Spring Installation

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 19, 2011, 4:38 am

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Cuttin' Loose!

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 17, 2011, 8:21 pm

Yesterday Darling and I climbed into the truck, along with Tucker, at 4 am. We picked up the Cowboy and the Doc, along with their horses, and hauled on down to the first cutting of the season for the Cuttin' Loose Club. The Doc and The CowboyThe Doc is 85 years old, and owns Darling's favorite cutting horse, Rosanna Montana. Rose and the Doc have been together for a few years now, and she knows her job. Stop That Cow!Rose worked nearly perfectly for The Doc on Saturday, marking a 72 and giving him
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Mustang Diaries Archive on April 16, 2011, 2:59 am

The other day I decided Rufus needed a hair cut. He's half Shih Tsu and half Eskimo. He's got that fine Eskimo undercoat with the long Shih Tsu top coat. When it snows, he likes to roll and gets all sorts of matts going in it. Then that bottom layer begins to shed and it makes a real mess. So I pulled out my clippers and thought I'd play dog groomer.Rufus isn't speaking to me anymore.Darling and I were driving down the road when we spotted a woman with puppies under each arm walking across her lawn
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Mustang Mauling

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 13, 2011, 4:51 am

A woman was found mauled down by a pair of wild mustangs late yesterday afternoon. Apparently, she had been making an attempt to photograph the animals when they attacked. Images of the attack were captured on her digital camera.Wild horse advocates warn that the general public is simply not aware of the dangers of befriending a mustang, that they are dangerous and can never be fully trusted. This is especially true if you are still carrying treats in your pocket intended for domestic horses.
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The Girls

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 11, 2011, 2:41 am

Indeed overdue! This was from last weekend, when the girls came up on the BLM trailer. They roamed the arena for a few minutes while Gary pulled his trailer out, and I backed mine in. And then, play time was over, and they climbed into the next trailer for the final leg in their journey.These two girls have such different personalities! City Boy's little red filly is bright and energetic. She's got boundless energy in the round pen, and despite the fact that we end each session with scratches and
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The Lone Cowgirl

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 9, 2011, 1:25 am

Okay, you simply must...I mean simply MUST...go check out my Facebook friend Shirley Morris' blog. MUST! She's got some really nifty neato stuff to talk about. Today's feature is caring for your vintage photographs. Totally cool!So, in other news? The sun came out today. No, really. It did! And I went outside to play with my pony, Bad Reputation! Reppi (should I spell that with one or two p's? Repi? That doesn't even look or sound right...must do some thinking here on the name) isn't too keen on
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Day Three, or Two

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 6, 2011, 12:37 pm

The rain is enough to drive a duck crazy. I know this, because there are a dozen crazy ducks in my backyard.Hence, on day two, I didn't do a single thing with the new girls. They both looked like drowned rats out there, completely miserable and refusing to stand inside the barn on account of the funny noise it made with water pounding down upon it. I wasn't any happier than they were with the weather. Only the ducks appeared to be enjoying themselves...in their crazy sort of way.Day three didn't
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Day One

Mustang Diaries Archive on April 3, 2011, 7:33 pm

I've been keeping a secret.Back in February, City Boy adopted a filly. A cute, flashy little sorrel with three very tall stockings and a white blaze. She's only a yearling, and he's a bit disappointed that he'll need to wait for her to grow up, but I assured him this was a good thing. After all, I need to put more effort into Tika, and if I had a two or three year old here, she'd get moved to the back burner again. And a yearling would give us time to truly get her ready for life as a saddle horse.The
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Tika, Today

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 30, 2011, 3:10 am

Beautiful, as always.
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The Planning Begins

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 28, 2011, 3:28 pm

Video from the Calcutta/Open CuttingCascade Horse FairLast year was the first time I attempted to plan anything so big and crazy as a horse fair. We had fun. I didn't go broke. Let's do it again! Ken McNabb with a stallion he purchased from Curt.Curt has agreed to come back with his little herd of HydraBulls, and in addition to him I've got Ken McNabb agreeing to do a clinic for us! Also Mary Cornelius, a professional photographer from Portland Oregon, will be teaching a class on equine photography.
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Mustang Diaries Archive on March 25, 2011, 2:56 am

A couple of days ago I visited with a friend who has recently joined the Trainer Incentive Program (TIP.) Last month she picked up her first mustang, a real cutie from Palomino Butte.Siesta is three years old, has the prettiest, dishiest little face, and is put together quite nicely. She was, in fact, on my 'hot list' when I was considering a new mustang for myself. Gathered in the fall of '09, she's been sitting at the corrals waiting for that special someone to come into her life. I was really
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Playtime with Tika

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 22, 2011, 10:15 pm

Tika loves her playtime!Since it rained yesterday, I didn't ride, but I did hop on the day before. The round pen size has been expanded to a bit over 40' in length. Tight for some, but not for Tika. In this video she's only using half the space as she circles around me. Once saddled up, she's all business, though.With a month long vacation, she struggled with me asking for a turn to the right. It's always been her weak side. As I pulled her nose, she'd do a little panic, but thankfully in her mind
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Making a Splash

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 20, 2011, 4:05 am

The sun came out today for the first time in what felt like an eternity. Not only was it out, but it was almost feeling warm...you know, like spring!Darling said she had a hankering for wanting to ride Steve Holt!, so after she was done in the round pen, I went outside and snapped a couple photos of her crossing the creek. They didn't end up being much good, at least not in terms of something that could be used for marketing the big goober boy. But this one made me giggle, what with the big splash
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Cabin in the Woods

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 18, 2011, 4:50 pm

Back in the day when I was a kid, we kept our horses up the road in a hidden pasture back behind some trees. There was an old homestead up there that had long been abandoned. The current owners occasionally visited for a week or two in the summer months, using it as a little vacation retreat. But a few years ago we had a great, heavy snow, and the old house simply couldn't withstand the weight. Through the bareness of the winter trees, I could make out it's collapsed roof and silently mourned. It
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Ooh Yeah I'm a Wild One

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 13, 2011, 2:56 pm

Well I'm just outa schoolLike I'm real real coolGotta dance like a foolGot the message that I gotta beA wild oneOoh yeah I'm a wild oneGotta break it looseGonna keep 'em movin' wildGonna keep a swingin' babyI'm a real wild childWell, I'm a real wild oneAn' I like a wild funIn a world gone crazyEverything seems hazyI'm a wild oneOoh yeah I'm a wild oneGotta break it looseGonna keep 'em movin' wildGonna keep a swingin' babyI'm a real wild child
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Barefoot Training

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 11, 2011, 4:49 pm

I need to thank my friend McDebbie. When I saw her yesterday, she told me how exhausted she was. But, she said, Tika was now broke to ride. She'd spent the night riding her all over, upstairs and down, at Bob's Burger and Brew, around the tables and chairs, through the storage area, over boxes of bottles. Tika did great. I'm sure the reason she excelled is because Deb was doing her famous Barefoot Training...she rides and trains in bare feet.In your dreams...McDebbie...only in your dreams...
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Gray Mare

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 9, 2011, 3:25 am

The other day I drove south to clean a few stalls and ride a couple horses for the Old Cowboy. Sheza has developed sarcoids over the past few months, however, and one of them was beneath where the saddle sits. Up until now, I'd continued to ride, as it really didn't seem to be irritating her, and it was quite small. Now, some of you may be asking what a sarcoid is. I'd heard of them for the first time a few years ago, but had never had a first hand encounter until now. There are several forms of
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Out in the Wild

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 5, 2011, 4:13 pm

It's where I'm going today.Oh.The.Joys.I would so rather be here, out in the wild.
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Cat Burglar

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 2, 2011, 10:48 pm

Today's post has nothing at all to do with mustangs, nor horses, but one very naughty kitty.
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Snow Princess

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 28, 2011, 6:46 am

The snow still falls. One must keep one's self occupied somehow, right?
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