Birth...Without The Mess

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 31, 2010, 1:37 am

One of my gifts for Christmas this year was a new printer. Can I get a Yeehaw? This is the Epsom Stylus Photo 1400, which will print an image up to 13x19. Excellent! Fewer trips to the printer when I sell images. For this, I am happy. I waited patiently (not) for the men in my life to get the creature set up so I could take it for a test drive. But wait...did anyone buy me photo paper? Maybe there was some in the box...Where is the paper? Did it get thrown out with the left over gift wrap? Did anyone
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Chicken Poop

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 29, 2010, 11:45 pm

The round pen at Curt's has eight solid sides, and they are eight feet high. The width is just 36' across, which gives enough room to move, but not enough for a horse to get completely out of control. When I see people with 60' round pens, I wonder how they start colts in them. They tell me their colts can't lope in something smaller...and I'm pretty sure they're wrong. Those colts simply haven't learned how to use their bodies effectively.Inside Curt's round pen today, Tika and I took ride four.
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Oh, And Did I Mention?

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 28, 2010, 12:19 am

Tika had a pedicure last week. Even her hind feet got all prettied up without an issue. She was a very good girl.Today was ride #2 on the Beautiful Wadatika. Getting to the point of forward motion went a little smoother, and we weren't more than a couple of strides into things when Curt gave a bit of a push and Tika was loping. I'm finding Tika to be a bit challenging, since I'm commanded to simply sit and depend fully on Curt to drive her forward, stop her and turn her. He's not as easy to read
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Best Day After Christmas...EV~AH!

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 26, 2010, 8:47 pm

It was a day like any other day, in the beginning. A bit warm for December, but wet and windy. I climbed out of bed a bit later than usual and headed outside in the dark to toss hay to the three horses here at home. I then climbed into my truck and headed south to see Tika.Curt's been a little slow the past few days to get out into his barn, and I've found myself pulling up to an arena who's door is still closed. This morning, however, the door was open and I found him in the barn, along with his
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Wild Wishes

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 25, 2010, 6:27 pm

Here's to you, my friends, hoping all your holidays are wild!
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Merry Go Tika

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 23, 2010, 8:02 pm

Without a doubt, the most beautiful horse in the world...Well, my world!Know what I see here? Her tail! Remember her baseball bat?Baseball bat no more!Curt came into the round pen with us. That was scary. Who is this man that makes me work so differently than you?Have you ever tried to ground drive with a camera in one and a rein in your mouth?I have...
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Tika's Training Update

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 22, 2010, 1:39 pm

Tika had been working well in the round pen. I always began the same way...lunging, followed by a bit of ground driving. On this particular afternoon, we'd done our round pen work in the morning and I decided that it wouldn't hurt to go to the arena for a bit more work.Silly me...first time in ground driving in this arena, and I didn't follow my same pattern, but started straight off with driving. Didn't work so well.After a bit of head tossing and uncertainty, I went back to the basics, which I
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Christ-box 360

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 22, 2010, 2:14 am

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cJesus Is a Liberal Democratwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogMarch to Keep Fear Alive
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Why do I Like Horses?

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 18, 2010, 8:36 pm

Why do I like horses? I think I must be mad.My mother wasn't horsey - And neither was my dad.But the madness hit me early - and it hit me like a curse.And I've never gotten better. In fact I've gotten worse.
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Mustang Diaries Archive on December 16, 2010, 11:40 pm

Today I did something I've been begging to do for a long time. I hauled Tika down to Curt's so I could work her in the round pen, and hopefully, finally, climb onto her back. It's not that she hadn't been there, or that I couldn't simply haul her down, but I've been wanting to leave her there long enough for her to settle in and get comfortable before climbing on, and the cost of hauling down daily is simply out of my budget.Yesterday, though, as I whimpered and moaned about how difficult it's been
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Driving Miss Tika

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 14, 2010, 11:47 pm

Among the many things Tika has learned to cope with over the past year, the most important was her lesson in standing tied. She would fly into a panic the moment she realized she hit the end of a rope, and that is certainly not a good thing. I'd tried several different methods, the one leg hobble (she stood with her foot raised to her chin waiting for someone to rescue her), the blocker tie ring (hello? What good is a tie that isn't really tied?), and simply wrapping that long rope around the hitching
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You Have Been Signed Out

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 12, 2010, 7:05 pm

Oh, I hate when this happens. You write a lovely post. A long post. You labor. You sweat. You proofread. You edit. You post photos...And in a heartbeat, it's all gone.And you do not feel like writing the whole thing over, because you haven't got enough daylight hours left, and chores, they do beckon. So I shall not re-write it at all. No, I shall not. But I will leave you with a fun shot from the freshly decorated Christmas tree. And you will like it. Yes, you will. And you will be happy with what
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Alright Already!

Mustang Diaries Archive on December 10, 2010, 4:19 pm

Where, oh where, has the time gone? Into a black hole known as the Quarter Horse Zone, that's where! One must be careful when trodding through QHZ, because once you're there? It's hard to find your way back to the Mustang Diaries. Yesterday morning, City Boy said to me, "You know, you've not posted to your blog in a long time. How am I supposed to know what you're doing, if you're not posting?"Later in the day I received a phone call from my mother with virtually the same message, "Hey, are you
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Working in Black and White

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 28, 2010, 4:53 pm

I'll bet you thought I'd be talking about Lefty. Trying to get some good sepia works going with photos taken on trips to the wild horse corrals this year. Not sure what to think of my efforts. Your thoughts? Do these do anything for you?
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Tis the Season...

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 27, 2010, 4:02 pm

...for you to shop!Unless you're going the Ba Humbug route this year, of course. And I can certainly relate to that feeling, what with the snow turned to ice rink deal we've got going here. No driving to the mall or feed store or tack shop for me, I'm afraid. I'll sit right here and wish I had a remote control stall cleaning system that would pick up the frozen piles that have accumulated overnight.Despite not being able to hop in my little black Ranger and head to the chaos known as town, I'm assured
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Summit of the Horse

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 26, 2010, 2:00 am

“Now is the time for all of those who care deeply about the land and the horse, to come together as ethical and moral horse people, and find ways to address ignorance and a lack of understanding by activists and policy makers.”Workshop to help stimulate the equine economy?Control Excess Wild & Feral Horses: Deal with Unwanted, Abandoned and Neglected Horses on All Lands.Or an Unholy Alliance?Stand up. Speak out. Be heard.January 3-6 is Summit of the Horse, sponsored by United Horsemen. "There
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Sunset Valley

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 24, 2010, 2:08 pm

I live in a valley, but I do not see sunsets. To the east is a large hill which, in the winter, delays the sun in it's morning appearance until 10 am. And by 3:00 in the afternoon it has slipped again from view, this time behind the treetops to the southwest of the house. Sunrise, sunset...sunrise, sunset...we never see either here. Not in a glorious blaze of color, that is.I imagine, however, if I were to live on a road called Sunset Valley Lane, that things would be different...wouldn't you? I
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Beauty and the Punk

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 23, 2010, 5:08 pm

We've been hit with a winter blast...and it's not even Thanksgiving yet! My timbers are shivering...I need long underwear. Or maybe it's time to pull out the winter coveralls?When I climbed out of bed this morning (4:30 am, I do not know why I was up at such an un-Godly hour) my thermometer said 11 degrees. Can we say cold? I think we can. For some odd reason, my horses do not feel the cold. Maybe it's all those middle of the night feedings I've been doing, adding grass hay to their usual 2 flakes
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Warm Springs Gather

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 18, 2010, 1:32 pm

Two posts today, as I just spotted my friend Maggie's recount of the Warm Springs gather. Two lies being told include the roping and dragging of a foal, and the death of the 'blue roan stallion'.Commentary below photos are by Maggie, who was present during Saturday's event.The foal that got separated on the hill, coming in pretty much by himself. No whips, absolutely not one moment of dragging. It took 41 minutes to get him from the top of the hill in to the catch area and he is now with his herd.The
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Took Awhile

Mustang Diaries Archive on November 18, 2010, 1:20 pm

Couldn't watch it for awhile. Darling scolded me."I had to edit it...the least you could do is watch it."
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