Oct 042019
 

By Patty Wilber

Every once in a while something comes up that is more interesting than horses. Like grandbabies!

But don’t forget the Jicarilla Mustang Heritage Alliance Fundraiser tomorrow night at 6pm at the Edgewood Community Center!  Silent auction!  Door Prizes! Food! Info on mustangs and a talk by me!

Still in the hospital. About 14 hours old

Amara Kolea Ruggles was born 9/26/19, just after midnight, and we were in Hawaii less than 24 hours later to meet her.  The timing was just lucky–she was due 9/18 and we thought we’d be visiting a baby that was a couple of weeks old!

When Maegan and Mark were born, I was sore and tired afterwards.  Maegan, in contrast, is apparently super woman, and was raring to go as soon as we left the hospital 12/27 in the afternoon. (Yes, that is still less than 24 hours after Amara was born!)

During our four day (9/27 to 10/1) stay, we went to an Octoberfest, where big sister Leilani got her face painted.  She was fascinated by the face painters and held very still while hers was being done!

We went out to dinner twice and saw a polo match.  Two year old Leilani loves horses! Yay!

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Sep 262019
 

By Patty Wilber

Don’t forget the fund raiser for the Jicarilla Mustang Heritage Alliance.  We are hoping for RSVPs so we know how much food to buy! Blog on down below.

I went to the Pecos Wilderness last Friday with the Back County Horsemen (and so very unfortunately had to miss a faculty meeting to do so). It was one of those stunning late summer/early fall days.  Very clear, a bit breezy, and the perfect temperature.  I wore a windbreaker and a silk scarf for “warmth”. The aspens are not yet beginning to turn to their golden yellow, but the air and the light have an end of summer feel.

Richard and Peter in the foreground. Top of the climb out of Jack’s Creek. We went left (toward me, the picture taker) to the junction of Rito Perro and Dockweiler. I haven’t been over there in a while!

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Sep 122019
 

By Patty Wilber

The most fun I have had a horse show in a long time was this past weekend in Longmont!

The show was well run by the Mountains and Plains Appaloosa Club and the horses performed well. Lucy took the Jr. Ranch Trail Class and got nice high scores and two points in the process, and Atti won the buckle in the All Breed Ranch competition, but what really made it fun was the people!

Judith (Atti’s owner) and I drove together and we caravanned with Nancy and and JoEllen. It was nice to have a group for the 400 mile drive, and Judith and Nancy can both put the pedal to the metal (whereas I tend to drive like an old granny) so the travel time was not too too bad.

Christy came up Saturday night, showed all day Sunday with us (and was reserve high point in the ranch horse competition) and then drove home, somehow, Sunday night.  Judith, Nancy and I  stayed until Monday morning. We left at 5 am and I made to my office hours and the micro bio lab I teach at the college on time in the afternoon! 

Jordyn drove down from Ft.Collins on Sunday and she and her friends and hung out all day and stayed to assist in the pack up of all the stuff (so much stuff!) so we could get on the road early the next morning!

Here are a couple of pictures!

JoEllen and Mocha. They did really well in ranch rail and ranch conformation!! And had a fine time with an unexpected crazy sunbeam in ranch riding!

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Aug 302019
 

By Patty Wilber

We are home!

We had a great time in our second week travelling with my parents (Mark and Erika were only there for the first week), but I am happy to be back in New Mexico with the horses and dogs!

My Mom and Dad!

Our trip was crazy busy as we looped around southern Sweden looking for farms, houses, and churches that our ancestors frequented. We even met some living relatives on Jim’s side on Gotland,  and in Hult and Helsingborg. And we went to an Estenberg Society reunion. “You can become a member of the Society if you are a direct descendant of professor Petrus (Peter) Estenberg born in Stockholm 3 juni 1686 who was the vicar and dean in Jämshög parish from 1727 until his death in 1740.”

Jim is a direct descendant–descended from royalty and all. Oops I got that wrong.  Descended from nobility!

One extra long but not atypical sort of day:  We left our Air B&B on the super cool Island of Gotland really early, took a three hour ferry ride to near Stockholm, and drove south to this little town: Stora Syltvik. 

Me and my mom.

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Aug 022019
 

By Patty Wilber

Back Country Horsemen, Pecos Chapter, have been trying to get to Red Canyon trail in the Manzanos all season, and we finally made it.  The trail was passable to stock but there were about 10 trees that required the two man saw, and numerous reroutes around those that needed to be rehabbed.

The first tree was this one. Big and high off the ground making it a bit challenging.  Four of us that were on this project are certified sawyers (kinda cool to be a certified sawyer), so we didn’t just start sawing and hope for the best.

Richard and The Tree.

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Jul 192019
 

By Patty Wilber

Mary Ann Shinnick saw this newscast explaining that some wild horses of Placitas, that had been living on a reserve on the San Felipe Pueblo needed to be moved, but there was no clear cut place for them to go.  She decided she needed to help out by adopting one.

She picked Sombra (formerly called Prince).  His age was thought to be about two, and he was habituated to people, but had not been handled.  He was a stud colt.

I agreed he could come here, but not until he was gelded!  Placitas Wild was able to get that done, and after the requisite number of days to, um, just make sure, Roger and Mary Ann went to pick him up.

They backed up to a small pen, opened their trailer door, and handlers urged him into the trailer.  Sombra was a bit distraught, but once he stepped out of the trailer here, last Wednesday, he seemed right at home.  

7/10/19 Day 1. Mary Ann and Sombra. Curious but this was about as much human contact as he was interested in.

He did nicker for his old herd mates for a few days, but we have seven other horses here, including H, also a newcomer, also two years old and also gelded in April. 

For the next few days, we worked on getting Sombra more accustomed to human touch and our activities around here.  He has been finding it a bit unnerving that horses do not just stay in their pens–they get taken out, brushed, tied at the hitching rails, and ridden in the arena, round pen or on the trail.  Sometimes they even trailer away.  He hasn’t quite figured out that they then come back!

We spent time fiddling with ropes nearby, while ignoring him.  He allowed us to move closer and eventually touch him with the ropes.  Sometimes he’d get overwhelmed and move to another part of the pen in a hurry, but mostly he watched and accepted more and more contact. 

By Sunday:

Halter on backwards as he was only comfortable with me on his left side!

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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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