I'm just a horse crazy little girl that never grew out of it. I've always had the bug and it only seems to get worse as I get older. My Husband enjoys calf roping and for me, as long as I'm on a horse, I'm happy! I've competed in reining, cutting, team roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing, pole bending, hunter under saddle, equitation, showmanship, horsemanship, western pleasure, western riding, trail, and ranch riding (I may have forgotten something). Basically, I really like horses!
Lidos Lena Merada aka Pickles is owned by Robby and Shayla. They purchased her as a yearling and have done everything with her. She was broke as a 2 yr old and Robby put 60 to 90 days on her. By day 3, she was chasing dogs around the arena and by day 5, he was riding her outside. Pickles is a very good minded mare. She never bucked and picked up everything quickly.
Pickles has raised 3 foals for us. Two by Double Luck O Lena and her 2019 Filly by OSU Pistol Pete. Her foals have been very willing and easy to halter break.
Pickles is by Little Lido, NCHA Money Earner of $48,000+, 8th Congress 4-year-old Cutting Maturity Open, 3rd Southwest Missouri Open Cutting Futurity, Iowa Breeders Cutting Futurity 4-year-old Non-Pro Champion, and Iowa Breeders Cutting Futurity 5/6 Year Old Open Champion. He has sired 42 Money Earners ($180,000+) and 11 AQHA Point Earners.
Pickles is out of Merada Dares You who is a daughter of Meradas Money Talks, NCHA Money Earner of $47,000+ and producer of $2.6 Million +
After we wean her current filly, Bonnie, Pickles will be offered for consideration. She is in foal to Double Luck O Lena for a 2020 Buckskin foal.
Noda Hillbilly Way aka Skippy is a LARGE Sooty/Smutty Palomino Gelding. He was born and raised on the farm. He was from the last foal crop of Hillbilly Reward. In Skippy’s younger years, he was used as a head horse and ranch horse. He has spent several month on a feed lot in Nebraska.
Skippy has since been retired and is used minimally for trail rides. He is a trusty trail horse and will go through anything you point him. He is good at leading or following, but just know, if you ask, he’s going. We’ve had him in water almost over his back and it didn’t faze him.
He is a true gentle giant and doesn’t know his size. He may be a little old and sore, but he still tries at everything he does. Skippy will be another horse that is buried on the farm.
How could I talk about horses on the farm, without introducing you to our “main man.” Well, here he is! Double Luck O Lena aka Dakota is a 2004 Perlino Stallion. We purchased him in 2004 as a weanling. I still remember the trip to go get him, well part of it. We were headed to Sherburn, MN for an NCHA Cutting. We headed north on I-35 and stopped in Alburt Lee, MN before we turned back West. While parked in the parking lot, it was snowing so hard, we almost couldn’t get out of the parking lot. When we turned onto I-90 it was a white out. I remember looking out the passenger window and making sure we were still within the yellow lines. It honestly was the worst driving weather I have ever been part of.
After we got to Sherburn, MN, it was so cold, we left the truck running 24/7. We were afraid it wouldn’t start without being plugged in. We got in Friday night. Sunday morning Mark headed north to Fargo, ND to pick up Dakota, his full sister Fargo, and half sister Bismark. After pick them up, he turned around and headed back south.
Although we sold his two sisters, one went to London, we still have Dakota. He has exceed our expectations. Dakota is 5 Panel N/N and is also Color Tested E/E, A/A. What does that mean, it means he can only produce buckskins unless the mare has a dilute, roan, dun, grey, etc. gene.
Dakota is an AQHA Producer and Arena Money Earner Producer. We love his foals looks, minds, and athletic ability. If you didn’t know, we do stand him to a few outside mares. If you are interested in possible breeding to him or buying one of his foals, you won’t be disappointed.
Long story short, we purchased Merle my Junior Year of high school when my Pole horse went sore. Although he had a fabulous resume, the Appy show world was not for him. They ran tandem poles, and he has some issues waiting. Well, in the Rodeo world, Merle was wonderful. He was such a joy to run. He gave 110% at every go.
I remember on rodeo, the end pole was in the middle of the arena (or at least that’s how it seemed), he ran down, sucked up the end pole and won the rodeo. Little did I know he was going to win both goes at Maryville. He may not have been the fastest pole horse, but he could consistently run 21.0 poles. Although I never got into the 20’s with him, we were close.
After I graduated High School, we sold Merle to a great home in Colorado. Several years later, we got a call from them and they offered him back to us. We of course took it, even though we didn’t need him. He spent a few years in the pasture until we decided to sell him again. Then we sold him to a wonderful family in Missouri. He won saddles, buckles, and multiple checks until he was ready for his permanent retirement home.
Merle has paid his dues time and time again. He will never leave the farm again. He has the love of a little girl and would do anything for her. He still give his heart with everything he does, he just has some arthritis and stiffness and can’t run quite as fast as he used to. He still is a sweet heart that hates to be without a friend. I’m glad that Merle has found his way back to us and can be the babysitter that I knew he could be.
In January, we updated our website host. With the change, we also picked up blogging. This part of the journey is exciting and scary at the same time, but it give me a chance to let you know what is going on. Starting next week, I will start introducing you to our 4 legged family. All of them! Which will also include Robby and Shayla’s 4 legged family too.
We have LOTS of animals on the farm. I’ve tried to include all the important ones on their separate pages, but if I created a page for all the cats (and yes they all have names), then I wouldn’t have room for anything else.
I hope you will take the time to read the up coming post and look at the pictures. I will try to do a post every other week, so I don’t overload you too quickly. With each post, I will include a background of where they came from and how/why we now have them. I really hope you enjoy this next chapter as I think I will enjoy writing this too.
Yesterday as Robby and I drove home from the barn, we noticed the sky to the north was ominous. We hadn’t seen the sky that color in a long time. The trees looked eerie with their leafless limbs catching the suns light. It really was pretty. Those clouds were a reminder that Spring is here. We don’t normally see skies like that in the winter time.
With spring comes shedding season. I was reminded that on Sunday morning when I was cleaning stalls. We have one broodmare who is under lights right now. Her stall and lot has patches of white hair on the ground from her laying down and rolling. She needs a curry comb and a few minutes of brushing to help release all here hair.
Also, there is mud. Yes, we still have mud. Not as much as what we did have, but its still pretty damp. We’ve got sand in our runs and they stayed pretty good through our unseasonably wet winter, but the bottom portion of our Breeding Barn hasn’t fared as well. One more then one occasion, there was standing water. The water has receded and the mud was left. Luckily, Mabel, who is our Suffolk Punch mare, is currently working on packing the mud back down. It really is amazing how much better her feet are in mud then our smaller quarter mares.
Anyway, that is a quick update from the farm. Nothing to exciting is going on. Mares are slowly foaling and getting bred back. The show season is getting ready to go in full swing. and we are just gearing up to handle the craziness.
I’ve actually started two blog posts and have deleted both of them. I’m just having a hard time thinking of something that is informative, personal, and useful.
How many read product reviews? I know I do. I read the 5 stars and 1 stars. I normally don’t read anything in between. I also am one who tries to leave reviews.
Here recently, we had a 7 yr old gelding diagnosed as navicular. He has degeneration of the navicular bone in both front feet. He isn’t one I would have called 3 legged lame, but He was defiantly off. Didn’t have a big head bob, but you could just tell something was off. No I watch him every time I take him out of his stall. I know when he needs more warm up because he will short stride at the walk. He normally does this when he’s been sitting for a little long in his stall. A few extra walk laps helps him work through it and get the blood pumping.
When he was first diagnosed, we started him with corrective shoeing, Osphos, and Isoxuprine. I also started him on Equibone. The reviews with Osphos were great, so why not. It’s worth a shot. Well, that was a bad decision!!
This gelding has a tendency of being a little forward, and although I dropped his grain back to 1/2 Scoop twice a day, he turned into a fire breathing dragon! After doing a little more research and ready, I narrowed it down to the Equibone. Now understand, I had two geldings on Equibone during this time. The one is as laid back as can be, but he started being head shy and a little silly, which actually both geldings were doing. So, I stopped using it. After about a week off Equibone, he is back to riding like he normally does.
This is just a reminder, that even though you read reviews, what works for one horses may not work for the other. One of my geldings is fine on Equibone while the other turned into a Fire Breathing Dragon!
Since today is international women’s day, lets talk about our mares for a bit. March, April, and May seem to be some of our busiest months for the girls. Currently we have three foals, one mare on straw waiting to foal, two mares off fescue, and two more coming off fescue the end of this month. We have bred back three mares, one is due to check back at 30 days this weekend, one is due to check for ovulation today, and one is due to check back at 30 days next weekend.
Yes, this time of year is busy, but I do really enjoy it. I enjoy keeping track of when the mares are due to foal, check, vaccinations, rhino shots, etc. I honestly enjoy all of that. I’m not sure what I would do with my spare time in March, if we didn’t have mares.
Well enjoy about the mares, and least talk about the weather. It does play an important role in mare repo anyway. Since February 23rd, today should be the first day we have reached 40, and that is still 10 degrees colder then our average. I did check the long ranger on Accuweather, and extending out until June, we look to get back to normal temps, but they are showing a lot of thunderstorm clouds.
Until next time, I’ll leave you with some random info. It is currently 32 in Cameron, MO, 82 in Belize, and 18 in Fargo, ND. I think I’d rather make a trip to Belize then Fargo, ND. Who’s with me?
After my last post, I realized, I never even talked about Pickles having her baby. I swear, this winter just has been all sorts of messed up. Anyway, we are finally up to 3 babies born. Grasshopper had her foal, a healthy buckskin colt, and 2/27/2019 at about 2:30 in the morning. Yes I saw it on the camera, no I didn’t go to the barn, because the roads and my car were covered in ice. I watched him stand and nurse and he had no issues, so no reason for me to go bother the new momma.
Anyway, today on my time hop, a picture popped up and Grasshopper had her 2018 foal today. And as it runs out, Ralph looks the same as Victor (her 2019 foal). Actually the only real difference between the two is the right hind sock. Both have a big star and look to be the same color. I believe Victor is a little bigger then Ralph was at a few hours old, but heck this is her second foal, he should be.
Outside of Grasshopper having her foal, Pickles had a health sorrel filly. Yes, you’re probably wondering how we have a sorrel filly, well she’s not out of Dakota. Pickles’ filly aka Bonnie is by OSU Pistol Pete. This name may look familiar because he is the sire of Robby’s good rope horse Breezes Cowboy. Pete stood down at Harrison Performance Horses. They also stand some other nice roping studs and train some outstanding roping horses. We are really excited to see what Bonnie will do when she gets bigger.
But back to the breeding side of things, we have bred back Stoli and Pickles to Dakota. Stoli has been preg checked in foal at 15 days and will be checked again at 30 days. Pickles is due to be check at 15 days this weekend and Grasshopper should be ready to breed next week. So yes, we are busy getting everyone bred back and checked back in foal. Now if the weather would cooperate so babies could go play in the pasture, that would be great!!!
Today, our high should reach 30, with some clouds, and a threat of freezing drizzle this evening. The average high for today is 47. In Belize, the current temperature is 82, with a high of 88. We can dream right?!?!
Updates on the farm, we are still holding at 2 foals. Grasshopper is currently 1 day over and she looks to come any day. Zeus and Hades are growing and getting weaned. They are not to happy about that, but their love for grain and hay is growing. They have a new love, which is the barn heaters. If you haven’t smelled burning goat, you are lucky! I never knew a goat would stand next to a heater long enough to start smoking, but ours do. I probably shouldn’t brag on that fact either.
Other news, Diesel got a new hat. He has a love hate relationship with it. It keeps his ears toasty warm outside, but it also tickles them. He is only allowed to wear it at the house or in the truck, but not at the Farm. Buddy does a good enough job at removing his coat, that the hat would be removed in seconds.
Otherwise, we are just hunkering down and feeding a lot of hay until this weather breaks. I will say, I’m not looking forward to the mud, but right now I’d take it over the ice. BRING ON MUD SEASON!!