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 Clip

By Patty Wilber

We got a lot of rain these last few weeks and so I was using the tractor to move dirt, that got relocated by run off, back to places it came from. Except I broke the tractor!  The entire arm snapped as I was dumping a load! It’s a stress fracture!

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Dump the Equine Sports Boots?

By Patty Wilber

Lucy mildly strained some tendons in her left front leg. They seem to be pain free now, but I am giving her a month or so off.  That got me interested in looking at equine sports boot research.

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Gette and the LP Gene

By Patty Wilber

One of the fun features of the Appaloosa breed is the fact that the coat color can really change over time due to the progressive depigmenting effects of the LP gene, which can result in a coat pattern referred to as “varnish roan”.  Vanish roan is not the same as a gray and is not the same as a true roan either.

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Mills Rim Campground

By Patty Wilber

About an hour eastish from Wagon Mound, NM, is a little (6 sites) campground on the rim of Mills Canyon, above the Canadian River.  It is about six miles in on a gravel road. It is in the Kiowa/ Rita Blanca National Grasslands. There is also a campground in Mills Canyon itself, but that road is not recommend for trailers.  It is steep, twisty and narrow.

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Back to “Normal”

By Patty Wilber

May was a little crazy with our gone every weekend (Delaware, Hawaii, Horse Show, Illinois) schedule.  This week, we are getting back to “normal”.

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The Roadrunner Classic NMApHC and NMBHA Horse Show

By Patty Wilber

Two weekends ago I was in In Hawaii.

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Horse Keeping in Hawaii

By Patty Wilber

I spent the last week on Oahu, Hawaii, visiting family.

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On Loss

By Patty Wilber

Normally, since this blog is called “The Write Horse”, I write about horses, but this week is different because last weekend we attended funeral services in Delaware for an old friend, Lloyd Alexander. Continue reading

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The Written Directions Adventure

By Patty Wilber

In these days of electronic everything, my indefatigable amigas and I did a 10+ mile  ride based on written directions.  I wanted to say “based solely on written directions”, but we are not total risk takers. We also had a GPS back up, just in case.

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Home, Home on the Range…or the Arena

By Patty Wilber

I was riding a good horse, the view of the open range was laid out like a feast for the eyes and I felt deep sense of peace and connection. Also, since the 30-40 mph wind was warm, and I was not engulfed in blinding motes of dust like every windy day last year, it was a nice day, for spring, in New Mexico.

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