Category Archives: Life on the Ranch

This White Bull****

***Disclaimer: I don’t know if this is true, but it’s funny and that is what matters.  Also, swearing. *** There’s a story circulating that a man was arrested for attempting to remove snow with a flame-thrower.  The  operator of said … Continue reading

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This Weather, Though!

I tell ya.  Over the weekend we were in the single digits, negative degrees at night.  We had about 8 inches of snow on the ground and my sole occupation was “breaking ice”.   This morning it’s 43 degrees out. … Continue reading

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Many Thanks

November marks the beginning of the end, it is the month when we begin to end the year.  We butcher the birds, harvest the last of the walnuts, cut down trees for the Christmas tree lot, and kick off the … Continue reading

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Aw, Nuts!

It’s fall.  Something about the light and the cool air makes me want to snuggle indoors and write every chance I get.  (My dream life is one of ridin’ and writin’.)   This time of year is exciting because we … Continue reading

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In Case You Ever Wonder What Breakfast is Like Around Here

I’ve always loved everything about feeding time — the sounds, the herd dynamics and interactions, the exercise.  Thought I’d share it with you in this video.   Yukon is the first horse I feed, he gets Equine Senior as it’s … Continue reading

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Got Hitching Rails?

There are hitching rails at the South end of Kiona Winery’s parking lot.  These were put in several years ago, I believe by the Backcountry Horseman chapter (this is unconfirmed, because I’ve heard numerous others claim to’ve put them in). … Continue reading

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Easiest Saddle Rack in the World

I wanted saddle racks that I could mount on the outside of our corrals and round pen — something that folds down when not in use, and that would keep my saddles and bridles and everything else off the ground … Continue reading

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Facing Fears and Facts

Preface – Mortality The facts are we are mortal, and so are our animals.  The topic of domesticated animals and their care is a sensitive one with almost cult-like division over everything from when to call a vet vs. whether or not to … Continue reading

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Wishbone and Sis

My favorite thing to do when I visit Wishbone is to stand under his neck and lean my back against his massive chest.  I am completely sheltered by the gentle giant as he curls his head down a little and … Continue reading

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20 Business Lessons After the First 2 Years

We are heading into our 3rd year of operations.  Our original plan was to do this for 3 years and then re-evaluate — would we want to continue?  is it a viable operation?  do we love it?  are we still … Continue reading

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