"Look, Ma! No Hands!

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 19, 2008, 6:31 am

2009 Wild Horses of the SteensCalendar is now Available!The snow continues to pile up here, and with no end in sight. The horses don't appear to mind, and nothing is getting in Darling's way when it comes to climbing on the back of Sandy and plowing through the dreadful white stuff.After today's ride she came inside and began working at her computer. Seems she set her camera on the rail of the round pen and captured some footage of herself riding. "Come see, Mom," she said. I walked over and watched
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Mustang Diaries Archive on December 18, 2008, 6:03 am

The snow was falling pretty good here today. The horses all have icicles ...er, whiskercicles... hanging off their muzzles, forelocks, manes and tails. Steve Holt! even has them hanging on his blanket! I never did go out and measure how deep it got, but it's there and it's white...and the only good thing about it is that the temps have gone from low 20's to low 30's. Steve Holt! seems to enjoy eating it. In fact, all my horses prefer to 'rough it' and chomp on ice rather than go drink water. Crazy
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PlaceThis Here

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 17, 2008, 1:20 am

Before we get into todays progress with Steve Holt!, I'd like to take just a moment of your time to introduce you to a couple of young men named Kyle and Nicolas. Kyle was diagnosed last summer with an inoperable brain tumor. He was just seven years old. Kyle, his brother Nicolas, and their family have been through quite the journey this past year. To the left is a button that will take you to Kyle's blog, and from his blog another link to his mother's blog. I'd strongly encourage you to visit.A
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Thank you, Lord, for global warming

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 16, 2008, 5:16 am

Because if it weren't for global warming, I'd surely have died of hypothermia out there today! Ten minutes in the cold air and my fingers were aching. I believe a new pair of gloves may be in order. I had to ask around to other horsemen today, to find out what they're wearing. Something warm, but it needs to be thin enough for my fingers to be able to grip ropes and reins.Katee told me she uses wool gloves, then puts leather gloves over the top. Sounds like a plan. The leather can come off when
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Ridin' In A Winter Wonderland

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 15, 2008, 6:18 am

Darling delighted in taking Sandy for a little ride today. They never left the yard, of course, but just walking about in the driveway with a little snow on the ground was enough to create a happy face. Being the good boy he is, Sandy is perfect for a little bareback ride; he's nice and steady, meaning Darling can pack along her camera and take photos of his ears and their shadow as they go.What she'd really wanted to do was take both Sandy and Jet down to the tree farm for a ride, but my fingers
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Steve Holt! Weekly Update

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 14, 2008, 6:16 am

So here it is, the end of our first week. Seven days...and what have we done?Steve Holt! allows me to touch him pretty much all over...that is, once I have a hold of him. He's not 100% comfortable with being caught, but once my hand is on the lead, he's becoming quite agreeable. I can run my hands down his front legs and he'll lift his feet without panic. I can brush him all the way down his haunches to his hocks, and have even gone so far as down his cannon bone on one hind leg. I think he'd be
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Let it...snow?

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 13, 2008, 3:16 pm

How Steve Holt! got his name(click the link to find out...)Nope. Please don't.The weather reports are calling for inclement weather all across the greater northwest. Here in my little corner it was to be high winds, snow and freezing rain.But what about my Hags on Stangs horse show???City Boy was adamant that I could not host a show in such foul weather. Since the over zealous Craigslist flaggers had been pulling my ad for the down this week, I decided that perhaps I ought to put up a cancellation
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Mustang Diaries Archive on December 12, 2008, 1:00 am

"If you're not sweating as much as your horse, you've cheated your horse"Curt StorbakkenI know...I'm whining. It happens every year at this time. The days will soon be getting longer and you'd think I'd be rejoicing, but with all the cloud cover we won't be able to enjoy it.Karen in Harney County...at least you can still see outside your window right now!I've been asked by several people just how many hours a day I spend with Steve Holt!, and I've got to be honest...maybe one. Yeah, that's right.
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The Jail Bird

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 11, 2008, 5:18 am

Steve Holt! must have felt like he was in jail last night. It was the first time he was closed into his stall. See the poor baby peering out from between the bars? All I need to do is find him a set of striped pajamas to sleep in...I said I wasn't going to...but I did.What did I did? I looked back to see where Sandy was at the end of week one. The only thing I remembered clearly was that on day 8 I put the saddle on his back. That, and the fact that he was lacking confidence in a big way. What I
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Good Boy, Steve Holt!!

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 10, 2008, 12:52 am

Steve Holt! climbs into the trailerI'm not sure I can handle it much longer. Mud, that is. And it's only day three! Once Steve Holt! is working reliably on the end of his lead, we're hitting the road in an effort to find drier digs, even if it's just for an afternoon's work.I'm trying not to compare where I am with this boy to where I was with Sandy. Two very different personalities, and while Sandy was scared spitless forever, I had the saddle on him on day 8. That's the one big milestone I remember.
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The Perfect Horse

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 9, 2008, 1:15 am

Steve Holt! is mustang #11 to come through my paddock gates, and I'm thinking he's the best yet.I always wished I could blend a little bit of Jet with a little bit of Sandy and create the perfect horse. As I stood outside in the mud this afternoon coaxing Steve Holt! that I wasn't going to have him for an afternoon snack, it occurred to me that this just might be that horse.Where Sandy had been snorty and Jet had been in our faces, Steve Holt! is cautious, but curious. He doesn't snort, panic,
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What I really need...

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 8, 2008, 6:10 am

...is to be in bed and not playing with more photos...And I apologize if this has created a drain on your dial up computers. A couple of folks suggested I start getting my name/copyright/watermark on the photos before posting them online, and they're right, I should. I've managed to change a couple, as you can see, but am too tired to mess with the rest right now. So...don't steal them. There, that should do it, don't you think?Steve Holt! is settling in. Not so nervous as Sandy, but unsure just
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Honey? I'm Home!!!

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 6, 2008, 5:20 am

Honey...I'm home!Question is...when you packing those bags and joining me?Darling and I went up into the Steens Mt with our friends Andi and Judy today. We were hunting wild ponies. I was armed and ready to shoot...90 minutes into our drive Judy called out that she'd spotted something up on the hill. Binoculars came out and sure enough, a dozen head of horses were barely visible up on a ridge. Andi slowed down and pulled over to the side as Judy called out that there were more off to the right.
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Steve Holt!

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 5, 2008, 5:14 am

Earlier this year when I picked up Sandy, I'd already picked out his name. I didn't know if I was getting a mare or gelding, but figured Sandy would work either way . I'd heard the song, God Must Be Busy by Brooks and Dunn, and just knew it was 'my' song and felt compelled to use the phrase Speck of Sand (hence Sandy.)This time around I've had nothing really jump out and speak to me. I really liked a couple of songs on the play list (if you scroll to the bottom of my page, you'll find it), and considered
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A quick Good Morning

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 3, 2008, 12:11 pm

It's still dark out there...no sign of morning in the least. The truck is nearly packed, just a few more things to toss in there. It's 4:15, so I'll be firing up the old engine shortly and encouraging a sleepy 14 year old to climb out of her warm, comfy bed.A quick peek at the weather shows both Snoqualmie and Government Camp passes to be in the low to mid 40's, so roads will be good. I haven't decided which route we'll take. Mapquest tells me they both take roughly 9 1/2 hours. Of course, Mapquest
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I'm making a list...I'm checking it twice!

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 2, 2008, 6:28 am

Gonna find out who's naughty or nice...Thing 1 was playing nice, although Steve was not too enthused!My sister came over this morning with Thing 1, Thing 2, and Miss Banana Head in tow. The Things had a blast playing with the kittens...who at a glance (or even a long study) do not appear to be kittens at all, but big fat cats. Bob and Steve were born earlier this year and were but 5 weeks old when we left for Sacramento in June. They now weigh as much as the Things, I swear! You should have seen
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The To Do List...

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 30, 2008, 5:17 am

Boots & Spurs, taken at theWestern States Mustang ChallengeFour more sleeps and we're off on another adventure. I had to count that on my fingers...am I pathetic, or what?I'm not ready. Not in the least. I need to get the panels set up again inside the paddock. I need to pick up bedding and hay. I had someone call and leave a message on Wednesday asking to have their windows painted for Christmas; I need to call them back and get out to paint before leaving. How's that for cutting it close?I
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Happy Thanksgiving

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 28, 2008, 12:59 am

So tell me...what have you got to be thankful for this year? A song that has filtered through my head most of the day was one we sing in church from time to time, "Give Thanks, with a grateful heart"... When things seem to be going wrong, that's not always easy.Five years ago City Boy called me with the news: "They just told me I'd be gone by the end of the month." That month was October, meaning he'd be unemployed at Christmas. And yet amazingly enough, that was one of the best Christmases I recall.
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Check It Out!

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 27, 2008, 1:10 am

If you live somewhere in the west, you've no doubt seen their magazine sitting in a tack or feed store at some point. The Northwest Horse Source is a lovely little magazine chock full of interesting articles, many reader submitted, plus great horse industry news and a smattering of classifieds. What sets it apart from the other magazines of equal caliber is that it's free... Yeah, that's right! And in this economy, who doesn't like free?So maybe you're sitting out there thinking to yourself..."Hey,
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Cough...sniff, wheeze, sneeze...

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 25, 2008, 4:00 pm

You know how it is this time of year. Colds, flus and other nasty viruses floating around. The coughing, wheezing, sneezing gotta drink a bottle of nyquil winter nights are definitely upon us. Is there anything worse than having the kids call you Rudolph or your husband asking you to please put a paper bag over your head so he doesn't have to look at your baggy eyes, matted hair and the mucus running out of your nose?Well, yes. Yes, there is. It's the internet's own Blogging Virus, which knows no
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