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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Gino and Gette are Coming to America

By Patty Wilber

Update from Pump Her Up.  Lucy has a bit more perk in her step on the Platinum but not an overwhelming amount.  However, with advice from cow horse trainer Darren Miller, I have also upped my expectations on git up and go, and this training change has also made a difference. (And he really likes Lucy! I am super duper duper DUPER pleased about that!) Last Thursday we had some bang up cow work practice. So excited about having a nearby cow horse coach again!

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Pump Her Up!

By Patty Wilber

Lucy is blanket and fly mask free right now (and getting hairy).  She has pretty eyes and I get a kick, about four times a day, out of just seeing all of her.

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The first little bit.

By Patty Wilber

After the huge excitement of the World Show, I am back at it and have a new colt start to keep me on my toes.

When I am ready to get on for the first time, I like to use a snaffle bit, but BEFORE just leaping up there (and these days there is no leaping–the knees are creeping not leaping), I do some preparation.

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Home from The Appaloosa World Show

By Patty Wilber

We made it home from the World show safe and sound and we made top ten in four events. I had hoped to make top five in a few, but over all I was really pleased with Lucy!

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Going to The Appaloosa World Show

By Patty Wilber

We are heading out at 3:45 am Thursday morning instead of the more civilized 6 am, because Princess Lucy (Qwhizenart, in case you did not know her registered name) needs a little body work in Amarillo with Guy Winters before her Appaloosa World debut! (As a Ranch Horse/Cow Horse not a lead line horse, but she was so cute with the grand girls!)

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Holiday of Fun Winter Fiesta Show Series

By Patty Wilber

Last weekend, I was lucky enough to judge the first show of the Holiday of Fun Winter Fiesta Show Series which is being put on by Lia Jessen at Forever West Performance Horses.

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The “Trip”

By Patty Wilber

I turned 60 last month.  Jim turns 60 this month, and our 35th wedding anniversary is right in between.  To help us celebrate our “momentous” birthdays, our children told us they had arranged a trip for us, Oct. 8th to 11th.

They gave us zero details, except a general packing list. We were to wait to the day of our departure for further details. It was hard to be patient and we spent a lot of time speculating! Continue reading

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Allergic to wool?

By Patty Wilber

Lucy had become something of a tail swisher, but I finally got it calmed down with regular chiropractic work. Yay!

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Feels like Fall

By Patty Wilber

Over the last few days, the weather seems to have taken a turn towards autumnal, without the polar vortex prewinter plunge that resulted in snow on Sept. 9th, last year!

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ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection)

By Patty Wilber

I went to Fort Worth, Texas, the other week to sell H, but on the way, we stopped over so that Rachel’s good barrel mare, Bubbles, could have eggs harvested for ICSI, intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

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