December 29, 2018 – Volume 13 – Issue 50

Greetings everyone!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and looking forward to the new year.  We had some fresh snow on Christmas Eve.  It was a

                     Christmas Card Scene

perfect Christmas card scene when we all woke up on Christmas Day.

All us here at the ranch had a Merry Christmas dinner down at the Merz house.  As promised here are some photos for you to see how us McGinnis Meadows folks celebrate.  The white elephant gift exchange produced a lot of laughs.  We had a wild game of catch phrase going and a competitive card game of Nertz going on that night

     Janice, Miriam, & Roby playing “Catch             Phrase”

too.  If anyone went home hungry it is a mystery due to the amount of food we had cooked up.  I do believe we have started a new MMR Christmas tradition and looking forward to what next year brings.

Roby continues his way through the guest horses and the wranglers are working on bettering their horsemanship each day.

I don’t know if all of you have heard… Anna and Scott have completed Farrier School.  We want to congratulate them on a job well done.  Scott is visiting his family at the moment, we will hear more about his experiences when he returns next week.

Anna has jumped right in and started the scheduled trims.  It is fun to see her with so much excitement and enthusiasm when she talks about her experience at school.  Here is some things she had to say when I asked her what was the highlight of learning a new skill…

“The highlight for me personally is to see how we can best support the horses, like horses that might travel differently based off of their

    Anna & Scott with instructor Bob

conformation. We can now give them a little lateral support and help them move better.  That information and teaching is just invaluable to me.  I’m excited to see movement through new eyes!!!  We can help them [the horses] move more comfortably and freely so they can work cows, and have fun with the guests. And that is priceless!  I am so grateful to Shayne and Des for such a great start into this industry and I can’t wait to learn and grow with the horses at the ranch.”

Congratulations Anna on your accomplishment.  We are excited to see where this takes you too!

It looks that winter has finally settled into our area with chiller temps and with a little snow each day.  Each morning the mountains are crystallized into a beautiful frosty snowscape.  It’s a sight to see the horses being jingle in with ice cycle clanging in there tails and mains.  It really is something you have to see.

From all of us here at McGinnis Meadows Ranch we are looking forward to another fun filled year with our old friends and new friends we haven’t met yet.

Happy New Year Everyone!!

Happy Trails,


Magoo & Chief


Cahill taking a rest


Hanging out


The boys waiting for the feed truck


Concho & Levi


Dude says Hi


 Janice teaching Roby to ski on             Christmas Day