From the Barnyard

Hi, I'm Erin, A woman who keeps two torches and a branding iron in the fire at all times! Join me in my adventures in life as I try to wrangle my two enthusiastic children, all my many horses, a brahma calf or ten, a whole pack of dogs and a man who is truly a western original!

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Happy Birthday Dahlia

January 12, 2018

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It was my niece, Dahlia’s birthday this last weekend. We were able to celebrate her birthday with not just one party, but two! That is how extra Dahlia is. Dahlia loves unicorns.

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Dahlia likes her big brother Dallon. And she loves unicorns!

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Dahlia turned FIVE this year! She is learning to read and write and likes taking dance class. And she loves unicorns!

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Dahlia likes anything girlie from princesses to jewelry. But she loves unicorns!

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What do you think Dahlia wished for this year. (Just a hint: she loves unicorns!)

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Thank you so much Cammy for making her this princess-worthy unicorn cake!

Cammy's Elegant Edibles

https://www.facebook.com/CammyKretschmar

656 Road 5, Powell, wy • 307-764-2393

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Update - I think Ruby has found her home! Ruby is my last available puppy! She is ready for her new home. Next puppies will be announced around the first of March.

Thank you so much forjoining us here at the barnyard! Come back soon, we’ll leave the light on for ya!

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Getting moved in

January 11, 2018

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As some of you may know, I bought a piece of land last fall. This year I was able to start improvements on it.

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First, of course where corrals.

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My whole family came up for a day of moving panels, digging holes and making pens.

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And trust me, I have the best fencing crew around!

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Getting a home site set up was the obvious next challenge. Dad did most all the work himself, with me helping as much as I could. I sure learned a lot! One of the biggest projects was the waterline. I had a tap put in early in the summer, but we needed to dig a line to the house. (Thank you so much dad!)

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The little trailer I bought was only about 2 miles away… but it was still a challenge to move it. There were a lot of hard corners to make and a few ditches to cross. (Thank you Jim and Kris Halleen for all your help!)

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Luckily I had Roy Watson of Git ‘R Done Transport helping me. He was patient and just rolled with the flow on this tedious project. I couldn’t have asked for better help and I highly recommend him. (406-861-6573 if you need him.)

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After the house was in, I had Ty Sammons and Sammons Excavation put in the septic tank. They had it installed in no time and where super helpful!

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Dad put in the electric line. With a little help form Todd, Ron and Bill, Thank you guys!

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November 27, 2017 we had electricity in the house!

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Around December 1, 2017 we got a brand new propane tank and once we had heat, dad and Aiden connected the waterline to the house and we were no longer camping. Yay! Thank goodness the weather held for as long as it did this fall!

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There were a lot of long days, and dirty jeans!

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And more than a few scraped fingers.

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But it is so great to have my house, sitting on my land, just the way I want it. There is still a lot of work to do, I sure am thankful to everyone that helped me get this far andI can’t wait to start the yard and garden and orchard this spring!

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Tooth Fairy for Halloween

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It started in 2013 with this little Halloween Project! I just had to do it! With a name like Diablo, he has to dress up! (He sure looked cool in the pasture!)

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Pumpkin was next, for obvious reasons.

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And Elvis got to join in the Halloween fun with Spidey the spotty dog.

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We even had some goat action going on...

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This kid went to school that year.

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We knew we wanted to dress up Tooth Fairy this year, remember him from here and here,here, and here. (Click on the link to see past blog posts.)

Watch him buck, video click herehttps://www.facebook.com/DickGiffordRodeo/videos/10155277373113630/

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We knew we wanted to dress him up, but it took the LONGEST time to think of what he should dress up as.

A fireman, a devil… a…

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Tooth Fairy! Duh!

BTW, we named him when Aiden was 6 years old, Aiden had lost about three teeth the week we where thinking his name and the Tooth Fairy was a hot topic just then. I liked the irony of the name, and my big bull got a pretty name.

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So Addie and I gathered supplies!

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There are a few things you just don’t expect to find near the stripping chute at the rodeo grounds…

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Unless you are hanging out with me and Addie! Then it all makes sense!

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And Tooth Fairy got all prettied up!

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He has his TuTu, wings and wand, and a large amount of glitter!

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He’s ready to go Trick-or-Treating!

Or take some Teeth!

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Maybe I will find a dollar under my pillow tonight?

Thank you for joining us here at the barnyard, we have been super busy trying to get the house on the property before the snow flies! We have lucked out and have had great weather but the clock is ticking! I am behind on correspondence, but I will get caught up!

Come back soon! Happy Halloween!

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Shadow and Bold Face

September 19, 2017

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We had a couple of these good bucking horses we were selling earlier this fall.

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So I needed to get some pictures of them for the potential buyers.

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And they turned out do good I had to share them.

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This is Empty Shadows. He was born right in the pasture behind the house. We got to pet him and scratch him moments after he was born.

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Now he is a fantastic bucking horse, all grown up and ready to make his way in the world.

And while we are here! A HUGE thank you to David Huber of Huber Photography! He takes such fantastic photos! Head on over to his web page to check out the photos he captured of our rodeos!

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And this is Billy Bold Face.

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He is out of the old mare we called Billy’s Mom.

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Because we name all her foals Billy something.

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Billy the Kid, Billy Both Socks, Billie Katelyn, Billie Black Beauty...

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And this is Billy Bold Face.

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Standing next to his nephew. Can you see the family resemblance?

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What do you think we should name this little cutie?

We have more bucking horses for sale, give us a ring if you’re looking for a good one! 307-254-3968

We have some practice one listed on our horses for sale page.

And we have puppies!

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I’ll Sail Away!

September 3

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I don’t want to you get the idea that life is all work and no play around here.

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So I thought I better share some “play” pictures. A while ago a great neighbor gave Aiden a sailboat. And since my friend and I always tease about buying a sailboat and sailing away, I thought this would be perfect!

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Turns out I know NOTHING about sailboats! Good thing I travel with MILES of baling twine.

BTW I prefer the term “lifeline” to “anchor" here.

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The kids had gone to Dubois to watch the eclipse. So we met mom at Boysen reservoir and had a great time floating around one last time before school started.

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Just two weeks later Dad suggested a trip to the lake and we headed up to Big Horn Lake.

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And we hoped that Jane could give us some sailing lessons.

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Turns out the ONE thing that can make the wind quit blowing in Wyoming is me and a sailboat. But we had lots of fun anyway!

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Now back to the grind and even if there is a lot of work to be done around here, at least the view from my office is pretty sweet!

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One final giggle.

I have announced my latest puppies to my email notifications list. I will be posting any remaining pups here Tuesday. If you want to be on my email list please shoot me an email and let me know!

Addie and I are working on getting some more horses posted!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please come back soon!

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Life… Better love it!

August 7, 2017

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Just when you think you have your ducks in a row, your ponies lined out, your life clicking away on the track you want...

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Bam!

Dick got bucked off a horse and lit on his back… long story short, he broke three ribs, fractured several others and fractured his spine. But more scary, he punctured his liver and spleen and was bleeding internally.

He was life-flighted to Billings. He spent time in the ICU and the regular hospital.

He is home now, and doing well, but moving pretty slow. All the chores are on me as he recovers.

(Worst selfie ever, btw!)

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The kids are helping a lot!

But it has been a bit of a rough couple of weeks.

Physically and emotionally, both.

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Luckily we have snuck out for a couple hours of summer fun here and there.

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And when we can’t sneak out, we make our own fun. (They are swimming with their frogs.)

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This last weekend we ended our rodeo season with Washakie County Fair Rodeo in Worland on Friday and the Big Horn County Fair Rodeo in Basin on Saturday.

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I think we are ready to start getting ponies rode and up for sale again.

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And get puppies pictures taken and puppies announced.

Thank you everyone for your patience with me as I crawled into my own little hole this last couple weeks and only did what was absolutely necessary. It helped me heal and rejuvenate and I am ready to go again!

I will be answering texts, emails, Facebook messages and more over the next week. (I am way behind on correspondence!)

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In other news! Guess what Thursday is?!

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My “little” Cowgirl turns 12! Can you believe it! I have one more year before she is a teenager! Everyone help me wish the best birthday in the world to my sidekick and best friend Addie! Love you darling!

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Beneath These Western Skies!

June 28, 2017

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If they ever saw a sunrise on a mountain mornin'
Watched those cotton candy clouds roll by

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They'd know why I live beneath these western skies

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I got peace of mind and elbow room I love the smell of sage in bloom

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Catch a rainbow on my fishin' line
We got county fairs and rodeos, ain't a better place for my kids to grow

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Just turn 'em loose in the western summer time
And if you ever held your woman on a summer's evening

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While the prairie moon was blazin' in her eyes
You'd know why I live beneath these western skies

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You ain't lived until you've watched those northern lights
Set around the campfire and hear the coyotes call at night

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Makes you feel alright!

Thanks for swinging by the barnyard tonight and enjoying the trampoline fun we had! Captions are lyrics from one of my favorite Chris Ledoux songs, obviously I give hime the credit. Here's a link!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5bjk1R3vFo

We’re headed out for a ride! I’ll be posting pics of that shortly! Come back soon!

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JulieAnne - She’s sold

June 8, 2017

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It has been a wet spring! And the grass is growing! And the horses are fat and shiny! It is time to get some sold and get them to work.

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Meet JulieAnne. She is a 15 year old grade quarter horse mare. (She was papered but the people we bought her from didn’t have the papers.. one of those things.)

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She’s easy to catch and is polite. She is between 14-15hh. She seems to like women more than men.

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Kids can ride her. She is well trained. Moves off leg pressure. And I think she knows quite a bit.

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She’s kind and quiet. Rides down the road or trail with out spooking.

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Gorgeous golden palomino color with flaxen main and tail.

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With a kind, quiet eye.

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She is fond of hugs.

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And just a nice gal to go on a ride with.

Update - She’s sold! $1500 Please call 307-254-3968. Thanks so much! Erin

More horses for sale.

Thanks for stopping by the barnyard! I have tons of other horses I am preparing to post on the web page! Check back soon!

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First Baby of 2017

May 10, 2017

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We went out to check the bucking horse mares on Sunday, May 7 and look what we found!

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Look fast, there they go!

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First bucking horse baby of the year! Out of Billy Both Socks and a mare that we bought from Rob Tillett.

And you will never believe this in a million years, but he was born on my friend Billie Tillett’s Birthday! Can you believe that?!

I have no choice but to name this colt Billy Tillett. There is just no other way.

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Like a good uncle, Billy the Kid came to check us out, while we checked out his mares.

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Gifford and Billy watching the mares.

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And saying, “Howdy."

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And sharing a handshake.

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While the boys where exchanging formalities, it gave the baby time to stretch out in the shade. But as I got closer mom gave him a little nudge.

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And up he went.

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And off they went.

And foaling season is officially started yay! Stop back again to see more baby pictures, I love to share them! Thanks so much!

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Puppies in May!!

May 2, 2015 — Update All puppies have found their homes!

Riggin x Riley

The first litter is out of Riggin x Riley, these pups were born March 12 and are ready to go! Riggin is 15" +/- and about 30 lbs, Riley is 14” +/- and about 30 lbs. They aren’t real tall dogs, but they are about as wide as they are tall. Riggin is the kindest, gentlest male dog I have ever met and Riley is happy go lucky and loves everyone!

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Cinna is a red merle male, he has two blue eyes, he is the quietest and shyest pup of the litter and is absolutely stunning! $950

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Iris is a red tri female, she has two hazel eyes, she is super calm and loves to cuddle. $800

Chief x Gidget

The second litter is the Cheif x Gidget litter. They were born March 17, and will be ready to go the first this weekend. Chief is about 15" and about 25lbs. Gidget is 14" and about 12lbs. Both are really fabulous dogs and we have been very happy with this cras in previous litters.

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Bud is a black tri male, he has two brown eyes, he is a turkey! $700

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Jade is a black tri female, she has two brown eyes, and is full of personality! $800

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Neo is a blue merle male, he has blue brown eyes, he is not marked perfectly but is beautiful and as healthy as can be and full of fun! $600

If you are interested in any of these cuties give me a call or a text, I have been having a terrible time trying to keep up on my email!

Thanks so much!

Erin

307-254-3968

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Cowley Spring rodeo is this weekend! See you all there!

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