pipeliner’s goodbye

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I should have know better than to get my hopes up, this time of year in the basin usually means that its going to slow down, well with the price of oil dropping so low it all but died around this place, everyone I know has or is getting laid off. It’s so hard because that’s when all the stress hits. Thank the good lord above my husband didn’t skip a beat he was laid off one day and by noon the next was getting a plane ticket for the last frontier, Alaska! I am so happy for him its a big thing to be from the lower 48 and to have worked on a pipeline in Alaska they don’t mess around up there. I am however a little sad one because I wont see him for three or four solid weeks and two because I didn’t get to go with him! I love Alaska it’s the most beautiful place in the world!  I am so happy for him to have this experience and to have this notch in his belt! I love being a pipeliner’s wife there is never a dull moment, it does however always get harder every time he has to leave. That goodbye always kills me. Its bitter sweet kinda thing.

The oil field wife

Its up and  at it at five a.m, making a lunch and sending him off to work, it’s paying the bills cleaning the house and hoping to get a text or a call from him just to say hi. It’s hoping he can find away to stay near home for work but knowing in your heart that chances are he’s going to have to leave again soon. It’s being strong in times when you know your going to be alone when he’s on the road. It’s waiting by the phone for his evening call to tell you goodnight and he loves you. It’s knowing how hard he has to work to keep my dream and his dream alive. It’s being strong enough to not break down and ball and beg him to just stay home one more day. It has its bad times but the good times are worth it when your a oil field wife. 

Having a strong marriage 

Being married can be tough.Being married to a pipeline welder can be even tougher as there is no nine to five, when it’s hot it’s real hot and when it’s cold it’s real cold it’s long hours and sometimes there is no work at home so he can be gone for days weeks and even worst case months. How do I do it you might ask? how do I make it work when others have failed?my husband was married once before and from what he says she just didn’t get the bigger picture she always talked down to him never wanted anything to do with his dream and got sucked in by all the money of starting a business, plus she had a drinking and drug problem so I’m sure that played into effect, they only lasted six years and when his career took off she couldn’t handle it. So what did I do that was different? Don’t get me wrong when everyone first meets its the honey moon faze, what we loose over the years is that excitement and the honey moon faze and we start to take our spouse for granted.We are going on nine years strong! This is how to have a stronge marriage, support your spouse even if that means packing everything up and moving 800 miles for a hope and a prayer, if you believe in and love that person you will do it, always support every idea. Never talk down to your spouse, never say the words “you are stupid or that is stupid” the minute those words are spoken it plants a seed that you just don’t care and think less of your spouse. When we first moved into together we made a promise that from that point until forever we would never yell, never say harsh things because they can never be unsaid and always be honest to each other. My number one for a stronge marriage is always trust your spouse and always trust your gut. Never listen to outsiders because there intentions are never good and a lot of people are afraid of what they can’t have or wish they had, if I believed and listened to outsiders I’m sure I would have believed my spouse was cheating on me with ever girl he seen and was magically running back to is ex wife every chance he got??? Well thank god I trust my gut and know how much my husband loves me and know that what other people say is just talk so don’t listen or feed into it ever! Outsiders seem to get in the way of a lot of people’s marriage as long as you keep them out side and don’t let it effect you, you can’t fail. You can never doubt true love! You can never give up on your soul mate, I have spent hours in the truck with him days in the garage helping him work on welders helping him re paint his welding bed , these things interest me because it’s his life and his dream and I want to better understand him and his dreams  and I want to be a active part in what goes on at work if you can’t let a man vent to you about his day he will find someone else who will listen. I always ask questions as I want to know how things work, I am always by his side handing tools or holding lights for him to see. Now you might think this sounds a bit one sided but he also does the same for me he has made so many of my dreams come true from having the house on the hill to having horses he has always done his best to give me whatever I have wanted and I never take a minute of that for granted I know how hard he works so I can have nice things and I always make sure to let him know how thankful I am. Farming has made us even stronger in love and in our marriage,as we get to work this wonderful land God created, and we get to raise and love so many of gods great creatures without God guiding us I think we both would be lost! Our love of God has also helped us have a strong marriage as my husband prayed right before we said “I do “that God be the foundation of our marriage. I think in that alone has helped us hold tight threw the tough times, their hasn’t been a lot of tough times but when there are I know God is their to help us. So in short, always support your spouse, always be a great listener and be there when they need a ear, always trust your spouse, ignore people who are not in your marriage and don’t know what goes on, always have faith in God and believe in God, always make sure to think before you speak as harsh words stay burned in your memory and one bad word can be a grudge held for the rest of life, talk to your spouse, never keep secrets, secrets are the death of marriage. In my marriage this is what keeps us strong! 

Peach margaritas 

Sometimes a girl just needs a drink ! 

1 cup peach moscato champagne 

4oz of sugar

4oz of water 

3oz of lime juice 

4oz of patron silver 

1/2oz of triple sec

Mix everything in a shaker except the champagne, poor the mix after shaken over ice in a tall glass, only fill glass half full and then fill the rest with the peach champagne. And you have one wonderful peach margarita! Make 2 glasses 

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