Posts Tagged ‘kiko goats’

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Last spring if you all remember we awaited a foal to be born.  Several late nights thinking that it was the night and then finally when I had almost given up Thistle was born.  She is now a year old and has gotten so big.  She is a funny girl, not much bothers her at all and we look forward to starting her under saddle next spring.  We do have plans to take Flower, her dam, back to the breeders in hopes for a brother or sister to match her.

Thistle

We didn’t have any foals born this year but we had plenty of babies to make up for it.  Ookii and Joe, our Anatolian Shepherds, gave us another litter of puppies April 6, 2011.

Ten total: 3 boys and 7 girls

They grow so fast. They are being raised with a couple of goats and are well socialized. We had a couple of guests take one home last year. You know you want one. :)

A close contender for the cutest baby animal on the ranch is our litter of pigs that we born the first part of April.

Can you stand it?! They are a miniature kind so they won't get too big. They are not quite as excited to be loved on like the puppies.

Of course we can’t forget that we had a whole slew of baby goats born starting in May and a few in April (Close to 175).

It doesn't take them long to start climbing on the rocks like their mothers.

 

Other news, Lightening George turned three this year.  Last year wrangler, Jennifer Hoover, started him and had him out on several trail rides.  This year Cowboy Cody has started riding him to keep him on track to becoming a trail horse in our dude string (we hope) one day.

All of our horses have to cross water willingly.

George has really bloomed since I purchased him a year ago at the sale barn. He was still a stud and kind of thin, but had a good disposition.

He has the right attitude for a potential "dude" horse. Even though he is quite and willing he is still young so he will need to be ridden by a wrangler for quite some time before he can be part of our string. Most horses are not worthy until the age of 5 years old.

On a sad note Winnie past away this spring.  We were sad to see her go but we knew her time was coming.  We will miss you Winnie.

Winnie was a good dog. You will be missed.

The rest of the dog clan is doing well. Puzz has a new hang out spot up on the porch at the Trading Post since Aaron left the ranch last year.  I think it’s because the dog feeder is set out there every day and it gets the most traffic for him to get attention.

Puzz

Joe and Mischief the goat dogs are doing well.  Mischief is still fat as ever. I don’t think she could chase down a possum if her life depended on it.  I guess it happens as you get older.  lol.

Chili the wonder dog is still running around barking at the other dogs and keeping them in  line.  She is not quite as excited to help herd the horses in anymore but gets in trouble all the time for chasing the goats.  Bad Chili. She is a favorite of many.

Chili - the bossiest and naughtiest dog on the ranch but one of the most liked by all.

The horses: We are always adding and taking away (the ones that don’t work or are burned out) trail horses.  It is a never ending adventure finding and keeping just the right horses for the job.  I don’t think we will ever not be buying a horse to see if he will work out.  We head off to Tulsa next month (again) to sell two and try and find a couple more good ones.

Ricky Bobby taking a break in between rides.

Some how we always end up with a lot of bays. It is always fun for the new wranglers to try and figure which bay is which.

So there you have it, all of the critters are doing well.  Come and see us so you can touch, pet and cuddle them all for yourselves.

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

As most of you know we raise meat goats at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch.  From time to time we purchase new goats to help grow the herd.  This past summer we bought 8 new goats at the sale barn.  To our surprise it appeared three of them were pregnant so I decided I better put them up in the kidding pen.  Sure enough on the 10th of November we had 5 new kids, the four legged kind.  One had a single birth and the other two gave birth to twins.

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

It seems like everywhere we look there are new babies being born here at the ranch!  Our kidding season has been going on for a couple of months, today Ookii our Anatolian Shepherd had her first litter of puppies and we have one foal on the way which is due any day now.

Group of May kids. They are all Kiko or Kiko crosses.

Ookii's first litter. Fourteen! Six girls and eight boys. Hopefully all will go well, that is a lot of puppies! Born today (4/16/2010)

Now we are just waiting on Flower to have her foal. Her approx. due date is 4/17/2010 - tomorrow. She shows signs of getting closer. I would say she will foal in less than a week.

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Here at Horseshoe Canyon you know we raise goats.  Barry said we needed more goats so we purchased 50 Spanish goats the end of  last summer from Texas and then another big group of Kiko goats from a friend and breeder in KS in late fall.  About 20 of the Kiko’s were bred to kid out in January and February.  Yes, the winter months.  As luck would have it, this was one of our coldest and snowiest winters we have ever seen in this area.  So the kidding began.  At one point it was so cold at night for the newborns we had to bring them and their mothers into our garage, yes I said garage.  Do I recommend this, no not really, but when it is deciding between live newborn kids or goatcicles – well you choose the garage and worry about the mess later.  Fortunately  not all of the goats had to check into our garage.  We ended up with 46 kids and a very small loss.   We are  now look forward to our regular kidding season that begins in a few days and continues on until the end of May.