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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Getting to the Appaloosa Nationals

By Patty Wilber

Last Saturday we were driving out of the Pecos after Gette’s first packing job with Back Country Horsemen.  We packed supplies for a trail crew working on Cave Creek.

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Finn goes to the Mountains

By Patty Wilber

Every once in a while I get a horse that can handle the backcountry almost right away.  Finn is one of those horses.

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P-Squared

By Patty Wilber

I see my friend Patty S. for fun things, for Back Country Horsemen, and this year for New Mexico Buckskin Horse Association shows as well. Patty spells her first name just like I do (Patty) which is obvious when written and would be a more captivating “story” if it were an oral telling… but nevertheless, according to Patty S., this Patty-Patty thing = P-squared!

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The Lp Gene in Gette, 2024

By Patty Wilber

The Lp gene occurs in Appaloosa horses as well as a number of other breeds.  Lp stands for “leopard”, which is a horse that is white all over, with spots. The name of the Lp gene is a bit of a misnomer. If the Lp gene is present, horses will usually have white sclera, striped hooves, and mottled skin, but it is only if a Patn gene (there are at least three variants, Patn1, Patn2, and Patn3) is present, along with the Lp gene, that a leopard coat pattern can be created.  A variety of other coat patterns are possible, too.  Here is a chart that sums up Lp + Patn nicely! It is from A Complete Guide to Leopard Complex (Appaloosa) Patterns.

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Gette’s First Work Project

By Patty Wilber

Gette is three this year and she was ponied over a lot of country as a yearling and ridden on our steep and rocky trails and with friends on local trails as a two-year-old, but this was her first Back Country Horseman project where she had to work.

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What kind of pants to ride in?

By Patty Wilber

I have ridden in MWZ Wrangler slim fit jeans for the last eon.  They are kind of old school (and not as cool retro as the return of bell bottoms) but they fit me well.  Also, they are under forty dollars a pair (if you look hard enough), and they last.  I bought one new pair last year because I needed bigger size after chemo.

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Christy Rocks the Heritage Class for Appaloosas

By Patty Wilber

My friend Christy just wowed the Mountains and Plains Appaloosa show with her innovative and amazing Heritage Class entry.

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Trail Clearing

By Patty Wilber

One of the things I love doing withour horses is trail clearing and packing with the Back Country Horsemen.  This requires agreements with the Forest Service and some training, so on Wednesday, four members of the Pecos Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen attended a recertification class for cutting trees.  Our current three-year certification runs out in September, but this class was available, so off we went. (Not everyone in the club has to be certified, but some folks do.)

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Camping at Fort Stanton

By Patty Wilber

Me and three friends went horse camping at Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area April 23-25. I haven’t been there since…a long time!

I am here to tell you it is a fine place for horse camping, with a few caveats.

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All Breed Horse Show Association (ABHSA) Walk-Trot Kids Clinic

By Patty Wilber

Last weekend I had the privilege (and daunting task) of running a horse clinic from 9 am to 3 pm for walk/trot kids ranging in age from 5 to 12. Originally there were nine signed up, but we ended up with five for the morning (we moved one to the adult group) and just three for the afternoon.  Two left after lunch due to other obligations.

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