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 5 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay, March, 2015. That's Scout in the arena.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Another fire!

So far this summer we've had a HUGE fire up in the high desert, by Big Bear and Morongo.  That one got extinguished with all of our rain last weekend. Now there is another one about 25 miles from where I board my horses.  It started near Mt. Palomar and is moving down toward Aguanga, which is where Highways 371 and 79 split.  One way goes over to Warner Springs.  The other way goes down to Temecula.  It's already at 200 acres and spreading and yes, the wind is blowing eastward today.

Yes, the bridge that collapsed affected the Interstate 10 route from California to Arizona.  It reopened yesterday at noon.  I drove down to our daughter's house in Indio on Thursday to help babysit and I was amazed by the lack of semi trucks on the highway.  They either went out Interstate 40, or went down near Alpine, near San Diego, and then to Yuma.  I saw the California Highway Patrol closure of the interstate down in Indio.  Traffic, to say the least, was VERY light!

Finally, there was a 4.3 earthquake near Los Angeles last night which apparently shook people out of their sleep!  What a weird summer we are having!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Vet visit

I sent my mobile vet an email last week asking her to come out and give the herd their shots and to check their teeth.  So, she came Wednesday afternoon.  Sunni and Gigondas have good teeth and don't need any dental work (phew!).  Quad can wait until Christmas break to have his filed down again, but Scout and Lucille were in need NOW!  All were good about their shots (including Sunni, who was "worried" for a while, but couldn't resist my female vet and her assistant!)  He's SUCH a ladies' man! :-)

Fortunately she did Lucille first.  Lucille frankly loved all the attention and was a GOOD GIRL!  We've noticed that she is dribbling her food and taking FOREVER to eat it.  But now, she has nice, smooth teeth!  NO hooks!
Scout, OF COURSE, was another story!  It took the vet about 15 minutes to get the sedative into her and that was the FIRST one!  Yes, she needed two!  The second one took about 25-30 minutes!  She backed up.  She nearly reared.  She got circled and circled in her corral and FINALLY the vet was able to get the second shot in her.  By then, she was so wobbly she could hardly walk.  I actually felt sorry for her!  But, she got her teeth done!  Turns out, she still had her wolf teeth, which the vet wasn't too happy about, but she came last summer, so she could have caught that then.  So, Scout took a LONG time.  The vet tried to remove them, but one was so close to the artery, she just decided to file them down.  She'll have to check Scout again during Christmas break.

I'm glad this got done before I head back to school in a couple of weeks...ugh...
I LOVE my vet!  She's very gentle, relaxed, and has a soothing voice with the horses.  She's also young.  She assisted Lady, our German Shepherd, when she passed over the Rainbow Bridge.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Rain, lightning, and thunder...oh, my!

Hurricane Delores arrived in the valley Friday and boy, did she pack a punch!  First, we had a haboob.  A haboob is a wall of dirt and dust that moves across the land.  One minute I was looking out at our mountains and 10 minutes later, they were GONE!  Here's a photo from the Toro Peak webcam showing the wall of dust (the haboob):

Then the winds hit.  Then, all day yesterday we had lightning, thunder, and RAIN!  REAL RAIN!  It rained on and off for nearly 24 hours!   :-)  Power went out in Indio and lightning hit a palm tree there, which started a fire.  New "low" temperatures were set yesterday, too, and more rain is in the forecast for today, although this morning, the sky is clear.  I do see some clouds popping up over the mountains, however, and it will probably be raining again by 2:00 p.m.  I didn't even bother going up to the horses yesterday, since it was raining there by 8:00 a.m.  I'm not sure about today, either.  If I can get going by 8, I think I will miss the storm...we'll see...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Kitten update

Both of the feral kittens are still with us.  The black & white one hides under the huge Chinaberry tree out back and only comes out to eat breakfast and dinner.  The little tabby (male) greets me at the back door every day now for breakfast & dinner.  He's fascinated with all the birds that come out front and I am watching him right now.  He's hunkered down next to one of my old lavender bushes and earlier this morning, he threw himself at a couple of doves, who laughed at him as they flew away.  He's quite a character!  He now lets me touch him and if I'm late with a meal, he's complaining at the door!  He makes his morning around to the water bowls, then lies in the mud next to them and watches the birds.  Right now, he's so sleepy, he can barely keep his eyes open!  Well, maybe he'll open them for a bird!  Here he is this morning, exhausted after trying to catch a dove or two! :-)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Horses, fence, and thunderheads~Good Fences

Horses at a fence in New Mexico, near the VLA (Very Large Array), which is out in the middle of NOWHERE!  Actually, it is about 40 or 50 miles outside of Socorro, NM.  Good Fences for Friday, June 26, 2015.  To visit Good Fences, please go here:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Santa Fe, NM

We are in Santa Fe for a couple days.  We haven't been here for...let's see...about 12 years.  My, it has grown!  We drove around town yesterday and visited the Georgia O'Keefe museum.  That was a real treat!  I was so moved by her artwork.  I've always been fascinated by her work, but I got to see more of it up close.  Cameras are permitted, but NO flash is allowed.  Also, certain works cannot be photographed, but there were so many that can be.  Hubby and I both used our cell phones, as did many other people there, to take photos.

After that, we walked around the neighborhood and took some photos of the houses there.  We drove downtown to the big cathedral, parked, and walked around and went to the museum across the street.  I bought some cards there, but after paying $12.00 each for the O'Keefe museum, $5.00 for parking (twice), we didn't have any cash left!  Too bad because we found a French cafe and bakery (cash only), so we may head back there for breakfast.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Horse visit FINALLY!

Well, I FINALLY got up to visit the horses yesterday.  All are fine.  Lucille is still shedding and I'm going to have to use the clippers on her "beard" and legs.  She always has so much dang hair!  And, she had some REALLY horrible knots in her mane!  Two on one side and one on the other.  So, I will and detangled them while talking to the ranch owner yesterday.  I'll give Lucille a nice bath and put conditioner on her mane and tail when I return next time.  I forgot my scissors, or I would have trimmed her tail.  She has the thickest, fullest tail of ANY of my herd!  I forgot them because I cleaned out my grooming box and I left them at home...DUH!

It's going to be a hot week this coming week...up to 111 or even 113 degrees here in the desert!  Ugh!  And, it was hot up in Anza, too.  Too hot to do anything with the horses, so I just brushed them and gave them a snack.

This is my official first day of summer vacation!  Whoo, whoo!   :-)  Thank goodness I made it through the school year.  I've had extremely disruptive and disrespectful classes for two years in a row.  That's very tiring~emotionally AND physically!

 One of the turkey vultures that flew over me.  The others disappeared too quickly.

Pretty thunderheads were developing yesterday.