Sep 122014
 

By Patty Wilber

Last weekend we flew to Seattle and drove to Eastern Washington for my brother’s wedding. A side bennie was that Jim’s sister lives in Eastern Washington, too, so we also got to visit with Joanie and Tim!

We spent our time time gabbing and eating and apparently little time on pictures, so we will just have to go with words. Gasp. Or…

Yes!  That’s it!  Internet pictures!

chelan butte

Joanie and Tim live in Chelan, across the Columbia River Gorge from the Butte. Click this to go to the geocaching link.

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Sep 052014
 

By Patty Wilber

Over Labor Day weekend 2013, the Back Country Horsemen of New Mexico, Pecos Chapter did repair and refurbishing of a bridge near Beatty’s Cabin in the Pecos Wilderness.  For Labor Day 2014, almost the exact same crew (- Cathy, + Laurie) completed two more!

We, being back country HORSEmen  rode in and packed our gear and supplies.  I did not get a picture of Belle packing 2 x 12 boards! That was the most challenging load for sure.

Lacey carried two 50 pound sacks of feed, four cans of paint and a propane canister.  One hundred and sixty four pounds.  No problem.

Penny was my lead horse.  She did a lot of back country work as a three-year-old, but most recently, she has spent two seasons as a Show Girl with Sydney.  Penny did not miss a beat heading back to the back woods!

Penny (in the back, June 2010, age three)

Penny, (in the back), June 2010, age three. Risa in the front.

Penny, 2014, age seven.  Same job, different partner.

Penny, 2014, age seven. Same job, different partner (Lacey).

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Aug 292014
 

By Patty Wilber

We have had the best monsoon season in years.  There is greenery that requires once-a-week mowing around our house because those darn weeds try to bolt into seed as soon as we whack ‘em back!  I didn’t whack this one though.

Volunteer Datura near our front door.

Volunteer Datura near our front door.

 I confess I have poisoned, as well as whacked, but as soon as I cause withering and death with some toxic product, the clouds boil up, lightening strikes, thunder rolls, and a whole new set of weedlings make their debut!

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Aug 222014
 

By Patty Wilber

Some Appaloosa coat patterns change color dramatically over time.  Dilute colors like buckskins tend to vary seasonally.

Here is a set of photos for three horses.  I am kind of sad to say, after all these months snapping, the camera did not do a great job of capturing the changes.  Or it might be *gasp* the photographer’s fault. I should have used the same location and the same  approximate lighting.  Since I really don’t want to wait another year to post this blog, I am going with what I’ve got.

The changes were was more obvious to me in person. But there you go.

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Aug 152014
 

By Patty Wilber

So this week we separated bulls at the Red Cliff Ranch and put them in a bull pen (a big pasture) to rest up for next breeding season. Or maybe we were just getting them out of the cow’s hair… Either way.

I wonder why it is called the Red Cliff Ranch?

I wonder why it is called the Red Cliff Ranch?

There were  six bulls. Two mature four-year-old bulls and two yearling bulls in with the cow herd (108 cow-calf pairs, about); two yearling bulls in with the 58 heifers (yearling females).

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Aug 082014
 

By Patty Wilber

When I was a kid, some ol’ cowboy told me that to be considered a “real” horseman, I had to come off at least three times. I started riding a lot at 14 and I am sure I “hit” that mark by 17 or so!  I was fortunate to get on a lot of equines for woman that bred Tennessee Walking Horses and also collected TWHs in need of rescue.  She made us all (I wasn’t the only lucky one) ride bareback.

You must fly three times to redeem your miles for your Horseman's Card! Click to see page.

You must fly three times to redeem your miles for your Horseman’s Card! Click to see page.

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Jul 252014
 
Might rain!

By Patty Wilber

Might rain!

Might rain!

Almost every afternoon there is a gathering of clouds and a suggestion of rain.  Some days it is a tease and some days, delivery, but for the first year in several, the monsoons arrived, acting “normally” (as if weather has a true “normal”) .

Full water barrels!

Full water barrels!

The dogs can drink and the horses like the rain water we collect for them, too! With this type of water storage, we also got some monsoon mosquitoes–monsquitoes.  Listerine, the latest miracle product, is supposed to kill them in water barrels and repel them if you spray yourself (smells lovely!).  Dryer sheets might work on a person as well. (Have not tried either.)

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Jul 182014
 

By Patty Wilber

I am sure many of you have a right-off-the-tip-of-your-tongue favorite horse movie, but, I actually don’t …

I like movies, and we go  pretty regularly, but I hardly ever have a strong desire to see a movie twice.

Except 

Men in Black

Men in Black

and

Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest

and neither of those have horses.  They just make me laugh.

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Jul 112014
 

  By Patty Wilber

As the summer monsoons begin, the fly population goes up. Most horses can manage flies fairly well.  They stamp, they swish, they shake their heads, and the flies are usually nothing more than an annoyance.

Mojo is a different story.  His immune system over-reacts.

 

The black spots are fly "spots".

The black areas are fly “spots”.

Fly welts--reduced in size from the previous day due to treatment.

Fly welts–reduced in size from the previous day due to treatment.

Our solution?  The Caped Crusader!

He is quite the sight gleaming in the sun!

He is quite the sight, gleaming in the sun!

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Jul 042014
 

By Patty Wilber

Last weekend was the last New Mexico Buckskin Horse Association show before Sydney heads east to West Virginia for college. She will be studying forensics (Science!  Yay, science!)

She might be able to skip out on a day or two of class and quickly fly back for the August show, which is the last show of the NMBHA 2014 season…

Penny and Sydney June, 2014

Penny and Sydney June, 2014

but maybe not.

Maybe not? WAAAA!

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