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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Horse Trial

We have been looking for a show jumping horse for Jonah for a while.  D, our little paint, has done a great job learning to jump but she is just not tall enough for his six foot stature.

 Finding the right combination of experience, age, athleticism, personality, and price is not easy.  We searched all over the US and then we found this guy only 30 minutes away.

After riding him twice, we decided a month trial would be in order.  When buying a horse, it is always a good idea so you can see how they travel, adjust to a new environment, and work with their rider, as well as having a thorough vet check done.

So here he is ~ Alencino aka Rock It.
This chestnut gelding is 13 years old and has lots of jumping experience.  He is an off the track Thoroughbred (former race horse) who got a second chance as a jumper.
Standing at 17 hands high, he is a full foot taller than D.

He is a quiet and well mannered boy who knows his job. Rock It should be able to take J2 into the show ring this spring.

 You can see in the picture above he is a much better fit for Jonah. They are getting along great and seem to like each other a lot.  If the trial goes well (and we think it will), Rock It will be Jonah's new jumper.

Oh Lord, since you are my rock and my fortress,
for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Psalm 31:3

Monday, January 20, 2014

Shearing Day

This weekend we had our annual shearing party.
Lots of friends came out to help and play.  We broke up into teams and worked the animals through.



hoof trimming (the Dr. had to take a call. haha!)


skirting the fleece

and vaccinations.

And it was all happening at the same time.
Everyone did a great job especially since they were all non-farming friends!

Ecclesiastes 4:9
Two are better than one, 
because they have a good return for their labor.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Hoping for Rams

Rams are challenging and there's no perfect ram.
However, in Jacob Sheep there are certain traits that are important to the breed and some that are desirable to us for our flock. The fact is, the ram is the most important member of your flock making up to 50% of the equation.

The past year has been difficult concerning our rams.
Our two most promising ram lambs were killed by a bobcat.
Then we lost one in a ram fight
and still another injured in a way that made him unsuitable for breeding.

With lambing right around the corner, we decided to cull the rams.  Culling decisions are never easy but when it came down to it, we decided all of them needed to go, each for different reasons.  Now, we enter uncharted territory by not having a registered ram and knowing they are hard to come by in our part of the country.  It may seem like a risky decision but for now we feel good about it.

We have several bred ewes that could throw a ram we could use and they have given us pretty lambs before.  That is what we are hoping for. We will wait to see what arrives in February.  Maybe it will be a big ram year and we will have several to choose from.  A beautiful four horn boy from Ziggy, Daylily, or Daffodil would be wonderful.

Or maybe we will be shopping around for the perfect guy to have shipped in for our Jacob girls.

We will need the faith & patience of a shepherd before we will know.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 1:1

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Crusty Bread

This bread is super easy 
and super good!
Baking it in a hot enamel cast iron pot
makes it taste like it came out of a brick oven.

Mix up the night before.
No kneading.
Bake in the morning.
Then, smell the goodness in your kitchen until dinner.
Crusty on the outside.
Soft on the inside.

I discovered this bread on Pinterest.
For recipe and directions, go to

John 6:35
Jesus said to them,
"I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me shall not hunger,
and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."

Friday, January 3, 2014

Walking in the New Year

My first 5K.
I'm not quite sure how it happened really.
I didn't set out to do it
especially on New Year's Day
as if it was a resolution.
After all, I'm generally opposed to exercise of any kind.
But here I found myself, walking. 

All three of our boys were signed up to run.
And then our oldest had an accident.
It was not funny at the time and thankfully he is fine
but he was unable to compete with a concussion.

Yes, the boy knocked himself out cold with a t-post driver
putting up temporary fence for lambing.
Can you believe it? {I'm giggling as I write this because it's just SO like him to do something like that} 
We're glad he only ended up with a big bump on his head
and a few days of dizziness & headaches.

Since he was out of commission & couldn't run 
it was suggested that I take his place and walk with our niece.
It was a very chilly morning
and I haven't walked that far in...say...EVER.

But to my surprise, I really enjoyed it!
I think we may start making the runs a family affair.

Ta-da... the finishers. 
Notice my guys have two medals each.
That's because they were both in the top three of their age divisions.

Isaiah 40:31
But they who wait for the Lord 
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.


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