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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Public Service Announcement: Have that Mammogram

By Patty Wilber

Here is another blog that is not focused on horses, but it is what is on my mind.

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Rhino horn trimming! In South Africa!

By Patty Wilber

We were ready in the safari trucks as the 007 Vet (Dr. Gerhardus Scheepers) stepped into the helicopter with the dart gun loaded with tranquilizer.

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A Good Monsoon Season!

By Patty Wilber

The monsoon season officially runs from June 15th to Sept. 30th in New Mexico. I was under the mistaken impression that the start was July 4th…

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A Challenging Show and the Scoop on Lucy

By Patty Wilber

It did rain all day at the show last Saturday!  It feels like the tropics instead of the desert around here! All the outdoor classes DID have to come indoors, which did lengthen the show considerably.  To add even more drama, as dusk was falling, the power went out all over the region!

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This One Might be Trouble

By Patty Wilber

Last Saturday Lucy (the perfect) packed supplies for a trail crew working in the Pecos Wilderness.

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Whirlwind Trip to Canada

By Patty Wilber

A few weeks before our planned trip to Canada, we both got mild cases of Covid. I had been testing negative for over a week and Jim tested negative a few days before we left, using an at home antigen test.  We both were feeling fine, and according to the CDC guidelines, were clear to travel.

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Heidi and Penny at the 4H Santa Fe County Fair!

By Patty Wilber

Heidi, for the first time, decided to enter Penny in every horse class at the Santa Fe County 4H show!  This meant her first time at Showmanship at Halter and her first time going English!

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Teaching Stuff to Horses

By Patty Wilber

This past week I had a mild case of Covid, which mainly consisted of me feeling very tired, sleeping a lot more than usual, and riding fewer horses.  But it did give me some time to ponder.

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Gette’s first show and LT’s first show in a long time

By Patty Wilber

First off, I am trying to write, and bugs, especially flies, keep landing on my computer screen and it is driving me nuts. Then, when I try to swat them, I am unsuccessful about 90% of the time.  It is a bit of a time suck.

Just saying.

But on to the NM Paint Horse Green Chile show at Wright’s Arena in Stanley, NM.  It was hot! But fun!

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Getting Gette Ready for In Hand Trail

By Patty Wilber

The Pecos Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen finally got a trail project under its belt last weekend.  We had been shut out of forests, along with everyone else, because of the very dry conditions and the big fires burning in New Mexico.  But the monsoonal pattern rolled in a little early (June instead of July), the rain started falling and the forests opened up.

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