May 182014
 

Doranna & DuncanThis is Doranna Durgin’s WordPlay Blog. I’m glad you’re here–whether it’s to learn more about my books, or chat about dogs, horses, and reading.

On Fridays, The Write Horse usually stops by for life with horse training, written by Patty Wilber.

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Jul 122019
 

By Patty Wilber

The week of the Fourth of July means a visit by my mom, sister and two nieces. This year it also included my dad and my son and his wife Erika. (They came last year as well and fortunately had a wedding to go to in NM the 6th this year!) Whoop!

We did our traditional East Fork of the Jemez to the Jemez Box hike.  My mom is 78 and my dad is 81.  No biggie.  They made it.

Mom and Dad!

Heading to the Jemez Box.

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Jul 052019
 

By Patty Wilber

First off, happy day after the 4th of July! A lot of my family is here and we did the Edgewood arts and music festival and the car show. 

Then, I took my parents for a hike on the hill and the other folks did games in the arena (on foot). We ate chicken grilled cooked on the outdoor grill, chips and guacamole, corn on the cob, cole slaw, ice cream and rhubarb pie (thanks Carolyn!) out on the patio with a nice view of the Sandias. 

And now, on to H!

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After a year of waiting, High AF, barn name now H, arrived last Friday! He was bred by Heather McLevin at Thunderstruck Ranch, Alberta Canada. Judith Huchton and I are co-owners and we are excited about him. 

David Cornely, who brought Lucy down from the Canadian border (Lucy is from Connie Hunter at Sunset Stock horses, also Alberta, Canada)  last year, brought H for us this year! What a deal!  (No more new horses, Canadian or otherwise, in the pipeline for next year, though!)

H is two, and is similar in height to Lucy when she arrived.  He is a  bit stockier though.

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Jun 282019
 

By Patty Wilber

This past weekend I gave my first (annual?!) Practical Trail Clinic at the Trout Stalker Ranch in Chama, NM. What a great location!  Thanks for hosting!

L to R Patty from Texas, Catrina, Jim from Texas, Lily, Natalie, Janet, Gina, Siri, Marcia, Conlon, Me, Ana, Colleen.  Brittany took the picture!

Wow! It was a lot of fun and we hope to make it an annual event! We thought about a second one in the fall but I have a trip to Sweden in August, a new granddaughter due in September and the World Appaloosa Show in October… and Trout Stalker is pretty busy, too, so next June, it is!

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Jun 212019
 

By Patty Wilber

Last week, a few days after I finished the Road Runner Show, I went to The Santa Fe National Forest, Resumidero Campground, for a horse camping trip with some friends!

Off the State Highway 96, there is about 11 miles of good gravel road to get there, and “there” is a gorgeous, large meadow with new vault toilets.  There is no developed water, but there were two streams near our campsite.  Those do not always have water, but they were quite nice this time!

Our campsite on Wednesday night–we had the whole place to ourselves. Our horses were highlined in the trees to the right.

On Wednesday night, we had the place to ourselves, but on Thursday, the big RV’s started rolling in, along with music and a generator, so not as serene, but it still was a good place to camp!

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Jun 142019
 

By Patty Wilber

Last Friday I hauled Stella, Lucy and Atti to the NM State Fair Grounds.  Atti and Lucy came to get ready for the NM Appaloosa Association, 50th Anniversary Road Runner show and Stella came for experience.

For the introductory rides, I kept two at the trailer and rode the third.  This arrangement seemed to suit them.  All three rode around indoors and outdoors, quite well!

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Jun 072019
 

By Patty Wilber

Atti’s back and is completely recovered from her leg strain! We are going to the NMApHC’s  50Th Anniversary  Roadrunner show at Expo New Mexico this weekend. We will do the ranch events as well as egg on a spoon and discipline rail, just for arena experience.

As you may know, Atti has definite opinions about things, and I would like to make sure her opinion and mine are being pulled from the same pickle jar before we get to our pointed classes!

She has only been back 10 days, but she is riding well and her lead changes improved with time off! She still might drag a lead, but they are improved! Continue reading »

May 312019
 

By Patty Wilber

The Pecos Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen was tasked with rebuilding the bridges at Stewart Lake and No Name (a little lake).  

Our president, Mary Ann, and myself, took on the job of chief worry warts! We had to pack 24 lumber pieces that were 3″ x 8″ x 6′.  Each animal would be loaded with 150 to 200 pounds on a 7 mile mountain trail, finishing at over 10,000 feet, with the usual mountain trail hazards, plus possible snow.  We thought there was a lot to worry about.  I mean, someone has to do it! Continue reading »

May 242019
 

By Patty Wilber

My mom always wanted me to play tennis. She said it would be a good social activity as I aged. (Plus, she loved it!)

Last Friday, I had the privilege to ride with three other Back Country Horsewomen on our foray to Spruce Spring in the Manzano Mountains. Our combined ages add up to something around 235.  Turns out horseback riding and wielding a two-man saw in the Wilderness is a viable social activity for the “older” broad. He! 

Mary Ann, Victoria, Me, Patty S. Photo by Patty S.

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May 182019
 

The Couch Princess Rocks On!
by Doranna

Three years!

Alice has been here three years this month, which makes her eight years old.

All things being equal, we like to get our dogs as pups and start training right away.  But some times all things aren’t equal, and one ends up with a hole in the pack, and and one is really, REALLY lucky when the perfect dog comes along to fill it. Continue reading »

May 172019
 

By Patty Wilber

There are many opinions as to when one should begin under saddle training in horses.  Some futurity and race horses are started at 18 months. On the other end, there are advocates for waiting until four or five years old.  

I generally saddle my own in the fall of their two year old year, at about two and a half. 

I have started a few “older” horses, the oldest being a nine-year old Fjord, Mojo.  He ended up belonging to Roger and Mary Ann and staying at my house.  Loved that boy. 

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