Holiday Training

During their time off of school, the girls have been training our 3 year old horses.  They have been enjoying the challenge.

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Leo the cat, helping with halter breaking.

Leo the cat, helping with halter breaking.

 

Our daughters are a great help to us and seem to enjoy the ride!

Our daughters are a great help to us and always seem to enjoy the ride!

Bringing the cows to our home place to get fed. They will settle in before they start calving in 5 weeks.

Bringing the cows to our home place to get fed. They will settle in before they start calving in 5 weeks.

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This is ‘Rock’ (Cashenin’ the Rocks).  He is 3 years old.  Last year we caught him and tied him up a bit.  This summer our middle daughter started to lunge him and work on the ground with him and then just before Christmas she got on him and had her sister lead her out.  He was exceptional and she is really making progress with him.

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This is ‘Poco’ (Rocka Poco Fella).  He is 3 years old.  We sent him and his older brother to a rancher/trainer to get a month on last summer.  Now our oldest has been working with him these last few days.  He also is going to be amazing.

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This is about on day number 3 when they opened up to pen #2 to have a little more space.

Their dad is chitter-chattering away in the background as he puts his chains on his tractor!  Now that he has passed on horse training to the girls, he can do these other jobs.

~Erika Fossen~

A Year In Review

Erika and King on range.

Erika and King on range.

April 28th we turned on this irrigation pivot. This is a 2nd year stand of Alfalfa. This was very early to have to irrigate.

April 28th we turned on this irrigation pivot. This is a 2nd year stand of Alfalfa. This was very early to have to irrigate.

Moving some cows and their calves around a rock bluff on our spring pasture near Midway,BC.

Moving some cows and their calves around a rock bluff on our spring pasture near Midway,BC.

Seeding a field with our Zero-Till drill in May.

Seeding a field with our Zero-Till drill in May.

It was very dry early this spring as you can see by the dust. This was the last day of dust and then we had a very wet year!

It was very dry early this spring as you can see by the dust. This was the last day of dust and then we had a very wet year!

Trying out our new centre pivot. This ground is fairly steep, about a 13% slope with many undulations. It was a GREAT relief that our measurements were correct and the pivot fit on the field and didn't hit the highway.

Trying out our new centre pivot. This ground is fairly steep, about a 13% slope with many undulations. It was a GREAT relief that our measurements were correct and the pivot fit on the field and didn’t hit the highway.

One of our barns. This one built in 1919 and was a stopping point for horses headed to Camp McKinney (a Gold mine).

One of our barns. This one built in 1919 and was a stopping point for horses headed to Camp McKinney (a Gold mine).

Our replacement heifers enjoying the view of the new centre pivot.

Our replacement heifers enjoying the view of the new centre pivot.

Doug’s pep talk with an endangered badger on our ranch.  We like them because they eat the gophers.

If you look to the top of the tree, you might see the face of the mama bear and her two cubs.

If you look to the top of the tree, you might see the face of the mama bear and her two cubs.

They were way at the top of this tall spruce tree.

They were way at the top of this tall spruce tree.

Then the rain started! Hallelujah!

Then the rain started! Hallelujah!

You know its been a really hard ride when you finally get the pasture cleared out and then you notice your saddle pad has gone missing!

You know its been a really hard ride when you finally get the pasture cleared out and then you notice your saddle pad has gone missing!

Starting to cut the alfalfa that we irrigated early. This was the highest yielding crop we had ever cut. It yielded 75 loads of silage off of 35 acres.

Starting to cut the alfalfa that we irrigated early. This was the highest yielding crop we had ever cut. It yielded 75 loads of silage off of 35 acres.

A pretty view looking to the west.

A pretty view looking to the west.

Doug got caught in a hail storm in the beginning of July. He, my horse and his dogs were all trying to hide under a tree.

Doug got caught in a hail storm in the beginning of July. He, my horse and his dogs were all trying to hide under a tree.

I think he got a little wet.

I think he got a little wet.

Driving by our pivot we saw the nozzle was plugged so Doug lifted our youngest up to try and get it going.

Driving by our pivot we saw the nozzle was plugged so Doug lifted our youngest up to try and get it going.

On top of our range.

On top of our range.

The beautiful 'Mount Baldy' in the background.

The beautiful ‘Mount Baldy’ in the background.

On our cattle drive from our fall grazing ranch back toward our home ranch. The cows were happily coming along and then..........

On our cattle drive from our fall grazing ranch back toward our home ranch. The cows were happily coming along and then……….

One cow would not cross the bridge! So this is us (my daughter and I) coming up behind her on our single-cow cattle drive at the end. All the other cows were already at their destination.

One cow would not cross the bridge! So this is us (my daughter and I) coming up behind her on our single-cow cattle drive at the end. All the other cows were already at their destination.

The same barn, different view.

The same barn, different view.

And the cycle of feeding cows starts for another year.

And the cycle of feeding cows starts for another year.

Looking down from the peek of our barn at our corrals and the girls.

Looking down from the peek of our barn at our corrals and the girls.

Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you have a wonderful Christmas season.

Merry Christmas everyone! We hope you have a wonderful Christmas season.

~Erika Fossen~