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 Joy of Horses in the Yard

By Patty Wilber

I wanted a horse of my own, in my own back yard, ever since I was very little.  Now I get to wake up every day, and there they are, being their silly or bossy or pesty selves.

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The Canadians Made it!

By Patty Wilber

Christy and I were going to have a great adventure driving to the U.S./Canadian border at Sweet Grass, Montana over Christmas to pickup our 2021 Appaloosa models, Gino (Drivers Seat) and Gette (Suffragette CD), bred by Heather McLevin and Jim Dobler at Thunderstruck Ranch. But then new COVID restrictions made a quick back and forth crossing difficult. I was both disappointed (that would have been a fine blog, I could have seen Stacy Boswell, and met Heather in person!) and relieved (who cares if it is a high of -12 F in Sweet Grass and the wind is blowing 100 mph in Wyoming?).

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2021 in Review and Happy New Year

By Patty Wilber

Two thousand twenty one was not a bad year.
We had 19 head that came through here.
Six were colt starts, which I do still like,
And eight went a showing, (and Jim brought his bike).

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How to Take Adequate Christmas Hat Pictures of Horses with Your Phone

By Patty Wilber

Here are a couple of tips for Christmas Hat pictures, which, as we will see, I apparently don’t follow all that well.

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New Orleans

By Patty Wilber

We just got back from five days in New Orleans where all the walking somewhat offset all the  eating.

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Bad Picture Week

By Patty Wilber

I only took one picture this week: Gette, the new filly’s, new halter.  They have not met yet. We (me, Gette, the halter) will all be together Dec. 27 after Christy and I make the 1300 mile drive from NM to the Canadian border. Merry Christmas to us! We will be picking up Gette and Christy’s boy, Gino.

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California Thanksgiving and a Slayed Santa

By Patty Wilber

We missed Thanksgiving with my family last year, but this year, we are all vaccinated and many are boosted, too, so we felt able to gather together in California. What a joy to be able to see people I have not seen in two years!

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Gino and Gette are Coming to America

By Patty Wilber

Update from Pump Her Up.  Lucy has a bit more perk in her step on the Platinum but not an overwhelming amount.  However, with advice from cow horse trainer Darren Miller, I have also upped my expectations on git up and go, and this training change has also made a difference. (And he really likes Lucy! I am super duper duper DUPER pleased about that!) Last Thursday we had some bang up cow work practice. So excited about having a nearby cow horse coach again!

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Pump Her Up!

By Patty Wilber

Lucy is blanket and fly mask free right now (and getting hairy).  She has pretty eyes and I get a kick, about four times a day, out of just seeing all of her.

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The first little bit.

By Patty Wilber

After the huge excitement of the World Show, I am back at it and have a new colt start to keep me on my toes.

When I am ready to get on for the first time, I like to use a snaffle bit, but BEFORE just leaping up there (and these days there is no leaping–the knees are creeping not leaping), I do some preparation.

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