Friday's Ride

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 21, 2009, 11:53 am


Darling's not got the video ready...it was late and every one was tired when we got back from theExpo grounds last night.Steve Holt! was a pill in the afternoon, rearing and clipping my hand when we went out to the outdoor arena for a bit of leg stretching, but by early evening he was back to his old self. He wasn't bothered by the noise of the arena while we waiting outdoors, and by the time it was out turn he was half asleep. So half asleep that he received quite a laugh when he stumbled onto
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Stage Fright!, the video

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 20, 2009, 4:25 pm


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Stage Fright!

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 20, 2009, 5:07 am


We made it to Oregon yesterday afternoon where Steve Holt! spent the night next door to Princess, Kevin Sink's little mare. He made himself right at home, comfortable enough to lay down for the night. This morning we headed on over to the Expo grounds. Steve Holt! did well under saddle in both arenas; a bit fast but not at all out of control. We even loped big, smooth circles off the rail, one handed at that!I put him in his stall for the afternoon, then fed him an early dinner before we headed
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On the Road...

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 18, 2009, 1:29 pm


Roughly an hour and we'll be headed down to Kevin and Lisa's place where Steve Holt! has been invited to spend the night before heading into Albany on Thursday morning.Darling and I hauled Sandy and Steve Holt! up to the arena yesterday morning for one last ride. I set up a few trail obstacles and worked a bit on our in hand skills. Steve Holt! hates to trot while leading; he does it, but his ears are pinned back the entire time. Not sure how well that will go over. Darling and Sandy practiced jumping...or
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Back to the Ground

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 16, 2009, 1:39 pm


Steve Holt! and I have but a few days left before leaving. Saturday he reminded me how young he is, and how far he's come...and just how much I'm asking of him. The struggles of a couple weeks ago, his high head and racing speed, had melted away as he finally figured out how to travel in a relaxed mode. But Saturday...well, he just wasn't there with me, I got pushy, and he responded with sideways hand gallops, bolting across the arena in an effort to avoid me. One reign stops were the only way to
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Steve Holt! vs. Hydra Bull!

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 14, 2009, 3:31 am


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Riding Club Demo

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 13, 2009, 1:33 pm


Steve Holt! was invited to do a demo for the Riding Club after our meeting last night. We did a few things like back between poles raised off the ground and then wowed them with how easily we could knock one of them down while side passing. No, kidding. We did knock down the pole, but the wow came when I pulled out that plastic bag and could hear people saying their broke horses weren't able to do that! I rubbed it all over him and had him sidepass over the top of it.Darling caught some footage
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Baa Baa Spotted Sheep

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 11, 2009, 1:36 pm


Two more unexpected days off for Steve Holt!. As we wrapped things up in the arena on Sunday afternoon I could see big, slushy flakes and sticking around the edges of the parking lot, so Darling and I packed up our horses and headed up the highway towards home. While there'd been relatively little snow on the ground at the arena, what met our eyes at the top of the hill just a few hundred feet away astounded me.An inch of slushy snow covered the road, and two cars sat on their hoods in the ditch
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Steve Holt! meets flags, bags and green plastic tarps

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 9, 2009, 8:39 pm


Combing You Tube as I do, I came across not only that super cool video of the Mounted Police drill team the other day, but this competition as well:I've been spending a great deal of time trying to figure out what to do with Steve Holt! as the Makeover gets closer. He's just not smooth enough to go into the finals without some sort of gimmick. I'd love if we could just whip out a reining pattern, but that's obviously not going to happen, so finding new and unusual ways to show off his strengths
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Steve Holt!, week 14

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 8, 2009, 2:48 pm


This week's Sunday Stills assignment was Self Portraits...and we were told no cameras in front of the face, and no archives! I've been very guilty of pulling up old photos simply because I just haven't got my camera with me while working Steve Holt!, but a self portrait was easy enough...right?But I forgot. And here it is, Sunday morning. 7:00 am and it's still just a little dark outside, but hey, I grab my camera and head towards the door to snap a quick shot before heading out to the barn. Might
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YAY!!!

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 7, 2009, 2:48 am


Hey, kids, this one's for you! So what is it I'm doing in my spare time?Huh? Spare time, you say?Well, yes...those few wee moments before the sun comes up and I head out to do chores are my spare moments, and I've been busy planning a fun little thing called YAY!YAY, or Youth And Yearlings, is an event designed specifically for kids 18 and under in WA State. We're offering an opportunity to gentle and ground train a yearling mustang this spring, then hosting an all breed open youth show in July
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Bull Session!

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 5, 2009, 2:57 pm


Hey, baby, what's your number?Have we talked freeze brands before? Each mustang, once they're gathered, has a freezebrand placed on the left side of their neck to help identify them. The first symbol is that of the breed registry, which in this case is the US government. The next two symbols are stacked on top of each other and give the horse's age. In Steve Holt!'s case, this number is incorrect; he should be listed as born in '06, but his two year teeth weren't coming in and due to his size, he
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Blog Virus Alert!

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 4, 2009, 5:49 pm


Angi's art is spectacular!I was going to come and update you on Steve Holt!, only to find I'd been tagged by Angi at Free Rein Art. Now, in the past I believe I complained enough about all the tagging blog viruses going on and eventually managed to create an immunity whereby people have left me alone. Angi, however, decided to tempt fate. But as this is a game of photo tag, I won't complain!The game is this: Find the 6th folder and then the 6th photo from that folder in your files and post it.How
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Working Equitation, speed test!

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 2, 2009, 4:02 pm


I've been struggling with Steve Holt!, and it was pointed out to me yesterday (not directly, but just in what someone said) that I'm thinking quarter horse while he's definitely not. So what do I do, when that's all I know? Well, as luck would have it, I came across a video this morning on Working Equitation and I think I have my answer. This is right up Steve Holt!'s alley, don't you think?
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Meet Jethro!

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 2, 2009, 3:58 pm


Congratulations, Shirley, on offering up the winning name for baby Jethro! Email me your addy and I'll pop a little something in the mail for you!
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Circle Trotters...and Steve Holt! week 13

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 1, 2009, 4:25 pm


It was bone chilling cold up in Lynden yesterday when Darling and I arrived. We'd decided to take the boys up to the schooling show which benefited local non-profits as they try to feed hungry horses this winter. Darling has never been inside the ring with a horse before, and she'd been a bit uncomfortable about it last fall when I offered. The past couple of weeks, however, have seen her hungry to give it a try. So we loaded up Sandy and Steve Holt! and headed into Little Canada. No, it's not really
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Sunday Stills

Mustang Diaries Archive on March 1, 2009, 2:31 pm


This weeks assignment was In Motion. And again, I dug back through the past rather than attempting to get anything new. (Darling got all the good action shots this week!)Curt on Buddy working cattle.Little Rip, a colt bred by Curt and purchased last year by Ken & Dee Dee McNabb. Darling and I went to the reined cow horse event up in Lynden. I like the way this cowboy is all hunkered down as he's going after this calf.I'm particularly fond of the bottom shot here.I think reined cow horse would
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Expo Calendar of Extreme Events

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 27, 2009, 4:02 pm


For those who've decided to attend the Northwest Horse Fair and Expo, you may want to know where to go, what it will cost, and what day is best to attend.The Mustang Makeover begins on Thursday night at 5 pm. Tickets are only available at the gate and are $10 each.Friday, Sat, and Sunday tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the gate. Getting your hands on tickets may prove to be a bit of a challenge if you live in WA as there is only one location where you can pick them up. Try contacting Linn Co.
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2, 3, 4...how much more?

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 26, 2009, 6:44 pm


It would seem eight is the number we stopped at. Eight inches of fresh snow sitting upon my ground. Eight inches of white mud...not nearly as lovely as Texas Tea, nor as valuable. But it's here. Again. I only hope it's a far briefer stay and that our roads are passable with a horse trailer by the end of the day.Steve Holt! had a couple of nice work outs both Sunday and Monday. I spend a fair chunk of time setting up obstacles such as poles and cones, bridges and streamers in an effort to both desensitize
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It's a Boy! It's a Girl! It's Twins!!!

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 24, 2009, 4:07 pm


Marybelle looks on in wonder...do you think she knows she's next?It started like any other morning. 5 am and I couldn't sleep, so I got up, played on the computer a bit, then went out to do chores. Bessie's udder had been a wee bit fuller and tighter the night before, but not so much as to cause alarm and a sleep over inside the barn. And since shew as still in one piece and hungry for her flake of alfalfa as I tossed everyone their breakfast, I didn't give her another thought as I came inside for
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