Horses & Winter Preparation

Horses & Winter Preparation

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”

(Colossians 2:8)

We’ve got the notion we need a couple well-broke horses for beginners. Oftentimes whilst visiting, people want to ride a horse and we really don’t have anything for inexperienced riders, so the search is on. Fortunately we have found one already, but we’ll probably end up going through several before finding the ones that really suit us.


Judy Lene from KLTE radio station stopped by to deliver the Holiday Recipe Books. There are always some new recipes for me to try in those. I’ll leave several at the YMCA for you to pick up; they are free of charge!


This wonderful weather has been used for draining water tanks we won’t use this winter, fixing fence, cutting firewood, and just, in general, preparing for cold weather. The bulls have been turned out for next year’s fall calves. Other than strip grazing paddocks for winter time and/or feeding hay if necessary, keeping water tanks open for drinking, then this can be a relaxing time for us. We can enjoy the holidays and blustery weather without too much outdoor stress on man or beast.


By not allocating my time appropriately, I was afforded the opportunity to go walkabout on a windy wintery day to chop ice for my cows up north. Upon arrival, however, I discover that there was very little snow-- barely a skiff -- and their water was open. Hooray! While some of the cows gave me a glance, most totally ignored me, nevertheless it made me feel better for checking on them. Additionally, since these past couple of years being so dry, we’ve left the bulls out with the cows since there is now water for them in the bull pasture. Now we have the pleasure of calves being born in this bitter weather which is no good at all. One pair of twins were born that night of the terrible wind and did not survive despite our best efforts, however, two more single calves are in excellent form.


Enjoy this 3-bean dish from my friend Shirley Carr.


Three Bean Bake


1 can red beans, drained

1 can baby limas, drained

1 can white beans, drained

1 cup catsup

½ cup turbinado sugar

1 clove garlic, minced

1 ½ cups chopped celery

1 ½ cups chopped onions



Stir in up to 2 cups of cooked meat such as beef bacon pieces or ground beef, however be sure to use a larger casserole dish. Also, if using cooked beans, put in about 3 to 3 ½ cups of those. I usually cook up plenty of beans and freeze the extras for later use.


Mix all ingredients together and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 45-60 minutes, until beans are set. Be careful not to allow beans to dry out, but just until the liquids are absorbed.


Tauna Powell, along with her husband and three children raise cattle, jumbucks (sheep), and chooks (chickens) on their property near Laclede, Missouri. Contact her at or Write to her at The Master’s Ranch, 19554 Fort Road, Laclede, MO 64651


Posted: 2006-12-04

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