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Horseshoeing School

Tim Terrill shows Seamus how to shape a horseshoe

Tim Terrill and his daughter Tate came today to shoe some horses to get ready for fall riding. He took time to show Seamus and our guests the finer points of preparing the shoes and shaping the hooves. We are located on the Continental Divide Bike Trail, and we had guests from England who were glad to see Tim at work. He happened to be shoeing a wild horse which we had adopted, so I explained the adoption program.

Seamus checking to make sure the shoe is level

Tony, Clarisse and Tate observing

Tim hard at work

 

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On the trail, with help

Rhen and Modesto on the trail on adopted wild horse

Rhen and Modesto on the trail on adopted wild horse

 

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April: lion or lamb?

We have been praying for moisture, after yet another dry winter (this on the heels of two hard winters).  We are getting intermittent rainy and snowy days, which usually we are grateful for.  Last week, we got a snow storm which came with high winds which made it unfit for man and beast.

At Powder Wash, we lost several calves, lambs and ewes, in spite of sheds and shelter.  On the Red Desert, the ewes “blew out”, which means that in sheep just walked in front of the howling winds.  In these conditions, we tell the sheepherders just to stay in their camps.  Since there are few fences, the sheep are usually miles away from where they started, but they are OK, and we have to find them and put the herd back together.

Still, the moisture brings promise of green grass.

Baldie cow with black calf

Baldie cow with black calf

Squaw Mountain with fog at sunset

Squaw Mountain with fog at sunset

Red Desert wild horse shares the range with cattle

Red Desert wild horse shares the range with cattle

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2013 in Animals, Cattle, Sheep

 

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