Sunday Stills

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 1, 2009, 3:19 pm


"Jack"
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Steve Holt!, week 8

Mustang Diaries Archive on February 1, 2009, 5:48 am


It's rather like wishing on a star, or blowing out your candles and telling people what your wish is...the fear of it not coming true keeps your lips sealed! But lips are not fingers...are they?Steve Holt! has so many things going for him over Sandy, yet Sandy had things going for him that Steve Holt! does not. Mainly, he was so incredibly balanced that he could bluff his way into the spotlight. Steve Holt!, however, is more athletic and has a more disciplined mind when it comes to learning. All
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Mom...someone might...LOOK!

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 31, 2009, 4:20 pm


Steve Holt! has a problem. He's embarrassed to...you know...let it drop in public. He's very modest, and despite the fact that near the end of our rides I can feel him getting antsy just like a kid who won't tell you they need to use the loo, he just rather holds it all in.When I haul to the arena, Steve Holt! has plenty of time to 'do it' while I'm unloading the trailer. He spends at least 15-20 minutes inside the round pen, no one around, so if he had to go he could. But he doesn't. He rolls,
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Mr. Grumpy Pants

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 30, 2009, 2:22 am


A couple weeks ago I snapped a quick shot of Steve Holt! as he was coming out of his stall. His hair was a mess, he had alfalfa on his lips...but the expression was wonderful. I decided I needed to try again, but this time with a clean horse. I painstakingly combed his mane and forelock, brushed his face and lips off with a nice soft brush, and led him to the round pen along with my camera, where he presented me with all the charm and charisma of a teenager who doesn't want their picture taken."Don't
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Next Year's Suit

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 29, 2009, 2:57 pm


Or at least that's what Darling is calling it. A big box came in the mail yesterday and inside were the two new blankets I'd ordered for Dude Lee and Sandy. They truly are not big enough to be wearing a 75", but since the 72" was just a bit snug I ordered these in hopes they wouldn't be swimmingly big on them. While I was away, Darling hauled her's out of the box and went to find her horse.Steve Holt! and I had hauled down to Curt's for our mid week, lets get used to the commotion ride. Not a lesson
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Company Comes A Callin'

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 27, 2009, 4:26 pm


"Sunny Siesta"Normally I don't work a horse more than 5-6 days in a row. After all, even God rested on the seventh day, and like us, our horses can use a break to refresh. However...Steve Holt! did not get to rest on the seventh day.We were to have visitors today, Tuesday, and so I rode him Sunday and was going to give him Monday off. But Sunday afternoon I received a call saying there'd been a change in plans, and could they come on Monday instead? Would that mess Steve Holt! up? Being the gracious
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Steve Holt!, week 7

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 25, 2009, 5:56 pm


I have been with Steve Holt! for seven weeks now. We have just over 7 left before leaving for Albany. I expect that gives me roughly 40 more rides, for a total of 60 before we compete.Those big, huge, monumental steps have been taken. He loads into a trailer like a pro. He lets me climb on and off without a care. He follows me anywhere I ask him to go, be it through running water, beneath streamers or over bridges. His curious nature has won out over his cautious side, just as I'd hoped.This past
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Good Day, Sunshine

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 24, 2009, 5:20 pm


Lazy PoniesAnother Lazy PonyThough the nights have been cold, the days have warmed up to the low 50s; the horses seem to enjoy napping in a ray of sun. Steve Holt! hasn't got the benefit of much sunlight in his stall, but he prefers to lay there rather than out on the frozen ground at the end of his paddock.Yesterday I noticed something I hadn't seen before on Steve Holt!'s hooves; a deep groove down the center. How I'd missed it up until now I don't know, but the lighting must have been just right
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Simple Changes

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 23, 2009, 4:16 pm


On Wednesday I hauled down to Curt's while he had 3 other horses out working the bull. Between sessions, they were on the rail...or at least somewhere near the rail, loping or trotting and stopping and turning. All very busy, and Steve Holt! took it in stride, walking relaxed with a dropped head. Eventually we moved into a trot, and even snuck in a lope around the arena a couple of times.Yesterday Steve Holt! was much better about getting that halter on, and then a bit later, the bridle as well.
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Last Year's Swim Suit

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 22, 2009, 4:26 pm


On Sunday Lady of Chaos came along with her husband and daughter, Kissy, to look at Jet. They decided they liked her (well...who wouldn't?) and left me with a down payment and a size 72 sheet for one of the geldings. Both Dude and Sandy were getting a wee but muddy from their mid day naps out in the wet clay and I was thrilled that LOC had an extra. Being as the sheet was blue, Darling immediately snagged it for her red pony."He looks like a woman in last year's swim suit!!""Come on, mom...do I
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Darling; Wild Horse Tamer

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 21, 2009, 1:43 am


The day should have progressed as such:Get up, feed horses and sheep. Have breakfast. Sneak in a quick ride on Sandy, head off to my massage. Feed horses in the evening, then haul Steve Holt! up to the riding club for an evening work out.The day did not progress as such.I received an email from my mom in AZ telling me that Grandpa Wayne had slipped on the ice and crawled to the lawn to get up. Grandma and Wayne's driveway is paved, you see, and Grandpa Wayne had not told Grandma he was heading out
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What's the Rush?

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 19, 2009, 4:17 pm


I was talking to another trainer recently when she commented on how she's afraid some horses are missing a lot of the basics. We'd both read this comment last year on a non-mustang blog...that is to say, she didn't read any of the mustang blogs to the best of our knowledge. And we assured her that in 90 days time you can teach a horse a whole lot of basics...and then some.But it appears with each new round of competitions, the trainers are on earlier and earlier...and they've got their eyes set
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Care for a sip?

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 19, 2009, 4:59 am


It would appear winter is the perfect time for an ice cold lemonade. After all, who wouldn't want to come inside from sub-zero weather, fingers so cold they ache, ear lobes suffering from frostbite and nose as bright as Rudolph's? Certainly it's the first thing I reach for! Which is why it is so fortunate that I have friends in the blogging community who take such good care of me.Yes, that's right...three glasses of lemonade have been thrust upon me this winter. Well, it beats the diet Pepsi sitting
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Steve Holt!, week 6

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 18, 2009, 2:43 pm


Steve Holt! had a lovely week. We spent a lot of time going over the things we've already learned. A lot of in hand work, more round pen work, and some big arena time. Our whoa is coming together. Not stop on a dime yet...no where near that. But he's changing gears when he hears the word. Now we just need to work on getting the actual stop rather than a slow down. I did find that he's got a stop button, however. While he's walking along, if I reach back and pat his rump, he immediately believes
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A quick pic

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 17, 2009, 6:06 am


Froglander came by today to watch me work with Steve Holt! and I asked her to grab my camera for a quick photo shoot. I didn't realize just how tall this boy was until I saw the picture!My headache refuses to leave. The past couple of days it has subsided with the help of pain killers (something I rarely take), but today it had no intention of leaving. My neck is stiff and shoulders sore. I think it's from trying to clean all that wet manure out of the paddock. It's a never ending job as the horses
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The Sigh

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 16, 2009, 2:45 pm


Now, if only I could get him to comb his hair and wash his face!Last week Nuzzling Muzzles asked me how I kept Steve Holt! looking so relaxed. She noticed that I was doing a lot of petting and reassuring in my videos. While he often looks relaxed on the outside, Steve Holt! likes to walk out when he's feeling nervous. You may recall our first venture outside of the round pen and my commenting on him feeling nervous, yet he didn't look like he was. That's because Steve Holt! likes to walk off his
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Road Closed

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 15, 2009, 2:00 am


I went out walking this morning to see how my neighbors fared during our recent flooding. City Boy had driven around the block with the kids, but this was the first time this week I'd taken the time to venture off my beaten path. The summer pasture where the sheep and horses reside is quite wet. The property is a long, narrow strip...air strip, to be exact, as Donna's late husband had built it up in the center so he could fly his little plane in. On both sides of the old strip, water is running
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Looney Tunes Moments

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 13, 2009, 4:14 pm


Steve Holt! received a 'bronc halter' from Curt for Christmas!Have you ever had one of those Looney Tunes moments? You know, where you suddenly find your butt isn't exactly where you though you'd left it, such as planted deeply in the seat of your saddle? Instead you're finding hang time somewhere out there in space?Yeah...well, I had that moment yesterday. And all that ran through my mind is, "That Coyote is really a crazy clown..." with images of him standing there in mid air with that "How did
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Steve Holt!, week 5

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 11, 2009, 1:24 pm


Steve Holt! had a terrific week, despite the rain and flooding in our region. While my stalls are on the downhill side of our property, and water does tend to drain into them, it could have been a lot worse as you know after seeing Duns video earlier in the week. While things got a bit damp and even soggy, the horses were drier inside than many horses in the northwest this past week.On to our successes of week # 5!1) Steve Holt! learned to stand tied for long periods of time. Long to us, at least.
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Two Guys and a Girl

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 10, 2009, 5:43 am


Join the Steve Holt! fan club!Mustang FeverSandy, Steve Holt! and I went for a ride today. I saddled Sandy up in the yard, loaded him into the trailer, then went and grabbed Steve Holt!, pulled off his blanket, loaded him and down the road we went.Three minutes later we were at our destination...the tree farm! I'd really wanted to pony him with a second rider on hand just in case there was trouble. You know...I really need to heed my own safety advice more often. Not that we had trouble. No, far
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