May 072021
 

By Patty Wilber

Well, the family left last Saturday and Sunday, and the sheer volume of food the eight of us consumed was remarkable.  Feeding eight people instead of two required several extra shopping trips.

I am missing the jumble of 30 year old kids toys all over the house!  Yes, we have home-made wooden blocks, paper blocks, bowling, ancient matchbox cars, books and more that we had saved for just this occasion.

Here is one more picture from last week.

Last Thursday we rode the Sandia Tram to the top of the mountain and the wee Hawaiians got to see snow!

But now, we are back to “normal”.

Normal around here is not typically boring, but I am still missing everyone!

Andretti, with 12 rides, is loping in the round pen with no pre-lunging, and has also been on a short trail ride by himself (well, I was there–I rode). I did hand walk him up and down the very steep part of the trail with the railroad tie steps, just to baby him a bit.  He was outstandingly settled.

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Apr 302021
 

By Granny Patty

We had not seen our kids or grandkids for quite some time, so what a treat for Granny Patty to have everyone here for a WEEK!

Leilani (3 and a half) got off the plane and came directly to the horse show I was at in her boots, helmet, and princess dress.  She got right on Lucy for a ride!

We also got to go to the Tucker’s to visit the lambs, bunnies, new calf, show calves, cats and horses, including Penny who is staying with Heidi, and Biscuit who was willing to go double!

Checking out the four day old bull calf, in full princess mode. And boots.

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Apr 092021
 

By Patty Wilber

Last weekend, we (me, Jim, Lucy and the two dogs) hauled south to  WestWorld of Scottsdale (AZ) for the Western States Desert Classic, run largely by the Arizona Appaloosa Club. (NM pitched in some bucks to help out.)

What a blast!  (A fun blast and also like a blast furnace–it was hot!)

We got to share a tack room with Christy H. and Nancy K.! I got to hang out a little with Judith, Doc and Kathryn! The 4K barn was there, too!

We stayed next to Nancy, on site, in our “new” trailer. It was hot, I say again!  In the upper 90’s (F)!  And we showed outside. Yikes.  High sixties is about as warm as it has gotten at our house so far this year.  Fortunately, my prescient purchase of the electrical package for the trailer allowed us to plug in a fan, and it did cool off nicely when the sun went down, thank goodness.

The trailer slots were pretty narrow, and Jim got to test his backing skills, big time.  With Nancy’s help (while I was settling Lucy), he got in and then set up our camp!

Despite the close quarters, we really enjoyed having arena-side accommodations!

Lani (left) and Coulson (right) seemed to have a good time hanging out, too!

Lucy felt that travelling all that way alone was a bit unfair and she nickered whenever we stopped for fuel. But she is such a low key soul (except for wash racks…she really hates wash racks and hoses, though she is easy to bathe, go figure) that overall she travelled very well.

Lucy ready to head out and limber up on Thursday evening.

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Mar 262021
 

By Patty Wilber

Outdoors #1:

Last Saturday was the first Back County Horseman training ride of 2021!  Thirteen or so of us went to Galisteo Basin, parked at the Cowboy Cabin, and took the outermost loop, for an 11 mile ride. 

Me and LT, leading the ride! Photo by Patty S.

I took a whole bunch of pictures that apparently I did NOT actually take because they did not appear in my camera, but fortunately Patty S. got some nice ones!

This year, I did not lead us into a bushwhacking adventure, no one fell over, no one got rolled on, and no one got kicked.  Whoop!

And we had some new people join us!  My friend Mary rode Cometa (I really did try to take a picture!), and Janet came along with Bain (who is an actual member).  

Janet and Rowdy. Note that Rowdy not only can do the trail, but he and Janet are super stars in the show pen! Photo by Patty S.

We have one more training ride and then we get to start on trail projects!

Indoor #1.

It snowed buckets in Colorado the other week, so the outdoor arena at Cody Crow’s was still unusable.  Thus, instead of hauling a bunch of horses, I drove me and my spiffy new little (um December 2020 and it still has less than 2000 miles on the odometer due to my lack of driving to work and back) Kia Rio. That thing can hum along at speeds I don’t normally attain.  Who knew!?

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Mar 122021
 

By Patty Wilber

Penny is 14 this year!

We have had her for 12 years now. Last week, Heidi T. took her to a show and has two more planned for this month, so that got me reminiscing.

Penny is a red dun Appaloosa, but has no spots. She is also registered with the American Buckskin Horse Association, which is where she was shown most.

Penny, two. She was ponied and ridden a little on a Back Country Horsemen project Fall, 2009, while learning to carry stuff and be a horse.

 

She is three in this picture.  As a four-year-old she earned Open Register of Merits in trail (her favorite) and Hunter Under Saddle.

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Feb 262021
 

By Patty Wilber

I was trying to figure out what to write about and somehow I got to thinking about how far I rode each day, and then I thought about the free phone app, Equilab

I have not used it all that much and I have a more to learn about it, but it really is pretty fun.

I do know that it does not track well if my phone is on airplane mode.  I get maps with major portions estimated as straight lines, and the mileage is WAY off.

 I am not 100% certain of its accuracy when my phone has mobile data turned off, either, but it does make cool maps without a ton of estimated straight lines when mobile data is off and also gives fun statistics, and the base version is, did I mention? FREE!

I have been having trouble, I realized a few days ago, with my new phone not staying connected to our Wifi and I ate up almost all the mobile data I had been rolling over, IN ONE MONTH, and then I about ran out this month, so mobile data is currently off until the 1st and I could not test Equilab with and without mobile data on.

But! Still fun!

This is one view of a workout I had with Lucy in the arena. 

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Feb 122021
 

By Patty Wilber

On our way home from the 2020 Appaloosa World Show, Shelley said we should stop at a metal art shop.  Good choice!  I bought the Pink Flamingo! (You never need a reason to buy a pink flamingo.)

I am quite enamored of the Pink Flamingo, so, what the heck, I bought shirt to match!

Last weekend, The New Mexico Buckskin Horse Association had a shaggy show and I had the chance to use it.  It is a fun shirt to wear! It made people smile!

Lucy and me in the pink flamingo shirt with a horse head coming out of my buttock! Photo from the NMBHA Facebook page. I think Craze took it, but am not sure.

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Feb 052021
 

By Patty Wilber

I just spent five days training at No Where But Up Performance Horses with Cody Crow, Garret Ashby and Emily Dahl.

I stayed with Emily and Kara (so I literally spent five days at the barn).

I am here to tell you that this is the kindest group of people, ever, and it is also the most outrageously amazing facility, ever. (Lap of luxury… someone fed, cleaned and even put blankets on and off my horses!)

I went to visit H and I took Lucy, Joey and Landon.

Hanging out in the indoor waiting to be ridden, Thursday night. L to R Landon, Joey, Lucy. Landon and Lucy took the opportunity to dig holes. I hobbled Lucy. Joey behaved.

So, after going to the Appaloosa World with NWBU and H in 2020, and since he did not sell, it was clear that he should go again, and that Lucy should as well. Since I am teaching online through at least the summer, and maybe even into Fall 2021, I figured this was the year to go all in. 

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Jan 282021
 

By Patty Wilber

Over the past two weeks I have received a few surprise prizes!

The first was a gift card to Tractor Supply, a thank-you note, and mileage reimbursement (300 bucks!) from the Pecos Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen.  I had the highest number of volunteer trail hours in the club this year (97), for the first time ever!

We did a good job working trails (in the Pecos Wilderness, Dockweiler was cleared from Cave Creek to Rito Perro for the first time in a while!), while maintaining safe conditions!

I did not think to take pictures of those prizes, but here is a picture on Dockweiler from our Memorial Day 2020 project.

Dockweiler trail in the Pecos Wilderness.

The second was a random draw prize from the NM Paint Horse Club that included a thank-you note and a nice lead rope! Yes, 50 years in 2017, so 54 years in 2021!

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