Well, Wasn't That Sweet?

Mustang Diaries Archive on August 10, 2009, 3:19 pm

My friend Gena at CTG Ponies has given me an award! Wasn't that sweet of her? Of course, it requires me running about like a headless chicken trying to narrow my favorites down to seven blogs to pass this on to! Which is the unkind part of viruses...er...awards such as these! But it's well worth it since I've been unable to upload photos from my camera here the past couple of days! Yes, that's right...I've got photos stacked upon digital photos inside that Nikon of mine, but can I get to them? Not
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When your tooth says...

Mustang Diaries Archive on August 7, 2009, 2:30 pm

..."Hey, you!"...it's best to listen.July was a hard month for me. It truly took it's toll, from the sore throat, to losing my voice, record breaking heat waves where the humidity was so thick I had to swim to the barn. And that same humidity has managed to help along a case of bronchitis (or at least that's what I call it), with a deep, wet, hacking cough from deep down in my lungs that I know, from past experience, will not leave me until I hit some dry weather.You'd think things couldn't get
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Mustang Diaries Archive on August 2, 2009, 3:31 pm

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An adopter for Empire?

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 30, 2009, 1:47 pm

Darling accepts her third place ribbon in Fitting & ShowingLittle Em came home with us this past weekend when there were no adopters looking for fillies. "No mares", was the comment I heard over and over again. That's pretty disappointing when half the horses you've got are fillies. It was difficult to send Avalon and Willow back to the corrals, especially when little Willow had been giving me everything she had. She didn't have much, mind you, but she gave all that was there and it breaks my
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If you do nothing else...

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 29, 2009, 3:25 pm

Call and be heard!Stop National Animal ID before it's too late!If you've not heard of it, read up. The USDA claims it will help prevent the spread of disease. I'm not sure when a disease has listened to the USDA and stopped spreading simply because they say a rule will prevent it. What's important to know is that your freedom is at stake. Your freedom to move about without reporting your where abouts to the authorities.Now, if you don't mind sending in a form each day your horse (or pig or cow or
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Goin' Out With My Spurs On

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 22, 2009, 11:37 pm

Our first trip to Burns we spotted a man decked to the hilt looking all the part of a 50's Hollywood Cowboy as he strutted across the road and into...the fabric store? Certainly you wouldn't have seen John Wayne doing that. Or would you? After all, this guy was wearing his work clothes, from cowboy hat to jingle bobs, he was the real deal and in the dusty high desert ranch town he was not one bit out of place.In my town, people do not dress the part of the old west, but rather you'll see them in
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Can't Beat The Heat...

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 18, 2009, 3:35 pm

...but, OH, how I wish I could! While the numbers have not been high, the humidity is killing me. I fare poorly when it's damp outside, and it makes it difficult to train, both for me and the horse. Top this off with the fact that I've come down with the creeping crud and you've got one horsewife desperate for feeling better on top of cooler, or at least drier, weather.Despite the heat and sore throat issues, I plus slowly along with my three new charges. They're all such good minded horses, yet
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TIP, and Spare Tires

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 14, 2009, 12:23 pm

I've been contacted by our local fair and asked to return with wild horses once again. Last year we brought three mustangs in and did gentling demos all week with them, taking them from fearful, shaking creatures to halter broke ponies looking for a leader. It was great fun, and the crowds loved what we were doing.The horses I bring are part of TIP (trainer incentive program), which was created by the Mustang Heritage Foundation to help trainers cover costs while the horses are in their care. If
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Does Clinton Anderson read my blog???

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 8, 2009, 8:18 pm

"I have a whole new respect for what you do," said the voice on the phone. A neighbor, who happens to be an equine vet, had just finished watching Clinton Anderson's episode on RFD where he'd been working with mustangs. "Have you seen it?" No...I'm afraid not.She wasn't the first person to ask. Even Curt wondered if I'd seen CA and his girls working mustangs. But until City Boy taped it and plunked me down yesterday morning, I can honestly say it hadn't ever passed in front of my eyes. And when
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Liberate Liberty!

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 7, 2009, 2:19 pm

Head on over to Mustang U for your chance to win! Sign up as a follower; when they hit 100 someone will win, so get your friends to sign up, too! Plus, there's another Name Game going on, so plunk your thinking caps atop your little noggins and offer up a name (there, not here) for yet another opportunity to win.I'm available for adoption!Don't you need me?The rains are falling here in W. WA, which should not be surprising considering this is the northWET, after all, but with all the lovely warm
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Riding into...Canada???

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 5, 2009, 4:53 am

Darling is happy. Sandy? Not so much.Darling and I have been wanting to try a new trail. A new to us trail that is. Acutally, I've been there once before but I was about Darling's age...mid teens...and I refuse to acknowledge just how many years that's been. Let's just say long enough that I didn't remember how to get there. But we recently purchased a little booklet of horse trails in the county, so off we happily went.A mouth wateringly tempting trail head awaits.The trail head began with a wide
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More Trip...and How Does She Do That?!

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 2, 2009, 1:12 pm

All right, first thing I'm going to do is apologize to you RIGHT NOW for this super photo intense post! If you've got dial up, you'll be here all day. But hey, this was a four day journey for Darling and I, so what's one day when waiting at your computer for the photos to load?It was evening in the Spokane Valley when we arrived, and Lea said it was time to bring the horses off the pasture. So out she went with Darling and I trotting along behind. And not trotting in the sense that we were on horseback
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Wild Ponies in Vantage...and Spokane!

Mustang Diaries Archive on July 1, 2009, 12:22 pm

It was hot. It was dry. It was dusty. But am I complaining?Well...yes, YES I am. And whining, too. I got a sunburn! And Darling looks like she's blistering. Darling never burns. Ever. She's got that skin that transparent people such as myself are ever so envious of. She walks across the yard on a sunny day and somehow ends up tan by the time she reaches the other side. I sit next to the water for 8 hours, turn red as a lobster and two days later have nothing to show for it other than my skin has
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Hydra Bull!

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 26, 2009, 2:17 pm

Just a short clip of our last lesson chasing that danged ol' bull around!Darling & I are headed east of the Cascades for the weekend. If you live near Spokane, stop in at Valley Mission Park in Spokane on Sunday for Mustang Days! No...neither Sandy or Steve Holt! will be there, but I'll be judging the show and Darling will be, undoubtedly, bored to tears (unless someone comes and asks her for her autograph, that is!)We had a lovely, if somewhat damp, ride yesterday with Paint & Pony. Got
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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 25, 2009, 2:17 pm

Moon grazes in the lush grassJupiter listens to the birds singingSandy & Steve Holt! finding tasty morselsSteve Holt! asks, "Is this my better side?"The past couple of mornings have been lovely, with blue skies and birds singing. It felt wonderful climbing out of bed to the buzzing of bumble bees hard at work and the warmth of the sun on my skin. But then the clouds rolled in, and with them the rains began to fall from the heavens. And while the horses didn't seem to mind, I was driven back
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Best Thing Since Cottage Cheese!

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 23, 2009, 12:50 pm

Or at least that's what Darling says:"I seriously love this little horse. She is one of the best things since cottage cheese. Thats some pretty amazing stuff. She's so smart. She's adorable. She'll try to do whatever it is you're asking ..." When you're done watching, why not run over to Mustang U and offer up a possible name for the new yearling we've taken in? You could win...something! Oh, come on, now! You're not only gonna play for the prize, are you? Nooooo....you're going to play because
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Moon Hits the Trail

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 22, 2009, 1:32 pm

We had an amazing 26 days of sunshine here in the northwest. Bright and warm and best of all...no mud! And did I mention amazing? It was awesome. Darling anxiously awaited her last day of school, which had been delayed by over a week due to making up not only snow days from the winter, but flood days as well. The river had risen to the point where the buses were unable to make it on some of their routes, so no school. Which, of course, children were delighted about at the time. Once June was here
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Happy Dad's Day!

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 21, 2009, 1:02 pm

Yup, that's me! Smokin' hot toddler.It's Father's Day, so I thought I'd give a shout out to my dad, the man who let me smoke a pipe when I was three. Musta been good, I had a smile on my face! I decided I'd write a poem for Dad today.F is for the funny things you gave me (like pipes)A is for the adorable daughter you hadT is for the turtle you bought me (that died)H is for the humor you've shownE is for email, which has little to do with you but it starts with ER is for a really cool dadOkay, so
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I'm being stalked...by a CELBRITY!

Mustang Diaries Archive on June 19, 2009, 4:18 am

I'm crushing.I'm being followed on Twitter by a younger man.One who's got over 6,000 followers, even! My knees are weak...how did this happen? Oh, sure...he's probably only seen me once there and, since he's following something like 3,000 people, will never see me again. But I'm not going to let that phase me. I'm being stalked by a celebrity and dog gone it all, I'm going to brag about it!
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Mustang Diaries Archive on June 19, 2009, 4:14 am

Nothing else...just how cool! Thanks, y'all, for taking an interest in my little bitty wild world.Well, that, and Darling has just started her band. The Flying Potatoes...the best darned Air Band and Air Rockers you'll ever see! In fact, they're considering hosting an air concert down by the river this summer. Be on the lookout for their new air CD...
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