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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Horse Keeping in Hawaii

By Patty Wilber

I spent the last week on Oahu, Hawaii, visiting family.

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On Loss

By Patty Wilber

Normally, since this blog is called “The Write Horse”, I write about horses, but this week is different because last weekend we attended funeral services in Delaware for an old friend, Lloyd Alexander. Continue reading

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The Written Directions Adventure

By Patty Wilber

In these days of electronic everything, my indefatigable amigas and I did a 10+ mile  ride based on written directions.  I wanted to say “based solely on written directions”, but we are not total risk takers. We also had a GPS back up, just in case.

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Home, Home on the Range…or the Arena

By Patty Wilber

I was riding a good horse, the view of the open range was laid out like a feast for the eyes and I felt deep sense of peace and connection. Also, since the 30-40 mph wind was warm, and I was not engulfed in blinding motes of dust like every windy day last year, it was a nice day, for spring, in New Mexico.

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The Start of Summer in the Middle of Spring

By Patty Wilber

Thursday was my last day of in person classes for the Spring term at Central New Mexico Community College. All my face to face Microbiology classes have finals graded and grades posted! I have three more online classes to finish up this weekend.

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Back Country Horsemen 101, 2022 Version

By Patty Wilber

Back Country Horsemen 101 at the Stanley Cyclone Arena was my entertainment last Saturday! (Friday was judging high school rodeo cow horse with Jordyn!)

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Riding in the Wind

By Patty Wilber

We had two days of strong winds this week–gusts up to 60 mph they said–but the sun was out and it was over 60F.

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Preparing an Older Horse for the Work Season

By Patty Wilber

Cometa is 25 this year. This is him last summer, at 24.

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Bringing up Baby

By Patty Wilber

My favorite volunteer activity is trail work with the Back Country Horseman, so it stands to reason that the future show ring cow horse ranch horse, Gette (who is one year old), is also expected to become handy on the trail.

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Ride the Pattern: Ranch Trail

By Patty Wilber

I have always liked the horse show class “trail”.  I like helping horses learn to navigate gates, bridges, and poles at all three gaits.  I like backing Ls and Hs and Zs.   I like tight transitions and side passing over logs. Lucky for me, most of my horses (except LT) have liked it as well.

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