Moving Mustangs East

Equine Mine Archive on October 8, 2009, 3:39 am


The government wants to deal with the booming number of wild horses crowding the western range by sending the animals east.Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today unveiled his plan to control the rising environmental and monetary costs associated with wild horses and burros by moving tens of thousands of them onto new preserves in the Midwest and East."We must consider siting these preserves in areas outside of Western States because water and forage are extremely limited in the West, and drought and
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Hunting Season

Equine Mine Archive on October 5, 2009, 2:30 am


Ladies, time to get out your blaze orange, hunting season is upon us. My barn owner Tammy and I hit the trails today and we both wore our loud orange jackets. At times, the gun fire sounded close and we wondered if that was enough for hunters to see us. Tammy rode "Willow", a lovely paint, I was thankful for her bright white color. We came up this hill and found this hunting camp. A glance to the right and we noticed a rather large blind (see it in those trees)....gulp. We chose our route carefully,
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Parelli Job Update

Equine Mine Archive on September 29, 2009, 3:44 am


I know I have taken forever to update people on my Parelli job interview. In ways, I am still processing my experience. It was a whirlwind of emotions for me. I flew in to Pagosa Springs, Colorado and met with Mark Weiler, CEO of Parelli and Sue Shoemark, VP of Parelli. We talked about everything "horse." Mark is very personable and I liked his energy. He made me feel so welcome and important. I think Sue is a kindred spirit, I liked her right away. On of my highlights is slipping away with her
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Bad Day on the Trail for this Lady

Equine Mine Archive on September 28, 2009, 6:47 pm


Breaking News, Clackamas County Scappoose woman injured in fall from horse on Pacific Crest TrailThe OregonianSeptember 28, 2009, 11:00AMA Scappoose woman was injured Sunday on the Pacific Crest Trail after a swarm of bees spooked the horse she was riding.Donna Tewksbury, 70, had been riding with four other women when her horse fell to the ground, knocking her off. When the animal, which was not injured, tried to stand, it stepped on Tewksbury's abdomen.Tewksbury sustained injuries to her wrist
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Hairy Trees

Equine Mine Archive on September 27, 2009, 1:56 am


Life has been a bit busy. My mom visited for a week. I love when she comes out and hate when she flies away. Riding eases my sadness. Sometimes I miss my family so much, I wonder what the heck I am doing way out in Oregon. Then I ride and it takes my breath away. I live in the most beautiful place. If I could just get them to move out west. They are happy in Minnesota and Oregon seems to have captured my heart, so for now, we book lots of flights. The clip above shows one of the reasons I love Oregon..."hairy"
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Birthdays and Indians

Equine Mine Archive on September 12, 2009, 6:44 am


I spent Labor Day weekend in a little town called Springdale, Washington. It is just a bit north of Spokane near the reservation. It was my boyfriend's 38th birthday and we went to celebrate with his family and take part in the Spokane Indian tribe's annual pow-wow. Derek's mom works for the tribe and it is a good opportunity to meet her friends, visit, and enjoy the celebration. Every year, the tribe decorates tee-pees, they hold an Indian art auction, they make tons of fry bread, drum, and dance
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Stupid Jury

Equine Mine Archive on September 8, 2009, 6:18 pm


Hey Tom Selleck....it's called a "vet check!"Tom Selleck wins $187k in lame horse disputeA California jury has awarded Magnum P.I. star Tom Selleck $187,000 after he was duped into buying a lame horse.Seller Dolores Cuenca was accused of selling Selleck a horse named Zorro with a medical condition without disclosing its history. Selleck paid $120,00 for the horse, which was intended for his 20-year old daughter to ride in competitions but the horse's medical condition made that impossible. The defense
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Renegade Hoof Boots

Equine Mine Archive on September 4, 2009, 7:02 am


We had a woman, Kay Stowers, come to the barn on Saturday to do some fittings for hoof boots. Kay is an accomplished bare foot trimmer and a distributor for Renegade and Easyboots. In the about picture, Kay is putting on a pair of red Renegades on Willow. Willow couldn't decide between red or black so she went with some Easyboots:-) (The Renegades didn't come small enough to fit Willow.) Kay usually spends about an hour with each horse, examining hooves, movement, and measurements. She had a lot
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Stolen Horse Oregon

Equine Mine Archive on August 31, 2009, 6:36 pm


This stolen horse alert came out today on the Oregon Dressage Society website. The horse was taken from a barn in Eugene, Oregon, about three hours south of Portland.At 7:30am, my horse, Woric, was stolen from the farm where he was boarded. A gold pick-up pulling a white slant-load 3-horse trailer pulled up. The grey-haired driver and his tall, young, dark-haired female companion loaded my horse up and drove away.Woric - affectionately known as Wromeo - is a 6yr. old, 16 hand, black Hanoverian gelding
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Not so horsey

Equine Mine Archive on August 30, 2009, 12:55 am


Back from a wonderful vacation with my best friend from high school. We "geeked" out and did a "Twilight Weekend" up in Forks, Washington. Twilight is a series of books written by Stephanie Meyer about vampires and werewolves living amongst humans in the Northern most tip of Washington. We both enjoyed the books and thought, "What the heck!" "Let's go check it out!" I would have never found La Push, Washington otherwise. What an amazing beach...I want to ride my horse there! I am not sure if you
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Elsa Sinclair

Equine Mine Archive on August 12, 2009, 12:07 am


We had a wonderful clinic this weekend out at Templeton Equestrian Center, hosted by Elsa Sinclair. Elsa lives in up in Friday Harbor, a little island that is part of the San Juans. She focuses on natural horsemanship and centered riding. I did two one-hour lessons. The first night on the ground and the second night in the saddle. I really wanted strategies for getting her to soften and bend her ribs on the lunge line and under saddle. We worked a lot of spiraling in and out with lots of trot to
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Horse Dies in the Street

Equine Mine Archive on August 6, 2009, 3:39 am


Over the weekend, a 23-year old horse was pulling newlyweds in a carriage with a "just married" sign on back when it collapsed in front of the Portland library and died. The incident happened while Portland was experiencing a heat wave with temperatures well above 90 degrees. The horse, Balatore, reportedly suffered a heart attack in the sweltering heat. This story was so disturbing on so many levels. First, the owner of the horse should have canceled the gig, citing the horses well-being was more
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Hittin the Trail

Equine Mine Archive on August 3, 2009, 5:54 am


I needed a day to just ride. I wanted to get out into the woods and just be one with my horse. Life has been pretty busy the past couple of weeks. I flew to Colorado to talk with the Parellis, we wrapped on our Keiko Documentary and submitted it to Sundance, I spent countless hours at the chiropractor after the trailer accident, and this weekend was my boyfriend's 20 year class reunion. Whew! I was so happy to hit the trails today and relax. We are in the middle of a heat wave here in Oregon, but
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Who can relate?

Equine Mine Archive on July 31, 2009, 7:28 am


Most of us have known a pony or two like this. When I saw this clip, I laughed so hard I cried. For me, it brought back memories of my little Shetland. She did those same antics, but add "rolling" and "farting" as she trotted around the ring. Oh the embarrassment! How did I ever manage to face my fellow 4-Hers every year on that same little sorrel terror? I loved that pony, she was a great teacher. Just as this naughty little one is. This girl is a champ, getting back on and toughing it out. Unfortunately
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Wish me Luck!

Equine Mine Archive on July 29, 2009, 4:18 am


I am here in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. What a cool little town! It is a lot like Sisters, Oregon, but a bit more trendy. I checked everything out, drank a gigantic hot fudge malt, and went back to my hotel to start focusing on my meeting tomorrow. I am scheduled to meet with Linda and Pat Parelli at their headquarters. I feel a bit nervous, very excited, a little scared, somewhat confident, and very optimistic. Tonight, I am busy working on the confident part. It is slated as a "brainstorming" session
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Trailer Accident

Equine Mine Archive on July 23, 2009, 4:40 am


You see the dents? Those are from me. My trailer is aptly named the "Adventure" for good reason. I had an accident on Sunday while trailering out to McIver Park with some girlfriends. We took three trailers, four horses. I was so excited to get to use my new trailer for the first time. I loaded Maddy, she went in fine. She stomped a little bit on the ride over. I went to unload her once we arrived and as I opened her divider, she pulled back on her breakaway tie. I figured she would feel the stretch
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Horse Slaughter May Return...in Oregon

Equine Mine Archive on July 20, 2009, 5:33 pm


Groups lobbying in Congress, Oregon ranchers, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs are pushing to lift the ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. You can read the article here. We all know the current state of the horse industry was created by a perfect storm; a bad economy, back yard breeders, rising cost of ownership, and skyrocketing hay and grain prices. Even before the ban on horse slaughter, the number of unwanted horses in the U.S. was estimated at 100,000 a year. The country has been
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Paid to blog...sign me up!

Equine Mine Archive on July 17, 2009, 7:39 am


A job prospect popped up this week for me. I can't keep anything secret, but I can hold the information close to my chest. So here are a few tidbits. The job revolves around Social Media, like blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and even YouTube. The job also involves horses. Now I peeked your interest:-). Years ago when I started blogging, I had no idea it could someday lead to a new career. Keep your fingers crossed y'all. This would be an awesome opportunity. I will keep you all posted.
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Little Owen

Equine Mine Archive on July 14, 2009, 5:42 am


My dear friend Kelly had a little boy a couple months ago, little Owen. I am already trying to turn him into a cowboy:-). I made him the little stuffed Maddy you see him pictured with. Sweetest little guy...I am going to enjoy watching him grow up. With any luck, my stuffed toy will inspire him to love and care for animals as much as his "Auntie Julie."
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Molalla Buckeroo

Equine Mine Archive on July 9, 2009, 7:19 am


I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. I went to the Molalla Buckeroo on the Fourth of July. In Oregon, they call the "Fourth," "Cowboy Christmas." There are lots of rodeos that weekend and it leads into the Nationals. For me, rodeos are a curiosity. I watched the girls tear around the ring at top speed on their horses, carrying the various sponsor flags. Every rider had a death-grip on the reins, holding so tight, but still spurring their mount to go faster. You can almost see the girls
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