Aug 032018

By Patty Wilber

Ch 17 of Callie’s Star  is languishing, but not forgotten.


We are still very dry in New Mexico, but we have gotten some

monsoonal rains, humidity is no longer in the single digits, the forests reopened, and so Back Country Horsemen got go to work!

We packed a trail crew into Horse Thief meadow.

I was planning to take Atti and let her be a big girl pony horse, but she pulled a shoe, so I took Penny.

Good thing, because we had a loose mule come barreling at us on a steep and narrow section of the trail, and while Penny didn’t love it, she didn’t come unglued, either.  Atti might have been ok, but that would have been a lot to ask of a three-year old.

“this wasn’t my fault,” says Leo. “i was tired. i needed a rest. and then everyone wanted me to go, and i just went the wrong way. a little fast.”

It was a beautiful day and we did not get rained on.

This weekend, I have the Red Hot Ranch Horse Challenge Appaloosa, Quarter Horse and all breed show, so I can’t go help with the pack out, but the show looks like it will be great.  We have five horses cutting, 29 doing working cow horse, and 11 boxers. We had about 30 goes last year so we have grown!

Here are some pictures of our trip!  It is way greener than you might expect  based on the drought monitor map.

On the way up! Jim on Cometa ponying Squirt followed by Peter on Alameda ponying Cinco. You can just see the edge of Longshot’s pack . I was ponying him. So green!

Cometa is 21 this year.  Mary Ann Shinnick rides him twice a week, and he sure felt great on this ride, despite the steep climbs and high elevation (near 10,000 feet). We do live at 6800 feet, so that is a help.

A tree that got transported from Middle Earth to the Pecos.

Close up.

The Kingsbury’s wall tent will be really nice if the trail crew gets the predicted rain. We used it on our hunting trip last fall and it was really comfortable! Richard in the door and Jane staking the tent down. Jane is part of the trail crew. Richard owns Leo.

A cave on cave creek. The creek disappears into the cave. No one knows where or if it comes out again!

Of course, it was a great trip!

We have that show I mentioned, then a trip to Alaska for a wedding, but then I hope to get on some more Back Country horsemen projects ths year!