Um...Where's the Brand?

Mustang Diaries Archive on August 5, 2010, 3:02 pm


Several months back...like, maybe in February when Dwe went to Burns for Color Fest...my friend Debbie told me about a yearling colt she had that she wanted to get rid of. "Take him, he's yours!" Debbie raises foundation quarter horses, and some very well bred ones I must admit. But this colt and she did not get along. He was jumpy and fidgety and a buckskin. And to hear Debbie tell it, there's never been a buckskin she can get along with. Put a stripe down it's back and call it a dun? Yes, she'll
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It's Complicated...

Mustang Diaries Archive on August 4, 2010, 2:37 am


"You're a great warhorse, Sandy...believe in yourself!"Had you asked me last week, after my trail ride with the Girls, or the lesson down at Curt's, that this week I'd have sold Sandy, I'd have laughed at you. Truly. Laughed. Out. Loud.I don't know what made me post to my facebook profile: "Considering selling my boy" that evening. No clue. Just did it, with a heavy, downtrodden heart. A lack of space to do what I want...what I need...to do. My goal all along has been to transform hearts, not only
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Brown Ear Tips

Mustang Diaries Archive on August 2, 2010, 9:39 pm


Maybe they wouldn't want him. Maybe...maybe they'd decide they couldn't afford another mouth to feed, or that he wasn't a good match.Maybe.I wasn't paying much attention to the trail. My body was twisted around, reins dropped over the saddle horn, camera in one hand and long rope in the other as I tried to get photos of little Nic, the QH colt that was obediently following behind Sandy.Oh...who was I kidding? Who on earth wouldn't want him? He's beautiful... handsome... rugged... athletic... Not
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Horse Shows and Trail Rides

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 29, 2010, 9:55 pm


Such a busy life I lead! My head seems to be spinning most days, though for the most part it's in an attempt to get things situated for the Cascade Horse Fair.Last week I got an email from some friends asking if I wanted to go ride. We'd not ridden together since last summer...they live a couple hours south of me and we meet up at a lovely tree farm trail.Recognize these two bloggers? It's Paint Girl and Pony Girl!It was a beautiful, sunny, hot, dry day. Pony Girl wore her chinks. I'm not sure why,
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I Think My Horses Want This...

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 23, 2010, 2:13 pm


I'm pretty sure they'd fall in love and I'd never see them anywhere else but beneath it again!
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Another Lesson Learned

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 21, 2010, 2:34 pm


I'm sitting here waiting MOST impatiently for my video to upload.Why is it taking so long?I swear it was quicker to drive down, ride, and come home that it is to load that video!Which leaves me with even more time to ask myself...Why did I invite other people to come down with me when I ride?Their horses are starting to look better than mine!Take, for instance, Bess. This was her first time working the bull, and her horse was stopping and turning on it's own, I swear!And I've got to say this was
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Girls in Dresses

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 20, 2010, 2:23 pm


Or, more specifically, Darling in a dress...again. I wish I looked this good in a dress...let alone while riding a horse!"I feel like a little girl, running away from home on one of my family's horses. A big Thoroughbred horse...because we own a farm and raise race horses..."Hmmm...sounds like a Hallmark movie. But Darling? Let's change the TB to a mustang. Then again, we could have a mustang play the part of a TB...wouldn't that send a tremor through the racing world?
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Summer Sundays

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 18, 2010, 11:34 pm


Over at Sunday Stills, they put the word out that they wanted to see summer. I must say that around these parts we wondered if we'd get one! June was so blasted wet...every day, all day, rain, rain, rain. But then? The clouds parted and the heavens sang. Seriously. Angels singing. Everyone heard it, I promise. Or maybe it was just the horses screaming for their hay. I dunno. But it did wake me up, and the sun has been shining all of July!Of course, the main focus of my photographic attention so
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Ouch.

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 18, 2010, 2:11 am


That hurt.I was moving a round pen panel.I forgot the other end wasn't attached to anything.I picked up one end, and it got off balance......and fell......into my face...Did I say ouch?
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I Just Can't Figure It Out...

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 13, 2010, 2:50 pm


Looking through the photos I've taken the past few days and all I find are spots... Why do you suppose that is?Mustang U is hosting a name the filly contest over on Facebook this week if y'all want to get in on the fun!Yesterday I didn't have my camera with me, or I'd have had other images to share. Images of a certain orange fluffy cat climbing out of my trailer tack room after a nap, only to find he was 20 miles from home...and only 1 mile (at best) from the Canadian Border! Yup. Sent Darling
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Shadows On The Wall

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 11, 2010, 4:09 am


Sunday Stills theme this week is "Shadows"...and how excited was I to read that? Very! Because the very morning I'd read the assignment, I'd already taken the best shadow shots ever. Well...best shadows I've ever taken, at least! You may have taken better shadow photos. You may have taken better shadow pictures today, last week, last month, or every day of your life, for that matter. But me? These were definitely the best shadow pictures I've taken. Ever. See? The very best shadow photos you've
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Guess What's in My Backyard?

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 9, 2010, 1:02 pm


Uh-huh...That's right!Momma had her baby!I didn't even notice her at first...just went out, tossed some hay through the mare's window, grabbed the boys and headed across the creek so they could be turned out to graze for the morning. When I returned a few minutes later to put grain in her bucket? Wow! What a surprise met my eyes!On Wednesday evening I'd noticed a slight softening of the vulva on Momma, but it wasn't much, an certainly not what I'd noticed on my sheep. Her bag had changed shape just
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No Friends for Tika?

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 8, 2010, 3:52 am


Tika has struggled here. She is at the bottom of the pecking order, bullied by Steve Holt! and not tolerated by Sandy. Even when Sky Bar and Vita were here last year, she found herself pushed around and picked on. Over the course of the winter, Tika and I shared a moment, and I later shared it with you. We'd stood out in the late evening, wind blowing, and she'd curled her neck around me as though protecting me from the elements. I'd had an overwhelming urge to cry for her...it was a maternal instinct
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What's That Bright Thing In the Sky?

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 6, 2010, 1:55 pm


It's been such a wet, dark and dreary spring that I'd almost forgotten what sunshine looked like. There is a saying here in the northwest that summer doesn't begin until the fifth of July. Looks like this year, it's the sixth, as temps move from the 50's to the 80's almost overnight!I gotta share this with you...Cowgirl Candy! She's one of the Cascade Horse Fair sponsors. Cute stuff and loads of bling...like this headstall!Okay, so I'm down at the cutting a couple weekends ago and Curt says, "We
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Baby, I Love You

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 5, 2010, 7:04 am


Er...maybe not so much?Bad Pony!
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Framed!

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 3, 2010, 1:32 pm


It's been awhile since I've participated in Sunday Stills, but this one sounded like fun. Framed, they said, was the theme. I love framing!Framing is a way to bring your subject into focus. You can use natural framing, such as the trees here, to direct attention to a particular point of interest.Despite Sandy being out of focus, I still like this one. The trees are interesting, but I see my pony. Perhaps a weak frame?Curt, framed in a doorway.No? Not what they meant by framing???Well, just the same,
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Beamer Goes For a Ride

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 2, 2010, 10:59 am


It's funny how kids change, isn't it? Several years ago we were given a little gray mustang from the Colville Reservation. Darling named her Sassy, and sassy she certainly was! Darling was only 8 at the time, and since Sassy wasn't broke to ride (oh, you could toss a kid up there and lead her around alright), Darling never really had an opportunity to do much other than be led in a few circles. Her interest wasn't high, and it wasn't long afterward that City Boy lost his job and I decided to sell
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Ladies Glisten

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 30, 2010, 3:23 pm


This past weekend Darling and I headed southeast a bit to a cutting held in Sunnyside, WA. It was the Big Bang cutting, a benefit for one of their members who's stage 4 throat cancer. I recently got Curt a sponsorship with Equiscience, and they also offered to donate several bags not only as prizes to the cutters, but 10 more bags to the auction. Great folks there at Elenbaas!The weather was absolutely fantastic...a little warm compared to what we're used to here, but bright and sunny and...oh,
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It Was So Exciting...

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 25, 2010, 2:51 am


Finally, a bit of sunshine in the northwest! For a full week, at that. Can you believe it? I had told myself that once Red was gone I'd spend more time with Tika, but several days worth of decent weather and had I done anything with my fire breathing red head? Nope. So yesterday I decided I'd just better make the effort, and I drug the saddle out and plunked it atop her back. What a good girl she is...never any regression despite her almost constant vacation time. She stood right there and let me
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Mah Baby's Got Cow!

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 22, 2010, 2:19 pm


Just another day in a dusty arena...chasing some fiberglass bull back and forth in the dark! Thanks to Darling, who is finally out of school, I was able to get some still shots of Sandy as he dropped himself down to get after the cow. I know...y'all are looking and going, "Huh?", but to me? It's nearly pee your pants exciting. (I know...dork. Yes, I am.)The End...
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