Category: Livestock

Tuesday’s Tales: The Great Escape

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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So You Want to Raise Rabbits

A too-common conversation recently surfaced and, as rabbit meat gets more in demand, the numbers get larger. I understand the enthusiasm for a new project. But sometimes enthusiasm needs tempered by common sense. The names here have been changed to protect the foolhardy in an effort to, hopefully, inject some common sense into the conversation […]

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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Heat Stress in Poultry

As an outdoor operation, there is little we can do to control the weather. Our birds have shelters to go into, a place that is dry but in cold weather and heat they are not in a climate controlled barn. Some would say they should be, but when farms DO have climate controlled barns then […]

The Colt Cam Chronicles

If you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook (though the two aren’t playing nice, lately), you’ve probably missed out on the snippets of video I’m posting. I wish every video editor was as handy to use as Instagram’s. Suggestions anyone? I’ve got three or four on my phone and I kind of hate them […]

Story Behind the Meme – Small Farms

Some time ago I made a couple of photo memes that I share from time to time. I thought I’d take a few minutes to share why it was made, as some are offended by it. It’s a slam on large farms, or it’s a negative. It’s reality. The first one is one intended to […]

The Colt Cam Chronicles 2015

“You can never rely on a horse that is educated by fear. There will always be something that he fears more than you. But, when he trusts you, he will ask you what to do when he is afraid.” ~ Antoine de Pluvinel (1555-1620), the first of the French Riding Masters Many of you will […]


I got an email from Cedar Creek Productions the other day, also known as the company that put out, Buck the Film, and in the footer I found a link to an upcoming documentary called UnBranded. I checked it out and it looks to be really good! Here’s the kickstarter video that helped them get […]

6 Things Every First-Time Horse Owner Should Know

I was a HORSE crazy kid. Just ask my parents. At age 4 I started begging for a horse. I got a riding lesson here or there, and a week or two at summer camp with my aunt, who grew up on a ranch and took us riding the “dude string” horses, but that was […]

The Colt Cam Chronicles

Well, I’m back with another installment! Not that I haven’t been handling colts all the while – though it’s been intermittent at best. But it’s way past time to start Rival — Fridge’s pasture mate and coming 4yo. He’s not the gentlest colt to begin with, but then neither was his mother at first but […]