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The Boy Whose Horse Was Stolen

Given the kind of situation going on, a divorce, and the willingness of the man to take the boy's horse to hold for some kind of hostage or to punish the mother through the son I'm not maintaining a high degree of hope for the best of outcomes.  Yet still, that is what I want.


Things should be coming to a head about now as I think the divorce hearing is due or done.  

Added by Donald Redux on June 26, 2011 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Are we there yet?

Winter? Is it over for you yet?

Here in the Pacific Northwest temperate rain forest it's a bright sunny day.

You would even envy me, some of you, given your weather, until I reveal that it snowed yesterday and last night, and froze up solid here.

It's been a straight diet of cold rain here with intermittent snow, and more rain and cold. Mud everywhere unless it freezes into hard ridges, then back to mud.

I confess I'm not exercising my two girls… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on April 8, 2011 at 2:10pm — 1 Comment

Step dad sells Boy's dear companion mare

Well this is some story. Ugly. But the boy and his mom are calling for help.


My best friend Potlicker was sold on 3/20 by my stepdad while we were away on vacation


Mar 26, 2011, 15:56

Can you help us get our story out so we can find her and buy her back? He wont tell us where or who bought her. So… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on April 8, 2011 at 1:02pm — 4 Comments

How are YOU spending your Horse&Pony Winter?

I get to feeling sorry for myself, though with the new little barn, having Altea, and Bonnie now, within sixty feet of the house, compared to having to drive with water and feed a mile and a half, drag everything up an icy snowy hillside for 50 yards, this is heaven by comparison.

You see, it's cold, and it's wet, and it's slushy, and I'm old...there, are you feeling sorry enough for me yet? LOL…


Added by Donald Redux on December 28, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Who loves you, baby?

Kate came in from doing a little mane detangling on Bonnie earlier today.

It's been snowing and getting deeper and when Kate decided to play more with Bonnie after tiring trying to get the tied together "dreds," in Bonnie's mane apart, she took Bonnie for a stroll.  No line or halter, just offered Bonnie a chance to follow, "let's go for a walk, Bonnie," and of course she did.


The paddock is a hazard zone with little pits here and there where big stumps were pulled…


Added by Donald Redux on December 18, 2010 at 4:43pm — 1 Comment

Those Tiresome and Sometimes Nasty Chores

There's the never ending clean up of course. However, being an organic gardener all my life (from age six) I welcome the fertilizer that my horses provide.

And in nice weather I find it somewhat meditative stall and stable yard cleaning. Now with my own larger paddock both are out more of course, and I probably won't do much paddock cleaning but rather work out a system using my big riding tractor rotary mower to smash and scatter the droppings out there.



Added by Donald Redux on December 15, 2010 at 2:27pm — No Comments

The Year is Flying By

Just as I think I have a handle on my projects and goals I look up and am reminded by the calender that much time has slipped by.

Do you have that sensation too?

My beloved points out to me from time to time that I tend to have many projects going at once, with many awaiting completion. Now how can a ranch kid like her miss that this is the norm around livestock and living in the country?

Well, I'm taking a little writers' license there. What she actually said is that… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on December 6, 2010 at 12:57pm — 1 Comment

I'm dreaming of Spring

This morning opened with a ten degree F wake up for me. Girls were cozy in their barn and quite ready for their breakfast. Scattered their hay in their big paddock, then checked to see if the hydrants were working.

Sadly the barn hydrant is frozen solid. This one has insulation too, and a heat tape on it. I can't explain it ... but I have to haul hot water for the ladies anyway.

Moved my beet pulp soaking station from the garden to just outside the shop, where I was able to… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on November 24, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Extraordinary lady

Pony Gal wrote in a comment:

"Aww, I bet that was a special moment for you. I'll More…be interested to see if she continues to show interest in you this way. I love the photo of the two of them. They are so beautiful. "

I have to remember with Altea to very carefully govern the intensity of my interactions. She is TOO obedient. She shows the signs of past trauma in her over reactions.

This evening, cold, and tired myself from all the preparation on the barn and its… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on November 23, 2010 at 10:45pm — No Comments

The predicted storm has arrived -

It's been snowing since mid morning, and now it's 10 pm, and still falling. Our temperatures are expected to drop into the low teens, even minus zero windchill at some point tonight or tomorrow.

The horses, Altea and her daughter Bonnie, are all snug with hay for the night, their barn and stalls buttoned up against the cold and snow.

Did the rounds of my hyrdrants and faucets to check the covers and the electric heat tape on the barn hydrant. Had a short visit…

Added by Donald Redux on November 23, 2010 at 12:32am — 1 Comment

Second snowfall promises to be a doozy.

We are watching the weather people work on predicting the upcoming weather for the next couple of weeks. Our first snowfall was only about an inch, stuck only a day or so, and is now gone.

Our next one could be much more intense. Snow down to sealevel, which means here at my elevation we will get snow measured in feet most likely.

We may retreat with the horses. Bonnie and Altea may get to go for a winter visit to a public barn in lower contry about 10 miles from here.… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on November 13, 2010 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Winter's Arrival - first snowfall

Yesterday at 4 pm, only an hour before sunset where I live, I saw those first flakes out my upstairs office window.

I prayed they would go away, as I still had so much to do in my garden and around the barn and paddocks. But no, of course it kept on snowing growing heavier as the minutes passed and of course getting wetter too.

At the barn I struggled to take down the bottom half of my 24 x 20 ft awning that I used for a rain and sun shelter for my two, Altea and Bonnie. It's… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on November 10, 2010 at 2:25pm — 3 Comments

Mad Scientist, or Crazy Horse Person? You be the judge.

I'm sure I've discussed before that Altea, mother Altea, is the victim of Easy Keeper Syndrome. Like so many horses in the Spanish bloodlines she has the desert gene - that is to say she can live on almost nothing but air.

Feed her like a working horse, or a TB and she'll blow up like a balloon. When we went to pick her up in Idaho to save her from auction she looked like a hippo.

Since then she's slimmed nicely, but the outcome was that she had foundered at least once and it… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on September 18, 2010 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

Mystery and Adventure - Bonnie saves the day and plays with the Elk

Completely unrelated except by the happy chance both involve Bonnie.

A long term health mystery may be solved, and how Bonnie plays with Elk.

About a year ago Bonnie's mother, Altea showed up lame - badly. While tacking up one day I checked her hooves last thing before riding out. When I picked out her front hooves she was okay, but when I picked up a hind leg she went down in front, clear to her knees and nose. Very frightening.

She is laminitic and healing… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on July 13, 2010 at 8:44am — 4 Comments

Lady Hands

I'm sometimes bemused, sometimes frustrated and almost outraged when I know I have spent years and years working hard to develop what I call "Lady Hands," yet I see women hauling on the reins or lead rope or longe line with all their might. No, don't get me wrong, I know that men do this too but I cut them a little slack knowing how men are socialized to use force when attempting to attain a goal.

"Lady Hands?"

Yes, a soft wrist, almost effeminate. That flexes freely with the… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on May 5, 2010 at 9:21pm — 1 Comment

On stillness and action

Are you one of those guilty of intemperate horse watching, as I am? Lately I've been looking (let's say for the past three years or so - and back in the sixties for a couple of years as well) at the issue of stillness around horses and what it teaches us and why pure stillness may not be best.

If I can still my mind along with my body (not so darned easy - is it?) then there is little interference with my senses. I can drink in and absorb so much more.

Watching a foal and… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on April 20, 2010 at 6:10pm — 1 Comment

Concerning "The Draw." What is new is also old.

Comment by Becky (ridendurance) on April 6, 2010 at 9:46pm

"Okay Donald, as usual you have me licking and chewing on that advice. LOL. I continue to be fascinated by your methods."

You remind me, Becky, that even in my first 20 years of horse work, and now in the last 3, that any new discoveries I make I soon find someone a thousand years ago found before, and I suspect someone else even before them.

When we look at the paintings on cave walls depicting horses and… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on April 14, 2010 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

The Draw - Teaching Bonnie to take the Halter away from me.

There is, as you likely learned long ago if you own horses, an interesting phenomena based on the naturally curious nature of the horse, and it's a powerful survival trait as well: if something moves away, follow it.

Using it one can accomplish so many things. Common to many methods of training, yet sometimes not fully understood while the doing of The Draw remains a mystery to some.

Here in a series of photos I show and example of the use of "The Draw," to train an older… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on April 1, 2010 at 3:01pm — 1 Comment

He's just reacting to pain.

If you've owned or had to ride a horse with his nose in the air and that you could not bring down permanently then read on.

This is a trouble shooting Blog Entry.

Horses go with their nose in the air for one reason and one reason only. Pain and its avoidance.

Goal number one, remove the pain.

Check your gear, your horse's mouth if you are riding with a bit. Look at his teeth. See if he has wolf teeth coming in. Check how your saddle fits, looking… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on March 24, 2010 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

What is going on?

Is it the freewheeling nature of horse handling, something we appreciate greatly?

Is it just the perversity of humans so they feel they have to meddle in things before they understand them?

What IS it that makes "experts," come forward and offer the latest "techniques," for horse training and or riding that in fact go against common sense, physics, and the psychology of the horse as well as his physiology?

I was introduced recently to the concept of the "Spur Stop."… Continue

Added by Donald Redux on March 22, 2010 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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