The Outside Circle: Bragging Gramdma, Paul Bond gone, SDHSRA reminder, friendly warnings
I’m popping my buttons pretty bad over the arrival of a new grandson the eve before Valentine’s Day. He joins his adorable brother who is 18-months old. Won’t they be busy in a few years? What fun. I’d better be on the lookout for some baby sitter horses in the near future.
Great winter weather continues. I journeyed east river to visit the new grandson and I can’t believe how snow-free it is. I’m used to there being walls of snow on the highway shoulders and nothing but white for as far as the eye can see. Not this winter, though, as the dirt is blowing and dirtying up the little dabs of snow in the road ditches. I see where some industrious farmers have even been chiseling their fields to get a head start on the spring field work. Haystacks looks great and there looks to be lots of leftover hay in the country. If we don’t get spring moisture though, we’ll sure be glad to have surplus.
I got word that the legendary boot maker Paul Bond, passed away last week. He made really good boots for generations of cowboys, and there are many who won’t wear anything else. His shop in Arizona was a friendly phone call away when a pair of boots were needed or repairs requested. He will be remembered as one of the great craftsmen of all time. Rest in peace, Bond. You will be missed.
Texas A & M University has developed a screening technique that detects genetic defects in equine embryos. These tests can effectively eliminate the 25 percent risk of a hereditary disease when a carrier is bred to another carrier. The embryos can be screened with this test, and only the homozygous normal embryo (n/n) with no mutated genes can be implanted into the mare. Most of the hereditary diseases could be eliminated this way and the horse population free of the diseases in one generation.
The test is not yet available, but should be within the year. Nor is it cheap, as it would currently cost around $1000 per test. But, to eliminate the possibility of producing yet another horse with a devastating disease would be cheap in the long run.
Closer to home, the Belle Jackpot dates have been set, so mark your calenders and tell your friends. They are May 30, June 6 and 13, July 11 and 18, and August 1, 8 and 15. BJA will be held at the Belle Fourche, SD, Roundup grounds, 6 p.m.
The Department of Labor has backed off a little on the child labor law, with the changes they proposed. Rural folks who it would have been affected reared up and made their voices heard. It will be rewritten it will be interesting to see how that will turn out, but at least our voices were heard.
SDHSRA members are still selling calenders, but have a deadline looming. If you rodeo contestants haven’t sold your minimum of five and gotten your money and stubs to Donna Curr by March 1, you will NOT be rodeoing in 2012. If you have a question, call Donna at 605-433-5483.
Speaking of high school rodeo, Tri-Valley High School’s Blake Boysen was interviewed during the Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) and that interview will air on the Great American Country (GAC) channel on Feb. 21, during the Xtreme Bulls coverage at the BHSS.
Ty Breuer, Mandan, ND bareback rider is finally healed up and back to form. After a badly broken leg kept him sidelined for a long time, his goal was to get healthy, sound and to stay that way.
Well, his game is back and he’s hit the ground running by winning the PRCA Championship Rodeo at Bismarck, ND on Feb. 10-11. He also shared the first place win at the Coors Pro Rodeo in Gillette, WY the same weekend. He was the 2010 Rookie of the Year in the PRCA, besides being the NIRA champion.
San Antonio is nearly over as I write this, and our northern plains contestants are doing really well. I will tell you who all did what all next week when they’ve got it all tallied up. Money won at San Antonio usually leads to a Wrangler Nationals Final Rodeo trip, so, they really gun it there.
The nice weather has lead to lots of furry critters out and about when they are usually snoozing in a hole somewhere. Skunks have been moving a lot, so it might be a good idea to get those rabies vaccinations up- to-date on your pets and your horses. It’s pretty inexpensive, especially if you get a 10 or 20 dose vile and carefully administer it yourself. It could sure save a lot of heartache and worry.
Also, be very careful how you handle any ivermectin wormers when treating cattle or horses. Dogs of the shepherd and collie breeds are extremely sensitive to ivermectin, and can cause some terrible problems for them, sometimes fatal. Other breeds, besides the collies, shelties, border collies, include German shepherds, Australian shepherds, corgies, and English Shepherds. All they have to do is ingest just a dab of it to overdose. The apple flavored ones are particularly attractive to dogs, so, watch out for any that the horse slobbers out and dispose of those little dosing syringes properly.
Ivermectin is truly one of the safest products out there for livestock and is even used in heart worm medication for dogs, but in entirely different concentrations. It would be pretty easy to accidently spill it on your good working dog while pouring cattle, too, and all they’d have to do it lick it off to get very sick or die.
I saw this little quote the other day and thought it was so true, “Most of the world’s supply of trouble is produced by those who don’t produce anything else.” Bingo.
Well, I’m going to wind up the circle for this week and go put up my horse. It’s been a long ride to visit babies, so, I’m sure he’s tired. Please remember to send me your events, fund raisers and other items to share here. I can’t tell them about it if your don’t tell me about it. Have a great week.