Oh...the Weather Outside is...

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 23, 2008, 4:13 am

Confused.Up on the hill, a wee dusting of snow. Down here in my paddock, rain (resulting in mud.) When the clouds parted this evening the sky was flame red out beyond the end of the valley.Thankfully, we had a few nice days earlier this week. Thursday I rode Jet the mile down to the arena, working her on a loose rein, walking and trotting while staying relaxed. I'm wondering if the light contact on the bit the other day was getting to her. She's sensitive about things like that, and too much contact
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50,000...and I missed it!

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 21, 2008, 3:28 pm

50,000 visitors...and I missed when it happened! Yesterday, I suspect. I used to sit and watch that counter on a daily basis. Now? Not so much.A lot has happened in the last 50,000 visits. Darling and I attended the Lynden Pro Rodeo where we saw the cowboys lose to the colts.I spent a few months with Curt learning to ride...but I gotta tell you I don't sit a horse nearly as purty as he does!Tangy had her foal, a little red colt dubbed AJ. That little mare, you may recall, was as big as a house and
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Meet the Trainers and a Chance for Beauty

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 19, 2008, 3:08 pm

An amazing turn of events came to pass yesterday as the wife of T. Boone Pickens proclaimed that she was going to adopt all 30,000 plus horses in long term holding. Seems a bit surreal, doesn't it? While some are rejoicing, others are holding their breath and wondering just how she'll pull it off. I'm left wondering if this deal was in the works when it was announced that there was a stay of execution. Either way, it again buys Beauty time, and very possibly her life.*****For those of you who live
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I Do This So The World May Know...

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 18, 2008, 1:25 pm

There's been a reprieve for the wild horses in long term holding as of yesterday in an effort to allow further discussion and hopefully find a solution. Gathers will not be done with the exception of extreme cases where there is no forage for the animals (such as the mare and foal pictured yesterday.) While I'm elated for Beauty's sake, I can't see a solution that will make everyone happy and fear we'll be right back to where we started in another 12 months.Back to the mathematical basics involved.
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Mustang Diaries Archive on November 17, 2008, 5:26 pm

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My eyes behold this mare as a thing of beauty. How about you?This has been a tough year for mustangs and their fans. While I can rationally agree with the BLM's announcement that euthanasia of several thousand horses in holding facilities is the only real option at the moment considering the massive amounts of horses and lack of adopters, there is one horse that I struggle with.Beauty.I first saw her a year ago while at the Kiger adoption in Burns,
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8 Second Ride

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 16, 2008, 9:23 pm

Her first ride in the arena was mid-week, and the two of them did well. Walk and trot, Jet was bouncy as could be, but Darling stayed with her and even began to think perhaps she would like to give dressage a try sometime. Jet is built for dressage, all upright and springy. Surely not a western pleasure horse.The ride was good, and as mentioned, we walked down again yesterday for a second go. Darling was a bit on the nervous side, although I wasn't too sure why. Jet was walking out but didn't appear
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Eee Moh Shun Al

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 15, 2008, 6:54 am

2009 NORTHWESTExtreme Mustang Makeover CONGRATULATIONS! You have been selected as a trainer for the Northwest Extreme Mustang Makeover.City Boy was reading over my shoulder. "I want you to go back and read this part," he said...We understand that this is a long emotional, physical, and expensive journey!"Do you see that, right there?" he asked me. I was afraid he was about to point out the expensive journey when he said, " EEE MOH SHUN AL! I'm not bringing another horse home." Yes, dear...So, which
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Mustang Diaries Archive on November 10, 2008, 2:05 am

Darling hits the dusty (arena) trailI hauled Darling out of bed at quarter of 11 this morning."Time to get moving!" I told her. She grumbled something about ten minutes as I walked out the door. I'd left Sandy locked in a stall overnight to keep him dry. Today we were going to do something new. We were heading to our first horse show!Because these little local shows can really drag, I hadn't really thought much about getting there early. I probably should have. The arena in Lynden is my least favorite
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Can You See It?

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 9, 2008, 1:14 am

It's horrible...just plain horrible. It was still dark when I walked out of the house. Darling had just climbed out of bed and was getting ready for school as I opened up the door to go out to feed. It hit me straight in the face. That smell... I shook it off and told myself not to dwell on it. Surely it was imagined.I headed down the steps and across the yard where the horses and sheep were waiting not so patiently, calling for me to hurry up with their breakfast. I then slipped back inside without
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Oh, The Waiting...

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 3, 2008, 2:12 pm

It seems an eternity ago since Sandy came to me, an insecure little gelding with a habit of nipping and kicking and his lopsided Spanish walk. And I won't ever forget the disappointment I felt when I first laid eyes on him in Sacramento. A homely thing, to be sure. Not pretty at all like so many others. Yet Sandy is what you and I'd prayed for. God's perfect horse for me. Sandy has given me my confidence back. I hadn't realized just how much of it was missing, to be honest, but Sandy has me doing
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Can You Let It Out at the Shoulders a Bit?

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 2, 2008, 7:42 pm

It's a lovely saddle, really. Old, probably from the 40s or 50s according to a few different saddle tramps. Well made, too. I had Curt take a look at it to see if it was worth the proposed trade. "Whoever made this was a saddle maker," was his response after turning it around, looking it up one side and down the other. In Curt speak, that translates to a master craftsman.The rigging is set far enough back that pressure isn't being pulled straight down from Sandy's shoulders and withers, which is
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Applying Oneself...

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 31, 2008, 11:36 pm

I haven't said anything much about it, what with all the mystery concerning Quiet Storm. However...if you live in the Northwest (or not) and would like to know first hand what it's like to train a wild horse in 3 months time...well, it's now or never!The Mustang Heritage Foundation, in conjunction with the BLM in Burns, Oregon, is sponsoring the Northwest Extreme Mustang Makeover! Pick up of horses is scheduled for Dec 5-6, with the competition in Albany, OR on March 21-22 at the Northwest Horse
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The Great Mystery, part 4

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 30, 2008, 7:00 pm

"There aren't any equine vets in at the moment, I'm afraid. There was a huge emergency and three of our vets have been there all day," said the voice at the end of the line."Three vets? All day? Wow...must be bad. I guess I can wait," I told the faceless voice while counting my blessings that that wasn't my bill being added up.I decided to email Stephanie and ask if there was any chance at all that Quiet Storm had been exposed to a stallion while in her care. I knew it was a long shot, but then
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The Great Mystery...Part 3

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 29, 2008, 4:47 am

"Miss Banana Head" and Sandy out on the trail.Read Part 1Read Part 2I was stunned, to say the least. There were three questions swirling around in my mind.1) How did that get there?2) Which of the mares had aborted their foal?3) What had caused the miscarriage?And then I realized I had a fourth question...4) Which of my geldings managed to sire a foal???I looked out into the pasture at Jet, Sandy and Dude, contemplating the pieces of my puzzle. Quiet Storm had left the day before. The fetus was
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The Great Mystery...Part 2

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 28, 2008, 4:24 am

Read Part 1 HereI'd spent the better part of the weekend wondering just what I was going to do with Quiet Storm once I got her home. I emailed friends and acquaintances, explaining that I was running low on marital lives around here and pleading with them to consider taking Quiet Storm, if not permanently, then at least stash her for me so that City Boy didn't know what I'd done.On Monday I received a call from Debi, laughing about my marital life status and saying that she could hide the little
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Hello Down There!

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 27, 2008, 1:56 am

Bits? I dun need no stinkin' bits!Beautiful day for a ride, it was. Instead I hopped into my truck and drove south. A quick stop to visit with Curt to invite him along with me. "Where to?" I told him I was headed down to Black Raven to take a closer look at the facilities for an upcoming adoption, plus I wanted to talk to Ken a bit. "Shoulda gone yesterday. His wife Dee Dee started a colt. Would've been good for you to watch."Yes, it probably would have, but yesterday Darling and I were mounted
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The Great Mystery...Part 1

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 25, 2008, 3:16 pm

Quiet StormAfter spending the bulk of the summer just hanging out with us, I finally felt compelled to find Quiet Storm a new home. Things are getting damp and all those horse hooves are creating more mud than I need. I placed an ad and began screening the replies.One young woman stood out. Early 20s, not too tall and a strong rider, someone who could finish up Quiet Storm and get her going really well under saddle. She was looking for a third horse, one to keep her older mare company when she took
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Dancing Penguin

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 20, 2008, 11:38 pm

It has come to the attention of Jet that there is a horse out there by the name of Cholla who paints. Jet considered this for a moment, then requested I purchase her canvases, oils and brushes, plus a little beret for good measure.I explained to her that a beret would not sit atop her head easily and may fall into her paints, and that I really didn't think that oils were the best place to start. She insisted that all the great masters painted in oils, but I stuck to my guns. She grumbled, but decided
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Saddle Up, Mate!

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 16, 2008, 9:18 pm

I've been in contact with a gentleman named Rick from Huckleberry Stables in MO. He'd spotted a post of mine somewhere along the line bemoaning my saddle fitting woes and offered to help. He deals with Timberline Saddles, which from what I gather are pretty top notch. And I wasn't gathering that just from Rick, but others who have known Timberline. Rick tells me these guys are the old, original Orthoflex folks who got together and wanted to keep that great saddle going. Rick has asked for photos
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Hags On 'Stangs

Mustang Diaries Archive on October 13, 2008, 3:06 am

I was reading Jessie's blog a couple weeks ago when she talked about a club she belongs to called Hags on Nags. How cute! Although Jess is far from a hag. More like a babe. Me, though...well, Hag is definitely where it's at!If you haven't heard, I ought to tell you that the Mustang Heritage Foundation has announced their list of upcoming events, and among them? The Northwest Extreme Mustang Makeover! Yes, northwest, which is here, where I live...in the northwest!Of course, I've been trying hard
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