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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Holiday of Fun Winter Fiesta Show Series

By Patty Wilber

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to judge the first show of the Holiday of Fun Winter Fiesta Show Series which is being put on by Lia Jessen at Forever West Performance Horses.

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The “Trip”

By Patty Wilber

I turned 60 last month.  Jim turns 60 this month, and our 35th wedding anniversary is right in between.  To help us celebrate our “momentous” birthdays, our children told us they had arranged a trip for us, Oct. 8th to 11th.

They gave us zero details, except a general packing list. We were to wait to the day of our departure for further details. It was hard to be patient and we spent a lot of time speculating! Continue reading

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Allergic to wool?

By Patty Wilber

Lucy had become something of a tail swisher, but I finally got it calmed down with regular chiropractic work. Yay!

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Feels like Fall

By Patty Wilber

Over the last few days, the weather seems to have taken a turn towards autumnal, without the polar vortex prewinter plunge that resulted in snow on Sept. 9th, last year!

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ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection)

By Patty Wilber

I went to Fort Worth, Texas, the other week to sell H, but on the way, we stopped over so that Rachel’s good barrel mare, Bubbles, could have eggs harvested for ICSI, intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

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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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