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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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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Jun 142019
 

By Patty Wilber

Last Friday I hauled Stella, Lucy and Atti to the NM State Fair Grounds.  Atti and Lucy came to get ready for the NM Appaloosa Association, 50th Anniversary Road Runner show and Stella came for experience.

For the introductory rides, I kept two at the trailer and rode the third.  This arrangement seemed to suit them.  All three rode around indoors and outdoors, quite well!

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Jun 072019
 

By Patty Wilber

Atti’s back and is completely recovered from her leg strain! We are going to the NMApHC’s  50Th Anniversary  Roadrunner show at Expo New Mexico this weekend. We will do the ranch events as well as egg on a spoon and discipline rail, just for arena experience.

As you may know, Atti has definite opinions about things, and I would like to make sure her opinion and mine are being pulled from the same pickle jar before we get to our pointed classes!

She has only been back 10 days, but she is riding well and her lead changes improved with time off! She still might drag a lead, but they are improved! Continue reading »

May 312019
 

By Patty Wilber

The Pecos Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen was tasked with rebuilding the bridges at Stewart Lake and No Name (a little lake).  

Our president, Mary Ann, and myself, took on the job of chief worry warts! We had to pack 24 lumber pieces that were 3″ x 8″ x 6′.  Each animal would be loaded with 150 to 200 pounds on a 7 mile mountain trail, finishing at over 10,000 feet, with the usual mountain trail hazards, plus possible snow.  We thought there was a lot to worry about.  I mean, someone has to do it! Continue reading »

May 242019
 

By Patty Wilber

My mom always wanted me to play tennis. She said it would be a good social activity as I aged. (Plus, she loved it!)

Last Friday, I had the privilege to ride with three other Back Country Horsewomen on our foray to Spruce Spring in the Manzano Mountains. Our combined ages add up to something around 235.  Turns out horseback riding and wielding a two-man saw in the Wilderness is a viable social activity for the “older” broad. He! 

Mary Ann, Victoria, Me, Patty S. Photo by Patty S.

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May 102019
 

By Patty Wilber

(If you missed the post above this, Saving Benjy, By Doranna, I encourage you to get a tissue and have a read.)

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We have had a decent snow pack and a wet spring, so far!

The runoff on the Rio Grande (do not say Rio Grande River–it’s redundant) and its major tributaries (the Chama and the Pecos rivers)  is over 100% of the 30 year running average and is the highest since 2005!

In startling contrast, runoff on the Pecos last year was a whopping ZERO% of average.

The Drought Monitor shows a much damper picture this year as well.

This year.

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