The Red Headed Fury

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 12, 2010, 12:39 am

It's been a month of fear and frustration with my dear Wadatika. Something so deep and dark that I dared not speak it out least not type it where eyes outside of my own little real life realm would know. While I was away at Color Fest, I called home and City Boy told me that Tika had come charging at him. He stood his ground, though, and she backed off. Such a wave of relief for me, since Tika has not taken much to City Boy. She is not a horse who easily makes new friends. The fact that
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Are They Any Different?

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 10, 2010, 8:00 pm

It's a question that gets asked a lot, and this interviewer wasn't any different than anyone else. "Individual personalities aside, are they any different than domestic horses?"My first inclination was to say, "No."I mean...I surely don't ride Sandy any differently than I do a domestic horse. I can hand him off to a new rider and I don't have to tell them about the magic fairy buttons that are secretly hidden that make him respond differently. So no...he's just a horse.But wait....Didn't I say I
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Fishing is a lot like Gentling Mustangs

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 8, 2010, 3:30 am

When I was a kid my dad would haul me down to the local fishing pond on derby day, fix up my pole with a Dick Knight spinner, and off to the races I'd go. I'd cast and reel it in, cast and reel in, cast, feel the bite, set the hook, and reel in. Over and over until my limit was reached. It was exhilarating. I loved the constant motion, and I was always in the prizes, so obviously what I was doing was right, right?Other kids? Well, some used worms and some sat there with bobbers, waiting for the
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Mustang Diaries Archive on March 7, 2010, 6:19 pm

Today's challenge on Sunday Stills is numbers. Actual numbers. No problemo, Ed. Got lots of that!Numbers hang off the necks of those left behind.They're spray painted on those found starving at the 3-Strikes Ranch, aka Mustang Outpost. (Thankfully, Jason Meduna, the man who starved so many mustangs to death, was convicted of animal cruelty. Too bad his sentence didn't reflect the suffering he inflicted.)Numbers are freezebranded onto hips of those deemed 'too old' to adopt.Even the wee ones are
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Photo Enlargments...Help Me Decide...Please!

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 6, 2010, 9:50 pm

I'm just having the worst time of it. Deciding, that is. I'm horrible at decision making. Befuddled and confused. What should I order? How many should I expect to sell?I don't know. I just don't know.Help me, please. I need your help. In a most desperate way! In a couple more weeks I'll be at the expo in Albany, Oregon and at the Mustang U booth I'll have a handful of photographs that I'll be offering for sale. But which photos? And how many to bring? And what sizes should I have?It makes my head
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The Buckskin

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 5, 2010, 4:29 pm

It's a redirect today, my friends. need to go to Mustang U and read about those pretty brown eyes, that's why.Mustang U Blog
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I Was Sittin' Here Thinkin'...

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 3, 2010, 8:13 pm

...that it just may be time for a new pair of boots.City Boy was thinking I needed a new pair, too. One day he hollered at me, "Hey, Desperate Horsewife, git yerself washed up cuz' I'm haulin' yer hiney off to Laurel Farm and buyin' ya a pair a boots."Okay, so it didn't come out sounding quite so hick-like. After all, he's a City Boy and knows how to enunciate (even though the rest of the world can't spell enunciate...) and properly pronounce pronouns and other such words. I just like to make him
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Mustang Diaries Archive on February 28, 2010, 6:27 pm

I've been a bit distracted this week. Time you found out who followed me home last weekend! Meet Red, a three (though I believe coming 4) year old gelding from Beaty's Butte.Red has an adopter waiting in the wings. She'll leave him here through mid April and then ship him to West Virginia where he'll learn to be a roping horse. I don't know how to rope anything, but I suspect Red will figure it out right quick!Is he beautiful, or what?
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Oh, Sunny Day

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 25, 2010, 4:37 am

As you know, the Olympics have been playing out up in Oh, Canada, Eh this past couple of weeks. What you may not have realized is that this is happening practically in my back yard. Since Sandy and I hadn't been out for a ride in over a week, we decided to see what kind of seating was available and perhaps take in a bit of snow boarding or skiing. Sandy really prefers ice dancing, but that was sold out.Turns out we ought to have purchased our tickets a bit earlier as we had super nose bleed seating...Sandy
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Gray Mare heads to the trainer

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 23, 2010, 4:55 pm

When Darling & I first spotted her, we knew she was special. At age 9, she had just a few months left to go before being part of the sale authority program. I spoke with fellow board members at Mustang U and it was agreed that we should purchase the gray mare, which would prevent her being shipped to long term holding.We looked for folks to sponsor her feed and care, and the arrangements were made. Then one day Ramona from the BLM came up with a plan. Why not send the mare to a trainer through
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Saturday in Harney County

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 21, 2010, 6:16 am

My heart skipped a beat."Mom, stop, I see something," said Nikki to her mom. Lea did as she was told and we all looked out to the left over the valley and out into the sage.It was mid afternoon and we'd finished things up at the adoption a bit earlier. A dusting of snow spotted the ground here and there out on the high desert. A few colored specks were visible out there, and then just below and to the right a few more. Binoculars and camera lenses came out as the four of us peered out into the distance.And
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Something for everyone

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 20, 2010, 5:08 am

Seriously...there is no way you could come to the corrals and say, "I just can't find the right (color, size, shape, age...)" because they're all here! Young and old, black, white, black and white, brown eyes, blue eyes, brown and blue eyes. Dr. Suess would go crazy here!Probably my favorite, this four year old hadone blue and one brown eye.What color would you call him?This group ran the fenceline nearly all day long.Tomorrow is the adoption event. Debbie & I will be handing out more free grain
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I'm seeing Spots!

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 19, 2010, 6:56 am

Love this colt. Nice and big...and an eye catching face! with a curly mane.Couple more spotted colts; can we say cute?
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A few photos from the corrals

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 18, 2010, 7:17 pm

NewbornLegacy; Honor's sonPretty sure this is Dibs' pinto buddy that was there with him last winter. I'd guess they're brothers.More to come!
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It won't be long...

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 17, 2010, 1:22 am

Less than 12 hours and I'll be on my way to Burns! The lovely sorrel gelding pictured here has an adopter waiting. Isn't he pretty?I had something totally witty to share with you, but for some reason it's completely escaped me. Perhaps it ran off when I stopped for 21 bags of grain that Equiscience has donated for us to give away while we're at Color Fest this weekend? Or did it baled when I ran to get hay? Or perhaps it was Deb saying she'd be ready to leave at 3 am??? That may have been it...I
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Returned to Freedom...

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 15, 2010, 2:08 pm

Dibs has been set free. Darling is mildly disturbed, worried and concerned for his future safety and health, not wanting to see starvation or broken bones that on occasion plague these beauties. But she will survive...and so will Dibs. I look forward to seeing him more often now, out there in his natural habitat.Not that one can blame the kid for her feelings. What an emotional high to come so close to a wild creature, and have him so totally relaxed in your presence. I hope that this is the first
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Sharing the Love!

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 14, 2010, 4:37 pm

Ready to share a little lovin' today? The Sunday Stills challenge this week was Valentine. It's easy to find a little love around this place. Big love, too! And I'd love to share some of that love with you. As a thank you for always being here, always encouraging, always loving what we do at the Mustang Diaries...Simply leave a comment today, and then pop me an email (link to the right side of the page) and I'll email you a high resolution copy of either of these images. Use it as your desktop,
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The Count Down

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 12, 2010, 7:16 am

I'm nervous, for some odd reason. Or excited. I'm not certain which it is. Six more childhood terms. Less than a week before my friend Debbie & I are on the road to beautiful Harney County.They told me to bring my rubber boots. Are you kidding? Seems the 'white mud' is melting and making a mess. But by next week the temps will be back up into the mid-50s during the day and that leaves me very hopeful.Whaddya think? Pretty good looking horse, wouldn't you say? Reminds me so much
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Color Fest!

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 9, 2010, 6:32 pm

The Wild Horse Corrals in Burns is kicking off the 2010 adoption season in 10 days! They are hosting an event at the corrals called Color Fest. With nearly 1000 horses there, they've got a plethora of color simply begging to find homes. From pintos to appaloosas to duns and want it? They've got it!And thanks to my good friends at Equiscience, I'm getting a free ride to the event! Hope a few of you can clear the weekend on your calendars and join me.Among those available for adoption
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Soap Maker Gone a Little Loopy

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 8, 2010, 3:11 pm

It's been a while since I've made a batch of soap. Some people say the lye fumes may have played a certain role in! They were going to the soapy ball. Look how ripped the Ken Soap's chest looks...I've not got a clue what y'all are laughing 'bout.I enjoyed soapmaking, but you'd never believe how messy it was. Really...making soap, which is supposed to get you clean, creates havoc in your kitchen. Still...I'm starting to feel that yearning to create. This time, though, I
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