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.


Men in Black

Men in Black


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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Jun 272014

By Patty Wilber

Last week I wrote about gathering the moms and calves  at the Red Cliff Ranch (click the link if you missed that one and want to see it) so that they could be branded, and this week will be the branding.  Perhaps the title gave that away.


Up at a sunrise on Sunday, we retrieved a misplaced pair (a cow and a calf) from the heifer (young female cows) pasture and moved the two over the railroad tracks into the pasture with the rest of the moms.   Lacey got up early to help.  This was not her idea, but she didn’t complain too much.

Then we had breakfast.  (More) coffee, biscuits and gravy with sausage and bacon and green chile (we are in NM, after all).  How very western!  (Cue a deep slightly drawly voice-over “Up at dawn, the hard working cowboys and cowgirls on the Red Cliff Ranch move cattle before returning to a hearty breakfast at the bunkhouse.”)

I just made up the “bunkhouse” thing.  We ate at Bill the Manager’s modern, totally normal, stucco (ok it’s “ranch-style”) house.

We all wondered how the heck we were going fork our horses when we were stuffed with biscuits, but we went ahead and waddled out to get them (I used LT this time).

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Jun 202014

By Patty Wilber

I love cows.

I guess I should really say that I love working cows from horseback.

If I get a chance, I will drop most everything to load and go.  Or I am happy to plan ahead as well!

This one was planned (There was even a cook! Luxury!) and Jim and I helped gather and brand last weekend at the Red Cliff Ranch.

Red cliffs!

Red cliffs! Cows!

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Jun 062014

By Patty Wilber

Tacky tack room trash?

I went around taking pictures of a few Back Country Horsemen tack rooms (with permission of course!).  I never got around to doing the same at the last show, so now I have no data to show that show-ers are neater than back country folks or BCH’ers are more prepared than show people or the other way around.

All I can conclude is that of all the BCH’ers, my trailer tack room is the most, uh, “well stocked”.

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May 232014

By Patty Wilber

My trip to the Boston area was a lot of fun!  Two of my esteemed colleagues and I went to the ASMCUE (Amercian Society for Microbiology Conference on Undergraduate Education.)  That’s a mouthful.

We went to a lot of talks on techniques, resources, and teaching theory as related to microbiology.

We are planning to create a revised, on line and free version of our Central New Mexico Community College microbiology lab manual that students can access in lab on Ipad minis that live in the lab.  The idea is that students can save their work and later access their notes electronically from home.  This prevents lab microbes from going home with the students on their lab work.

Step one: Learn how to use an Ipad mini.  I took notes on the it and I practiced taking selfies. Continue reading »