Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay, October, 2015. That's Scout in the arena.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Horse visit~Finally!!!

I had a good visit with the herd this week.  I drove up on Wednesday.  It was a nice day here...in the low 80's.  A storm front was on its way and we actually had some clouds.  It was COLD up at the ranch, however.  I have to always remember to bring a jacket from now on!

The horses are all looking good.  They all have their winter coats!  Scout is now brown.  She's almost white in the summer, but her winter coat is now on and she's brown.  Sunni is woolly and Quad...well, he has very coarse hair.

I cleaned out water troughs and gave them all a couple scoops of pellets (and some chia seeds).  I really need to go back this week and brush them and clean their hooves.  And, they ALL need another trim.

Here are pics from Wednesday:  I actually went in Gigo's corral with her and she was fine.  I was fine, too, so that's a big step forward.

 Quad was very interest in... FOOD!
 Sunni at least paid attention to me.
Scout was ONLY interested in food!  See how dark she is now?

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Ready to visit the horses~Finally~~~

It's been over a month since I've been up to the horse ranch to even visit the horses.  After Gigondas knocked me down, I had a long time recuperating and frankly, now I'm scared of them.

I have a husband, two grown children, and four grandchildren WHO NEED ME. I can't afford to be seriously injured.

I have pellets to unload and get out of my car, but whether or not I even take a horse out today depends.  I need to get over my fear.

Any advice/suggestions?
~Cheryl Ann~

Friday, November 4, 2016

Just around town





Just some photos from around here.  I have some to upload, but I'm too tired this afternoon.  Hubby is settling in to his new routine and meds.  


Dove on a tree up at the Santa Rosa Mountains visitor center...

Pretty flowers 

Fall decorations around my front door
 I love smoketrees!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Hubby is HOME!

I brought hubby home yesterday (Monday).  He finally finished his last round of tests and was cleared to be released (THANK GOODNESS!)

He does have Bradycardia (low heart rate) and a slight blockage in his left artery.  No pacemaker needed at this time.  Phew!  We drove over to our son's to see the grandkids decked out in their Halloween costumes, then home.  We got home at 8 p.m.  That's twice now I've driven Highway 74 at night.  It sure is pretty driving through Anza.  I can see stars there that we can't see here from home (too much light pollution).

Today he had to go out and buy dinner because I was dizzy all day.  I'm not sure if it was the stress or if I just had a virus, but I'm headed to the doctor tomorrow (with him and then my own appointment).  It was pretty bad.

That's all for now.  Will keep you posted.  Ripley is glad to have us BOTH home.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Husband in hospital

My husband drove over the mountain Thursday to go to our grandson's baseball game.  During dinner, he slumped over the table.  I wasn't there.  I stayed home with the damn dog.  Our son quickly called the paramedics and he fell unconscious.

He is in the hospital there in Temecula and won't be home for at least another couple of days.  They are doing all kinds of tests on him.  It wasn't a heart attack.  Rather, his heart rate sank to 30...I have been driving back and forth from here to Temecula because the dog clawed her way out of the gate and was found down the street (again)...2nd time.

The cardiologist is trying to figure out if the medication he was on for blood pressure caused this.

I may be not be posting for a while, then.

Please take care of your loved ones and tell them you love them each and every day.  Life is precious.

~Cheryl~

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Eastern Sierra trip

So, now that hubby and I are BOTH happily retired, we had planned an eastern Sierra trip, one more than 4 days long.  We actually were gone for 8 nights!  And, we took our dog with us (her first EVER road trip!)

Last summer we traveled 6 nights over to Colorado and New Mexico, home through Overgaard.  Unfortunately, while we were heading to Overgaard, a man down the street in the apartments called me to tell me that Ripley, our black lab, had gotten OUT of our front fenced yard.  We had a 6' wooden fence, with a gate, in the front yard for over 20 years until one of our eucalyptus trees blew over this past spring and fell on it.  We have it no more.  But, Ripley had clawed her way out of the front gate.  I asked him if he could stuff her back into the yard and put a trash can in front of the gate (which he did).  Fortunately for us, he had also owned a black lab at one time.  So, I spent a sleepless night in Overgaard and drove home the next morning at record-breaking speed!  Then, this summer, on one of our overnight trips to Temecula to visit our son and his family, she once again destroyed a gate (on the other side of the house).  She didn't get out, but she nearly did.

So, we decided (rightly) that we had to take her with us.  Hubby looked at motels, Air B&B cabins, and found a motel in Bishop (the Vagabond) that was dog friendly.  We stayed there our first night.  Then, we spent 4 nights at a cabin in Mammoth.  https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7953449?guests=1&check_in=2016-10-10&check_out=2016-10-14  It was the downstairs of a 2 story cabin.  Fortunately for us, nobody was in the upper cabin, or it would have been very noisy!  There also was no fenced yard for Ripley, and there ARE bears in Mammoth, so I kept her on leash for 2 days (she won't pee or poop on leash unless she is desperate!).  She finally was able to do her business off leash and I stood near her!  I heard a great horned owl hooting our first night there and I heard a coyote howling a couple of nights later.  That cabin was on the outskirts of town, near the end of Old Mammoth Road.  The cabin was actually well stocked and comfortable, but the bed was SO HARD that even hubby couldn't sleep on it and he slept on the living room couch for 2 nights!  I'm not sure we would book this cabin again...

Anyway, here are some pics from the day trip we took up in Bishop Canyon:





Ripley's first dip in a lake!  And, yes, she IS a lab!!!  She LOVES water!  Every summer here in the desert I fill up a kiddie plastic pool for her and she goes and sits in it on hot days!


The Parchers Resort is getting ready to close, up in Bishop Canyon.  The Silver Lake Resort is closing this week, and (Nuzzling Muzzles...) WALKER BURGER closed yesterday for the season!  We got lunch there going up to Lake Tahoe, and then coming back down.  Ripley really enjoyed their grassy area!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

RETURN to Oak Glen

After sitting around the house trying to allow my ankle to heal (remember Gigondas knocked me down last Sunday), and hubby sitting around the house forever, we decided to drive back to Oak Glen and buy an apple pie and some Spartan apples.  Spartan apples are an early variety and they are sweet and juicy.  It was a beautiful day for driving yesterday~clouds were hanging over the mountains and it looked like we might get some sprinkles!

 This is Riley's Farm, a recreated old farm....One of the many places to stop and enjoy!

 I had to use the privy!  Very nice and clean!
 Beautiful views
 Thunderheads developing
 Look out into one of the apple orchards through this curved vine
 Oops!
 Skies got darker and daarker
Lovely grove of sequoias, cedars, and conifers.

We ate lunch and hubby bought his pie.  I bought a bag of Spartan apples.  On the way home, we saw sprinkles down by Hemet and Lake Elsinore.  It was a beautiful day for a drive.