Did you know Longhorns were almost Extinct?

Did you know Longhorns were almost Extinct?

This is our FIRST adventure with cattle. God has directed us on this amazing path and the most WONDERFUL people have come out of the woodwork willing to help. We have very little knowledge of these animals so my girls and I take time to read and research. Just wanted to share some fun facts with y’all.

Longhorns were bred almost out of existence; by the 1920s only a few small herds remained.

In 1927 the Texas longhorn was saved from probable extinction by Will C. Barnes and other Forest Service men, when they collected a small herd of breeding stock in South Texas for the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. A few years later J. Frank Dobie, with the help of former range inspector Graves Peeler and financial support from oilman Sid W. Richardson, gathered small herds for Texas state parks. After the wildlife-refuge herd had increased to several hundred, the Forest Service held annual sales of surplus animals. Cowmen at first purchased them as curiosities, then rediscovered the longhorn’s longevity, resistance to disease, fertility, ease of calving, and ability to thrive on marginal pastures. Its growing popularity in beef herds was spurred by a diet-conscious population’s desire for lean beef.

In 1964 Charles Schreiner III of the YO Ranch took the lead in organizing the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America, which maintains a registry in order to perpetuate the breed in a pure state. Since then the number of longhorns and their use in cross-breeding have steadily increased, and their future appears secure. Since 1948 the official state Texas longhorn herd has been kept at Fort Griffin State Historic Site which is now part of the Texas Historical Commission. Smaller longhorn herds have been located at various times at Possum Kingdom State Recreation Area, Palo Duro Canyon State Scenic Park, Abilene State Park, Dinosaur Valley State Park, and Copper Breaks State Park. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA).

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A Goal without a Plan is Just a Wish – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

A Goal without a Plan is Just a Wish – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

How did I fall into Photography?

I hadn’t planned on becoming obsessed with photography. I had planned on taking photos of horses that I could paint. But who has time for that? I have 4 kids and 87 thousand animals.

So, thinking I would learn to take photos of horses that I could paint I decided to attend a photography workshop with an amazing photographer, Terri Cage.  She is well known for her gorgeous portraits of horse and rider. They are sharp, correct and beautiful.  I chose Terri because I had seen her work and I felt like I could learn so much from her. So, I signed up; I arrived with a 11 year old Canon Rebel camera and an Ebay purchased 70-200mm lens (that looked like a dog had chewed). Cameras are expensive! I couldn’t invest in something without 100% positive feelings I was going to love it! Anyway, I had an absolute blast. I fell in love with photography. I came home to thousands of images to edit and that was incredibly daunting, but amazing.

So my plans changed. My goals changed. My dreams changed.  And thats okay!! Its okay to change your goals and values! I’m writing this because so many of us get stuck in the idea that change is bad! It’s not bad! It’s part of life! If you have a goal, print it out. Write it out. Draw it out. Research it. Surround yourself with people with similar goals.  Take classes about your goal.  Make a vision board about your goal. PRAY about your goal. Talk about your goal with your spouse.

So here I am. I decided this is my year to learn, focus and collaborate. And through teaching I learn so much, so I’m hoping to help others.

Pictured here are some of the most talented Cowgirls I’ve ever met. Jessie, Kristen, Sheila and Carly.