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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Horse Nerd

By Patty Wilber

I have always had some nerdy tendencies, but this weekend really underlined the fact that, yes, I’m a horse nerd.

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Selling Horses

By Patty Wilber

Selling horses is not one of the things I generally enjoy, but I have had fun the last few weeks helping Colleen market her horse.

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NMApHC Ranch Trail Clinic, 2024

By Patty Wilber

We did our NMApHC Ranch Trail Clinic at the Stanley Cyclone Center last Saturday, and on Sunday the weather was no good.  I sat down at the computer to do a little writing and a spate of snow blew through, dropping an inch in 20 minutes, then the wind picked up, so riding was not looking all that fun. Also, my legs were weirdly sore from standing all day at the clinic.  Thus, putting down some thoughts about the clinic seemed like a good way to get something productive done inside that did not include house cleaning…  Then the sun started to peek out, so the barn looked a bit more enticing…oh never mind…more snow, so I worked inside until late afternoon when it was dry and rode three horses in the gale.  All were very good, and that was quite satisfying!  But back to the clinic.

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Spring! 2024!

By Patty Wilber

Spring is a season I always like! Daylight Savings has begun in our fair state, and while there are always articles about how terrible setting the clocks forward and back is for everyone, I just cannot agree.  I don’t have trouble adjusting my internal clock to the switch, and I really like having the extra light in the evening, especially as we move out of the cold, short days of winter.  I can give lessons to kids after school or ride an extra horse!

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Flying Lead Changes

By Patty Wilber

When horses lope or canter, one front leg extends farther than the other and that is the “lead” they are on.  The horse below is on the right lead, and is going to the right. That is what we want because that gives the horse the best balance.

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NMBHA Training Show, part 2.

By Patty Wilber

Team Wilber had a really nice time at the New Mexico Buckskin Horse Association Training Show, Part 2!

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We got a new dog!

By Patty Wilber

Our two dogs are 10 (Coulson) and 11 (Lani), and Jim retired 2/29, so we thought, what the heck, let’s get a new dog…

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The NMApHC Rope Clinic

By Patty Wilber

Last weekend (2-17-24) The NMApHC put on a clinic to help folks improve their rope-handling skills for ranch horse classes.

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The Running Martingale

By Patty Wilber

Three weeks ago, I discussed the German martingale.  This week’s topic is the running martingale, which I actually wrote about once already, calling it a training fork, but that was in 2018…so I guess I can repeat a topic six years later.

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New Mexico Buckskin Horse Association Training Show Part I

By Patty Wilber

Last year I made it through the first NMBHA training show, but I was exhausted and took two or three days to recover!  This year, though I am still getting immunotherapy shots every three weeks, I showed three horses in multiple classes, helped six riders in multiple classes and went home invigorated instead of on the verge of collapse!  I am so thankful to have my energy back!

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