Lope Your Wild Ponies, Please Lope

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 9, 2009, 6:10 am

I feel kinda bad for my friend Shelley. She drew a very powerful and reactive mare for the Northwest Extreme Mustang Makeover. Atta Girl showed a lot of promise early on. She was smart and responsive, but Shelley sensed the power this girl had and has been very careful in how she handles her. The mare was coming along nicely and Shelley felt she was ready to climb on. Attie disagreed. Strongly. Thankfully Shelley had the foresight to plunk a cowboy up there for the ride, but Attie was in a blind
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Flooding and a Wild Horse Rescue

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 8, 2009, 5:12 am

Talk about frightful weather! The temps have been in the low to mid 40s here, plus raining non stop. This isn't anything out of the norm, but since there's been so much snow, and with the ground is still frozen, there's no place for all the water to go.I got a call today from the folks who adopted Dun Dee, formerly Duns N Roses, saying they were flooding and needed to get him out of there. I was on the road when I got the call but managed to put in a couple of calls to friends to see if they had
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Mustang Diaries Archive on January 7, 2009, 2:53 pm

Order now at Cafe Press!I made you a promise last year to share the good, the bad and the ugly. Things got truly ugly when I posted a photo of the enormous bruise Sandy deposited on my hip the day I was thrown. Today is not ugly so much as scary. Very, very scary.I'd had so much fun working both horses in the arena that yesterday morning I decided to do it again. I loaded up Sandy, then returned to get Steve Holt!. Steve Holt!, however, had other ideas. He's been catching up and haltering so well
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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall...

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 6, 2009, 4:56 pm

Well, hello! My, what a handsome gent you are...Steve Holt! loves to look at himself in the arena mirrors.The temp has begun to climb and the roads were once again passable. Steve Holt! found himself in a new situation once again. He was led to the trailer as usual, but once he arrived at the door he found Sandy already standing inside. This was new, and of course deserved a bit of pondering. The divider was swung closed between the two, and Steve Holt! was not sure his long body would fit. However,
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Someone Make It STOP...

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 5, 2009, 4:09 pm

No sooner am I thinking maybe, just maybe we're heading out of the storm, than it blows back in. Darling had a friend come over and spend the night this weekend. When I left the house to bring her home, it had just begun to snow. 15 minutes later when I returned, the ground was white...again...The roads were, in my estimation, a bit too icy to travel this weekend so Steve Holt! and I stayed home. On Saturday I led him to the round pen and it was, as I'd suspected, hard packed and slick. As such,
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Steve Holt!, week 4

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 4, 2009, 3:27 pm

What do you think, Steve Holt!? Shall we attempt bareback and bridleless?Maybe I should label this "Steve Holt!'s Incredible Week"!Let's just get right down to it, shall we?1) Trailer loading. The first attempt was beautifully executed. He went in and out several times without a hitch. The following day wasn't so pretty. We battled and put several divots in the grass as he jumped away and I sent him in a flurry of circles. His hooves broke through the icy snow, he slipped, I swore (oops) and he
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Darling Turns 15

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 3, 2009, 5:34 pm

Darling is 15 today. Legally, the child is old enough to get her drivers permit.EEEEK!Surely that cannot be! Thankfully, Darling is happier on the back of a horse than behind the wheel. And it's a good thing, too. Have you seen her push a shopping car? Wheels are definitely not her thing...What is her thing, however, is video. I found this one this morning on youtube and thought I'd share. I sure hope she doesn't mind! Happy Birthday, Darling!
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The Highs and the Lows...

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 2, 2009, 2:47 pm

My phone went AWOL. Actually, my cell phones have a fondness for swimming, which renders them useless. Mine hopped out of my pocket while I was out working with Steve Holt back before the snow and it landed in a puddle. I brought it inside and set it down...and promptly forgot where I set it.Three weeks later I finally confessed to City Boy what had happened and while I'd been unable to locate my silent partner, City Boy found it sitting on a shelf near the back door (why didn't I think to look
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'Nuff Said

Mustang Diaries Archive on January 1, 2009, 5:27 am

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You Know It's Warming Up When...

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 31, 2008, 5:54 am

...it starts to feel so danged cold!!!Thanks to humidity, 40 degrees and damp can feel colder than 20 degrees and dry. Why does humidity do that?Steve Holt! had an exceptional day. City Boy went out and chipped away at the compacted snow in the driveway this weekend which made it possible to introduce Steve Holt! to the horse trailer. I've got one of those double door trailers, and just for fun I decided to leave on closed to see if he'd climb in through the narrow opening.He did!Darling missed
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The Story of a Girl and Her Horse

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 30, 2008, 3:15 pm

Yesterday was just plain nasty. A driving rain...no, sleet...came down in torrents. It was too cold and miserable, the worst day yet since bringing Steve Holt! home. I went out to say hello and to see if he'd let me catch him without the halter. He was fine. Best he's been. Even let me take the scissors to his scruffy under-jaw. That, however, is as far as it went. I think we both deserved the day off.This morning I was cruising around you tube and came across a video of a young woman and her horse.
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Steve Holt!, weekly update

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 29, 2008, 3:27 am

Darling grows weary of driveway rides...Steve Holt!'s week was slow due to the holiday and snow. The round pen snow is packed down pretty tight now and slick enough to make working in it a bit dicey. We did, however, manage a short list of accomplishments.1) He stands rather nicely for the saddle pads and saddle going onto his back. He doesn't mind me reaching beneath him for the cinch, but he's nervous about the tightening process.2) I can throw his blanket over the top of the saddle and lead him
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And the Winner Is...

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 29, 2008, 3:09 am

Susan from Sunset Hills Farm!Pop me an email, Susan, and I'll send you an 8x10 photo!
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Steve Holt!

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 28, 2008, 5:13 am

That's right, throw your fists in the air and shout it like you just don't care...STEVE HOLT!We hit 50 followers today. Okay, Darling tells me it doesn't count because it was City Boy who finally filled up that last vacancy...but if we eliminate him, then we also eliminate her, and that actually puts me two people shy of my goal. What's a Desperate Horsewife to do? I tell you what she does...she counts those two and gives you better odds of winning, that's what! I'll draw a name and announce it
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Hooters, Drive By Shootings and the Color Orange

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 27, 2008, 5:02 am

And did I mention just a little photo intense? Sorry, Dial Up users!Christmas found us gathered around the tree dark and early. Dark, because we beat the sun. Which truth be told wasn't all that difficult since it was cloudy and, yes...still snowing. We've probably had about 18" of it so far.#1 on my list of wants this year was a GPS. I have no clue how to work one, but decided that if I want to make maps of the trails I've been on, that a GPS was the way to do it. I'm also wanting to use it on
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Merry Christmas, Y'all!

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 24, 2008, 7:01 pm

And Happy Holidays to all!Wishing you all a blessed holiday season, whatever your faith may be. Stay safe and stay warm!
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It's ART, I tell ya!

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 24, 2008, 2:06 am

Photos taken in the dark...I've been rather negligent over the past year (or two) when it comes to posting awards that have been given to me. My side bars are so full that I wasn't sure where to place them. It wasn't that I didn't appreciate them, though, because I did...and do.I was out and about recently and came across Laughing Orca's blog, and that's when I saw the most amazing thing...she had a separate blog for awards! WOW... And then I realized that Shannon at Oh, Horsefeathers had done the
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Where's My Face Rake???

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 23, 2008, 3:23 am

This was the way we raked the Sandy...I delved into Sandy's files this evening to see what kind of things we were doing during week 3 of training and came across this photo. Two major differences can be found in between my two boys. First, Sandy is in mud while Steve Holt! is in snow. Second, and more importantly...where is my face rake??? That little rake was a wonderful tool with Sandy as allowed me into his space from a safe distance as well as let him feel pleasure at the same time. I've no
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Steve Holt! weekly update: week 2

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 21, 2008, 7:08 pm

And the snow just...keeps...falling...Yesterday when I woke up I walked out into a whopping 8 degrees. The horses had pretty much emptied the water tub, but when I went to the faucet it was frozen. I grabbed a couple of buckets, came inside, filled them with hot water, then went back out and dumped the water on the faucet. Problem solved.No. Problem not solved.Hose was frozen. I'd drained it the last time I used it, but evidently there was enough water left somewhere in there to create a blockage,
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White Mud

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 20, 2008, 6:27 am

OhMyWord!!!I just checked the weather online. We're actually colder here than in Burns!This afternoon City Boy came inside and gave me a crazed look, saying, "I'm not moving to Burns, this is too cold! Are you still wanting to live there after suffering through this???"I couldn't help it. I had to answer like I always do, "But it's a dry suffering!"In truth, I see this as a foot of white mud. Oh, sure, it's pretty to look at, and as Darling pointed out, the landing is much softer when you've got
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