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A cold and dark December. Certainly not the first but it’s been awhile.
I could have lightened these photos but because the days are so short it seems we are always doing chores in the semi darkness so many of the photos were taken in the semi darkness. Even at midday the sun appears weak and far away and the shadows long.
The nights are cold and there just isn’t enough heat coming from that far away sun to warm the days. Some years colder than others. This December it got cold.
I am a bit late in getting this post done, I’ll use Christmas as my excuse, LOL.
What being late with this post has allowed me to do though is see how the winter is progressing. As I anticipated this is a really good winter to document a horse herd as they range for their feed in a tough, west central Alberta winter. Lots of snow. Lots of cold. Like I remember as a kid.
December 1st brought us a good dump of snow. The young horses almost enjoy the new snow. It is no hardship for them. Continue reading “Winter Pasture – December 2016”
The daytime temperatures were just above freezing up until the very end of November. The nighttime temperatures were around -8. Nice comfortable weather for horses if not perhaps a little warm. Some of the warmer days they even rolled in the snow to cool down.
The kind of days that make working with the young horses particularly fun. No bugs and just a light jacket. The snow was gradually decreasing, the paddocks were a bit icy but not bad.
Florida Bald Eagles Await Hatching of Eggs.
One has hatched – what a cutie. They sleep a lot at night but watching the variety of food brought back to the nest to feed baby is interesting. Click on play below if it doesn’t start.
Canadian Cowboys Levi Simpson & Jeremy Buhler win the 2016 PRCA Team Roping Championship
Very interesting visual of human growth.
Youth Essay Contest
Rocking Heart Ranch and the Garner family are lifetime breeders of American Quarter Horses and are pleased to be donating a pretty blue roan filly for the winner of the Youth Essay Contest held in conjunction with The Mane Event in Red Deer, AB on April 21-23, 2017. If you are between the ages of 13 – 18 you qualify to enter. Deadline 4:30 PM PST on Monday, April 10th, 2017.
You can view a video of the prize filly here.
How the Vikings started the worldwide distribution of gaited horses
The 81 Point Ride of Tanner Miller aboard RMP’s Hillbilly Stomp
Some kind of bronc rider.
Hollywood wrangler: an inside look at John Scott’s famous film sets
(From Alberta Venture) He got his start in movies 47 years ago as a riding extra. Since then, he’s worked with scores of Hollywood legends on dozens of Oscar-nominated films, and become something of a legend himself. (photography Bruce Meyer) Click on photo to read more.
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Even when they grow old, we are still surprised when one of the legends in our horse world dies. Luckily, Pepinics Master got to sire a good number of nice individuals who will no doubt carry his genes on into the future.
They say if we are lucky that once in a lifetime we will get a great horse. Ed & Connie got a really great horse. Pepinics Master also got a great home and great life in return. We know that their love and respect for this stallion extended beyond his performance and reproductive successes. Ed’s voice would change when he spoke of him. He takes great pride and interest in the successes of all of this great sire’s offspring and their owners and trainers. Our sympathy to Myterra Ranch on this loss.
Visit the Myterra Ranch website home page to view the announcement and view a slide show of Pepinics Master from last winter.
Have you ever watched someone trying to get a horse to prick up it’s ears for a photo? It’s not as easy as you might think. Leslie Khy has developed an app that you can put on your phone that can really help. Check it out. Available at App Store, Google Play, etc.