Thursday, December 22, 2011
Growing up on a Colorado dude ranch our Drowsy Water kids have a slightly different spin on life. Christmastime is no exception. As we go though all of the traditional holiday stories and events, we've had some interesting conversations spurred by questions only a dude ranch kid would ask.
Here are 10 dude ranch kid questions about Christmas.
And you'll notice the photos do not correspond to the questions.
Does Santa have elf-wranglers for his reindeer?
Which mountain around our house does the Grinch live on?
Does Santa have kitchen elves to make him pancakes?
We have a barn. Why wasn't my brother born in there?
Does Santa feed his reindeer round hay bales or square?
Why don't Joseph and Mary ride horses instead of that donkey?
What color tractor do elves drive?
I see a lots and lots of stars in the sky. How did the wise men know which one was special?
Are reindeer and horses friends?
How does Santa keep the reindeer on the roof? There is no corral up there.
Happy Holidays from Drowsy Water Ranch!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Winter Weight Check
Worried about gaining weight over the winter? Those holiday pounds already stacking up? Feeling a little bit like a breakfast sausage in those jeans you bought last month? Well don't you fret, don't you frown, you are not alone. And, by-golly, you might as well use the same reason for your recent plumping as our four-legged friends at Drowsy Water Ranch: It's stinking cold out.
After we finish cutting the hay on the meadows at the Walden ranch, we pasture a handful (okay, maybe more like a few trailer-fulls) of our horses for the fall. Their manes get tangled. Their feet get dirty. They run and kick and buck like wild horses. And, most importantly, they get free choice on plenty of green grass.
We headed up to check on the herd last week. Generally, we like it when they are clearly a little round in the middle. We also like to see some nice fuzz growing over their sleek, shiny, summer coats.
Soon, as the snow starts flying and the temperatures start dropping, those extra pounds and fuzz will come in handy. Most of our herd stays at Drowsy Water Ranch for the winter where we feed them hay daily. Some stay at a neighbor's ranch in Walden where they are also fed hay daily.
So, if you, like our horses, might have a few extra pounds heading into winter, just tell your friends (and yourself) that you need it as protection from the cold. Tell them you are just supporting your horse friends in Colorado.