Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Well many things have happened within the last 6 months. Roany as you know is still lame and seems like he wont recover. Also got kicked and now front leg seems very sore. Lame in front also maybe!!!! Sad, sad, sad!!!! Great horse gone to waste seems like. Husband says take him to the sale in December! :( boo !!!!
Also Frida our female border collie mix killed cats, cats, cats from all over our area including my sisters cat! Dog had to go to doggie heaven. Just cant have a dog that kills cats, chickens, sheep and etc. So sad about that too. Sweet dog but a true killer!!!

Stella arrived which was a relieve! Just getting used to the new schedule! Ugh!!!! Ready to start riding again just need a new horse!! In the market and hope I will find one soon.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Stella Victoria Rand

Well it has been forever since I have blogged about anything! I have been a little busy with pregnancy, which was very hard this time. In September I was put on a 3 week bed rest due to baby wanting to come too early. I was due November 1st so that put it way to early. I was then released from bed rest. I did allot of walking around. Went to the fabulous Art in the Park here in Artesia and walked forever. I would of thought I would of had her then. No! That was on October 17th. The weekend came, no baby. Monday at 2 am thought it was time. False alarm!! :( So Monday went to several shops but felt really bad. Monday at 7 pm decided it was time. And it was!!!! OMG!!!! Thought I was gonna die. Got to hospital, took them over an hour to get the pain meds!!!! But finally I did and it was all much better from then on!!! Stella arrived on October 20th at 1:03 am!!!! Her name was decided if she was born on an even name her name would be Stella, odd day Emma. Well, it came very close to Emma as you can see!! I was rooting for Stella!! Yeah. Stella is an old name from the family.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mystry has been difined!

Okay I know, it has been a super long time since I have blogged anything. SORRY! :( Please don't write me off!! :)

I have just been busy being pregnant, taking care of Gracie and my crippled horse!! I went to a vet in Roswell, NM and we did another lame examination. The one here in town just didn't work for us so I needed another opinion. Well he said (the vet in Roswell) that my horse has a bowed tendon in the lower fetlock and probably a stifle injury also. Two things going against him. Well he said first of all we need to get some padded shoes on his hind legs. At least 1/8" to relieve the pressure on his heels. Then we go back to the vet and put on a very tight wrap for about 2 weeks. Then we do a cold hydrotherapy along with a DSMO mix rub for about 2 weeks or longer not sure yet. Complete rest for 6-9 months. I am sure glad I have the time since I am pregnant and cant really ride. Poor Roany. He doesn't act like it really bothers him too much but hopefully we can get it better. Dr. did say he is know more prone do re-injure it again. :( If that is the case we might ought to consider selling him but I don't think I could. If anything, he will be a good horse for my kids to play with. He has had a hard riding career so as the guy we bought him from said "Its about time he wore down". He was used a ranch horse for all of his life and he was rode hard and long. He is a good horse and knows how to do a days work. The guy that trained him said once they had to lope him at least 6 miles before he wore down for them. He said he just let him run as long as he wanted to and it was along time. This was when he was real young. Even to this day he wants to go fast everywhere. He is only 15 years old so he still have a ton of energy left but this injury is going to slow him down a bit I'm afraid.

We recently got a horse from my dad named Skippy and he is there only to babysit my horse. He is such a sweetie and just about anyone can ride. He is a little spoiled as he can be a big push over. No manners sometimes. Skippy seems to keep my horse at ease and happy since I sold his pasture buddy of many years (Max).

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I don't Like Leg Troubles

Just like I said it, I don't like leg problems in horses. Hard to detect, difficult sometimes to recover from. About 3 weeks ago maybe now 4 weeks I have noticed Roany constantly resting on his hind leg. When he trotted off you could tell he was off on his steps. Looked like he was just dragging his leg a bit. I waited a bit and then we went to see the vet. He couldnt see anything and when you palpated him he didnt budge or flinch. I did notice that he had a small puffiness on his fetlock (ankle) seemed bigger than on the other foot. I told him about it and he (vet) seemed to see a tiny bit of swelling. So we decided to do a week of therapy I guess you would call it. We did a sweat wrap for 12 hours and then off for the night with a hosing down. Plus butte twice a day. By the end of week no change. Well I dont know what it could be. I was thinking windpuffs, windgals or a sprain of some sort but I just dont know. I guess here soon I need to take some slides of it. I just hope it gets better. Decided to stay off of him completely and have him stay in a smaller pasture (with his babysitter of course) for about 2 months at least and see if it changes. I'll tell sure doesnt stop him from doing what he wants. He can still run and kick and buck and chase his friend if he needs to but as soon as he stops he instantly rests that foot. That is what has been going on for us this past month. I'll tell you this, I have been giving him fat supplement oil with his grain and he has gotten so shiney this summer. I think.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Too thin, fat or just right?

Okay, I need some advice or input or whatever. Roany is the subject of this post again. What do you honestly think of his weight? I think he is a little thin. His hip bones sorta sticks out and I can feel ribs but not see them. The tail bone is a little high. He does have bad teeth and we get them worked on about once a year. He is a very high energy horse. I feed him about 3 small chips of alfalfa at night along with a big coffee can of Opti-Bran with about 2 to 3 ounces of fat supplement added. I did that fat supplement due to dry hooves and skin but it also should help with weight I would think. Now we have a large round bale of coastal grass that they can free feed on. So he weights about 1033 lbs. That was what we got when we went to the vet last. So....I dont know, what do you think? He looks good but those hip bones are kinda pointy. Roany has always been a hard horse to keep fed. Well I was just wondering what other voices thought. I worry to much. I think in the last post my might of posted about something else that was wrong with him. The top picture was just at the end of winter.

This picture just taken a couple of days ago.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Skippy Jon Jones

Well since I have sold Max, Roany has been so lonely and has gotten to be buddies with two of my dads horses that was in the next pasture. Well, every time they went to the lower pasture, Roany couldn't see them and would get so upset and nervous. He constantly ran up and down the lane, pawing the ground very hard. Just really over doing it and then would be sore the next day. Real Sore!!! I decided to take one of my dads horse and use him as Roany's babysitter. Works great. They get along well together and Roany is actually the boss so makes Roany feel better.

I noticed the other day on Roany when I pulled him out for my daughter to ride that he was favoring his hind leg. Resting it constant and when I had him trot I could tell he was off on the right hind leg. Looks more like his hip or something but I really don't know. What could that be? The last time I rode him which was maybe a week and half he was fine but I did ride him in some rough rocks. I loped him actually. That might of done it. Cant tell anything from looking at the legs. If he doesn't get better in the next few weeks I may take him to the Chiropractor. What do you think?

Monday, May 18, 2009

Summertime Fun

Well the weather here has been so awesome! Hot, but I like it. Me and Gracie took Roany out for a ride. Gracie is getting excited about doing the lead line classes real soon. We have been practicing and hopefully we can do it. I need some ideas of attire and such. I have been graining Roany and adding fat supplement so he will be nice and shiney! It is working!!! We had fun riding in the wheat field and so did Roany. I think he nibbled the whole time since it was nose level for him! LOL

Excuse the tummy! I'm really starting to show!!!!
Here is Frida's favorite place to be!!! She is so crazy! So is Boss with his bunny ears.

Jewelry Show

Well I know it has been a very long time since I posted anything! Sorry. Have been pretty busy and a little burned out from Internet. I recently had a show before Mother's Day to sell jewelry and my friend had her Scentsy Candles for sale also. We had a really good time and a good turn out. We did the show at Deena's house and was very lovely. I'll share some pictures of our tables! :)

If you havent heard of Scentsy Candles check it out cause they are really neat, especially if you like candles and wonderful smells. I love them and have two and I will probably get more! :)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Whoa!!! Thats some nice hair!!!

Check out the story from the Today show!! To funny!! I think this will start a new trend or something!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Odds n' Ends

Well I have been out of the Internet scene. No Facebook writing no blogging, nothing! Just wasn't in the mood. Sorry! I have been feeling okay but just busy is all. We had a Birthday party for Gracie. She turned 4!! Wow! She is a big girl now!

I made her cake. It was easy but had so much icing!!! yum!

Roany is now turning Roan! This time every year he sheds out like a strawberry roan but then by summer he will be liver chestnut color! A horse of many colors!

Well this would be my new prospect horse that we are looking to join our family. He is a Cremello. Double diluted genes! He is so pretty and an awesome roping horse. I have seen him in action at several round ups and he is just a great all-around horse. Kids can ride him as well. I think he will be a good addition. I will keep you posted if I end up with him.
This is my hubby's motorcycle that he is selling for.........a Harley Davidson of course! That's why I'm getting a new horse. Its called bribery!!! Ha

Well not too much going on in the Southeastern Desert. Spring is here and so is the 70 mph wind. I just hate it. Should be over soon I hope. I guess I would rather have this than snow or something.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Back at the Ranch is MIA

Where is she and when will she come back????????

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Man From Snowy River Poem

The Man From Snowy River
There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around That the colt from old Regret had got away,And had joined the wild bush horses — he was worth a thousand pound,So all the cracks had gathered to the fray.All the tried and noted riders from the stations near and far Had mustered at the homestead overnight,For the bushmen love hard riding where the wild bush horses are,And the stock-horse snuffs the battle with delight.
There was Harrison, who made his pile when Pardon won the cup,The old man with his hair as white as snow;But few could ride beside him when his blood was fairly up He would go wherever horse and man could go.And Clancy of the Overflow came down to lend a hand,No better horseman ever held the reins;For never horse could throw him while the saddle-girths would stand He learnt to ride while droving on the plains.
And one was there, a stripling on a small and weedy beast;He was something like a racehorse undersized,With a touch of Timor pony—three parts thoroughbred at least And such as are by mountain horsemen prized.He was hard and tough and wiry—just the sort that won't say die There was courage in his quick impatient tread;And he bore the badge of gameness in his bright and fiery eye,And the proud and lofty carriage of his head.
But still so slight and weedy, one would doubt his power to stay,And the old man said, "That horse will never do For a long and tiring gallop—lad, you'd better stop away,Those hills are far too rough for such as you."So he waited, sad and wistful—only Clancy stood his friend"I think we ought to let him come," he said;"I warrant he'll be with us when he's wanted at the end,For both his horse and he are mountain bred.
"He hails from Snowy River, up by Kosciusko's side,Where the hills are twice as steep and twice as rough;Where a horse's hoofs strike firelight from the flint stones every stride,The man that holds his own is good enough.And the Snowy River riders on the mountains make their home,Where the river runs those giant hills between;I have seen full many horsemen since I first commenced to roam,But nowhere yet such horsemen have I seen."
So he went; they found the horses by the big mimosa clump,They raced away towards the mountain's brow,And the old man gave his orders, "Boys, go at them from the jump,No use to try for fancy riding now.And, Clancy, you must wheel them, try and wheel them to the right.Ride boldly, lad, and never fear the spills,For never yet was rider that could keep the mob in sight,If once they gain the shelter of those hills."
So Clancy rode to wheel them—he was racing on the wing Where the best and boldest riders take their place,And he raced his stock-horse past them, and he made the ranges ring With the stockwhip, as he met them face to face.Then they halted for a moment, while he swung the dreaded lash,But they saw their well-loved mountain full in view,And they charged beneath the stockwhip with a sharp and sudden dash,And off into the mountain scrub they flew.
Then fast the horsemen followed, where the gorges deep and black Resounded to the thunder of their tread,And the stockwhips woke the echoes, and they fiercely answered back From cliffs and crags that beetled overhead.And upward, ever upward, the wild horses held their way,Where mountain ash and kurrajong grew wide;And the old man muttered fiercely, "We may bid the mob good day, no man can hold them down the other side."
When they reached the mountain's summit, even Clancy took a pull It well might make the boldest hold their breath;The wild hop scrub grew thickly, and the hidden ground was full Of wombat holes, and any slip was death.But the man from Snowy River let the pony have his head,And he swung his stockwhip round and gave a cheer,And he raced him down the mountain like a torrent down its bed,While the others stood and watched in very fear.
He sent the flint-stones flying, but the pony kept his feet,He cleared the fallen timber in his stride,And the man from Snowy River never shifted in his seat It was grand to see that mountain horseman ride.Through the stringy barks and saplings, on the rough and broken ground,Down the hillside at a racing pace he went;And he never drew the bridle till he landed safe and sound,At the bottom of that terrible descent.
He was right among the horses as they climbed the farther hill,And the watchers on the mountain, standing mute,Saw him ply the stockwhip fiercely; he was right among them still,As he raced across the clearing in pursuit.They lost him for a moment, where two mountain gullies met In the ranges—but a final glimpse reveals On a dim and distant hillside the wild horses racing yet,With the man from Snowy River at their heels.
And he ran them single-handed till their sides were white with foam;He followed like a bloodhound on their track,Till they halted cowed and beaten; then he turned their heads for home,And alone and unassisted brought them back.But his hardy mountain pony he could scarcely raise a trot,He was blood from hip to shoulder from the spur;But his pluck was still undaunted, and his courage fiery hot,For never yet was mountain horse a cur.
And down by Kosciusko, where the pine-clad ridges raise Their torn and rugged battlements on high,Where the air is clear as crystal, and the white stars fairly blaze At midnight in the cold and frosty sky,And where around the Overflow the reed-beds sweep and sway To the breezes, and the rolling plains are wide,The Man from Snowy River is a household word today,And the stockmen tell the story of his ride.
Sorry for the long read, but this has to be a favorite! If for some reason you haven't seen this film "Man From Snowy River" you are missing out! Great riding, great horses and great scenery! I would love to have a Australian mountain horse like this! I watched this so many times and as the years have passed I have bought an Australian saddle, a bull whip like the one in here. I thought I wanted to be able to crack a whip on horseback!!! Ha Ha! I have cracked my ear, face, arm in the process and that wasn't even on horseback!! Takes some skill that I don't have! lol :)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Scripture Sunday

The Lord is my Saddle Partner.
My forty years gatherings are a saddle and horse,
spurs and a bedroll,
and catch rope of course.

I dont make much wages,
so the things that I own,
are sure enough mine,
cuz I cant get a loan.

Now folks might believe I'd be lonesome out there,
in those juniper breaks,
where there's no one to share.

The things that I hope
and the things that I see
but I've got a way more
than those folks would believe.

Cuz the Lord is my saddle partner
and we are never apart.
Whenever I want,
we can talk heart to heart.

And the Lord's also there
for each one of you
of you've got a problem,
He knows what to do.

Just let him take charge
of all that we own.
With the Lord for our saddle partner
We're never alone

Jon Bowerman

Friday, March 13, 2009

As Ray Hunt would put it!

I talked to a friend just the other day
who’s got lots of opinions and plenty to say.
We discussed what we both like to see in a horse
His requirements and mine were different of course…
He likes a clean throatlatch and a long skinny neck,
and prefers that their hocks are set close to the deck.
Short backs and hard feet and clean slopin’ shoulder,
and a gaskin that looks like it swallered a boulder.
He likes a short face and a big ol’soft eye,
and says these are the horses he’s likely to buy.
And when he’d completed his lengthy discourse,
on all of the attributes of the quality horse.
He asked my opinion, and where do I start?
And I said that I….just want horses with heart.
I said I want heart above all the other.
I don’t care if he’s Smart Little Lena’s full brother.
Or just how much money that his grandmother won,
or whether he’s roan, palomino or dun.
But give me a horse with some grit and some try,
and some heart and some guts and that’s one that I’ll buy.
And I’ve found it’s the same with a woman or man….
the good ones won’t quit you when the shit hits the fan

by Monte Baker

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Goodbye Ol' Paint

Well finally did it. I sold my Max a couple of weeks ago. It has taken me a long time to come to terms that I should sell him to someone that will ride him more than I could. I loved this horse! I raised him in California and moved him out to New Mexico about 3 years ago. When he was about 18 months I decided to take some classes at the Junior college with a friend and these class were all about training horses. They had 3 levels you could take along with some cow clinics in between. I tell you I had the best time taking my paint there. What an experience for him. Taught him so much, especially how to stand tied (for along time) hobbled. Class was from 6:00-10:00pm and about 1 hour or so was lecture. Those horses sometimes stood in the rain at the trailer. I took all levels with him and took them over as well. I just should of rode him more in between and after. He is still a great horse.

A lady came by to buy some hay and she saw him and just loved him. She came back the next day and rode him and took him to her place in Carlsbad, NM. I was very happy were he was going. I could tell she was going to really take care of him and love him just as much as I did. :) I told here all his bad habits which weren't many at all. He is hard to bridle and he will spook at times out in the fields. She asked me if he bucks!!! I could honestly tell her NO! I told her this horse will not buck you off. He just doesn't have it in him. Unlike the lady in Santa Fe when I went to go look at her horse. She told me right off that he has NO BUCK in him!!! Yeah, the first thing he did was about buck her off!!! lol

Well Congrats to Gerri Amos on the purchase of Max. I did here word that they just love him to pieces!!!! I miss him and my little Roany misses him but he got over it in about 1 day. I guess he just figured it out that his pal wasn't coming back.

Now this little mare Dixie, is my dad's and he bought her about 2 years ago. She is a sweet girl and has an awesome stop. We just haven't ridden her much. Too many horses around this place. When we got her, about a month into her, we found out she was pregnant! The guy that sold her had no idea!!!! :) So she had a cute filly that looked just like her. Sold the filly and we have ridden Dixie here and there. Took her on a cattle drive and she did pretty good! I think I will take her in and maybe ride her some more. I think she will be having a colt this year (late).

Oh and I found out that I am having another wont be riding too much! :( I havent been posting due to me being so sick!!!! I wasnt sick with my first one but man this one I have felt horrible! I hope it passes soon! :)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Excellent Movies

This has to be one of my favorite movies of all time!!!! I love his grey horse (dapple gray) in this flim. I dream of a horse like this for me one day!!!! I have been on the couch this weekend so I have been watching allot of TV. Pale Rider came on tonight. I loved again and again.

I also ended up watching "The Lord of the Rings", all of them. Missed a few parts but these movies and can just watch and watch. My hubby gets so irritated.

Scipture Sunday

For God so loved the world,that he gave his only begotten Son,that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Freaky Friday


Monday, February 23, 2009

Santa Fe Trails, a Table and a Future Prospect.

Well we headed to Santa Fe for the weekend for our 5th year anniversary. We have been going there for the past 3 years and love it. We stay at a fabulous Bed and Breakfast called Inn on the Paseo. It is walking distance from the Plaza. That is so much fun to go walk all the neat shops that I cant afford and buy something from the Indians that I can try to afford. I got some awesome turquoise earrings. We ate at a great Tapas bar with live music, El Farol. Sorry, didn't take pictures of that. I really didn't take a whole lot and the whole time I kept saying I need to take more pictures.
Here at the Indian Market downtown.
They have great art here. I would say on every corner is some kind of statue, work of art or gallery. Here is a cute horse and dog and below an awesome statue of a huge elk.
I like this sign that says "double take at The Ranch".
They say this is one of the oldest establishments. This is a mission. They were having services on Sunday in it, amazing huh? You could say all the buildings here or the homes were adobe and had a turquoise, green or purple door and trim. I have decided to paint my door a pale turquoise color. We will see.
Okay, so while we were there I had a future horse prospect to look at. Sunday before we headed home we stopped by to look at Stormy a standerdbred cross gelding that was 12 years old and used as a lesson horse and for trail. She told me an 8 year old rode him all last year. I thought great, that should be a pretty good horse for our family. Well we got him ready, cleaned out his feet but he tried to kick me as I picked up the back feet, so he has issues with his hind feet. She said he has no other vices really other than not standing still while mounting. Those two things are my pet peeves!! He has no BUCK. (yeah) Well, I let her ride him in the arena first so I could see how he moved and acted. Another horse came down the rode and he would not listen to her. hmmmmmm..... and here is the big one she was trying to get him to trot and lope and he just wouldn't do it and finally got up to a lope but as soon as he did he flat out BUCKED her. She almost came off of him. Well she gets off and yanks and jerks on him for a second and that was it. I mean come one!!! I was thinking to myself no way and you should of made that horse do what you wanted it to do. (Spoiled) I said no, and she said he was going to get a hard work out on the lounge line. We passed by about 5 minutes and he was put up in his pen!! hahaha yeah, he got what he wanted. Its to bad cause he looks like a sweet horse.

Okay so I took this picture here for Sarah at Cottage Garden Studio here you go Sarah. Kitchen Table picture!! I challenge everyone to take a picture of your kitchen table and post. Really explains allot about yourself. As you can see here my daughter has her favorite animals in her spot. My picture hanging above there was a Christmas present and we looked for it for a long time. I wanted a very big picture of a majestic horse of some sort. This was the one! I love it.