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Favorite Horse Quotes

Here are some quotes and verses I found that I liked.


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Ranch Cattle Drive

Today, we chased cows a little over six miles down the road to a field that they will graze on until we have to start feeding them hay for the winter.  It’s their last chance to graze before winter.

It has been awhile since I’ve ridden a horse, and when I swung into the saddle, it felt great!  I can’t explain the wonder of feeling the every movement of your horse under you!

Okay, back to the subject at hand.  The weather was beautiful for the first mile or two, then is started getting pretty windy.  It was windy the rest of the ride, but it was still lots of fun.  We had just gotten home and horses unsaddled before the cold and snow hit.  The snow only lasted for about fifteen minutes, though, but the howling wind and cold has continued all day.  So, in short summary, we got cows to their pasture in perfect timing.

Here are some picture that Tierra took on the cattle drive.  Enjoy!

Here is Tierra taking pictures on Cowboy!



Further down the road!



Tierra enjoying her ride!


That’s all for now!  Everybody enjoy the Christmas season!


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Picking 4-H Steers

For the last month, Colton, dad, and I have been checking out the steers in the feedlot, picking out what steers we liked the best. Last week, we made our final pick on three of the steers we had an eye on.  One steer for Colton, one for me, and a buddy steer. A buddy steer is an extra steer that we have, just in case something happens to one of our steers; he’s basically a back up. 🙂

Here are some pictures of the steers. Although, I was having a hard time keeping the steers stay still long enough to take a picture. 🙂

image Sorry this one is a little blurry 😦 But, I hope you agree with me that these calves are pretty cute.


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Our steers are in between seven and eight hundred pounds right now. Our goal is to get our steers around 1370 lbs at fair. Our fair will be somewhere between the beginning to the middle of August

What do we look for in a 4-H calf?

Every person has their preference as to what they like in their calf, but I will tell you what Colton and I look for in ours (although, even we sometimes have different views on a calf). When looking for a calf, we look for: Spring of rib (nice and wide through the body), carries down deep into the flank (look at the diagram below for different parts of the body), wide in the rump, big boned, nicely muscled, and longer bodied.  These are the main things I am looking for in my steer.

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Sorry everybody; I couldn’t figure out how to make this image any larger, so if you want it larger, just click!

January 2nd, every kid who has a 4-H steer, will take their steer to weigh in. At weigh in, every steer is weighed and gets a 4-H tag. The tag is just  an I.D. to show that, that certain calf is a 4-H calf. When the steers get to fair, they will all be weighed again. That way, everybody can see how much their 4-H steer grew from weigh in to fair.

My job with my steer is to get him all tamed down and halter broke for fair. I will do lots of working with my steer when summer hits. Walking him every day and washing him. But, I will tell you more about that when the time comes. 🙂

I think that’s all for now. 🙂 I will keep you updated on our steers and let you know what their names are and all that fun stuff! 🙂 God Bless!