Come Ride With Us!

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 22, 2010, 8:34 pm

A brief glimpse into the Heady Road trail, home of the upcoming Sumas Mt Trail Challenge.Come ride with us Memorial Day Weekend!
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Sunday Potluck

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 18, 2010, 1:31 pm

Over at Sunday Stills, the theme is Potluck. At first I was confused...was I supposed to host a potluck and take photos? But no, it was simply meant that we could post an array of photos of our choice. Basically, bring to the table whatever photos we wanted to share. Now, does life get any easier than that? I dun think so! Naturally, my potluck involves horseflesh. First up, we've got a nice walk along the creek with City Boy and Sandy. We'd been on our way down to the pasture for some grazing time,
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"Don't Do It!"

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 17, 2010, 3:07 pm

The Old MasterReally, Sunshine? Really? My lens was pointed towards Curt as he hollered out his warning. Ooops. Too late. Click. Done. Taken. So sorry. Poor old horse trainer, having to put up with me.I'd finished up with my lesson when Curt asked if I wanted to ride his red mare. Sure, you bet! I love to climb up onto anything he's got to offer, and this big ol' hunk of a mac truck was bred to the hilt. Curt had owned her sire, an own son of the great Peppy San, some 20 years ago when I'd first
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Photo Session Day

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 16, 2010, 2:49 pm

The weather has been lovely. Sunny, for the most part, and when there's a cloud cover, it's been minus the hard driving rains. Such a sweet relief. City Boy and I led the boys down to the pasture where they were allowed several hours of grazing yesterday, while the Beautiful Wadatika had our small pasture here all to herself. With soft afternoon light and rich green grass as a backdrop, how could my camera stay away? not everything was rich and green. Because before the Diva could head
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Duns N Roses

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 15, 2010, 1:31 pm

Remember this boy? What a looker! He sure was a snorty bugger. Duns was part of the group I hauled up from Molalla (I love that name! Let's say it again, 3 times fast, all together now...Molallamolallamolalla...) Duns was used as part of my gentling demo at the fair in '08. Totally untouched before going, he gave fair goers a real show. They say red horses, duns in particular, are hot, and this boy had flames. He was the flightiest of the three horses I'd brought home, but by the end of the week
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Meanwhile, back at the Mudpuddle...

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 12, 2010, 3:42 am

He doesn't even look like the same horse, now that he's 98% free of his mud. I can't tell you how pleased I am with Red's progress this week. It's been a long, slow, haul but finally....finally!...I'm seeing a horse who's beginning to trust.Last weekend was slow. No horse activity, really, though I did make a point of going out to be with Red if only briefly to offer him grain. Last Thursday he discovered the sweet taste; prior to that, all grain offered had become chicken feed. The chickens were
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Okay, I Officially Don't Get It

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 9, 2010, 1:56 pm

What's all this blogger talk about moving from FPT? When I sign in under my Desperate Horsewife account, it tells me I need to act fast. But sign in under my other account, and there's no reference at all to needing to make changes. What gives? Do any of my fellow bloggers wish to help out this slightly confused horsewife?Yesterday I woke to the sound of pounding rain. Imagine my surprise when I actually climbed from my bed and looked outside to see snow! By afternoon the skies were clear and the
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Mustang Diaries Archive on April 8, 2010, 10:25 pm

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'Twas a Rough Week

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 8, 2010, 10:25 pm

It was Friday morning when a weary City Boy came through the door after working the night shift. If I'd picked up my phone and checked messages received, I'd have noticed one that came through in the middle of the night from him saying, "I'm Okay"...but I didn't. So when he walked in with the weight of the world on his shoulders, unresponsive to my usual morning cheer, I had no idea why.If you live in the northwest, even down into Oregon and beyond, you undoubtedly heard about the oil refinery explosion.
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Then Sings My Soul

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 4, 2010, 2:17 pm

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, let this blest assurance control, that Christ has regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed his own blood for my soul.My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,And, Lord, haste the day when my faith
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Crazy Weather

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 2, 2010, 4:19 pm

If you live in the northwest, you're undoubtedly wondering what the heck is going on with this weather! Beautiful and sunny one moment, hailing golf balls the next, snow falling on the hills and rainbows forming during showers. And then there's the wind...The view from my computerThis does not stop the activity here, however! Wishing I'd had my video camera with me the other day when Tika was showing off to a couple of Arabs at the riding club. She was snorting and blowing and absolutely floating...or
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Darling's Lesson

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 1, 2010, 2:42 am

Darling had a lesson yesterday. As usual, I was instructed to get photos and video. Since the video camera's batteries were so low, I ended up doing still shots. Sort of.Darling was not impressed with my selection of photos. Seems the small distractions were too much for my feeble mind and I simply could not concentrate on the little punk riding the big bay horse. But tell me...if this had wandered in front of your viewfinder, would your lens have strayed?With those lovely, soft green eyes
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Available for Adoption

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 29, 2010, 7:24 pm

I love it when something tickles my memory and I think to go looking for information. One such tickle happened each time I looked at our scruffy little, trailer tailing, bay filly at the corrals. For some odd reason, I found myself emailing Wendy at the corrals to ask about the mud muffin, telling her I never did get a good shot of her neck tag, but it was white...and just what was the number, did she know?Honestly? Who would link the shaggy beast above to the slicked out yearling in the photo below?
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Don't Blink!

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 26, 2010, 1:49 pm

Seriously, it's so may just miss my feet coming up off that mounting block as I straddle the red headed fury here. Though she doesn't appear to be so furious, she certainly was fidgety!
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Red Makes Headway

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 25, 2010, 1:58 pm

Red is finally making some progress. After being away 4 days I wasn't sure where we'd be when I came home, but he didn't loose ground (though...what ground had we covered that could be lost?) On Monday morning he finally let me touch him for the first time. A full month...and finally I got to touch him.The video is long. No fun music, just the crunching of rock beneath his feet. He's turning left and right for me, allowing me to get a little closer and rub on his back. That's the only place I've
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Wild Weekend!

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 23, 2010, 2:38 pm

Been too busy unpacking and working with Red yesterday to get the photos uploaded from the weekend, but I sure did want to share this video of Matt Wilson and Patience. Trust me, the next ten minutes will warm your hearts! And I'm ever so pleased that Ramona Bishop at the BLM linked Mustang U up with him so that he could begin work on the Gray Mare later this month. What a blessing, don't you think?
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Watch Your Bull

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 18, 2010, 12:38 pm

It's an early morning. Darling & I are heading south to Oregon for the Northwest Horse Expo down in Albany. We'll be working the Mustang U booth, which is shared with Equiscience. If you're in the area, look us up! We're in the Santiam building, same as the Mustang Heritage Foundation and BLM booth.Darling has been folding brochures all night while I supervised City Boy's framing of photos. I won't have many there, but a few of Honor and the old buckskin stallion, plus a few posters and some
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Tika the Diva

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 17, 2010, 3:13 pm

The wind was blowing, and Tika was beckoning. "Time for my close up," she called.If there were a Miss Mustang America contest...Tika would win.She'd toss the judges her "Look at me!" pose......and blush charmingly when she won.And there's no doubt that she'd be made the new header, at least for today, of the Mustang Diaries Blog!
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Caution! Eye Candy Ahead!

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 15, 2010, 3:39 am

Okay, so it's muddy eye candy, but I dare you not to swoon!Two super sweet and adorable geldings currently at the corrals. The bay actually came up and began sniffing my hand. He's only 3, so a lovely candidate for an easy training job for someone!Yeah...that's him! I think he thinks I stink...This little girl desperately wanted to climb onto the hay wagon with us.Two years old...$125 and she's yours!I dare you to deny him.
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The Red Headed Fury, pt 2

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 13, 2010, 6:10 am

I walked out into the field, eyes fixed on the red beauty some 200 feet away."Tika," I called over the wind.Her head came up and our eyes met. She began to take a few hesitant steps. I wondered momentarily if she would make a mad dash in an effort to escape. After all, this was only her second day out in the big field, and it was quite the blustery day. I didn't have to wait long to find out as the mare broke into a fast canter, mud splattering left and right as her hooves pounded the ground. But
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