Saturday, July 9, 2011

Living High on the Hog

From time to time, we are approached by folks who would like to hunt some wild hogs at the ranch. Yes....such a nuisance those nasty critters are. Plenty of research has been done to suggest the tremendous amount of influx on this part of the country, not only tearing up the land, but hosting disease as well. In years past, we have trapped them and sold them live. In fact, I don't mind telling you that is how I used to pay for Christmas and enough left over to feed my nail lady to fix me up. But, the last couple of years, these critters haven't been as easy to find, trap, or hunt. Add to that summer time vegetation and seemingly, it isn't the best time of the year to try. That said, cooperator and good friend, Chuck Miller and his cronies from Columbia, MO are here now and at last count, have harvested ten head. Course, it looks like the dead of vegetation. So maybe they are a little easier to spot. Secondly, they seem to be hanging close to the few water sources on the ranch....the tanks (or for you northern folks, ponds). A productive hunt, good fellowship and great guys. Thanks MIZZOU for sharing them and their sharpshooter skills with us.

High on the Hog

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tis' the Season

I hope if you're making plans for the fall, you'll include a trip to Throckmorton, TX in it. We'd love to have you anytime but the truth of the matter is, on Wednesday, October'll have an opportunity to see this.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Halter Breaking continues

The show moves on. Today is day 3 and the last day that we will halter and work with the foals. Tomorrow, we'll vaccinate and brand before they are turned out to pasture for the rest of the summer. It's simply amazing that this age ol' process just takes THREE DAYS. As you can see by the photos that Sam Cunningham caught this morning on her iphone, even the little cowboys get to be a part!

Ben McCartney relaxes with one of the foals.

Casey Mitchell leading one of the foals around in the Texas heat.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

"GOOSE" ~ a cowboys right hand!

"FIRST HALTER" ~ my baby....Maraposa x Twister!


It's THAT week.....this week, I mean is THAT week. THAT week where everyone drops everything to spend the days with the foals/mares. Halter breaking, vaccinations, branding, and palpating.....all this week. Stop in for a glass of ice tea and see this amazing process in action!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

It's EASTER at the Ranch

It's EASTER at the RAB today because Dr. Mike Mimms from Hereford, TX is here hunting (flushing, collecting) eggs out of 26 donor cows at the RAB. The embryos are then put into recipient cows, the surrogate mothers, right away. From the sounds of it, we are doing well above average so far with about 14 embryos per donor on average. Yeeeeeehawwwwwww!