking on the udder or behind the navel. Horns are rather small and thick and grow outward with a forward curve on the male and upward on the female. The breed is suitable for beef or milk production, although individual herd owners often concentrated on growing either one or the other.[2]

The Dexter has always attracted attention because of its size, and it has sometimes been marketed as a novelty or ornamental breed. This practice has obscured the breed’s production value. Dexters are hardy, forage‑efficient cattle with excellent maternal qualities. As with other dual‑purpose breeds, the quantity of milk produced varies between strains; those strains that have had more dairy selection produce more milk, while those that have been selected for beef produce less. The milk produced is high in solids, making it ideal for butter and cheese production. Dexter beef is lean and high in quality. The small size of the carcass makes the breed an excellent choice for use in direct marketing programs. Dexters are good browsers and can rid pastures of some pest plants, and they may also be used as oxen.

Dexter cattle are increasing in numbers in North America and globally, and the breed seems destined to succeed. The challenge facing breeders, however, is to maintain historic selection practices so that the Dexter’s ­production qualities are conserved and promoted.

We are so looking forward to haveing this breed around

Lets talk fat!

Years ago this fad of low-fat, no fat took the food market by storm, and I will be honest I was one of the ones who jumped on the band wagon ready to lose weight…WRONG I didn’t lose weight, all I did was clog my body up with all that genetically modified bull crap they pump into our food. So over that last 4 months I have been eating paleo along with crazy high fat, and let me tell you something I feel twenty times better than I ever have, I can think clearer and I sleep the best sleep I have had in as long as I can remember, I have energy and not to mention have lost weight, all because of fat??? Yes because of fat, our brains need fat to function, we were not made to process all this fat-free stuff, have you read the ingredients in fat-free ice cream its insane! the amount of stuff that can go into something so simple just to shave off some calories and fat. Not worth it in my book, My every morning consists of a cup of coffee with 1 heaping spoon full of butter, yes butter, whole organic butter, two heaping spoons full of organic coconut oil and 3 spoons full of local honey and man is it good and it keeps me full and ready for the day until about noon and then I eat whatever good for you whole organic foods covered in butter or bacon grease I eat four times less food now then when I was eating low-fat no fat, fat makes you full, which is part of the reason for starting our own farm no hormones no g.m.o’s no filler, no b.s . our body is our temple and we have to take care of it, people in the 40’s and 50’s didn’t have fat-free and the old-time farmers didn’t eat out,they ate what they grew and fried a lot of stuff mostly in bacon grease or lard and they didn’t die of heart attacks, cancer, they didn’t live as long as we do now days but they didn’t die from what most are dying from now days, Just some food for thought.

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It starts! 

Happy new year everyone! Well we made it to 2015 and everyone has a boost of energy today! Mom got up early and made everyone awesome Paleo omelettes ,man were they yummy! While I was getting ready for the day I seen my hubby outside already hard at work cleaning out the horses feet, they seem to be getting snow pack pretty bad,can’t wait for the barn to be done so next year we won’t have to worry about that. He went and got hay and was bobcat bound clearing snow off the new job pad and cleaning everything up and getting ready to put up supports for the new big barn door. Mom and dad are busy building shelves  for our storage/mud room in the garage. I think the new year has everyone ready and excited for what’s to come and I am too I have already been looking at cows to buy and what’s going to be the best route to take as we want to raise all heritage and conservation animals or as my mom would say the short leg farm! Lol as we are looking for mini dexters, mini jerseys and it all started with our new puppy quigley the corgi I don’t think any of us had any idea how awesome short legs where until we got him ! He is the funniest little guy ever! So we decided to do all mini animals plus the cost of food is less and you get more bang for your buck so to say. So with that being said its time to get back out side and help where I can! Happy new year everyone! 

BARREL RACER AT HEART

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As I think back to the very first rodeo I ever went to ( had to been about three, rodeo is a big part of where I am from and town shuts down for the rodeo) something spoke to me when they opened the gate and set up those three barrels and let the girls run and around three barrels and back home, all in 15 seconds or less!!! as I got older the voice got stronger to the point now where even writing this blog makes me tear up because I really think its my calling, how else could something like that make your soul scream for it.The power and love and trust and the freedom you feel when seeing a horse run, strikes you to your core, how could you not want feel that and to feel that in an arena with people in the stands cheering you on,must be amazing! I will be working the patter (barrel race patter) this spring with my horse buddy and I can’t wait, I have a few friends well one main one who is a barrel racer and she is the most amazing sweet hearted, wild girl I have ever met and me being 31 and her also being 31 I pray someday to grow up and be just like her lol . the bond that you must have between you and that 1200 pound animal must be unshakeable, and you have to put all your trust into that animal, this is not football, that 1200 pound animal has a mind of its own and if it don’t want to go it’s not going if it don’t want you on it, you’re not staying! lol, so that’s what I have been working on with my horses. building a relation ship with the animal from the ground up it’s a lot work ,a lot of hours but I can’t wait to get started back up I am kinda shut down right now with it being -10 out and all, and I am hoping the minute it warms back up I will have the time to be 100% dedicated to just him and actually be able to run my first barrel race this summer!

Getting ready for 2015

2015  is going to be one of those hang on to your britches kinda years I can feel it already with reseeding the big fields,buying our cows this spring and putting stalls up in the barn and getting ready to breed my half Clydesdale mare to a full Clydesdale. it’s going to be busy busy busy,we got one 4 acre section cleared of all the brush and ready to plant corn, cleared off another 2 acre lot to put in a pond for our own fish and to water the corn in the other lot We started the revamp of a old pig barn into our new horse barn. Removing 45 cement pins all with wiring and metal that had to be removed, thank the lord for a bobcat it got the job done in no time!It’s been long hours every weekend to get this place ready but it’s been so fun and so rewarding knowing what’s to come in the future! We are so looking forward to 2015! 

The Family Farm

THEY THINK WE ARE CRAZY

With big ag. taking over the farm world in america, the small farmer is all but gone. and with the way video games and t.v is taking over the youth there is no need to be outside. So we have taken it back to basics! We recently moved out of the hustle and bustle of Colorado (even the most remote part was still to busy) and moved to Utah to a little town out side of vernal in the Uintah basin, where there is nothing but hay fields all around us! Its amazing, we convinced my parents of a plan, a plan to bring back the small family farm, to bring it back to basics and back to the love of man and land and animals! Well it worked! my parents moved in and the adventure has already started! long-term goal to be as successful as you can be at homesteading a place, raising your own beef, goats, chickens and hay, corn and horses. Making your own butter,farm fresh eggs rolling your own oats, canning enough to keep you through the winter to get away from Wal-Mart  we are only almost a year into it and its been such an amazing eye opener to be able to grow your own food and think for the future of turning a profit at it. The work is always rewarding and every morning you cant wait to see the animals, and whats sprouting and changing and growing! But not everyone agrees? everyone we have told what we are doing thinks that we have lost our mind!”how can you live with your parents?””how can you move in with your kids?” these questions have people baffled at the idea that they lose what we are trying to say which is it’s a FAMILY FARM. Family’s have lost so much, you hardly see family reunions anymore and to get together for a birthdays you have to drag everyone kicking and screaming, somewhere along the way everyone has lost sight of being a family and working through the hard times together, 50 to 60 years ago this is how everyone lived, America has become so cut off and distant from each other that no one talks, no one wants family get together’s, well we want Family get together’s and family outings and being tight nit! We want to work the land together and get the reward together. We see the big picture and havent lost our minds and we are not crazy! it’s all about being as self-reliant as one can get and about making a living doing what you love! Its been so wonderful having so much love and laughter under one roof, cooking and cleaning and chores all come together like it was supposed to be and there is no complaining from the man folk who don’t mind two woman in the kitchen lol. I am so excited for this year to come with planting a huge 1 acre garden, planting fruit trees and canning in the fall! I think no matter what their is no way you can fail when you have the love of family!