Apple Pony finds a home

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 28, 2009, 2:53 pm


An ad went up on Craigslist this week for Apple Pony. Within 24 hours I had a handful of emails, and one of those showed up last night to visit him. When she left, she was nearly in tears. Apple Pony so strongly resembled her childhood horse, a gelding that she'd had until he turned 34, and she felt an instant connection.Darling, as you know, has become terribly attached to this boy. When she learned someone was coming to see him, she sulked out to the barn, curry comb in hand, to pretty him up.
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More Fall Photos & a Video

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 26, 2009, 4:40 pm


The assignment yesterday was a lot of fun, and I managed to sneak in a bit of extra time visiting a few new blogs. When I visited Ebie, she already had her Monday work up, and it was so intriguing that I had to visit the link she provided to The Little Red House...and wasn't that a sweet treat! And you know, I simply had to sit right down and play just a wee little bit here with a few photos and give the Monday Mosaic a try. It was kind of fun, but I think I could probably do a bit better. Maybe
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Sunday Stills...Landscapes!

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 25, 2009, 4:43 am


This weeks assignment was landscapes...of the fall variety. And since Ed allowed for some digging into the archives, this was a walk in the park!And speaking of walks in parks, here is the old train tresslein Whatcom Falls Park. They would almost appear to be waiting for Christmas,rather than showing off their crimson color in October.A drive out to the feed store Saturday morning yielded this old dairy barnon a foggy fall morning.I like this one. It's my backyard.Of course, not all fall landscapes
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The Race List

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 24, 2009, 11:58 am


Sniff sniff Wuz'up? 1. Practice riding bareback2. Work on dragging objects3. Try to stay on while carrying objects4. Try not to close eyes to tightly next time we jump object 5. Work on flying lead changesThere it is. The list. At least the short version to keep me on track with Sandy's continued training if we want to compete in the Extreme Cowboy Race.I've been watching the different videos online and trying to decide what needed to be done next. The bareback riding has been coming along nicely.
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I hit the 100,000 visitor mark!

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 22, 2009, 1:26 pm


I'd better set up some golden arches or something...Or perhaps we'll just talk about the golden boy instead, eh?Look, they've got me in jail!Apple Pony wasn't too certain he wanted to get back into the horse trailer after his long ride here last month, but a bit of grain in a big red scoop placed strategically in front of his nose did the trick. We spent a few days climbing in and out without doing much of anything else. Then I decided it was time to let him stand tied...and he disagreed. Apple
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1, 2, 3 Baby You & Me!

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 21, 2009, 4:38 pm


Darling keeps putting these movies in wide screen. It messes with my side bars!City Boy is a great shopper of Craigslist. He finds things I never even see listed. Last week he spotted a shed for sale. Turns out it was one of those heavy plastic Costco sheds we find ourselves admiring each spring as we walk down the isles. It wasn't very old, I believe last year's model, but the owner was moving and his new home had covenants that stipulated no outside sheds or other such nonsense. And that sort
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Liberty

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 20, 2009, 5:50 pm


I'd forgotten how pretty she was. Sure, I'd gazed into the photos that Pony Girl had posted recently, but it's not quite the same as gazing into her eyes first hand. And her muzzle...when had it become so black, with such a pretty silver lining in her nostrils?Lib had done well since Chance's weaning. She'd gained some weight on her topline now that she wasn't producing milk like a holstein. Somehow she'd managed to get her lead rope off. Isn't that they way it is? You show up to haul a horse, only
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This Week sponsored by the letter C

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 18, 2009, 3:30 pm


The Sunday Stills Challenge this week is the letter 'C'.Big C, little C, what begins with C?Cat, Cute, CalicoC c CNorman is a CatAlso known as "That little red headed boy."Norman's little brother is Scut.Scut is a cute kitten.Big brother Norman likes to chew on little brother Scut.Norman's little sister is Princess.Princess is a calico kitten.Princess is also tough.Princess chews on Norman's ears.Norman chews on Princess's foot."Yeow!" yells Princess."You're not supposed to bite my foot! I'm telling
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Stick Horses

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 15, 2009, 3:45 pm


For National Adoption Day, Darling and I made some simple felt stick horses. The pom poms beneath the googly eyes and pipe cleaner manes were Darling's idea. I was going to use wool from the sheep for manes, but the pipe cleaners turned out just too adorable. I think I'll use them as a fund raiser for Mustang U. Not sure, though...should we raffle them off? Or do a sealed bid auction?There are a couple of finishing touches that need to go on them, though. We need to put 'freeze' brands on their
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Winter, she is a coming!

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 13, 2009, 3:55 pm


Last year, Sandy began to shed his summer coat in July. That seemed early to me...and look at the winter we had! It seemed like a never ending snow fest. Darling, of course, took advantage of it and decided now was the time to practice bareback; after all, how much could it hurt to fall off into a pile of snow?To me, snow meant not hauling Steve Holt! up to the arena to work. With temps dropping into the single digits at night and barely reaching above 10 during the day, it was certainly not conducive
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Steve Holt! Eats Darling's Camera!

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 12, 2009, 4:13 am


...or..."Mom...I need a job!"Darling was out working with Tika this afternoon as I chatted with friend Susan on the phone. I was walking away when I heard a frantic cry, "Mom! MOM! MOM!!!" What the heck was she hollering about? And then I saw it...well, no I didn't see it, but I could tell what was happening.Darling was dashing towards the rail of the round pen where she'd propped her video camera, and Steve Holt! was trying to figure out why he couldn't get the Cannon Powershot digital camera to
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Sunday Stills

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 11, 2009, 2:40 pm


Oops!So, as it would turn out, last week's assignment on Sunday Stills was happiness. Somehow I managed to spot this week's assignment and thought it was for last week. Which is really okay, because photoshop makes me happy...so it's all good, right? And better than good, I get to post more photoshop today!Darling and her cousin, Lanky Hanky, were filming a video this weekend, and of course that lent itself well to my plan as otherwise getting these two young teens to pose is a challenge. Back when
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Someone Please Pass the Velcro

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 9, 2009, 7:06 pm


Back in the day...you, know, when I was younger...I had a velcro butt. And that was before Velcro was even born. Or super glue, for that matter. I stuck like glue onto the back of a horse. Even went sailing over 3' plus jumps out in the trees (I knew they were, because I measured so I could have bragging rights!) But now? Today? Oh dear...where did that seat of mine go?I am, however, determined to get it back, so after a brief ride in the arena, Sandy and I pulled off the saddle and headed for the
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Sauk Mountain

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 7, 2009, 4:31 pm


The realtor sent me a listing the other day for a piece of property..."Upriver", he said, "where property becomes stupid cheap." Mind you, City Boy would never go for stupid as it's too far a drive, but Darling and I couldn't help ourselves. Curiosity got the better of us when we read the price...less than $50,000 for 27 acres of river front property!So we got into the truck and we drove. And we drove. And we drove. And then we drove some more. And sure enough, as the mountain road climbed hyer,
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The Beautiful Wadatika

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 6, 2009, 11:05 am


She simply could not be any more beautiful if she tried. Those eyes are just to die for. And you must admit, there's just something about a red head! (Might be why I'm always trying to be one, eh?)I've not written too much about Tika here, but allow me to point out the accomplishments of this sensitive girl. First, she's sporting a different halter than before. Indeed, she allows you to handle her face, including her ears. Which is good, because that makes it much easier to bridle a horse if you
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I think Darling is Falling...

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 5, 2009, 8:21 pm


...in love!Apple Pony is doing very well. He's become a big softie, allowing people to walk right up to him despite halters and lead ropes being in their hands. Yesterday was the first day Darling worked at all with him, and of course she had to have a little video fun along the way.Apple Pony's owner has indicated that, to the right home, she'd be willing to sell. Darling says the perfect home is one who would continue to board him here so she can play with him. While I am not a Parelli person,
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Sunday Stills...Photoshop!

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 4, 2009, 7:12 pm


Oh, be still, my wicked little photoshopping heart!So many to choose from...so little blog space! What a week to come back to Sunday Stills. I could monopolize your entire day, and night, and day, and night...well, maybe not. You may grow bored long before that. I love puzzles. I love turning photos into puzzles! Give it a go. It's timed!Quiet Storm, our first mustang. I used the smudge and smear function, plus a few others.Up River near Hamilton, WAJust a little color adjusting here...and a frame.Spring
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18 Months & a New Adventure Unfolds

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 3, 2009, 3:07 pm


"Do you remember me?"It's hard to believe that 18 months ago I'd just returned home with Sandy. The ugliest horse in the pens, I called and told my friend Lea. We'd prayed so hard for the right horse, and I have to admit I turned my eyes up to the heavens and asked God why the perfect horse was the ugly one.It took six weeks for me to get on Sandy. It probably should have taken longer. If Curt had had his way, it certainly would have been another month. But I watched the other trainers, all riding
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Is it Summer yet?

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 2, 2009, 2:42 pm


Oh, how I long for lush mountain meadows, the warm sun shining down, butterflies floating seemingly with no purpose other than to simply be seen. You can almost smell the fresh air and scent of the blossoms, can't you? Do you remember it? The first of June when all was fresh and new.June is also when Sandy began to shed his summer coat. Last year, it was July. This scares me. Last winter was full of snow and floods. I do not want that again. No, I do not. I want daisies growing year round, and a
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Hey, I know her!

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 1, 2009, 5:34 am


I tuned into KMPS radio yesterday to hear Ichabod talking to a young bride who'd absolutely lost it during her wedding when her groom said he'd take her as his Waffley Wedded wife. I had to come home and search you tube to see if I could find it. As I watched, I thought I recognized someone in the audience at the wedding. I started to pay a bit closer attention...then realized, "Hey! I know that bride!"Turns out it was the younger sister of a boy who was in my son's class at school. You may have
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