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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The Sale!

By Patty Wilber

The Best of Texas Premier Horse Sale, is in the books, and H did sell!  He was not a top seller (spots were not hot at this sale and the three spotted horses were at the low end), but it was still a bigger pay check than we were looking at in a private sale, so I was very satisfied!

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Cross Cut Saw Certification

By Patty Wilber

Last weekend there was a Appaloosa show in Colorado, but since I am leaving late  (early Weds am?) Tuesday night for Texas for the Texas Premier Horse Sale, and my fall term just started 8/30 at the college, it was just too much.  That did free up Saturday for Cross Cut Saw Certification, through the Forest Service for Back Country Horsemen, though.

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The Weeds I Hate the Most

By Patty Wilber

We have had the best monsoon weed growing season in about 20 years, according one source. Even so, NM is still a droughty state.

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Spadefoot Tadpole Rescue

By Patty Wilber

I rode H up to the little catchment on our 30 acres to check on the spadefoot tadpoles, and to my horror, found them in a concentrated pile in a bit of slimy mud.  A few were still moving.

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Pecos, show, Pecos, show

By Patty Wilber

Last Friday, Lucy and LT and I packed in supplies for a trail crew.  We went with Back Country Horsemen, Pecos Chapter.

We left from Jack’s Creek Trailhead and went up past Baldy Lake.

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H’s Photo Shoot

By Patty Wilber

Judith and I decided to bring H home for the last month before the big Texas Premier sale so I could prepare to present him at the sale, which feels more like a big scary show than a sale, to me. (He was with Cody Crow  at No Where But Up Performance Horses in Colorado for the last year.) I will be riding him doing some sort of routine, maybe working cows…not entirely sure, yet…

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Judith and Beauty

By Patty Wilber

Beauty (2 yrs old) owned by Melissa Huchton and bred by Judith Huchton, came in mid April and she went home for bit 7/27  because H (owned by me and Judith) is coming home from Cody Crow’s for five weeks so I can get him and me ready to show him for the Best of Texas Sale he is entered in, in September! It feels like a big show, so I am a bit nervous already!

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Green Chile Show and then a LOT of rain

By Patty Wilber

Maddie and Leo decided to go to a show!  They did the senior 4H events at the Green Chile Classic sponsored by the NM Paint Horse Club.  They showed in every event from ranch to western to English! They had such a solid show that they ended up reserve champs under both judges and won two nice saddle blankets!

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Housekeeping in a Virtual World

screenshot of headerPersonally, I think it’s bad enough that Real Life Housekeeping doesn’t stay kept.  It turns out the digital world is hardly any better! Continue reading

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