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News from the Lake Ranch  (last news: 02-14-2013)
Pictures say more than thousand words, therefore the news are brought as photographs.
February 14, 2014 - Winter in Wyoming
As always this time of the year - ranch work finally slows down and I get the chance to update pictures - I hope they are worth the long wait! :-)

Picture 2013   June to December
May 2013:
Rita & Tanja on Two Step and Dusty
. May 2013:

Jake on Twister roped a calf for tagging
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June 2013:
sunset
June 2013:
The "Doc Olena" mares - 12 brood mare prospect half sisters
June 2013 - John moves cows with Potato. John, Florida, is one of our most faithful guests, he comes to the Lake Ranch for many years and his 70th birthday is quite a while ago.
June 2013: Cesare on Wendy and Tanja on Dusty move the bulls up the hill.
Jake with Cherry bringing some of the brood mares home
Willi on Black and White is helping
June 2013: 
Dana with Potato - her first day. Didn't expect it being so beautiful, *huh*? :-)
June 2013: 

Jake rather walks than riding Pablo ;-) 

June 2013: 

cattle drive

June 2013: 

Helping a neighbor

June 2013: 

still helping a neighbor

June 2013: 

After a short rain storm

June 2013: 

peaceful

June 2013: 

Jake on Pepina roping a very uncooperative calf

June 2013: 

Esther (Cisco) and Sabrina (Two Steps) bring a bull back.

June 2013: 

Jake (Twister) and John (Potato)

June 2013: 

Rancher Ferdi on Potato - getting ready for the branding

June 2013: 

Jake on Cody closing the gate after the cows and calves are in for the branding

June 2013: 

Friends and neighbors helping

June 2013: 

We finally had a lot of rain - bravest first crossing a road ...

June 2013: 

Right Creek

June 2013: 

Jake working wit Bubbas Peach aka "Bambina"

June 2013: 

Jake working wit Bubbas Peach aka "Bambina"

June 2013: 

a heron - majestic 

July 2013: 

Friend and neighbor Will with Seabisquit

July 2013:

A sheep drive :-)

July 2013:

Tanja on Bullit rounding up cows in the Bentonite Pasture

July 2013:

Jake counting the cows through the gate

July 2013:

One more mile ...

July 2013: 

Helping a neighbor docking lambs

July 2013: horses in a hailstorm *ouch*
July 2013:

Flicka, 3year old mare, first time going to be touched by a human

July 2013:

It is getting hot, obviously ...

July 2013:

Horses playing with a ball ...

 

July 2013:

after preparing with the ball they do the cat ...

Aug 2013:

Bull. Swimming. What a prick!

Aug 2013:

Two Step got into a bull fight :-)

Aug 2013:

Warming up the horses before riding into Hulett for the "Ride A Horse, Feed A Cowboy" event. Vittoria/Dancer and Felix/Two Step up front.

Aug 2013:

In Hulett at the annual "Ride A Horse, Feed A Cowboy" event:
Julia, Jake, Cordula, Nora, Vittoria, and Felix

Aug 2013:

Proud like Oscar - Felix and Two Step

Aug 2013:

Cordula (Birdy) and Jake (Whiskey) found the bull

Aug 2013:

Cordula at her favorite past time activitiy. Playing with rattle snakes. Seriously.

 

Aug 2013:

Lonesome Cowboy Felix with Two Step

Sep 2013:

broodmares

 

Sep 2013:

My neighbor thinks highly of his pickup :-)

Sep 2013:

Blondie & Frosty & son

Sep 2013:

All the pretty horses.

Oct 2013:

Cordula and Sam check the cows.

Oct 2013:

Time to go home, Cordula - last ride.

Oct 2013:

checking on the broodmares after a devastating early winter storm - all accounted for!

Oct 2013:

cattle drive at Rocky Point

Oct 2013:

cattle drive at Rocky Point

Oct 2013:

cattle drive at Rocky Point

Oct 2013:

Somebody (wondering who?) left the key in the pickup. Luckily it needs only three guys to figure out how to break in.

Nov 2013:

Finally - rounding up the cows that go to the sale

Nov 2013:

Late in the year for a round up!

November 2013:

I do not recommend November as a vacation month. This did not stop Giada and Domenico to come out anyway. And, man, were they lucky! Decent weather with a lot of sun.

November 2013:

Giada and Domenico

Dec 2013:

Time to bring the broodmares home.

Dec 2013:

Ferdi on Potato keeps up with the herd

Dec 2013:

But they do know the way back to the ranch

Dec 2013:

Seriously? We are still shipping in December? Yes, we do. Larry (Bullit) and Jake (Cody) think they have it under control. But without me, ..... ;-)

Dec 2013:

No reason to complain about the weather

Dec 2013:

A view back

Dec 2013:

If the truck can not come up the hill we will move the cows down the hill. Yupp.

Dec 2013:

Lake Ranch all white

Dec 2013:

Found some strays, they walked over the frozen lake. Forgot their ice skates, though.

Christmas 2013:

And with this:

Happy Holidays from the Lake Ranch!


Pictures 2013  January to May

Jan 2013:
Bald Eagles are a very frequent sight in January in Wyoming.
. Jan 2013:

Some horses got out - moving them back to the ranch
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Jan 2013:
Rounding up cattle for the neighbor
Jan 2013:
Yearling foals.
Feb 2013 - preg check at the neighbors
Feb 2013: early morning start going by Devils Tower
Sorting pairs
Sorting pairs
Mac, the faithful cow horse
Pair of draft horses working for the Amish
Henry (Amish) using his draft horses to bring water to the cows
Larry and Henry loading calves to take them back to the ranch
March 2013:
Horse inventory - 89 horses accounted for
March 2013:
Some of the broodmares
March 2013: Patrick counting horses
Mar 2013:
getting close to calving - hopefully!
April 2013: First cattle drives
Will and Silvio catching up on gossip
Will's cows on the way back to the ranch
April 2013: Patrick sorting pairs
April 2013: Getting the horses ready to move some cows
April 2013: Cows returning to the ranch for an expected winter storm
April 2013: Horses going out on pasture
April 2013: How cute are they?
April 2013: or these?
May 2013: Cowgirl power at the Lake Ranch! We have the guys under control ;-) 
May 2013: There they are - found the hiding riding horses at the Lake Ranch. Lucky them - they had the day off. But now we know where to look for them! 
May 2013: The other day - at the bull sale. - with Vivien, Heike, Lucia and Tanja at St. Onge Livestock.
Or, like Lucia said it: six bulls and four cows :-)
May 2013: Old homestead in the Winter Pasture - cook house and you-know-what at the Lake Ranch
May 2013: Tanja & Vivien & Samuel Adams & Guiness sight seeing - free entrance for the horses, lucky us.
May 2013: This is wildlife, too. Who needs a zoo if so many critters are living in the road ditch!
May 2013: Flash buddied up with Birdie and we found them somewhere where they really did not belong. This earned him a de-wormer and a walk back to the herd.
May 2013: Driving the 1st calving heifers to new pasture
... May 2013: first foals are born!

Pictures 2012
Jan 2012:

Erster cattle drive des Jahres: Nachbar Nuckolls brauchte Hilfe beim Paare sortieren. Da mein Pferd Mac noch krank geschrieben ist hier die Ohren von "Indy", einem kleinen Wallach den ich vor einigen Jahren zugritten und dann an einen Nachbarn verkauft hatte, der ihn mir netterweise für ein paar Monate ausborgte :-)

. Jan 2012:

free car wash von den Jährlingen :-)
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March 2012:

Neighbor cowboy Tav checks with me the Lake Ranch horses at the Bentonite Pasture

 
April 2012:

A cow checks on Mac while we are tagging calves.

April 2012:

Cowboy Joshua on "Number Nine" looking for the next calf.

April 2012: 
Freund Larry hilft beim kennzeichnen der Kälber
April 2012:

First sign for a draught year: fire caused by lightings in April! Luckily only 10 acres burned.

April 2012:
Warm spring days invite Silvio and Twister for a bath
April 2012:

First foals are born

May 2012:

First guests arrive - Welcome at the Lake Ranch!

May 2012:

A coyote in the praerie

May 2012:

Broodmares on their way to their summer pasture

May 2012:

"Dualin With Cows", one of our stallions, is looking forward to meet them!

May 2012:
Branding time. Larry and Pepone help.
May 2012: 
Larry's son Emmet ropes the calves
June 2012:
Hulett Rodeo
June 2012:
Pickup-Men 
June 2012:
How cute. Raccoon babies in the road ditch
July 2012:
Horse bitten by a rattle snake. *ouch*
July 2012:
Cattle Drive with Nuckolls
August 2012:
Bald eagles at the lake
August 2012: 
Junge Zuchtstuten
August 2012:
Cattle Drive mit Cordula (Birdy), Francesca (Samuel Adams) und ihrem Freund (Twister) vorm Devils Tower
September 2012:
Beppe auf Four Socks am Shipping day.
September 2012:
Die meisten Fohlen sind verkauft - Zeit die Zuchtstuten zur Ranch zurückzubringen.
September 2012:
Schwangerschaftstest auf der Bentonite Weide
September 2012:
Die Kühe werden zusammengetrieben (hier mit Cowboy Patrick)
September 2012:
Das war ein langer Tag ...
October 2012:
Besuch bei den "Indian Ponies"
October 2012:
Indianer auf der Ranch :-)
November 2012:
Die Gäste Saison ist für dieses Jahr vorbei, was bleiben sind einsame Spätherbstausritte mit Mac
November 2012:
Die Zuchstuten freuen sich auf ihre Winterweide
Dezember 2012:
Der erste Schnee
Dec 2012:
small cattle drive :-)
Dec 2012:
sun rise at the Lake Ranch
Dec 2012:
broodmares in the snow. Not much snow, we are still in a draught
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Pictures 2011
Happy Holidays
and a
Wonderful New Year!

I hope to see the one or the other next year again! 
°<:o)


December 2011 - Waiting for a neigbor to move his cattle - the "customers" are 
waiting too ...
November 2011 - Heifers on their way to preg check
November 2011 - neighbor rancher Will has a good view on his cattle
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... so does Ferdi ... :-)
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November 2011: And even more cattle drives. We did a lot of cattle work this late fall, usually it's not that busy this time of the year but due to the dry weather we could keep the lifestock on grass, while we had already way too much snow in former years.
November 2011: Horses on their way to the ranch - de-worming day is planned.
November 2011: Ferdi's favourite broodmare, Tee Bar Jeep, doesn't know yet what to expect ...
November 2011 - Ame Go Red Glo aka "Tempesta" is caught by surprise
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Also Catalena Freckles didn't see it coming :-)
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November 2011 - after de-worming it goes out to the winter pasture
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October 2011 - the cows and calves come back to the ranch from their summer pastures. Modern Cowboy - neighbor rancher Will carries a cell phone *phhh*
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October 2011 - Ferdi with his stallion Dorky Frosty Spark aka "Frosty"
 

Stupid or brave - I can not tell. We were riding out to get Frosty and his mares back to the ranch after they spent all summer on pasture. Frosty is 18 years old and hasn't been ridden for 8 years, just used as a breeding stud. However - Ferdi unsaddled his horse, put the saddle on Frosty and got on. No ground work, no warming up, he just went off to chase the very uncooperative mares back home. Frosty didn't even offer the slightest buck but galopped over rocks and brush like a seasoned ranch horse. This horse stays broke!
 
 
 
 
 
 

We moved with the help of Angelo and Twister a lot of horses around in the following days.


October 2011 - Fall roundup at a neighbor in Alzada - here with Angelo and Twister
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... and here Rancher Will
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October 2011 - Angelo found his friend - ranch horse Twister is his favorite.
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... sure works hard for him, too ...
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October 2011: Preparations for shipping day. The yearlings are gathered from their summer pastures.
October 2011: Shippingday at the Lake Ranch. The yearlings are driven to the ranch, loaded and shipped to a feedlot where they are fattened with grain before we meet them again in a steak house. No, never in the next burger joint - hamburger meat comes from older stock, like dry cows or tired bulls. Only yearlings make tender steaks and great tasting roasts.
September 2011 - just a romantic country pic :)
September 2011 - we are sooo proud: our new Pickup, a "Dually" 
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August 2011 - Cowboy Patrick and Rancher Ferdi visit the young horses
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September 2011: while Patrick's mare is bored, he tries out a few new cutting horses.
September 2011 - dog love
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my "colored horses" :-).

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August 2011 - Frosty (gray stud) and his mares and daughters
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July 2011 - Checking cows and calves on our new pasture named "Bentonite", which the Ranch added to their land last winter.
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Bentonite is a kind of clay that was mined there for many decades. Old machinery is witness of the work that was done there years ago.
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July 2011 - some of the ranch horses are send on a short vacation
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After the horses are moved we enjoy a ride through "Sweet Clover" or "Yellow Mustard".
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July 2011: Visiting the Indian Ponies. A neighbor has a herd of Paint Ponies that roams around 2000 acres. They are wild but also curious and check us out when we come visit.
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June: Barlow Canyon Road ist still closed
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Not without reason ...
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June 06, 2011: a bit late, our first branding this year, but the wet weather didn't give us a chance. 

Pictures from left to right / top to bottom:

- the horses are waiting after they gathered the cows

- Rancher Ferdi heats the branding iron while Luca and Robby show the guests how to wrestle a calf

- Luca ropes, Robby brands and the guests work ...

- Luca with "Buckskin" (that is the horses name, obviously not his color) roping calves.

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Doctoring yearlings wih Pink Eye:
Left: guest Tina (on Pablo) and Luca (on Seabiscuit) synchron-checking steers ;-)
 

below: a new technique - instead of roping the yearling and tip him over, we tied him to a tree to give him his shots.

My Appaloosa Payday rather doesn't look but hides behind a tree :-)
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May 2011 - the horses are gathered from all ends of the ranch, sorted, and the riding horses kept close for the upcoming ranch work, while the breeding stock and young horses go out on their summer pastures.
May 2011 - the first foals are born - here MB Pines Sabrette with her 3 weeks old stud colt.
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Gold Lacy Poco took her time - her filly is only one day old on this picture. It will turn gray like her daddy.
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May 2011: Many of our yearlings have Pink Eye this year. We either rope them out on pasture to doctor them or move them to the corrals where we can give them their shots more convinient in a chute.
Luca inspects the young horses.

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Monia (with Four Socks) and Lele (with Martin) drive a few strayed young horses back home
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Luca checks the winter pasture with some of the cows and calves
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Monia (with Four Socks) with a faithful fan :)
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This is "Palomino" - yes, we put a lot of guesswork in the names for our riding horses ... ;-)
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Luca (with Seabiscuit) likes to show around ... Lele (with Martin) learns about the little trail that goes up the Butte.
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Luca catches some of the riding horses after they spent a long winter on pasture.
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Melanie (with Martin) takes care of my new gelding Sidney.
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May 2011: Luca roping a yearling
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May 2011: The steer will get a shot after Luca caught it
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April 2011: Luca with his new hat :)

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April 2011: Luca and Silvio check the young horses. They look shaggy and dirty but very healthy.
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April 2011: calving season started. Not all is going easy, first picture is of a calf that didn't want to suck, thus we had to bring the cow in and melk her. Afterwards we rode out to tag newborn calves and sort pairs off.
April 2011 - first cattle drive, moving yearlings for a neighbor.

March 18, 2011: The road to the Lake Ranch is still snowed in. I needed to check the cows, deliver a part for the tractor and try out a young horse, therefore I invited some friends to come ride with me up to the ranch. The snow was up to 6 feet deep - the cowboy on the pictures is riding a 17hand horse - my horse couldn't even get through this. But we had bare spots too where the wind blew the snow off.

March 13, 2011: Tractor or horses - these are the choices to get up to the Lake Ranch this time of the year. Since I don't have my own tractor I took a horse and good old Mac went with me to check the cows and horses. The cows are scheduled to start calving April 1st, but we found already one calf on the ground - fit and healthy.

Februar 26, 2011: The snow mobil is not meant as a recreational vehicle here - it's the only way to get around and check cows, horses and ranch.

24. December 2010 - Merry Christmas!
Since November 9th we are under snow. This is even for Wyoming uncommon since the snow usually comes and goes until it stays sometimes from January until April. This winter we haven't seen bare ground since November 9th and feeding cows and horses with hay as ther eis no grass to get through for feed any more. This is very expensive and we hope for early spring since the hay stacks are shrinking fast.
151 cows and 64 horses stay at the Lake Ranch this winter, and ranchhand Will feeds app. 4600 lbs hay per day to them - quite a bit work for him!

 
 
 
7. December 2010
This cow is very mad - Will and his stallion "Edge" try to get away!
5. December 2010

Horse Drive. 

December 2010

Also in Wyoming - Shetland Pony "Snickers" - here with "Flash" who had to get used to his new neighbor - he never saw a pony before.

November 2010

The deer are very hungry and get pretty bold when they can steal hay from the horses.

27. November 2010

Neighbors Nick and Doerte help finding two stray horses

21. November 2010

Horse Drive

18. November 2010

Shipping Day. The calves and cows are sortetd and the calves move on to feedlots while the cows will stay at the ranch through a long winter.

11. November 2010

Luca and Smoke (or "Buckskin turning gray") checking the cows.

7. November 2010

Luca buying a horse - this is my personal favorit Plenty Paddys Olena - whom Luca bought before I could get him.

6. November 2010

This is me - with one of my pretty Paint Horses ;-)

1. October 2010: Shipping-Day. The yearling steers are rounded up and moved to the corrals where they are sorted and loaded onto trailers to be shipped to feedlots.
October 2010

This is proud Tatanka 
 

October 2010

We have also cute animals - lik "Lucky" who was rescued from a big intersetion in Rapid CIty as a 2 week old kitten. 

October 2010

Luca with Seabiscuit in Oshoto searching for six stray steers.

October 2010

A mustang herd we found instead of the six strays.

October 2010

Finally - the strays, at least two of them.

October 2010

Moving cattle through a river - Wyoming is just beautiful.

 

October 2010

The point on the white horse in front of the butte is Martin with a guest :-)

Want to see more? Here are more pictures:


Pictures of the Lake Ranch until 2010


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