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About BlogPatty

Here's the skinny: I have a thing for horses. They make sense to me. I have a small horse training business (it's a "boutique" training business, not because it's super fancy, but because the horses get a lot of personal attention). I also go by Dr. Wilber, and teach biology full-time at a Central New Mexico Community college.

The NMApHC Rope Clinic

By Patty Wilber Last weekend (2-17-24) The NMApHC put on a clinic to help folks improve their rope-handling skills for ranch horse classes. The rope magician clinicians were Ryan Erikson and Shawn Carrell. Kathryn Erikson ran the “How to Manage … Continue reading

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The Running Martingale

By Patty Wilber Three weeks ago, I discussed the German martingale.  This week’s topic is the running martingale, which I actually wrote about once already, calling it a training fork, but that was in 2018…so I guess I can repeat … Continue reading

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New Mexico Buckskin Horse Association Training Show Part I

By Patty Wilber Last year I made it through the first NMBHA training show, but I was exhausted and took two or three days to recover!  This year, though I am still getting immunotherapy shots every three weeks, I showed … Continue reading

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A Trip to Rio Rancho Verde in Arizona

 By Patty Wilber Last weekend we went to Rio Rancho Verde, a horse camp, in Scottsdale, Arizona with some friends. The facility was all it was cracked up to be, and unlike our trip to the Cold Bore Ranch, last … Continue reading

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The German Martingale

By Patty Wilber The German Martingale is a training aid that can help “a high-headed or pushy horse get into a better frame by drawing the horse into a more favorable working position, with a flexed poll”, says Al Dunning, … Continue reading

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Tennessee!

By Patty Wilber Tennessee was a good adventure! We have been to Knoxville twice and based on this sample size of two, the weather is always bitter cold there.  Last year we went during the great Christmas Freeze when the … Continue reading

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25F and Sunny…

By Patty Wilber I don’t mind riding in the winter all that much, but my lower-end criteria tends to be 25F and sunny. Sunny makes a huge difference. Last week it started snowing and blowing and being overcast and cold. … Continue reading

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Riding in San Lorenzo Canyon, NM

By Patty Wilber Jim and I decided to take Penny and Cometa to San Lorenzo Canyon on New Year’s Eve to do a little riding and rockhounding from horseback.  Penny had not been ridden since our hunt in October because … Continue reading

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2023 in Review!

By Patty Wilber I started a blog on my own in 2010, but was frustrated that I didn’t seem to be gaining many readers, and that is when Doranna offered me a spot on her site. She said I would … Continue reading

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Taking a Blog Break

By Patty Wilber I just ran out of gas this week, so there is no blog except these few lines.  I plan to take a short hiatus and will let you know when I am ready to be back at … Continue reading

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