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  1. Salmon River West Trail hike

    That's very pretty!
  2. The Front Porch

    Nope, not here. Snow is pictures.
  3. ELD mandate

    It is interesting because he's hauling from NY to FL. The animals (usually horses) he hauls have stalls and he sleeps in a sleeper part of his truck. He does have a CDL. I hope he doesn't get busted. He's a veteran and this is how he supports himself. I'm glad you guys will be okay. Over time, we'll see if this translates into more cost to the consumer as well as more regulations that don't make sense. It seems like every time there is a high profile accident involving a big rig, Congress has to pass a law, even if it's a bad one.
  4. ELD mandate

    I'm using a hauler to pick up a new bull for us and his costs did not increase. Then again, we aren't going to any shows.
  5. The Front Porch

    Starving cows are making me sad and angry. Looks like two dairy calves and and an Angus type. Young baby calves at BSC of 1-2. Good grief! They will be reported when the pound opens tomorrow, if I can get an address.
  6. Colt starter?

    If you like the trainer that did the initial work, maybe continue with them? However, at this point, perhaps you need to ride the horse at the trainer's and let him get you going. If you won't be in a position to ride him during or after training, perhaps wait on the training until you do have time? Starting your own business is a big time commitment.
  7. Floppy eared horses

    Has anyone seen one in person? It sounds like they don't do well in herd situations because of miscommunication (looks a bit like they are pinning their ears to another horse). I saw a pony with funny ears for sale locally and it made me curious. The pony for sale: Here's a link, if you've never seen one:
  8. The Front Porch

    Aww! Do you still have them both?
  9. Promise of Heatwave

    Good for you for stepping up, Heidi! That could have become a horrible traumatic event, if you didn't know what to do. It was a hard, cruel thing to do. Do you still have a relationship with your dad? What is his attitude about how you stepped in to do his job? Recently, our 9 year old son has been able to do evening chores by himself on occasion. It is a big responsibility and he takes it seriously. In a controlled environment, with help immediately available, it's a great way for kids to grow and feel more responsible. He enjoys being trusted, but I am careful not to ask him very often, and only when the chores are quick and easy.
  10. Promise of Heatwave

    I should mention a few things regarding Harold's stories. Mustangs were a mix of feral horses and could be used by ranchers as a free resource. Of course, Harold's dad mainly ran cattle, but the remount project was to fill a need. Many ranches in the area participated and all of the young cowboys worked together to prepare the animals and drive them to CHeyenne. I don't know if they had to be gelded, but I imagine so because they were loaded on trains to ship East. When Harold was a young teen, they were gathering as many animals as they could for WWI (he was too young to fight in the war). So, how would TB stallions compete with native mustangs? Well, that's the other thing. "Thoroughbreds" back then were a type; not papered. So they could be tough, tall horses that were raised on ranches. There were dirt tracks back then for racing and anything that could run was entered. Nothing like the TBs we think of now. Also, to help the TB stallions, the native stallions were round up or shot. Sad, but true. Oh, he said the horses could also be black. I don't know about chestnuts. I imagine once it really got going, they would send what they had. Our country supplied over one million horses during WWI. We sent many over for use by our Allies before we joined in the fight. My great grandpa fought in WWI. He saw some of the worst of it and rose to the rank of SGT. Earned a lot of medals. After he returned, he had shell shock and bounced around from job to job. Eventually, he ended up raising racing QHs up in Oregon. I have some neat pictures of him. He died before I was born, but when I bought my first horse, and finally got her papers, I found out her great grandsire had been owned by my great grandfather for awhile. That was an amazing coincidence. Here is a neat article about animals used during WWI. Some of the horses could have come from Wyoming.
  11. The Front Porch

    The test for Cushings can be tricky and expensive. I think it would be easier to take a horse into a clinic to get the timing right, rather the multiple farm calls. It is most effective to diagnose early. Early treatment is much better than waiting for it to become obvious. Our horse was showing all the signs by the time we figured it out. He never got a thick winter coat, so I missed the most important sign of all. He just shed his unimpressive winter fuzz later and later each year. When we asked about testing, our vet told us to treat our horse for it anyway, because the test wasn't really helpful by that time. We didn't use peroglide. There was some wrangling over using it for horses, but I think you can get it now. It can be pricey. I think you do need a test to prescribe it, though, but that's up to your vet.
  12. Promise of Heatwave

    He was a six year old boy living on a ranch in Wyoming at the turn of the last century (Harold died in the 1980s when he was in his 90s, I knew him when he was quite old and I was a kid). To explain that fully, I have to tell you another of his stories: His dad raised horses for the US Army (remounts- bay thoroughbred stallions turned out with mustangs in the Rock Springs area- their descendents are still larger mustangs with more solid colors). Their ranch was very remote and they depended on their horses to resupply and check on the mustangs. Every year, his dad and some hired hands would round up the mustangs and pick out any that met the requirements. They had to be 16 hands and bay. The chosen horses were gathered in a corral and the rest of the herd was turned loose again, sometimes with a fresh, tall stallion. The horses were driven to Cheyenne to sell to the US Army. The had to have been ridden before they got to the sale, so when Harold was old enough to go, he and his buddies would pick mounts for each to buck out every night along the trail. By the time they got to Cheyenne, all the horses had saddle marks (and all the cowboys were sore, lol!). Harold used to laugh and say he had no idea how those soldiers stayed with those little "pancake" saddles they had! So, back to the six year old Harold. He had a pony of his own, but he rode bareback. His dad told him he could have a saddle when he was big enough to saddle his pony himself so he rode bareback until he was around 8 or 9. Little Harold came in for dinner one night and his dad asked him, as they sat down to eat, if he had fed his pony. He said he hadn't but he would right after dinner. His dad told him, "No, you'll feed your pony now". Harold went out to the barn and fed his pony and came back inside. His dad told him to go straight to bed without dinner to emphasize how important it was to care for your livestock first. He said he never forgot to feed his pony again!
  13. Buying a horse trailer

    I do it the same way. Bondo is also necessary for mine. Florida is rough on trailers!
  14. Buying a horse trailer

    Biggest decision is if you want steel or aluminum. Big difference in price. I have never been able to afford anything but steel, lol! I am repainting my fifteen year old trailer now to get a few more years out of it before an upgrade.
  15. Promise of Heatwave

    Heidi, ours shed their guard hairs this time of year. They keep their thicker, shorter hair, but we get a mini shed out in January every year.