A few friends had horses consigned to the Ranch Horse Round Up Sale and it was a beautiful morning so off we went to watch. We had to stop for a breakfast sandwich and coffee at Sylvan Lake where a nearby building was hosting a large gull convention. Then off to Rimbey and the sale.
There was a wide selection of horses from 2 year old prospects (one draft cross 2 year old was steadier than some mature horses) to horses with years of experience doctoring cattle on big pastures.
There was even one that I wish could be the mount of the neighbor girl who needs a good horse to be her partner in her quest to be a horsewoman. Good horses still demand a good price. He was above her budget. Nice horse.
A good ranch horse can make a good trail riding horse or a good prospect for some of the interesting new competitions becoming available.
I hear people say they can’t take their horse out on the trails because he and they get nervous. Most all ranch horses have not only been out on the trails but have had to work through trees and deadfall to move cattle. Not all ranches have the terrain to make that happen but those that do can certainly get horses broke.
This is a great venue for a horse sale. The big hillside behind the large outdoor arena is a good place for exhibitors to settle their nerves and give the horses a chance to stretch their legs and take a little break.
The sale provided lots of preview time for each horse. This allowed the horses a few minutes to settle in and go to work and really show their finest skills.
It also allowed time for any “holes” in their training to show up, providing a buyers with a good idea of the level of training and disposition. Blood samples from all the horses were taken in case of questions requiring drug testing.
Lunch was available, the burgers were great and the porta potties were remarkably pleasant. Great sale!!
Every day each of us gets a little older. It does not matter what industry you work in or what job you do, days go by so quickly and none of us get any younger. This is especially important to remember if you want to ensure your way of life, your business, and your passion will continue long after you are gone. The horse industry is not immune to this circle and unless we get our kids to exchange remotes for a set of reins, we could find ourselves in a bit of a conundrum down the road.
It is with this potential pitfall down the road, that our ranch started to work on a vision of getting Youth Back in the Saddle several years ago. Our mission is to encourage up and comers of all ages to get involved in the industry and contribute to ensuring this way of life that we all love will be around for future generations. One of the projects that our ranch is undertaking to meet this vision, is our 60-day Colt Starting Challenge. This challenge focuses on promoting up and coming trainers who are trying to ensure that people of all ages get back into the saddle and stay in the saddle! Continue reading “Exchanging Remotes for Reins..”→
The 13th annual Ranch Country Horse Sale was held on September 9th in Maple Creek, SK. It was a fun and successful day with many quality weanlings, prospects, and broke ranch and rope horses on offer.
The 27 broke horses averaged $6411, with the top five bringing $10,750.
The high seller this year was a 2012 dun AQHA gelding consigned by Seth Abrahamson. CD Diamond Jay had been used for everything on the ranch, and was handy to sort and doctor on. Thank you to CW Livestock for purchasing this nice gelding for $12,500.
The average of the 27 weanlings also on offer was $1031, with the high seller being a black stud colt sired by Just Plain Rockin, offered by Ken and Marg Perrin, selling for $1900. Thank you to Calvin and Susan Siegle for giving this colt a great home.
We would like to thank everyone – consignors, buyers, bidders, volunteers, and friends – for their support of our sale and we hope you had a great day, and we hope to see you next year!
“See you at the Mane Event” is a pretty common phrase around these parts. We all look forward to a visit with our “horsey” friends after a long western Canadian winter. And, just like the crocuses, thousands of horse people from every discipline will suddenly show up, sometimes even poking through the snow, to see what the many, many vendors have brought to entice us or teach us. Along with this are knowledgeable clinicians teaching throughout the buildings and 2 arenas and, of course, you don’t want to miss the “Trainers Challenge”. There is lots to be learned.
Showing you all the exhibitors, clinicians and vendors isn’t really an option so we thought we would concentrate on the ones who are also on Northernhorse.com. If you weren’t at The Mane Event this year, let us give you a good idea of what you missed. Continue reading “Another GREAT Mane Event!”→
The years slip by quickly. Too quickly. Mark sent me a reminder of that today.
Let me put a little perspective on this little flashback. It was the mid 90’s. We still had a couple of our 6 kids living at home. We had just been through the 20+ percent interest of the 1980’s with almost more debt than we could survive.
After we sold the dairy, we worked at haying half the hay fields around the area, ran a silage operation, had up to 140 head of cows calving, raised a fair number of horses, tended a big garden, and raised kids. We never seemed to have enough money but we certainly had enough to do. And on the subject of years slipping by quickly – some of those years went by way too fast. Could use a rerun. There were a lot of good times.
Then Dave hurt his back. The surgeon asked him if he “had to keep farming”. Well, that was a dumb question. Of course Dave had to keep farming. That was what Dave did. But every time he drove the tractor or the cutter or the truck for too long, he was back laying on the floor. Continue reading “Many Years of Classifieds”→