Jan Swan Wood: Watch for founder, Double J horse sale, Suhn laid up, legislative progress | TSLN.com

Jan Swan Wood: Watch for founder, Double J horse sale, Suhn laid up, legislative progress

The grass is sure trying to green up in our area. We're about half done calving and running heavy on bull calves, which we aren't hating. It sure looks like they'll have something to graze and get big and fat on, thank God. Still praying for moisture for others who didn't get that snow and those who still need runoff to fill dams. We're not out of the woods yet, by any means.

Remember to be careful of those too-fat horses on the new green grass. They can grass founder in a hurry, even if they're not terribly fat. Prevention is the key as there is no cure for founder, just management.

This is a dandy time to geld those stud colts too. The flies are minimal and the green grass makes them forget all about the sore spots. While the vet has him in lala land, go ahead and get those wolf teeth taken out and brand him too.

On May 11, the Double J Horse Sale will be held in Dickinson, ND. It has always been in Bowman until this year, but has the same great management and good horses lined up. There are 190 total head with 132 broke geldings, 23 broke mares, 8 broke ponies, a good team or two, and lots of prospects. There will be a ranch horse competition to show the horses at 7 a.m. and the sale will be a 1 p.m. (Mountain Time). For more information, call Joe Hickel at 701-230-3044 or John Bearman at 701-720-6674. You can check out the catalog at http://www.doublejhorsesales.com and find them on Facebook as well. This sale is worth driving just a little further for.

PRCA steer wrestler Todd Suhn, Hermosa, SD, underwent a successful surgery on the injury he incurred at Lubbock, TX, last month. He tore his lat muscle away from the bone in his upper arm so they had to drill a hole in the humerus bone, pull the lat tendon through and buttoned it all together. He's expected to be out for about six months and will be doing physical therapy and enjoying time with his family for the duration. He'll be all healed up and ready to hit the road running this fall for the 2014 season. Best wishes, Todd, on a speedy recovery.

The 2013 Hermosa Roping Club Bronc Halter Open 4D Barrel Series will be May 26, June 23, July 28, and August 25. Exhibitions will start at 10 a.m. with the open 4D at noon. Entries close for the 4D at 11:30. They'll have half second splits, must run at three of the four to qualify for prizes and there's a $25 entry fee. Call Jamie Steen at 605-431-9708 for more information.

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Well, with that, I'm going to go put my horse up. Have a good week and send me your news and notes. Always glad to hear from you!