Look at my Little Girl Ride!

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 8, 2010, 1:59 am

The guys? They're watching football. Darling just finished up a video late last night, though, and that's what I'm watching. Special thanks to Equiscience for sponsoring Darling & Steve Holt!. Oh...and if you've ever wondered where Steve Holt!'s name came from...well, I found it on Hulu. The show...not Steve Holt!.
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Inspired to Ride...

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 5, 2010, 4:59 pm

Wow! What a tough decision that was. But in the end, Mustang Heritage inspired the winning title for this photo...'Inspired to Ride'. Pop me an email with your addy and I'll get your photo mailed out to you.The other day I hauled down to Curt's with my new friend, Rod. Actually, her name is Roz, but when Curt asked her, he misunderstood. Then he asked her to spell it...well, Z rhymes with D, don'cha know, and he just shrugged and began calling her Rod. After that first lesson, he figured it out,
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Name It. Win It.

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 4, 2010, 3:41 pm

First, a big thank you to all who wished me quick healing! Must have worked, because I woke up yesterday feeling much better. Still a little pinch of whatever it is, but nothing like the previous day or two. Trying not to over do it, but hey, what can I say? Ponies must be ridden!Darling had a lesson on Tuesday, and since Steve Holt! hadn't been worked on Monday, I hauled him to the arena for a bit of a warm up. He was great! Nice, soft, and supple. Big improvement over what Darling's been dealing
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Busted Up

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 3, 2010, 5:39 am

I feel like this...all in a twist "You didn't fall off a horse, did you, Mother?"That was the question from my son as I sat there wincing in pain as City Boy rubbed my upper back."No, but it sure feels like it!"I have no clue what I did, but I did it right good! Along the shoulder blade, sometimes up into the base of my neck, sometimes down a bit lower on the left side of my rib cage. And then there's the arm...both upper and lower...and let's not forget the shoulder joint! Yes, it definitely feels
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This Week: Portraits

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 1, 2010, 3:07 pm

Our assignment in class this week is portraits...but not necessarily the formal type. People in their natural habitat works, too. I struggled again with my settings, overexposing my fair share...but I think Darling looks rather good as a ghost, wouldn't you say?I had snapped a dozen or so shots before Darling announced she was a bit chilly and would like a coat. That's when I finally looked at the photos taken and said with dismay..."Um, no, you can't. I need to take more so you actually show up."Thankfully
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Mustang Diaries Archive on January 31, 2010, 4:31 pm

My computer is having issues. I was in the middle of the greatest blog post ever when suddenly it began to complain of having a belly ache. And then it stopped. Just up and stopped, I tell you, while I was searching for new and interesting photographs for today's Sunday Stills challenge.I shut it down and let it reboot, only to have it tell me it was infected, and something about spyware and if I continued I'd be at risk. Like any good mother, I called the computer doctor who said to put it to bed
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The Visitors

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 29, 2010, 5:44 pm

Yesterday Tika had a visitor. Two, actually! I had the farrier out in the morning to do the boys. Steve Holt! was a total twirp, and that's putting it far too nicely. He's gotten into some bad habits...mainly taking advantage of new farriers by trying to walk away mid nip. Naturally, he stands beautifully for me, but when someone else is doing the work? Not so much. Sandy, of course, is an absolute dream. Like any good horse trainer, I knew I'd need to end on a good note, so planned to have Steve
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Action, Action, We Want Action!

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 28, 2010, 4:58 am

So this week's assignment in photo class was learning to work with our shutter speed. This, combined with the f-stop, should help us get better photographs of wild horses racing at breakneck speeds in dark arenas. The instructor probably didn't realize that's what he was trying to teach...he mentioned something about city lights at night, waterfalls and fast moving cars. And football players. But I'm sure everyone knew what he was secretly hinting.On Tuesday, Darling and I headed to her riding lesson
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Mustang Magic, Champion and Reserve

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 25, 2010, 11:53 pm

On a lighter note than this morning...here are the champion and reserve champion from this weekend's Mustang Magic in Fort Worth, TX!I guarantee you'll be impressed with what these two trainers were able to do in 90 days. Heck, you'd barely see a domestic bred horse with 90 rides able to do what these boys did going from wild!Were you impressed? Me, too! Get out there and ride!
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A Nation Betrayed

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 25, 2010, 2:01 pm

This morning I awoke, spring in my step, smelling imaginary petunias and playing a little Snow White voice in my head (I'd have sung aloud, but that would wake the dead, so I kept it to myself.) It was still too early to be up, but what the heck? Couldn't sleep and there is always Face Book to occupy my early hours time. Face Book and the second half of a caramel filled candy bar... No wonder I'm humming like Snow White, eh?I sat at my computer and began to read through the handful of posts submitted
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Wild Spirit Design

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 24, 2010, 7:33 pm

A friend of mine, Christa Hobart, has begun making jewelry. Very nice jewelry, at that. Not only is she talented in stringing together just the right beads and baubles (I'd mess them all up...my attempts at necklaces have resulted in tears of frustration for me and laughter to all others who've seen), but she's also a kind-hearted, mustang-loving soul who is donating a portion of her sales to Mustang U. In fact, the above necklace is listed on her website for a mere $35, and she's donating 100%
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Mustang Diaries Archive on January 23, 2010, 5:05 am

I didn't tell you, but I'm taking a photography class. I wanted to get...you know...intimate with my camera. I feel like we're in couples counseling. I want this, my camera wants that. I'm unable to compromise, so I'm left trying to manipulate my way into good photos. I'm a 'Point & Shoot & Fix it in Photoshop' kind of girl. My camera wants more from me...So I'm learning how to ask in ways it understands. It's not easy for me, to say the least. But I'm trying. When City Boy and I went south
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When the Wind Blows...

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 20, 2010, 3:22 pm

Forget about the cradle...around here, when the wind blows the mustangs will rock!Tika watches with interest as the boys get to revving it up.She lets the know she can fly just as high as they can!We had some pretty good winds over the past couple of days and the horses were feeling mighty spunky. Despite high spirits, we accomplished a lot with our fiery little girl...and the boys, too! This weekend they all did something new, and they did it together, too. I put the second divider back into my
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Mustang Diaries Archive on January 18, 2010, 4:01 pm

It's been awhile since I've given you an update on the Beautiful Wadatika. Training has been spotty...a bit on again, off again for this girl. Three or four days a week seems to be enough to keep her tuned up as well as gain a little ground here and there. She displays every bit as much Tika-tude today as she has since the day she arrived. Neither City Boy nor Darling like her much as she pins her ears and flashes her teeth at them while I'm not around. Or at least that's what they say! Despite
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And the Winner Is!

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 18, 2010, 1:49 am

Congratulations, Black Feather Farm, on your winning submission!"Shadows Rising"Pop me an email and I'll send out your photo!Thanks to everyone who made a suggestion. As usual, it was a tough choice and I found my self struggling with all the wonderful entries. I'll undoubtedly have another to offer next week because my wee wittle brain cannot fathom coming up with enough clever titles for all the photos I take. Partnering with y'all seems like the best idea (at least for me!)And just WHY do I need
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Mustang Diaries Archive on January 17, 2010, 4:35 pm

Today I went in search of photos that would evoke an emotional response from you. This is today's Sunday Stills assignment. Make your readers cry. Or laugh. Or scream with fear. Not in those words, necessarily, but that's what I interpreted it to mean. And you know, with the thousands upon thousands of photos that City Boy is always complaining about me saving here on the hard drive, you'd think it'd be easily done. Certainly there are plenty that have made me weep...but that's not the assignment.
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I'm Leaving You...

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 15, 2010, 1:16 am

Yes, that's right. I'm gone.I'm outta here.Gone like a freight train, gone like yesterday, gone like a soldier in the Civil War...Bang! Bang!Where am I going? Why am I going? Well, it's like this. Each year I buy a lovely Christmas gift (or fathers day, or birthday) for City Boy, and each year he feels the need to return it because it's not something he needs, wants, or feels we should spend the money one. He receives his joy, he says, in the giving, not the getting.Okay, maybe not each year, but
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Sucker's Got COW

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 13, 2010, 10:06 pm

Moo!Sandy & I hauled to Curt's this morning for a lesson. Darling still hasn't edited the lesson footage from last week, so I have nothing to show for our hard work, but this is what Curt had to say after our lesson today:"Sucker's Got Cow!"And this, for those of you who don't know, is a good thing! I've been watching others ride their horses and was beginning to wonder if it would ever be like that for Sandy & I, or if this was just a fun way to spend some time. After all, I do love spending
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Virtually Everything You Wanted is Online...

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 12, 2010, 2:26 pm

The other night City Boy couldn't sleep. He was tossing and turning and keeping me awake. At 12:30, he strikes up a conversation."I was just wondering...how did Sears get their money when people in the 1800's ordered from their catalogs? There were no debit cards, so how did people pay? Did they pay before they ordered? Was money wired, do you think? Did they pay the postmaster upon deliver?""Seriously, City Boy? Do you know what time it is?""I was just wondering."The next day, City Boy had all
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And the Winners Are...

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 11, 2010, 3:25 pm

Wow. Just Wow. There were some really terrific offerings for this weekends naming contest. I really had to sit, ponder and think this through. Coming up with one winner for one photo would have been tough enough, but four? Yikes!Here are your winners:"Searching for a Safe Haven"Andrea"Far Away Dream"Jane Augustein"Dust Devils"Pony Girl"Going Home"JeniQOkay, your responsibility as a winner is this; in order to claim your prize you must email me. See over there in the right column? Between the little
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