The Transformation

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 29, 2009, 3:22 pm

Wow! Look how things are changing around here! City Boy was loaned the use of The Boss's big orange tractor four weeks ago. Since then, things have been changing. A lot! A trench was dug and filled with drain rock in the paddock, road fabric placed over top, and pea gravel over that. Now my paddocks don't hold rain and I'm looking forward to a mudnure free winter!But why stop there? I've been dying for sand in the round pen. Club Sand sounds so much nicer than Club Dirt, don't you agree? So the
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Apple Pony

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 28, 2009, 6:58 am

I first met him in late spring. Or was it early summer? I'm not really sure. It doesn't really matter, other than it was several months ago. I received a call from a woman on the islands about a mustang she'd ended up with when the owner decided he wasn't really on her list of high priorities. Trouble was, he didn't find humans on his list of high priorities, and his new owner was struggling to convince him it was okay to allow a halter on and off and be handled. That is...unless she had an apple
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Pssst...Pass it on! And Win!

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 25, 2009, 9:07 pm

Saturday is National Wild Horse Adoption Day! We've got a goal...adopt out 1000 horses nation wide! How can you help? Get the word out! Post this on your blog either Friday or Saturday for your chance to win a prize from the folks at Mustang U! Let your readers know you support mustang adoption, and you could find yourself with a $65 gift certificate to Outer Sports!Once you've posted, leave a comment on the Mustang U blog. All who respond will have their names put into a hat (cowboy, of course!)
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The Lesson

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 23, 2009, 2:12 pm

Well, it was exciting, let me tell you! First, here's a tidbit of Barb's bio:* Rode & studied with General Geagos & Captain de La Garza of SanMiguel de Allende of the Mexican Army. At the time, these were the top horseman in the world. While in Mexico she trained for Dressage, Cross-Country and Stadium Jumping.* Trained with Pam Arthur from Vancouver, BC for Hunt Seat and Eventing. Pam was a well known jump rider and course designer.* Trained with Gene Lewis of California for Jumping. Gene
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Pop goes the Pony

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 22, 2009, 2:58 pm

Well, if you were to watch this, you'd ask yourself "Why on earth does Darling want a different pony to pop over fences with?" We finally pulled out the tape measure to see how high this rail was, and weren't we surprised when it was 24"? Yes, indeed, we were! And look at that little Sandy just bouncing right over it! Sigh...if only he enjoyed it.Darling and I hauled Steve Holt! over to BB Stables, which is where we're hosting National Wild Horse Adoption Day on Saturday, and she took her second
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Searching for Wings

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 21, 2009, 2:58 pm

Darling has been searching for wings. Her time on Marti is over, as he's moved back to Canada with his owner. Since Sandy truly does not enjoy being air born, and since Steve Holt! is still a baby when it comes to...well, anything...we've spent the past couple of weeks looking into the care lease option.Have you ever done a lease? Let me tell you, it is not easy! We'd like a free/care lease on a sound horse who can go over 24" jumps easily enough that Darling can just sit and concentrate on herself,
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I may never ride Steve Holt! again...

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 19, 2009, 4:56 pm

The little thief is at it again! Who is that girl on my horse?! And wow...will you look at that nice, long relaxed stride he's got? Just walkin' along, covering ground, and poor Sandy beneath me having to jog to keep up.Do you think I'll ever get Steve Holt! back?
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Fitz's Adventures

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 17, 2009, 1:41 pm

My parents are out running around the countryside, spending my inheritance on a motorhome and a cat called Dude. And all I get is the responsibility of putting up a blog!Go Visit. Make my efforts worthwhile. Fitz's Adventures...they're in Niagara Falls right now. (Some day Mom will figure out the blogging thing...I'm certain of it...and then you'll get the full meal deal rather than my hastily edited rendition!)
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Nothing says I Love You like...

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 16, 2009, 10:07 pm

ROCKS!And I'm not talking the shiny kind you string around your neck or wear on a finger. Oh, sure, there are those of you who'd expect something of the diamond variety for your 30th wedding anniversary, but not this Farm Diva. No...around here, gravel is a girl's best friend!It was time for the annual paddock re-do, and this year, thanks to a friend in the construction business, I had been blessed with some of that road fabric stuff. City Boy scraped the paddocks down and dug a big trench, filling
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Lovely September Weekend

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 14, 2009, 1:39 pm

Darling and Sky BarDarling and I hit the trails for the first time in months this weekend. Saturday was Steve Holt!'s first ride in weeks. He was a bit fast paced, and of course Darling had decided she was just fine without a saddle...yesireebob it was an interesting ride! But we made it back alive and had enough fun that we went out again on Sunday.This time I suggested (strongly) that Darling plunk a saddle down onto her trusty steed's back. She wasn't too keen on the idea at first, but in the
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Pryor Mountain Mustangs

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 13, 2009, 3:06 am

There's been a lot of hype, talk, and squawking of late regarding the Pryor Mt Mustangs. A small, isolated HMA known for their high Spanish blood, this is where Cloud calls home. Whether it was right or wrong to gather the horses, I cannot say. I'm not there, never have been. Haven't got a clue as to the condition of the rangelands.Some say the horses are fat and healthy, and that there's plenty to eat. Others, Ken McNabb among them, say the ranges are limited in what they can support. So who's
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I'm Hot, Sticky, Sweaty...

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 11, 2009, 10:57 pm

The sun has come out again here in the northwest, and rather than out for a nice ride I've been unloading hay. I've barely ridden at all this summer, and I'm really wanting to hit the trails before things get too wet, but seems my time is slipping away.I spent a bit of time messing with Sky Bar's Chance this week. He's had the saddle blanket on and off a few times, but he's a bit nervous about it flapping on his sides. Need to work on that. He appeared completely clueless regarding the snaffle when
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Help Me, I Think I'm Falling...

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 9, 2009, 4:56 pm

In Love Again!"Wadatika"Her eyes call you in. She's got that something special look that can't be ignored. Darling is never wrong, you know...she always picks good, and Tika was her pick at the corrals a couple weeks ago.So far, at the ripe old, unadoptable age of seven, Tika has learned to give to pressure on her halter and leads (a bit stiffly, but forward motion is there.) She's gradually allowing my fingers to slip down her neck and quietly untangle her long mane. And just yesterday she loaded
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Gotta Love the Lighting

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 8, 2009, 3:28 pm

Darling and Sandy were out for a ride in the evening sun. Doesn't Sandy look good? All nice and shiny and filled out. Hard to believe what a scruffy thing he was when we brought him home.We've not had much riding time of late. In fact, I believe it's been nearly a month since I've saddled up my boy. Darling took a tumble off Sandy, and the rule is, if you fall off you buy a new helmet before climbing back on. Well...we didn't have much time for helmet buying what with the fair and then the trip
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80 acres and a Tiny Little House

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 6, 2009, 11:38 pm

It doesn't look like much. Just a tiny little mobile...and a bit on the older side at that...but it's been updated a bit inside with new counter tops and fresh paint. There was this tiny little laundry room/mud porch that has been added onto the backside, and up front another covered porch where you could plunker down a couple of chairs and look out across your front yard to where antelope play in the fields across the road.The perimeter of the yard is fenced in this most adorable wooden fence.
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Cattle Drive!

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 5, 2009, 7:33 pm

Naturally, a trip to Burns is not complete without a phone call to Andi where we plead and beg for her to drag our sorry hinies up to the South Steens for a glimpse at wild ponies. This time they weren't too far from the paved road, and most any other day we'd have jumped from the moving vehicle in an effort to get a little closer. This time, however, there was something in our way. Rattlesnakes! Ick. I'm not too familiar with desert critters, especially snakes who want to kill you and eat you.
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Where to Rest One's Weary Head?

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 2, 2009, 2:34 am

Darling and I stopped for dinner shortly after crossing the Washington~Oregon border. We needed to get out and stretch our legs and lay out our plans for the night. Should we find a hotel, or just grab a few winks in the cab of the truck at the Walmart parking lot? We decided on the latter, so once we paid for our dinner we were off in search of Wally World.Up here where we live, lots of people camp in the Walmart parking lot. In this particular town there were signs saying overnighters weren't
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Finally Home!

Mustang Diaries Archive on September 1, 2009, 12:26 am

Seems like it's been forever! The horses did great at the fair. Dakota, Emmie and Denny all relaxed and began interacting with the public as the week progressed, with the two geldings working up the courage to start taking treats from the fair going public.All three are in their adoptive homes, and tonight I heard from Dakota's mom that both he and Emmie are now under saddle! They're working with a trainer who's really helped them blossom into a couple of wonderful horses for the girls.No sooner
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My Quickest Blog Post Ever!

Mustang Diaries Archive on August 16, 2009, 7:07 pm

Baby Chance sports her new halter!Loading up for the fair! Horses are in the trailer and we're ready to pull out. Stop by if you're in the area! Check out Mustang U for photos of the horses who'll be there.Bye for now!
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A Wish For Wings That Work

Mustang Diaries Archive on August 15, 2009, 3:46 am

Darling, as you may have guessed, would like to fly. She would like to fly Air Sandy, but Sandy is not all that keen on going high. His mode of travel is more that of Pony Express, and only that if he's being chased by something life threatening. Let's face it, Sandy would prefer the life of a Banana Slug...slow and steady is his style.Darling has done well to get Sandy over smallish jumps. We measured the vertical she'd set up the other day and found it to be 2', a very respectable jump, it would
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