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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…

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.

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 bef…

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. Yum!
I discovered this bread on Pinterest. For recipe and directions, go to Simply So Good.
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."

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. 

Actually... 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 enjoye…