Jan Swan Wood: Mud, EHV-1 update, Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, food for thought
May 19, 2014
That burst of rainy, snowy, windy weather that we had sure got tiresome fast! Calving, lambing and foaling are not improved by deep mud and cold rain. However, the same system is what was wiping out parts of the south, so I'll take the rain, snow and wind over that. Our cows took a little hiatus for a couple days and we didn't get any calves right in the thick of the cold weather.
Also, appreciate the wonderful moisture that came with the storm. We were getting dry and I was starting to wring my hands a little about it. The grass has just come on like gang busters now.
Further south they've been rather short of moisture and there was a 12 vehicle pile up on U.S. 54 in Oklahoma and just across the line from Liberal, KS on April 27. The wind was blowing the dirt so bad that visibility was estimated at less than five feet. Six cars/pickups and six trucks were involved with only minor injuries. One pickup was pulling a nice big slant load horse trailer and they got smucked pretty bad, though only one of the four horses was hurt. That's pretty amazing with that kind of visibility, but they must not have been going very fast at all. I'll take the wind and rain, thank you very much.
Speaking of Kansas, there's been a case of EHV-1 confirmed in the northeastern part of the state. The horse had been to the Bonus Race Finals at Lincoln, NE on April 10-13, as had the horse in Wisconsin that was put down with EHV-1. The Kansas horse was also euthanized. If you were at that barrel race, you need to be keeping track of your horses' temps and watching for any signs. The horses effected were stalled in the alley in pavilion 2 near the bathrooms, if that helps you any. It's an airborne disease, though, so proximity isn't a requirement for transmittal.
Some events have been canceled or postponed due to this new case being found, so be sure and call ahead to make sure the event is still on that you are heading to.
Events that are coming up right away and are still on include the Hart Ranch Rodeo May 23-25, 7 p.m. Open to everyone, you can enter all three days. There will be saddle broncs, barebacks, bulls, team roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. It will be at the Hart Ranch Resort south of Rapid City, S.D. To enter call 406-498-9249.
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The 3rd Annual Prospector Challenge Barrel race will be May 30-June 1 at the Central States Fairgrounds, Rapid City, S.D. There will also be pole bending on May 30-31. Entries need to be postmarked by May 18 to avoid a late fee. Health certificates will be required for any horses being stalled at the fairgrounds. It's PEWC, UBRA, WPRA and NWBRA approved. Call 612-384-6730 for info.
The Miles City Bucking Horse Sale will be May 15-18, at Miles City, Mont. There's a great time to be had anywhere you land in Miles City that weekend, so you really can't miss. There's horse racing, rough stock rodeo, a big parade, sheep shearing contest, and of course, the bucking horse futurity and sale. I highly recommend the event! You can get details of what and when on http://www.buckinghorsesale.com, and for tickets call 406-234-2890.
The CNFR is coming up June 15-21 in Casper, Wyo. Tickets are cheaper ahead of time, so go to http://www.CNFR.com for ticket info. Area colleges are doing great and have some rodeos to go before the finals. Gillette College, Gillette, WY is leading the Central Rocky Mountain region in both men's and women's teams, as are South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD and Montana State University, Bozeman, Mont.
I saw some bridles advertised on a website this week that were pretty exotic. They had fringe hanging on the browband and on the fringe were big beads. It made me think of a horse trying to run facing into a hail storm! People need to stop and think about the cause and effect aspect of a piece of tack before using it. Those beads bouncing against the horse's forehead are not going enhance it's performance I suspect. Could even make some horses do something squirrelly. So, even if it's pretty, it might not be functional and practical for the horse. Just some food for thought.
Well, that's about my circle for the week. My horse is sure tired from the mud, so it's time to put him up. Have a great week and send me your news items.