The Wreck

I’ve been getting to barrel race a little bit this summer, and Avie and I are really clicking! Thursday before our Father’s Day Branding, I took him to the local Jackpot, where Gump and I have won a couple buckles in the summer series. I love running on a standard pattern so this arena is perfect. But the ground wasn’t.

I ended up mostly unscathed, though I did sprain my MCL (medial collateral ligament). As of today, it’s still sore and it hurts to roll around in bed at night and get out of bed in the morning. If I tweak it just right it’s sore, otherwise it’s just a mere annoyance. It’s not stopping me from running barrels or riding, however. We redeemed ourselves this week with a nice, money-winning run, that also qualified us for the Bonus Race Finals.

Happy trails!

Foals on Film

I thought, since I’m behind, I’d take a moment to share the cuteness that has been Tony and Issimo growing up this summer.

Here’s Issimo getting scratched, and feeling the need to scratch back…

Issimo loves his scratches! #foals #thedxranch #horses #ig_equine #lovehim #love #ranchlife

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Tony had trouble with his legs when he was a newborn – he was windswept behind, and over at the knees (contracted tendons) in the front. It was because he was so huge when he was born, there wasn’t a lot of room for all of him in the womb. So he spent quite a bit of time in the calving barn, to limit his activity while his legs got stronger.

He adores scratches:

You can see his wobbly legs here:

The cuteness is overwhelming. #horsesofinstagram #ranchlife #love #ig_equine #igers #ag #equines

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He would have liked to play and be silly a lot sooner than he was able:

As he got stronger, he practiced his cow horse moves. He’ll be using these for the rest of his life:

Here, he’s back to pasture for the first time in 5 weeks:

Aren’t they adorable?

Happy Trails!



Some of you who follow me on Facebook and actually get notifications from my South Dakota Cowgirl Page, or who follow me on Instagram, have seen that my second (and last) colt for the year was born on June 13. This his how behind I am in in sharing my life. You have my apologies. His […]

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Photos from the Branding Pen

Going to the fire

I’ve been uber busy this summer, as evidenced by the lack of posts here (but you can still read what I’m writing about horsemanship over at Cavvy Savvy).  I’m so behind, I didn’t realize until this morning that I hadn’t shared any of my branding pen photos from this Spring.  We just held our annual […]

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A Typical Day on the Ranch


I’m often asked: what’s a typical day on the ranch? I chuckle inside and then quietly say with a smile on my face, “there is no such thing”! When you live where you work, and work where you live, manage animals and grass for a living, life gets hectic, frenetic and crazy. One day (like […]

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My Very Own Iron Man


We had a baby born the 14th. He’d be a full sibling to my colt, Fridge. He’s adorable, albeit a bit crooked legged. Because he’s windswept and a bit contracted he’s got a nice fluffy, confined spot in the calving barn.  His dad is named Nukem, and his mother is Streakin Iron.  I sent photos […]

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Crazy days


To say that life here has been insanely busy, might be putting it nicely.  I’m sure everyone can tell from the lack of posts that I’m busy: it’s not that I’ve nothing to say.  Here’s a quick rundown:  Last weekend I ran all over the state chasing down barrels.  We won some money and had […]

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Tuesday’s Tales: The Great Escape

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It was a lovely, unseasonably warm, early April Saturday night. There was extra family in from town, and plans were made to go to dinner at our local steakhouse, about 13 miles away, because what do ranchers eat when they’re not eating their own steak? Steak. I’d spent the day doing various chores, doctoring a […]

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Pretty light


Earlier this week as Zach and I were watering horses, I caught him coming through the door as the light from sunset flooded in.  This photo makes me happy. Does it you?     Happy trails. 

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An Invitation to a Date

Willis and Ethelyn in DC

My maternal grandmother died a few years ago and at the time my mother was still a busy choir teacher. She’s since retired and has begun the task of going through her mother’s things.  Two weeks ago, she found a box, full of treasures.  You see, Grandma never threw much away. Okay, I think she […]

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