Jul 172015

By Patty Wilber

At this time last year, according to the Drought Monitor, NM looked like this:

This year (7/7/15):

No green on the map, but we’ve got green on the ground, beautiful skies and not too hot!

Looks like a hedge in the back, but it is un mowed Kochia.  The stuff will grow to 2 inches high in a drought and over six feet in a good year.  Looks like it is heading toward six feet this year!

Looks like a hedge in the back, but it is un-mowed Kochia. The stuff will grow 2 inches high in a drought and make a million seeds.  In a good year it will go over six feet and make a gazillion seeds. Looks like it is heading toward six feet this year!

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Jul 032015

By Patty Wilber

My goal for 2015 is to move LT’s training along to where I can call her “finished”… or at least close.


This is a commitment because she is mine and not a client horse paying the bills.   In a time crunch, my horses get the short shrift and the horses in training get the attention they need.  And the biology papers I have to grade get marked, and the work meetings are attended.

This year, I’ve gotten up earlier or stayed out later to get saddle time for LT.  I also carved out hours to drive 110 miles round trip about once a week to work on live cows with a cow coach.  (That’s you Troy.)

(The year isn’t over, so that plan is still in effect.)

Also, although I have always literally felt (when she moves) that LT has a gob of talent, she is a rather intense and sensitive horse with a desire to be kinetic all the time.  (On the flip side, she never runs out of energy! ) With her, I have to rise to the continual challenge of helping her be less reactive, more focused, and stay there.

I’ve spent a fair amount of time apologizing for her weirdo-ness, but I have always just liked her and wanted everyone else to see what I see in her!

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Jun 262015

By Patty Wilber

By the time this posts, I should be in Fort Worth at the Appaloosa Nationals with LT. She is entered in Junior Working Cow Horse (Friday evening) and Junior Reining (Sunday afternoon).

To get there, we’ll have to drive.

Fortunately, I have a new UNCRACKED windshield.



When Jim called to set up an appointment to get this replaced, the guy said there were no openings until the following Monday, “but don’t worry, windshields have high integrity and you will be fine until then.”

Jim didn’t tell him the thing had been cracked for the last…oh, maybe, 10 years.

In fact, every vehicle we own has (ok, HAD) a similar view.  The Jeep and truck are fixed and the little blue golf ball Kia (hail dented in 2010) is last on the list.

After:  No cracks and, side benefit, no tiny pits either, so you can actually see when driving into the sun.

This will be good because I will leave at O Dark Thirty and will be headed east for the drive to Fort Worth.

I never remember having cracked windshields in our cars as a kid in Northern California.  Maybe we just had them repaired if there was a problem.

But if lists of such things are kept, I wager that New Mexico might be among the leaders in dinged-up front car windows. We have a lot of dry rocky roadsides and hard bits fling themselves up  and regularly collide with cars. Or maybe the cars driving by help and some days, the wind contributes.

Just the other day, on my way home in the Kia, I passed a guy that was weed-whacking.  Two rocks flew up and… kerCHUNK.  Two more stars on the glass.

The guy ran inside. I didn’t stop because the Kia is next in line for a new view down the road.  If I’d just had the repair, you bet I’d have slammed on the brakes!

Shields engaged.  No dings from here to Fort Worth.


Ann Cuddy Victory Pose for calm focus at the National Show. (Check out her Ted Talk!)


Jun 192015

By Patty Wilber

Why do some horses refuse to participate if they know the rider is a newbie?

Why can some people get on a horse and the connection is almost instant?

Horse sense, of course!

Almost all horses react differently to different riders, but some horses (the “dead broke” kind) may put up with whatever and just do their job.

Others are pretty picky and will do little for riders they perceive as incompetent.

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Jun 122015

By Patty Wilber

For more than 30 years I have lived states away from some of the people I hold the dearest: My parents and siblings.

And now my most amazing kids live states away (California and Hawaii!) (I miss them, but I am so proud they are pursuing their dreams!)

So, when anyone comes to visit, we have to go have some adventures.


Adventure in the Sandias!

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Jun 052015

By Patty Wilber

This picture sums up LT’s gathering attitude when I was riding her (even though this is AFTER we’d got  a bunch in):

Where are we going and how fast can we go?

LT: where are we going and how fast? Me: don’t you ever get tired?

She walked so fast on the second gather of the day (it was a long ride), I got an actual blister on my bum.  That was a first!

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