Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: NRCA finals, equine leg seminar, redneck exhibition, Wagoner/Kohr clinic, thankful for you all | TSLN.com

Outside Circle by Jan Swan Wood: NRCA finals, equine leg seminar, redneck exhibition, Wagoner/Kohr clinic, thankful for you all

Man, that was some cold snap! It finally froze everything off so the grandboys' pony, Tim, could be turned out. He's kept in the corral while the grass is green since he's been foundered in the past. He really turned it on and put on a bucking horse display to rival the NFR horses! I hope all that bucking doesn't give my pet saddle horse any big ideas for the next time I use him.

It's already Thanksgiving according to the calendar. I don't know what happened to the month already. My Uncle Keith once said "if you think the first 50 went fast, wait until the second 50!" I daresay he was right. Time speeds right along and I just don't get everything done each week that I ought to. There doesn't seem to be any reason to believe that I'll ever get caught up though, so no use fussing about it.

The NRCA Finals will be held Nov. 28-30 at the Kjerstad Event Center, Rapid City, South Dakota. NRCA rodeo perfs will be Friday, 7 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. There will also be a mixed team roping on Friday at 1 p.m., a Jr. High Rodeo on Saturday at 1 p.m. and on Sunday, a barrel race starting at 8 a.m. There will be dances both Friday and Saturday nights and a Cowboy Christmas Mall trade show all three days.

If you're in the Moorcroft, Wyoming area, there will be a Chicken Roping on Saturday, Nov. 29 at Dewey's Place. Enter at 5, rope at 6, $5/person, three head progressive and you can enter up to 20 times. I hear the stock will be really fresh, so bring your A game. For more info call 307-756-2195.

There will be a seminar on equine lower leg and foot anatomy on Dec. 2, 6 p.m., in Hot Springs, S.D. Cynthia Niemela will be doing the seminar and she specializes in barefoot trimming. It's free and they'll even feed you supper! To let them know you're coming you can RSVP to David.Koupal@mitchelltech.edu or call Dave at 605-299-6163.

The second Annual Redneck Exhibition Futurity Challenge will be Dec. 7, 10-11 a.m., during the Circle T Barrel Series Exhibitions, at the Circle T Arena north of Hermosa, S.D. It's for 2015 futurity hopefuls only and is meant to be tons of fun. If you don't plan on having fun, don't enter! Call Amanda at 605-490-7661 for more info.

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There will be a really good clinic coming up Jan. 31-Feb. 1 called From the Ground To The Arena. It will combine the talent of Tom Wagoner and Lynn Kohr to cover timing between horse and rider, knowing horse foot placement, building a better horsemanship foundation and then moving from this to the barrel pattern. Tom has 50 years of experience starting colts and Lynn has been training barrel horses for 30 years, so the combined experience and talent of the two should be very educational. It's $450 for two days with $100 deposit due by Jan. 1, and $25 to watch each day. You can mail your deposit to Wendy Greenough, P.O. Box 1081, Buffalo, WY 82834 or call her for info at 307-217-1451.

There's a relatively new mouse/rat poison out that is highly dangerous for cats and dogs. The name of the substance in various baits is Bromethalin. It kills rats and mice great, but is attractive to pets and even rodents killed by the stuff can kill your dog or cat if they eat it. There's no antidote for the poisoning and survival is rare even with immediate veterinary attention.

A vet friend told me years ago that ivermectin was toxic to dogs of Border Collie heritage, so it's sure good to be careful with pour-ons around our working dogs. It would be pretty easy to splash a little on one at the chute or have the dog lick a little that spills while a person is putting the application hose on the jug, so be extra careful with it too.

Well, that's my circle for this week. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving. I know I am very blessed to have the family and lifestyle that I do and also, to be able to have a visit with you every week. I don't take any of that for granted. God bless you all.