People...I Don't Get Them

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 27, 2011, 12:42 am


Okay, sure. He's pretty. He's got a long, romantic mane. He's got eyes that speak to you. He's also 20 years old, so not exactly adoptable.This filly is pretty, too. She has a romantic mop top and is a pretty buckskin color. At just two years of age, she, too, will have a hard time finding a home unless someone comes along and gives her a head start, getting her gentled and halter broke.The old guy will be sent to Long Term Holding with a couple hundred other geldings, where he can live out his
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Yesterday, the Snow Fell

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 24, 2011, 4:48 pm


I looked out the window, and this is what I saw.I was not happy.So I went outside.Because doesn't everyone go outside, in the cold,on a snowy day, which makes them unhappy?But I knew someone who could make me happy.See? She even makes you happy, doesn't she?Just looking at her, looking deep into into the lens of the camera.Puts a smile on everyone's face.Still in wild mustang mode.Looking for sweet spring grass beneath the snow.Or maybe just playing snow plow with her nose.Next time the snow falls,
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I Want You to See This

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 23, 2011, 3:10 am


I want you to see this. Do you know who that is up there? It's Buck Brannaman.Do you see what that is up there?It's announcing the official selectionof the documentary doneon Buck Brannaman.Cool, eh?Do you see that photo down there?Down below these words?That photo was selected to be in the documentaryThe documentary on Buck BrannamanThe one that was selected and premieredAt the Sundance Film Festival****YeahI knowI'm cool, tooOr maybe I'm just a lucky gooberProbably the latter
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I Feel the Earth Move

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 21, 2011, 2:48 am


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Fire Breathing Red Head

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 18, 2011, 9:49 pm


A week had passed since my last ride. Things were busy, with Curt working on his house projects and me not wanting to distract him. But that day, he said let's ride, so I did. And then I left.Tika had been moved home while I was gone over the weekend, and this time she didn't move back. Once more, she sat. The wind was blowing and there was no way I was going to step into that stirrup and climb on her back when she was snorting and blowing. No way.But today the sun was out, and the air was calm
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Choose Me!

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 17, 2011, 4:49 pm


They come in all shapes and sizes. All sorts of colors, too! From sweet to sassy, fat or classy. I'm certain you've got room for just one...haven't you?Red Dun mare gives a little stretch, hoping that doing tricks may get her noticed.Prehistoric! Cute little gelding will shed out to be a sooty buckskin.From Palomino Butte, this lovely yearling gelding is looking deep into your eyes...Two for one deal! Poor gray mare...she looks so uncomfortable.Yearling filly will have people thinking you're riding
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Me Day

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 9, 2011, 3:53 am


It was lesson day with the girls. Sometimes I ride, sometimes I don't. Today, I did. I saddled up Sheeza, the lovely gray daughter of NCHA world champion Quiote Mac. I've ridden her before...she's way better than I am! Today, for whatever reason, she was feeling her oats; her tail was flagging like one of those nutty Arabian horses (sorry, Mikael!), and she was snorting and breathing fire. I hadn't gone more than one full circle when The Master decided he'd put on his boots.It's not often that those
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Somedays...

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 8, 2011, 5:45 am


...you just know spring is around the corner!
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Darling's Decision

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 6, 2011, 3:57 pm


"I love jumping...but I think I like cutting more," she said. "But Steve Holt! isn't a cutter..."No, Steve Holt! is a lot of things, but a cutting horse he surely is not. No stop on that boy, not in the least. We ran into more than one wall those first few weeks of riding before he finally figured out that when I said 'whoa', I meant stop now, not to the rail and hang a right. Oh, sure, eventually he did catch on, but he's simply not built for dragging his tail in the dirt sort of stop needed when
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Giving Lip and Lotsa Bull

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 2, 2011, 12:51 pm


About a week ago, friend McDebbie delivered a couple of horses here for Darling and I to start working. One of these was Primera, that adorable filly we had with us at the fair this past summer. Primera had only been saddled up once or twice since that time, so it was almost like starting over...but of course since it wasn't a huge issue the first time, it wasn't anything to write home about this time, either. We're looking forward to seeing how this girl progresses!Meanwhile, down at Curt's, Tika
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Rain, Rain, Go Away...

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 24, 2011, 10:02 pm


Rain does not make life in the barn very happy. Patch the puppy bounces and frolics and could care less about the water and mud, of course. However, we humans are less than happy to find it shaking from him and landing on us while we're doing our chores. Thankfully, Patch would prefer to be inside the barn, happily 'herding' the manure fork from stall floor to wheelbarrow. But when the cleaning is done, it's time for Patch to head back to his room so that he doesn't end up beneath pony feet when
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Mustang Diaries Archive on January 21, 2011, 10:58 pm


City Boy and I weren't too far up the road when it suddenly occurred to me that I didn't have my zoomie zoomie lens. City Boy merely rolled his eyes and continued up the highway. It was cold and damp and pretty-gosh-darned miserable out there. We probably weren't more than 15 miles up the highway when we pulled off and into the state run hatchery. From there, we walked to the riverbank and spotted a couple of bald eagles, along with this youngster perched on a snag. The baby sat there not paying
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What I'd Like to do Today

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 20, 2011, 6:13 pm


I'm taking the day off. Sort of. I've been down at Curt's helping with chores, cleaning stalls, riding horses, and of course working with Tika, nearly non-stop for the past few weeks. But not today. Today, just as soon as horses were watered & fed, and immediately after I finished my mug of hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, I headed for home. City Boy asked what we were going to do today. I didn't have a plan...but now I think I do. It's eagle season in the Pacific Northwest, and I'm
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Goodbyes

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 18, 2011, 3:40 am


They're difficult, no matter the situation. Goodbyes, that is. This weekend some friends of ours made the drive up here to pick up Lefty. This is difficult. City Boy has bonded. I have not. Oh...I may have if I didn't still have his hoof prints on my body. He is, after all, a real snuggle bunny when he wants to be.Speaking to one of the wranglers at the corrals, she suggested that perhaps it was time to go cowboy with this boy and lay him down. I know...you were scared at going cowboy, weren't you?
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A New Day, A New Ride

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 15, 2011, 1:57 pm


"Get your mare out and lunge the @%$ out of her today," came the directions from the old cowboy. Didn't need to tell me that!We began in the arena where the sand is nice and deep. Helps wear them down just a bit, working in that sand. Heck, it wears me down trying to walk across it! I only spent about five minutes there, though, before heading to the round pen where I could work her in the smaller space. Easier to get her to lope when she has that wall, too. In the arena she doesn't quite make a
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"Ride Her! Ride Her!"

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 14, 2011, 1:54 am


There are just some days you're kinda glad there wasn't a video camera around, you know? Today was one of those days. I'd actually considered handing the old cowboy my camera, since yesterday's ride had gone so smoothly, but something stopped me. He probably wouldn't want to be hanging onto that while helping me, anyway.As it turns out, he may have dumped it in the dirt, and Tika may likely have stomped it on her way across the round pen. Because today Tika did what I was afraid Tika might do. She
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I Object!

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 10, 2011, 2:32 am


I came home, anxious to climb back onto Tika and continue her training. When I walked out to the barn, however, Lefty was rip roaring in such a manner and doing acrobatics in an effort to defy gravity, that Tika, too, thought a little hip hop about the round pen was in order. That was before I saddled her up, of course, but even while lunging her feet were floating a little freely. I bounced up and down in the stirrup a bit, and if I could have guaranteed no reaction from Lefty on the other side
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Summit Update

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 9, 2011, 2:15 am


View from our room at the South PointFirst, let me just say I'm glad to be home. Glad to be away from Las Vegas and it's bright lights and gambling. Glad not to be breathing 'enriched' air forced into our lungs at the hotel. Glad to be cleaning stalls, and breathing in the scent of wild horses rather than cigarette smoke. The only thing I'll miss is the maid. I want a maid...someone who comes in and cleans up after me and makes my bed and delivers clean towels to my bathroom every day. Indeed, I
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Up in the Air, Jr. Birdman!

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 2, 2011, 11:20 pm


Come this time tomorrow it'll be bright lights and sunshine as Darling, McDebbie and I meet up with our friends Karen and Andi in Las Vegas. We're heading down to Summit of the Horse...called by some 'Slaughter of the Horse'. I'm honestly not too sure what to expect, though I'm hoping we'll meet up with some like minded folks who have a heart for what we're doing with the mustangs up this way. But I can't think about that right now, because I just finished measuring my bag to see if it qualified
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And this was how 2010 Came To An End

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 31, 2010, 11:46 pm


Clear and cold...teeth chattering, finger numbing cold. So peaceful, so tranquil...and cold, of course...cold.Because I spotted it over and Karen's Rough String and thought it a fabulous idea (and because I'm not at all shy about swiping fabulous ideas), I thought it may be fun to look back over 2010 and see just what we did. I must admit there moments I'd forgotten...and wish I could have kept that way! For instance, nearly a full year ago, the Desperate Horsewife Bakes a Cake. This year? No cake.
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