Boys Will Be Boys

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 23, 2009, 12:56 pm


You buy them new clothes and tell the to play nice...and what do they do?Photos by DarlingSnort.What are you lookin' at?
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Sunday Stills

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 22, 2009, 3:16 pm


The assignment this week for Sunday Stills was Architecture. Preferably no barns, it was noted. How anyone could expect us not to flock to barns for this assignment is beyond me...or perhaps that was the point? Barns are my passion, though I also love photographing churches and old brick buildings. But as I'm rather tied down with Steve Holt!'s training, I'm not venturing very far in search of unique structures, meaning I went back into the archives in search of something that may be of interest.The
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Boots and Saddles

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 21, 2009, 3:31 pm


The other day City Boy took Darling and I out to look at boots. We happened to stumble across more than that, however, down at the Bony Pony. I couldn't resist a walk around the store and peeking back in the corner where saddles are stacked from floor to ceiling. The smell of the leather just draws you on back...plus I had to walk around a bit in the boots to make sure they fit, right?And as it would happen there was a lovely saddle begging me to haul it off it's rack and plunk it onto a stand where
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House Committee Gets New Mustang Bill

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 20, 2009, 1:24 am


From The Horse by: Pat Raia February 13 2009, Article # 13613 Wild horses and burros could get more room to roam under a bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee on Thursday by Committee Chairman Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. The Restoring Our American Mustangs Act (HR 1018), amends the Wild Horse and Burro Act of 1971 to allow the Bureau of Land
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Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 19, 2009, 5:34 am


Did you ever wonder why you had to repeat the washing process when your mum washed your hair as a kid? Lather it up, rinse it out and find your eyes burning as watered down shampoo ran across your face...only to have more shampoo squirted up there and another sure 'bout of the back in your eye burning sensation. It seemed like a never ending, painful process that served little purpose, because just when you thought your hair was clean, it was time to wash it again.Steve Holt! is a little like that
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Video! Darling on Steve Holt! plus Sandy Bridleless

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 18, 2009, 4:01 pm


Darling and I hauled up on Monday night for a ride where she spent some time riding Sandy with the new neck rope she braided. Afterwards I asked if she felt like hopping up on Steve Holt! for a couple minutes in the round pen. Think I had to ask that question twice? Heh...nope.
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An Early Morning

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 16, 2009, 2:41 pm


Steve Holt! waits patiently before hitting the trailSteve Holt! and I went for a quiet trail ride yesterday. Quiet in the sense that we weren't with Darling or any other horses. The sun was out and plenty of folks were walking with their dogs. It was nice and relaxing for both of us.I'd decided that since it was relatively peaceful outside to attempt leading him down to the tree farm rather than warming up the truck and hauling him. He's not been around cars yet so I wasn't sure how it'd go. The
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Steve Holt!, week 10

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 15, 2009, 5:06 pm


Gulp.Does that really say 10? Which means in 5 weeks, it's all over.Steve Holt's week was one of repetition for the most part. More work on picking up leads, more work on consistent speed, more work on keeping his head at an acceptable level. His stride is so large and springy that it's tough to get a western jog/trot, but at least it's sit-able now.He's also picking up his leads a bit more readily...that is until he starts to get worked a bit harder. Yesterday we were at a lesson and Curt was asking
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Git Along Little...Dawgies?

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 14, 2009, 1:58 pm


So often I'm seeing photos and reading of experiences out there on the range, where women drive cattle from one pasture to the next, or bring them in for branding...and this wonderful, romantic notion fills my head. Oh...to be able to experience it first hand!But a creative person makes due with what they have."Darling, get out there and chase them sheep! Momma needs a photo for her blog."Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'Keep movin', movin', movin', Though they're disapprovin', Keep them doggies movin' Rawhide!
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Meet Isabella...

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 14, 2009, 5:13 am


Not a mustang. Not even a BLM Burro. So what the heck is she doing here at the Mustang Diaries? Expressing a bit of Donkitude, that's what!I made the drive to Sedro Woolley to visit Quiet Storm and Mist, convincing Debbie that we could help her get her hands on hay to get her through until spring. Steve met me there to sign off on Mist's BLM paperwork. While there, we were led into a barn full of minis. Mini horses and mini donkeys. I jokingly asked which one they were giving me to use as a livestock
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Baling Twine...the Farm Diva's Friend

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 13, 2009, 2:58 pm


Have you ever wondered what to do with all that baling twine you've managed to collect over the years? Aside from rolling them into a large ball in an attempt to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records, that is? Well, this Farm Diva is here to help you out with that age old question.The obvious thing to do with baling twine is mend fences. In the photo above you can see that I've used it to tie the round pen panel, which is doubling as a paddock divider, to the barn using a lovely blue twine.
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Steve Holt! meets Dr. Plotts

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 12, 2009, 2:12 am


Steve Holt! and his entourage made a drive up north to Kulshan Veterinary for a quick visit with Dr. Plotts. Nothing wrong...just a training session and an opportunity to meet a vet and get a lesson on the state of unwanted horses.Steve Holt! had not seen a vet before, and as we all know, they smell funny! But Dr. Plotts is a great one for buddying up with a horse before asking it to do anything strange or out of the ordinary. Just as he did with Sandy, he began by petting, rubbing and scratching;
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Go, Speed Racer

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 10, 2009, 6:12 am


Steve Holt! was in fine form this evening when I hauled up to the riding club. Typically, he begins at a nice, easy pace, walking all relaxed around the rail and not really caring much when we move up into a trot.Not so tonight. He was ready to trot immediately, and from a trot he wanted to move into a lope. I let him, and he stayed fairly soft and easy. I'm finding it odd that a week ago he couldn't manage a soft lope to the right, but now it's the left that he's struggling with. But that's just
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To Spur or Not To Spur

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 9, 2009, 3:38 pm


That would be the question.Jeanette popped me an email the other day and we've been discussing Steve Holt!'s shoulder issue. Whether he struggles to keep them up, or whether he's too lazy, and just how do I encourage him to stop drifting to the outside while I make circles? As it stands right now, that boy has a lot of flexation going on in his neck. He can bend it straight back to my knee and lope a straight line. Yesterday we loped circles to the left, and I tried to spiral him down into something
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Sunday Stills

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 8, 2009, 5:46 pm


This weeks assignment was reflection. I'd thought about doing a horse eye, but everyone is doing that these days. Besides...the best one I've got has snow reflected in the eye and undoubtedly MiKael the northwest weather woman would come along and mention how we have no snow this week.... =>So out into my big backyard I went, certain there was nothing at all unusual or super fun or lovely. Sure...there are trees reflected in puddles back there on Carpenter Creek. But bare trees in water are not
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Steve Holt!, week 9

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 8, 2009, 4:15 pm


I'd forgotten what it was like to see that little ticker on my blog. I sign in and there it is, reminding me that I am no where near ready.Yesterday Darling and I went down to the trail with two other women, but our time was limited. Steve Holt! wasn't sure about the other horses at first. After all, there was an Arabian there, and he most definitely did not like that little horse. Eventually he forgot the horse was there (probably because it was in the lead, and he was at the end of the line) and
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The Trouble with Video Is...

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 7, 2009, 5:53 am


Doesn't Steve Holt! look happy?!You know the trouble with video? You're forced to look at each and every flaw in your riding style! Oye, vey... Well, according to the little ticker up there on the right side of the page, I've still got 40 days to fix not only myself, but get Steve Holt! spiffied up a bit more as well.
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Heartbreak...

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 6, 2009, 3:59 am


Poor Quiet Storm just can't catch a break. About a month ago I received a call from her new owner, sobbing, in tears, telling me she'd have to give up the mustangs. She'd just been through heart surgery and the bills were coming in. I asked if I could buy her a couple months time, would that help? Yes...she said.And so the word went out, and a few extra bales brought in. And she was overjoyed. But she's still struggling to get things straightened out with the hospital, trying to get a payment plan
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It was June When I Met These Horses

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 5, 2009, 5:56 am


I first wrote this story in early June and posted it at Carpenter Creek with a "To Be Continued" promise...and until last week there was no continuation... A herd of domestic~turned~feral horses. An idyllic scene greets your eyes. Tranquil. Peaceful. Picturesque. The long, narrow valley filled with daisies in early June, the foothills of Mt. Baker creating the perfect backdrop. A small herd a horses grazes peacefully. The mares are fat with the spring grass, their foals napping in the mid morning
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Some Like It Hot...and Steamy

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 3, 2009, 6:14 am


Poor Steve Holt!. He had to work. And hard, at that! Saturday we went for a trail ride, and although we climbed a hill, it was nearly like a day off in comparison to our Sunday ride in the arena. I hadn't meant for him to have such a difficult work out, but he wasn't giving in and I had no choice but to demand...yes, demand...that he listen up and do his job.Steve Holt! has had a lot of ground work laid and I wasn't asking for anything new. I was just asking for it to be done well and immediately.
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