For Courtney A new Odyssey Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns Once upon a time, there was a young maiden named Courtney. She was tall for her age, thin and tall, limber, and strong. She loved the countryside. And she dreamed of having a horse. She dreamed and… Read More Sing to Me: A Kristull Chronicle
In the Fall, the ranch is a little bee hive of activity. Chores that were impossible during the 100 degree summer are now a delight to tackle. Winter Rye needs planting. Gates are leveled. Grass is mowed. Repairs to everything make the air hum with the sound of Gators, Tractors, Lawn Mowers. I love the… Read More There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat: A Kristull Chronicle
Jamey Gambrell recently visited her horse, Velvet, and captured these awesome scenes. We haven’t actually seen a REAL Leprechaun. But I’m sure they are there, watching over each horse like it is their own. This is their sign that all is well on the Kristull.
It’s not a Cadillac. It’s not a golf club service. There’s a much higher use for a golf cart. Kristull High Water Mark demonstrates the easy way to get around the ranch on a hot day.
You can drive across the state of Texas for 12 hours and still not cross a border into another state. What is it about Texas that makes people long to move here? Is it Cowboys with a capital C? Horses in wild colors? Warm weather? Graceful windmills on rolling hills as far as the eye… Read More Chigger Fest: A Kristull Chronicle
A rancher’s work is never done. With all intentions of working with little Kristull Abaddon as prescribed in How to Train the 3 week old Foal, ranch work came first. Fences needed fixing. Pastures needed mowing. Mow Decks and Seed Hoppers needed repair, and a myriad of other day-to-day jobs always nag. It happens to… Read More Paying the Piper: A Kristull Chronicle
Let’s start at the end of our quest instead of the beginning: A round bale with a hay net requires less time to feed daily, uses less hay per horse, keeps horses happier because it provides more natural forage, and will reduce your own stress level as horses calm down and stop worrying themselves and… Read More The Case for Round Bales: A Kristull Chronicle
A recent trip to Prague, Budapest and Vienna provided these beautiful examples of horses of old and equine treasures today in what was the Austro-Hungarian Empire during the reigns of Emperor Charles VI, Empress Maria Theresea and the Emperor Franz Joseph I (and before). Horses were the war machinery of the day, the agricultural beasts… Read More The Horses of Middle Europe – A Kristull Chronicle
At the Kristull, we’ll saddle and ride anything! There’s a lot of work to do and not much time get it done, so it’s all hands on deck. These saddles must be cleaned and moved. It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it. This Gator is not as comfortable as a good horse,… Read More Saddling a Gator- A Kristull Chronicle
It has been raining for a week solid, and the mud is ankle deep all over the ranch. But we have an appointment with the Horse Tooth Fairy, Loren Hardie, to float the teeth on several horses today. “Floating” involves a series of rasps (called floats) of different sizes, angles and depths that are inserted… Read More The Horse Tooth Fairy – A Kristull Chronicle