Welcome to WordPlay!

This is Doranna Durgin’s WordPlay Blog. Theoretically, it’s all about my books.  In practice, it’s more about life, dog training, horses, and reading.  On Fridays, The Write Horse usually stops by to offer a peek into the horse training life, written by Patty Wilber.  Welcome, and I hope you come back!

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Heidi and Penny at the 4H Santa Fe County Fair!

By Patty Wilber

Heidi, for the first time, decided to enter Penny in every horse class at the Santa Fe County 4H show!  This meant her first time at Showmanship at Halter and her first time going English!

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Teaching Stuff to Horses

By Patty Wilber

This past week I had a mild case of Covid, which mainly consisted of me feeling very tired, sleeping a lot more than usual, and riding fewer horses.  But it did give me some time to ponder.

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Gette’s first show and LT’s first show in a long time

By Patty Wilber

First off, I am trying to write, and bugs, especially flies, keep landing on my computer screen and it is driving me nuts. Then, when I try to swat them, I am unsuccessful about 90% of the time.  It is a bit of a time suck.

Just saying.

But on to the NM Paint Horse Green Chile show at Wright’s Arena in Stanley, NM.  It was hot! But fun!

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Getting Gette Ready for In Hand Trail

By Patty Wilber

The Pecos Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen finally got a trail project under its belt last weekend.  We had been shut out of forests, along with everyone else, because of the very dry conditions and the big fires burning in New Mexico.  But the monsoonal pattern rolled in a little early (June instead of July), the rain started falling and the forests opened up.

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Family Vacation

By Patty Wilber

We had the good fortune of having my parents, my sister, brother-in-law and my nieces here for a week!

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The Clip

By Patty Wilber

We got a lot of rain these last few weeks and so I was using the tractor to move dirt, that got relocated by run off, back to places it came from. Except I broke the tractor!  The entire arm snapped as I was dumping a load! It’s a stress fracture!

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Dump the Equine Sports Boots?

By Patty Wilber

Lucy mildly strained some tendons in her left front leg. They seem to be pain free now, but I am giving her a month or so off.  That got me interested in looking at equine sports boot research.

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Gette and the LP Gene

By Patty Wilber

One of the fun features of the Appaloosa breed is the fact that the coat color can really change over time due to the progressive depigmenting effects of the LP gene, which can result in a coat pattern referred to as “varnish roan”.  Vanish roan is not the same as a gray and is not the same as a true roan either.

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Mills Rim Campground

By Patty Wilber

About an hour eastish from Wagon Mound, NM, is a little (6 sites) campground on the rim of Mills Canyon, above the Canadian River.  It is about six miles in on a gravel road. It is in the Kiowa/ Rita Blanca National Grasslands. There is also a campground in Mills Canyon itself, but that road is not recommend for trailers.  It is steep, twisty and narrow.

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Back to “Normal”

By Patty Wilber

May was a little crazy with our gone every weekend (Delaware, Hawaii, Horse Show, Illinois) schedule.  This week, we are getting back to “normal”.

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