From the Barnyard

10-21-14 Puppies in the snow

November 30, 2014

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These are the puppies from the 10-21-14 Mini Aussie litter out of Chief and Kelsey. They are nearly 6-weeks-old and I took them out for their midday potty break here a couple days ago. This was their first snow.  

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They weren’t too sure about it at first. I didn't blame them.

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Caballo is telling us what he thinks about this!

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Remington is curious.

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Tippet is checking things out while Autumn sniffs the snow.

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Lightning and Sadie look at me questioningly. Lightning is our last available female from this litter. She is the quiet, shy one with an adorable face!

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Autumn is a pretty little girl.

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Blackie says his toes are cold! Blackie is the last remaining male available.

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Caballo is a perfect little snowflake catcher.

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Ozzy takes it all in stride. Quietly looking around.

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Zailey looks up at me wondering what to do.

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Moments later she can’t see a thing!

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Available - Blackie - black tri male Miniature Australian Shepherd, family ranch raised right here in Wyoming. Good working blood lines, 14-16” tall. $600. Please call 307-254-3968. For more puppy information click here.

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Available - Lightning - black tri female Miniature Australian Shepherd, family ranch raised right here in Wyoming. Good working blood lines, 14-16” tall. $700. Please call 307-254-3968. For more puppy information click here.

Thank you for joining us here at the barnyard! Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! Please stop by again! 

Be sure to check out our Annual Wyoming Christmas Pony sale here at Cowpoke Corner.

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Annual Wyoming Christmas Pony Sale at Cowpoke Corner

This is our Christmas Pony sale. Not all the horses listed here are technically ponies, but I have tried to go through my horses and find the ones that I think would make good Christmas gifts. Or potential kid horses. I have more horses for sale, so if you don’t find what you are looking for go ahead and look at my horses for sale page. 

 I live in Lovell, WY. If you don’t know where that is, please click here for the map. 

To go out of state the horses need a health and a coggins test. In my area they take a week to complete, there are no rush orders or overnight tests. 

All buyers will need a brand inspection/bill of sale. I will make sure all the paper work is in order for you. But will need some heads up to make sure I can get together with the brand inspector. 

These prices are good till December 23. 

My phone number is 307-254-3968. I would be more than happy to talk to you about these horses. Please CALL me. Thank you for your understanding and consideration of my time as well as yours.

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Sold - Dos - 4-year-old black and white grade pony gelding. He’s been started. He reins well, but he is not finished. He is fast and quick. Curious and smart! Good feet. Black and white and about 12 hh. Get him going this spring and this little horse will go everywhere! $900. 307-254-3968

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Sold - Jack - 8-year-old buckskin grade mini horse stallion - been there done that type of pony. No buck, bite or kick. Lots more pictures here. Click through to see them all. $950. 307-254-3968

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Cocoa - 8-year-old chocolate palomino grade pony gelding. 13 hh. He rides well. He’s a goer. We’ve had kids on him. Needs a few more miles on him before I would call him a kid’s horse, but it won’t take very many. He’s not spooky, he’s easy to catch, walks right up to you and loves people. Good feet. Built right. Just a good kind of pony.  

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Sold - Night Rider - 4-year-old grade pony gelding. Gentle and kind. Not the usual pony attitude. My then-7-year-old son put the first ride on him last year and we had no trouble. Halter broke, picks up feet, trailers… he’s a good one! 12hh.  $900 307-254-3968

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Sold - Kalli- 3-year-old palomino mare. She’s sweet and kind. Every horse we have had out of this stud turn into a great horse. No buck, bite or kick. They like people and have always (knock on wood) rode out their first rides like they were born broke.  Built just like a quarter horse should be. Fabulous golden color with the flaxen mane and tail. She’ll get you noticed. Sells grade. $900 307-254-3968

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Lucky - Palomino yearling (coming two) quarter pony filly. Born on St. Patrick’s day this little doll is smart, gentle and a goer! A fun one to watch tear around the corral. If you want a quarter horse pony with color, size and speed she is the one! +/- 13hh when grown. Sells grade. 

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Yearling (coming two) quarter horse filly. Should be about 14 hh. But she will be as wide as she is tall. She’s fresh and ready to learn. Could go about any direction. Sells grade. $900.

If you are interested in any of these horses please give me a call at 307-254-3968. Thank you! Erin

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November 19, 2014


I am snowed in. 

Not really, nothing like New York! But I am pretending I am because it is cold and I am ready to settle in for a long winter’s hibernation. 

The highest the temps have reached in the last 10 days is 12 °f. 


I don’t know who took this photo, but it is so fun! And just in case you are wondering, we are 59 miles from Cody.  Where does that leave us, do you think?

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Since it is Thursday - I thought I would share this Throw-Back-Thursday with you. You can see all the ones I have published here.  I am thinking I need to reorganize the page somehow as I get more and more. Have any suggestions for me? Should I make a slideshow? Or just let the page go on and on and on… Kind of like this sentence?

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One last funny! I don’t know who made it, but I love it! (Oh the things I find on Pinterest!)

Well thank you for joining me here at the barnyard. It has been a crazy, mixed-up, confused and random post for the day. It is pretty much just how life is, I think. Be sure to enter the contest! And we will be talking to you soon! Erin

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Battle Winter has Begun!

November 15, 2014

I follow a few bloggers on the world wide web. Ree the Pioneer Woman, and Rancher Woman at the 7 MSN.  There is one thing we all seem to have in common this time of year, and really throughout the seasons, and that is our obsession with the weather.

It is not as if I watch the weather channel constantly, or am a huge rain gauge tracker, but the weather dictates my day to day activities and I am out in the rain, snow, shine or blizzards. So you are going to hear about it.

I’ll try not to whine all winter, but I will tell you now, I am not a fan of the cold! 


The weekend started out warm and lovely. I had plans to ride horses, clean the yard, play with dogs and go for a nice hike with the kids. Along about Saturday morning the words “Arctic Blast” kept showing up on my Facebook news feed, and finally I decided to see how arctic this blast was going to be.

Yikes! I called the Western Original and we changed plans to getting a load of straw and winterizing the barnyard.


This was Sunday evening. We were putting straw along our home and all the dogs' kennels and houses, in our shirt sleeves and we were still sweating.  It was nearly 70 degrees. It was unthinkable temperatures could drop to zero and below in the next 48 hours.

But they did.


We woke the next morning to 14 degrees and a fine layer of snirt covering nearly everything. 


Snirt = Snow + Dirt.


The wind blew so much snirt and snit around the corrals the bulls’ eyes watered, then their tears froze to their faces.  My poor guys!

Snit = Snow + Oh-never-mind. You get it.


We had winterized the chicken run with a tarp.  It was supposed to keep chickens in, predators out and add another layer of protection from the elements. 

Really all it did was turn my chicken run into a gigantic kite. 

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Battle Winter has begun!

Tuesday was 6 degrees. Dropping below zero that night.


By Wednesday we saw -8 and some snow. At least the snow makes everything look a little pretty.


Look at the image my friend Tracy took on her front porch. I love it! Be sure to check out her new blog and encourage her to share some more posts with us at Colts and


The other thing the snow does - it puts me in a Christmas mood! Yes, I know we aren’t even through Thanksgiving, but I am ready to eat goodies and give gifts! So for my first gift of the season I want to have a fun little contest for all of you! 

All you have to do is tell me which horse is pictured above and I will send you some goodies in the mail. That may or may not contain chocolate. (Ok they may!) 

I have shown you several pictures of this horse, so it should be easy to tell which horse it is. Just send me an email here and tell me the name of the horse and I will put your name in a hat to be drawn for a yummy treat! Drawing to be held Monday, November 24, 2014.

** hint - hint - You can always go back through my posts and find the stories about this horse too.  ** Bigger hint - hint. One was published in June.

Yay! My first contest! I am so excited!


The doodles and poodles are getting bigger!

And even with the cold, my goal for this weekend is to get the Christmas Pony Sale up and going! 

So thank you for joining me in this wintery, blizzardy, yucky barnyard weather. And be sure to drive safe and stay warm! Until next time! Erin

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