The Outside Circle: Thankfulness, more sad news, BLM recounts and CFS in foals
It’s going to be a cold circle we make today. I think winter has arrived in all its splendor. With below zero temps and blowing snow, it doesn’t feel very “splendorish,” but we’re tough folks up here on the north plains.
Thanksgiving has come and gone and I hope you have reflected on all that you have to be thankful for. No matter who we are, where we live, or what’s going on in our lives today, we still have much to be thankful for and we need to remember that. Someone, somewhere would be thrilled to be living as well as we are. I feel so blessed to be living in the country I do, under a sovereign God who takes care of us, and to be in the industry I love. I thank God for all of you out there who are holding this paper in your hands and reading our written words. Some places on this earth folks wouldn’t have the freedom to read our words, we wouldn’t have the freedom to express our opinions, and in some places, folks aren’t even be able to read. We Americans are richly blessed, and I think no one is as blessed as we are out here on the ranches and farms.
A Montana ranch family is struggling through this season, I’m sure, with the loss of their wife and Mom. Wyoma (Hansen) Terland, 52, died Oct. 29 while riding and gathering cattle on the family ranch near Bridger Creek, MT. Wyoma was found dead of a neck injury and no one knows what had happened. Wyoma grew up near Torrington, WY and was involved with 4-H, FFA, High School rodeo, and continued her involvement through her life. She and husband Terry have welcomed kids to their ranch for over 30 years with Range Riders Ranch and Mane Trail Ministries. She was also involved with Spurs, VBS, Sunday School, Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch, CASA, foreign exchange students, mentoring, Bible studies and riding lessons. She started many colts and trained horses most of her life, and was always willing to share her knowledge with others. Wyoma is survived by her Mom, Violet Hansen; husband, Terry; and children, Aspen, Yancy (Julie) and Thor. She also has three grandkids, four siblings and many nieces, nephews and friends. Wyoma will be remembered for her passion for sharing the Lord with others and for being a really fine person and great horseman.
There will be an NFR Calcutta at the Blunt Bar and Grill on Wed. Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m.. There will be free chili while it lasts! This is a fundraiser for the Sully Buttes Rodeo Club. Call Allen Weischedel for more info at 605-222-0267.
Don’t forget, the AQHA and APHA stallion breeding reports are due Nov. 30. It costs way more after that, so get those filled out and sent in. Nowadays we can also do them online, if that helps you any. This is your last nagging about it from me!
The BLM says that the initial count of feral horses in southwest Wyoming was way low and that there are more horses than they thought. It’s estimated that 1,736 horses (that’s about 200 more than originally projected) need to be removed to bring the population down to 860 in that “management” area. That’s also where they’re putting 100 of the mares on fertility drugs to try to cut down the rate of reproduction for a couple of years. No one ever asks me for my suggestions, but couldn’t a sharp knife be used to transform those homely studs into homely geldings? Then fewer of those homely mares would be giving birth to homely foals. Problem solved!
The Dreamin’ of Summer Barrel Series #2 will be Dec. 4 in Bowman, ND. Call Bailee Murnion, 605-381-0390 for details.
On Dec. 5, Ruland Arena’s Fall Series #3 will be held at Wall, SD. Michelle Ruland is the contact for that and her number is 605-386-2165.
The Roper Apparel and Footwwear Futurity in Gillette, WY had 10-year-old Sage Kohr, Gillette, WY, winning the average on Nothertime To Cash, by Dashing With Cash (owned by Sitnal Livestock, Spearfish, SD). I’ll try to have more details and such from that barrel race by next week.
South Dakota was well represented at the Indian National Finals Rodeo Nov. 9-13 in Las Vegas, NV. World Champions were crowned and in the Saddle Broncs it was Jeremy Meeks, Belle Fourche, SD; Men’s All-Around was won by Joe Wilson, Kyle, SD with a second in the average in the Barebacks, third in the Steer Wrestling and seventh in the Saddle Broncs. The Jr. Breakaway Champion was Klay O’Daniel, Oglala, SD. Way to go cowboys!
Back on Nov. 5-6 was the First Chance Rodeo at Brookings, SD. The Barebacks had a tie between Joe Gunderson, Agar, SD and Casey Breuer, Mandan, ND; Saddle Broncs were won by Ryan Elshere, Elm Springs, SD; Barrels by Jana Griemsman, Piedmont, SD; and the Bulls by Rorey Maier, Timber Lake, SD.
I read this in a horse health forum and thought it was interesting and could be of help to some horse breeders. Contracted Foal Syndrome (CFS) is when a foal is born with contracted limbs, preventing it from standing or walking. It’s the most common congenital abnormality diagnosed at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center. CFS foals can have a mild form or maybe just one affected limb. Severe forms include neck flexion, a twisted face, or scoliosis of the spine. CFS can lead to the foal needing to be euthanized after birth and also can cause severe foaling problems for the mare.
Breeding records indicate that there is a hereditary risk factor involved. Some mares are more likely to have CFS foals only when bred to specific stallions. Findings indicate that it is probably a dominant genetic condition. They recommend that if a mare has had a CFS foal in the past, it would be prudent to not breed her to the same stallion. Don’t breed her at all if she has had multiple CFS foals by different sires.
More research is being done with the goal of creating a diagnostic test that will help with breeding decisions.
I’d better put my horse up for this week. Send me your news and notes so I can share them with others.