Sometimes You Just Gotta Pass it Along!

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 19, 2010, 2:30 pm

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And He's Off...

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 18, 2010, 9:34 pm

It most certainly has been a long and interesting journey with Red. Slow, challenging, rewarding. Sometimes frustrating, sometimes exhilarating. Not nearly the progress I'd hoped to make, but for Red, it was a tremendous amount. Today Red loaded into a stock trailer and headed on down the road. While I know he's far better equipped today than he was a month ago to make this trip, there was still some trepidation on my part when it came to loading him into an unfamiliar trailer. But you know what?
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Here She Is!

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 14, 2010, 12:04 pm

Yeah...that's right...she!Beamer's Blue MoonWhen we arrived at the adoption site in Longview, we were faced with a small group of yearlings, of which only 3 were geldings. As there were a couple of younger children, and one of those geldings was smaller and pretty quiet, Darling opted to let her gelding go and take one of the fillies. The one she ended up with was be-bopping around like nobodies business! One spunky little bay from Murderer's Creek.Darling spent a couple of sessions with her yesterday,
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Mustang Diaries Archive on June 11, 2010, 2:19 pm

It's that time again...time for the youth of Washington State to head to the Longview adoption and pick up their new best friend!Ten youths from WA State are pretty excited right about now. The BLM truck will be pulling into Longview with ten yearlings ready to head home for a little yearling makeover. Last year Darling took two yearlings, as you may recall; Empire and Avalon. While Avalon had her issues, Empire was a fantastic little mare and a load of fun to work with. We know this year that Darling
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Wild Horse Sanctuary

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 9, 2010, 6:29 pm

A current proposal may provide some relief for the BLM, a home for some wild horses, and a solution for those who've been in turmoil over the wild horse 'problem'. A Nevada Ranch has partnered up with Return to Freedom to offer 5,200 acres of private land at a reduced care rate which could save the BLM millions.Read More
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The Good News Is...

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 8, 2010, 1:59 pm

...Red will be leaving in ten more days.The bad news is...Red will be leaving in ten more days.He's come so far, yet we've barely just begun. Still not allowing his halter on and off; I can't really even touch his face. Not picking up feet. Slow to load (though we've done it, and hauled.) Wanting to be friends, but not ready to give up his sense of self preservation. Each day he gets closer, but the improvement is barely visible unless you go back a week, or two...or three. Or more.I'm very excited
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Mustang Diaries Archive on June 5, 2010, 12:32 pm

I've been a little preoccupied, to say the least, of late. Now that Sandy is back home, no more daily trips to the trainer (sadly, as that was too fun!), but I've got something in the works here that's been a bit on the time consuming side. What might that be? A healthy dose of FUN, that's what!A shiny new arena is being built up here at our fairgrounds, and what better way to become familiar with it than to use it? A friend and I are putting together the Cascade Horse Fair in September. Two clinics,
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Rush, rush, rush!

Mustang Diaries Archive on May 31, 2010, 2:53 pm

Best Daddy Note Ever(click image to enlarge)Life has been busy, and I don't even know why! And I'm rushing out again...should be on the road right now...down to my weekly 'Bull Session'. But I got this email from my mother stating, "How am I supposed to know what you're up to when you're not even blogging???" Um...sorry, Mom!My good friend Linda has been out of town visiting her cousin, which has left her cranky old cowboy (aka Curt) at home alone. The weather is cold, wet and dreary, which means
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Fun in the Sun

Mustang Diaries Archive on May 22, 2010, 12:39 pm

The sun was shining the other day, so Darling agreed to a photo shoot with Steve Holt!. I'm rather happy with the results, though the sun was somewhat bright. Normally, for you new readers, Darling does not ride in a dress. When I sent a copy of one of the photos to a friend, her remark was "She looks cute, but don't put that online..." She was concerned people would think my kid goes riding in dresses. I, personally, am not bothered by someone riding in a dress...but if you happen to be someone
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Seven Minutes of Red

Mustang Diaries Archive on May 20, 2010, 2:28 pm

Red has been moved to a new location. I received a call last week telling me there was a stall available for sub-lease at the riding club, and I was next on the call list. Did I want it? Oh, boy howdy, did I! So into the horse trailer went our favorite uncooperative mustang and away he went.Since arriving, Red has found there are many things in life that need dealing with. Things like wheelbarrows slipping in alongside you while you eat grain. Precocious mares in neighboring stalls swinging their
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Ride when the Sun Shines!

Mustang Diaries Archive on May 14, 2010, 12:25 am

Poor Sandy. I can't even tell you when his last day off was! Luckily for him, some of our rides have been on the soft and lazy side, such as today. I loaded him up, along with Wadatika, and went to the nearby tree farm for a lazy day 25 minute ride. I gotta say, that little pony of mine is turning into one heck of a wonderful horse. Not only can he cut cows & carry Darling over 2' jumps, but he's a pony horse supreme! What do I mean? Well, we got ten minutes into our ride and Tika decided she'd
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Two Red Heads

Mustang Diaries Archive on May 11, 2010, 5:30 pm

Red stepped up to the plate for me these past two days. Good thing, too! He followed me into the horse trailer, allowed me to scratch on him some, and then went to eating his grain while I walked out. Now, for anyone who's tried to teach a young horse to load, you know the danger of walking out of a horse trailer and having a frightened baby turn right over top of you and mow you down on it's haste to exit! Thankfully, Red did not do that.City Boy was out at the barn with me last night, offering
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Twas a Lovely Day!

Mustang Diaries Archive on May 10, 2010, 1:44 pm

I got up early on Mother's Day and ran out to feed the horses. I wanted Sandy to be finished early so that he and I could go on a ride. Darling doesn't particularly like trail riding, but she doesn't like me going alone so she often comes along just so I have company. What a good kid to look after her mother like that! But I wanted to ride up the hill a bit, so I left her sleeping and grabbed a quick ride on my own.After my ride, I worked with Red for a bit. I must admit he's had me feeling a bit
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The New Kid...

Mustang Diaries Archive on May 9, 2010, 1:40 pm

So, where'd we leave off? Oh, yes...Darling and her photos. Lots and lots of photos. 253 of them, to be exact, and did she get the shots I needed? I had to do that myself once we got home.And what, pray tell, was it that she ignored?The lovely little pinto mare from the Paisley Desert, that's what!This little mare is part of the Mustang U clan. She's 14 years old and probably somewhere between 13.2 and 14 hands. Not all that tall, but this momma is a very stout package! So far, she's settling
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New Kid in Town...

Mustang Diaries Archive on May 8, 2010, 1:46 pm

Finally, a break in the thick, dark clouds. Sunshine, people! We have sunshine!The other day Darling and I began to shuffle panels around in order to make room for the new kid on the block. Red, being his curious self, had to come inspect.I know, I can't see his eyes. Here, is this better?Truth be told, I don't think he was curious at all about the panels being moved, but wondering if there was a free handout for him involved in the process. Sorry, treats in the pocket right
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Mustang Diaries Archive on May 4, 2010, 5:42 pm

Really? Snow? Sigh... Will it ever end? My round pen is half covered in water, and the other half is too soggy to work in. The paddocks are in pretty much the same shape. The rains from the past few weeks have simply been too much. I can not wait for spring...and finally arrive. I went and watched a bit of the reined cowhorse competition up here this weekend. For those unfamiliar, the horse starts off with a reining pattern to show how well he responds to a rider. Circles, lead changes,
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Forward Motion

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 30, 2010, 10:01 pm

Forward motion is always good. Unless you're asking your pony to back up, of course. Then moving forward isn't so good. Nearly 2 years ago...we were so slow!Sandy had a lot of forward motion today. Almost too much. Curt is out of town at a cutting and I'm the Barn Chore Lady for the weekend. This morning I hauled Sandy along so I'd be able to sneak in a ride while there. In between feeding and turning out and cleaning stalls, I saddled my pony up and found myself on the back of a mustang who definitely
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Mustang Diaries Archive on April 29, 2010, 8:10 pm

He's ours! 100%, officially, and completely. The manila envelope came in the mail the other day.The paper inside said, "Congratulations!"And Darling is one happy camper...
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The, tale?...of Two Colts

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 27, 2010, 5:52 pm

The other day I was reminded of an internet acquaintance from a few years ago. A gal I'd 'met' on a horse forum had been watching what I'd been doing with the mustangs, and since she lived in Fort Worth (home of the Extreme Mustang Makeover), when she learned of the yearling event that was taking place she excitedly signed on. Why not? After all, it was right there in her home town, and what an opportunity to take on a yearling project for the summer!As the competition drew near, the yearlings available
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Six Boring Minutes

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 23, 2010, 3:18 pm

Pony Girl requested a video of me riding the big red mare. Yesterday I was down for a lesson and since there was a bit of time on the camera before the battery ran out of juice, I did just that.On Tuesday when I went down to ride her, she was pretty excited. Moreso than she'd been the past couple of rides, and since time was limited for me I simply walked and stopped and walked and stopped. I threw in a little jog in a figure 8, but since she immediately went to crow hopping and wanting
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