It’s weaning time!

August 24th, 2016

It’s hard to believe that the end of summer is fast approaching but it really is! Fair is over with, school is back in swing, shows are winding down, many exhibitors are preparing to head for the AMHR National show, and weaning time has arrived. We always wean by the sign of the moon so we find the date that fits closest to when we think the foals are ready to be weaned and that is when we wean. This year that meant this past week, August 19th, to be exact. We find it is less stressful for both moms and babies if we wean by the sign of the moon. Our foals are always eating grain good by the time we wean and they rarely go completely off grain when we wean by the sign of the moon. They may back off eating as much for a few days (while they pout) but for the most part, they stay eating. We notice less whinnying or talking on both the part of mom’s and baby’s. We generally put the foals in one pen and the moms in another pen, not next to each other but still where they can see each other. Then after just a few days we take moms to pasture for the remainder of the summer and the foals are kept here in a smaller pen where we can be in and out every day and they get used to seeing and smelling us. We also prefer to wean in pairs or at least all foals together. Everyone, foals included, handle new situations better when they don’t have to go through it alone. 🙂

Summer is in full swing!

July 13th, 2016

Summer is in here full swing here…..we aren’t showing any this year but it certainly doesn’t make life any less busy! Breeding season is over & the main herd is out to pasture. I know they love the open space & fresh air, not to mention the absolute quiet they get to enjoy tucked back in the hills. 🙂 We’ve had some timely rains this spring and summer so their pasture is looking really good. We are busy haying….it’s almost time to put the first round of square bales in the hay loft so you know what that means………time for a work out! I’ll get plenty of muscle testing over the next 3 months. 🙂 We hope you summer is going great and you are enjoying your miniatures & shetlands too!

Our Miniatures & Shetlands out to pasture.

The herd enjoying their summer pasture.

It’s foaling time!

April 28th, 2016

As always, I look forward to the new foals every spring. We are currently waiting on an ASPC foal from our Harbrook’s Mo-Mischief daughter and sired by our Junior Stallion, Outlaw’s Thyme for a Surprise. This will be the first time for this cross and our 2nd foal from both “Sur” and “Lexy”. So far “Lexy” is showing no signs of being ready to foal so I suspect we could be going past the due dates I had marked.

Our other ASPC mare, BC’s Lucky Dancer, doesn’t appear to be in foal. We are watching for signs of heat but it’s seems to be an odd year & no one is cycling yet. So in the meantime, she is away from the other mares, just in case.

We actually had a first for us this year. One of our younger maiden ASPC mares, Outlaw’s Twice the Appeal, accidentally got bred when one of the stallions got out last spring. I knew the stallion got out, thought I knew the mares that were in heat so watched them closely for signs of a goof-up, but somehow missed the one mare that he did manage to breed. So it was actually March before we realized that we had had an ‘oops’ & since the year was so busy, I hadn’t written the time on my calendar when the stallion got out, so had no idea on an exact foaling date, just a guess. Well, the little guy arrived on April 26th, healthy & doing well. He’s a solid bay & since he was an ‘oops’ we had already decided we either had an Ooopsy Daisy or an Ooopsy Dudley so his name will be Outlaw’s Dudley O. He will be gelded and I think he is going to be a sharp little guy for someone to have a lot of fun with. Of course, he was born on a nice day & then it started raining & is cold, so he’s not got out to run & stretch his legs yet. I have a BIG calendar in the barn this year so I am writing down everything, even if I think it’s insignificant!



Spring is in the air!

March 9th, 2016

We are having unusually nice weather for this early in the year & everything, including the trees and the grass, seem to be enjoying it & perhaps getting a little ahead of time. I have finally had time to start to work with the yearlings and they are a challenge. 🙂 But I love to see how their personalities react to being asked to lead, mind, have their ears scratched, etc. I also find it interesting that some bloodlines are more prone to have certain personality traits as well as there being a difference in personality traits between miniatures and shetlands. I know that I find the shetlands to be the most curious and very sharp when it comes to interacting with the human counterpart. The warmer weather definitely makes it more fun to spend time with them and work on their social skills. Last year’s foals were sired by D&S Tom Collins, AE Bey Star, and Outlaw’s Thyme for a Surprise so there are 3 ASPC yearlings and one ASPC/AMHR yearling that are currently in kindergarten. I hope to be able to do some updated pictures of them before spring arrives on the calendar. In the meantime, enjoy the day in your part of the world!

The beginning of a New Year!

January 22nd, 2016

Wow! It’s hard to believe that 2016 has started and that January is almost over with! We’ve updated our sales list to include some ASPC/AMHR & ASPC mares for sale that have never been offered before. Life is busy, we now have 4 grandchildren (soon to be 5) that we want to spend more time with and none of them live within the state. So we have decided to cut our herd back considerably and focus on other areas in our life. We will still maintain our breeding program for now and probably breed 2 – 3 mares a year but we want to focus on spending time with our families and building our future. We still love to show and if and when it’s possible, we’ll see you somewhere at a show. But for right now it seems the show schedules are not fitting our schedule. 🙂 We have some great show prospects for the right people so we encourage you to consider an ‘Outlaw’ for you to have fun with!

The Joys of Grandchildren!

August 19th, 2015

Hi! I have finally updated the website with some additional horses listed for sale and updated prices. I know I keep repeating myself but it’s been a busy summer around here! We enjoyed 3 of our grandchildren for about 10 days the beginning of August and then our 4th grandchild joined us at the end of those 10 days so we had all 4 of them here for the Loup County Fair. It was a fun time and I think they all enjoyed the treats of a small town fair. But the best part for us was that all 4 of them rode our shetland gelding, Bucko, and wanted to ride more! We have been working on that accomplishment for quite awhile!  Our 3 year old granddaughter, Phoebe, has been a little skittish until this year, and our newest granddaughter, 5 month old Piper, was excited as soon as Papa put her on the saddle! Our 5 year old grandson, Lincoln, has always enjoyed riding Bucko and he tells us that he wants to ride now all by himself. Yeah! That means that almost 4 year old Denton needs to get ready for a lot of riding because it’s going to be up to him to put the polishing touches on Bucko so he is kid proof. We think Denton is ready and what’s even better is that his Dad agreed! We are looking ahead now and thinking maybe we better be holding back some geldings because at some point, only one pony to ride is not going to be enough! We are looking forward to more fun with the grandkids in the future!

Spring rains makes the grass grow!

June 19th, 2015

We’ve been blessed with a very rainy, wet  spring! I’m thankful for the moisture as it makes the grass grow and the pastures green, always a beautiful sight. But it does have it’s drawbacks as well – more yard work for one as the grass needs mowed way more often! It also makes it harder to put hay up for the upcoming winter as we are not getting much of a break in-between rains to get the grass mowed and sunshine for it to cure. I’m hopeful the next couple of weeks are going to give us the break we need to get the first cutting of hay done. Then it will be on to other projects. Our new place is awesome but we have a lot of tree cutting and clearing to do. Some of the trees are cedar trees and some are elm and cottonwood trees. Some have been around awhile and some are new ones just sprouting up everywhere. Our next big project is clearing a bunch of trees out of an old fence line so we can rebuild the fence along the east line of a pasture and build a complete new fence along the west line of the same pasture. By September we are going to be needing the pasture so we’ll be pushing ourselves to get it done amidst an already hectic schedule. In the meantime, the foals and their mamas are enjoying their small pasture and we are enjoying watching them out our dining room and living room windows. They tease and play with each other and then they just stretch out and soak up the fresh air and sunshine, if its available. We hope you are enjoying your spring as well in your part of the world.

Last foal of the season!

May 12th, 2015

Our foaling season ended on Mother’s Day, May 10th. We had four foals this year – 2 colts (already gelded) and 2 fillies. Three of the mares were first-time mares and they are being great moms! The older mare had the first foal from our Junior Stallion, Outlaw’s Thyme for a Surprise – Sur to us. We love the colt and are excited to see more foals from Sur in the future! The two colts – Tango & Boogie – have been in the pasture together for a couple of weeks now & they are having fun running & playing with each other. It can be very entertaining at times to watch them! Our first foal of the year, Outlaw’s Emilia Bey, was born weak and had a slow start but she is doing good now! She’ll be out on pasture soon along with the newest filly and we’ll see what the boys think of that! Foaling season is always one of my favorite times of the year and this year was certainly fun to see the results. Watch for pictures!

The Foals are arriving!

April 15th, 2015

It’s been a really busy fall, winter, & now spring for us! We moved…..and simply put that is no easy task when you are moving horses, equipment, tack, portable buildings, fencing, haying equipment, tractors, shop stuff, an entire household etc. etc.  Finally as of the April 1, everything is moved! We have some temporary stalls set up for the bred mares and the babies have started to arrive. Our first foal was born April 7th, an ASPC/AMHR red & white pinto filly by AE Bey Star and out of Outlaw’s Tara Rose. The filly was a little weak when born & got a slow start but she is looking better every day. The 2nd foal was born the next morning, April 8th, an ASPC black & white pinto colt by D&S Tom Collins and out of BC’s Lucky Dancer. It’s always fun to see the crosses and watch as the foals begin to develop. We have 2 more mares due to foal this month and then our foaling season with be over. I like keeping the numbers small these days……not sure if that is an indication of age or wisdom.  🙂

It’s Show Time!

July 11th, 2014

We enjoyed showing at the Blue Stem Miniature Horse Club July show over the 4th of July week-end.  We have a busy summer going on so it looks like this will be the only sanctioned show we will be able to attend this summer but we certainly enjoyed it! It was great to see our horse show friends and the Blue Stem club put on an excellent show. Thank you to all the club members for your hard work and dedication!

Out contenders for the show were our 2 year old stallion, Outlaw’s Pecos Bey, and our yearling stallion, Outlaw’s Cosmos Bey. We were very pleased with how both boys placed and how well they handled the new surroundings. You know when you are from the country, taking a trip to the big city and seeing PEOPLE and other animals can be a scary thing!

Outlaw’s Cosmos Bey measured 35″ and showed in the Yearling Over Class, 34″ – 36″. He took a first place under both judges. Outlaw’s Pecos Bey measured 35 12″ and showed in the 2 Year old Over Class, 35″ – 37″. He took a first place under both judges, then received 1 Jr. Championship and 1 Res. Jr. Championship, and then went on to receive a Res. Grand Championship under 1 judge. Both boys showed very well and considering it was Cosmos’s first show and only Pecos’s second show, we couldn’t have been happier. We want to thank Dan Timmerman of T’s Miniature Horses for being willing to step in and show Cosmos for us. He did an excellent job and Cosmos looked very good in his expert hands. 🙂

We enjoy showing our horses and are glad we got to get out at least once this year. We look forward to more shows next year!