Can I Panic Now?

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 24, 2010, 12:14 pm

So here it is...early, still dark, Friday morning. I've been up for two hours and Lord only knows when I'll get back to bed.Today I haul horses to the fairgrounds and begin setting up for the Cascade Horse Fair. And yes...I'm in stress mode.In an effort to cope, I think I'm just going to slip into a case of denial and let the volunteers run everything. I mean...I'm not into stress, so why shouldn't I just hand it off to someone else, right? Right. Good plan.Have I got any volunteers???Three bulls
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Caption Needed!

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 19, 2010, 2:28 pm

Plumb out of ideas. Need a caption for this before turning it into a poster or t-shirt or whatever. Can you help?Nothing joking or funny or amusing...looking for something more poetic, maybe? Dunno. Help. I need somebody. Help. Not just anybody...(oops, think Darling's playing her Beatles music a bit too much around here!)
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My Boot!

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 17, 2010, 3:42 pm

It's on my foot! My broken toed foot is wearing my boot! See my silly grin? If you saw me walking you'd think me intoxicated. Truly. I'm wobbling all over the flippin' place, but I don't care cuz my BOOT is on!I'm going out with my boots on...
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Thought You May Like...

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 16, 2010, 2:35 pm

to see how Red is doing!Red still has his daily struggles. Trust is slow to come when new people are introduced, but his adopter has said that he trusts Dan, his trainer, and responds well for her at this point as well. Doesn't he look good under saddle? Such an incredible horse. I truly hope some day he allows his people to completely unlock that brain of his.
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Double Barrel

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 15, 2010, 12:36 am

Started out a good day. Hauled Sandy and Lefty down to Curt's, figuring that Lefty had been solid enough that the trip would be good for him. He loaded nicely, bolted a bit when we unloaded, but then stood tied to the rail like a champ while Roz and I worked the HydraBull.When we were done, I transferred my saddle to Lefty, who'd stood pretty quietly during all the commotion that'd taken place up until then. Heck, Curt had even run the tractor and harrowed the arena, and while Lefty's head was up
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Freakin' Amazing Horse

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 10, 2010, 11:18 pm

No, really. He is! Stirrups bouncing about not a problem.Jacket hanging off the saddle horn, not a problem.The look on his face when he spotted himself in the mirror?Priceless!
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Big Day for Lefty

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 9, 2010, 10:46 pm

Not exactly what I'd call a fine specimen for hunt seat, but the little saddle was strapped on tight without a fight!
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Just A Few...

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 8, 2010, 2:08 pm

...shots from last week's trip south.Pete French's Round Barn: The round barn was build with the idea of a barn inside, and an alley way on the outside. The alley was used for training horses. It was wide enough for a wagon if you wanted to drive, or you could send riders around. Horses in the corrals: I don't think I'd want to mess with this hungry girl! And a couple scenery shots to round it out! maybe this one isn't scenery? Darling found an arrowhead and decided one of the
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Mustang Diaries Archive on September 7, 2010, 3:03 am

Today I went down to Curt's in the morning with Sandy & Duns. Duns hadn't seen the hydrabull before, and while others worked it inside the arena, we stood out in the Washington rain where we could stay safe (or, in reality, those inside could be safe from us!) and still watch the motorized bull zip back and forth. Duns didn't really care about the bull. He was more curious about all those horses tied to the walls and be-bopping around. He's going to make someone a very nice horse!Later, I came
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On the Road Again...

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 6, 2010, 2:45 am

Just can't wait to be on the road again...That Willie Nelson jingle ran through my mind most of Friday, and by the first crack of dawn, Darling and I were definitely there, burning up the rubber as we headed once again for Oregon. It'd been Monday when we'd left the corrals and our friends Maggie & Farrel. In their trailer were Raven, the bay mother of Honor's Legacy (aka Gunner), and with her road the black and white pinto gelding, Lefty...City Boy's new horse.It took all stinking day to get
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The Fun has just Begun

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 3, 2010, 3:21 pm

The corrals are normally closed on the weekend, but if you time it just right you can slip through the gate in the early morning during feeding hours, which is exactly what we did on Sunday morning before heading up to Stinkingwater. Yeah...I said Stinkingwater. What sort of name is that? I'd love to learn the history of it (though it sounds rather obvious, eh?) Among the many horses at corrals was this lovely pinto and her stunning bay filly. The morning was brisk and play was the name of the game.
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The Adventure Continues

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 2, 2010, 2:37 pm

We spent two full days in Harney County with our friends, Farrel and Maggie. We were up at the crack of dawn on Saturday to head up to the South Steens, which of course is where we met up with Dibs and his small bachelor band.Among the group of young stallions was this red dun, who seemed to be having a love affair with my camera.These horses are a prime example of what a good program they've got going in Oregon. The South Steens HMA was gathered last fall, and horses such as Dibs were returned
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Darling Calls Dibs...AGAIN!

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 1, 2010, 3:47 am

On Saturday morning, bright and early, we met our friends Maggie & Farrel for a quick continental breakfast in the lobby of the Silver Spur. Maggs & I wanted to head out and get an early start up to the mountain, so by 7 am we were in our vehicles and heading towards the South Steens.This was City Boy's first trip to the mountains, and he wasn't sure what to expect. 70 miles outside of town, we turned off the paved road and headed up a well maintained gravel road. We'd not gone far before
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Mustang Diaries Archive on August 27, 2010, 2:16 am

It was December of 2008 when I first visited the South Steens and had my first real taste of wild horses. Not that I've not tasted wild horse here, what with the dirt and loose hair flying, but truly wild? What an experience!This is where I first met Honor, the beautiful dark dun stallion. I have no clue why I named him that, but when I shared his photo and his name, it stuck. Photographers I've never met share images of him, and they, too, call him Honor.Wandering about, drifting in and out among
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Can You Please Tell Me...

Mustang Diaries Archive on August 23, 2010, 1:31 pm

...just how I'm supposed to limit my week at the fair to just one post on my blog? Can't be done, I'm pretty sure. Duns was spectacular, though he didn't find an adopter. Nothing fazed this boy, nothing at all. Flags snapping and flapping in the wind, draft horses coming and going, even a 4-H parade led by a handful of little drummer boys with their boom-boom-boom couldn't get snort out of him. He simply spent the week lounging contentedly in his paddock, and when it came time to saddle up for the
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Loading Up...Heading Out

Mustang Diaries Archive on August 15, 2010, 4:20 pm

Today we load up and head to the fair for a week. Not sure I'll be seeing much of you between now and then...sort of depends on if I can find some sort of internet service while we're away.Away is camping in my folks' motorhome up at the fairgrounds. Ahhhh....what would I do without my parents' love of traveling? Darling and I will stay up there all week, have our own private shower and bathroom, and not have to battle the crowds, or make the 40 minute (one way) drive home each night. Yesterday
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Fair Time!

Mustang Diaries Archive on August 13, 2010, 12:38 pm

Wow...not only have I been swamped trying to get the Cascade Horse Fair up and running, but now I'm looking at the calendar and seeing that I need to haul horses up to the Northwest WA Fair in just a couple more days! Darling and I went up yesterday to set up panels and found we were in a slightly new location than the past two years. A better location, with greater visibility! But it's a funny shape, and I don't know how I'm going to get 4 pens together for the horses. Guess we'd better figure
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Mustang Diaries Archive on August 11, 2010, 7:55 am

Ya just gotta play! Me? Well, obviously, I've been playing in Photoshop!I've also been playing up at the riding club. Better check out Duns in his new video! This was Sunday...his second trip down into the arena and working in the round pen. You like? Come adopt! He'll be at the Northwest WA Fair with me beginning Aug 16!
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Trail Rides and Dun Horses

Mustang Diaries Archive on August 8, 2010, 2:54 am

Nothing to do with one another...just the subject of this particular day's musings.Yesterday we saddled up and met some friends on the Heady Road. The weather, until today, has been spectacular around these parts, if not downright hot at times. But no matter the heat, a ride on Heady is beautiful no matter what. And besides...the trees are so deep and dense that you don't worry about heat or flies while on your ride.Once off the logging road, Darling and her long legged Steve Holt! stepped out into
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Real Cowgirls Ride Mustangs

Mustang Diaries Archive on August 6, 2010, 9:04 pm

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