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.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Hubby made a new friend!

Hubby made a new friend at the Whitewater Preserve Tuesday.  We don't know if the little guy was curious or if he was angry that hubby was standing next to HIS desert willow tree!  What do you think?

 Here he is hovering near hubby's ear.
 Checking out hubby...
 More checking...
He's not sure about hubby!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Silly Quad


"Are you talkin' to me?"

Silly boy.  All he wanted to do last Saturday was... EAT!

I'll be heading back up there tomorrow.  Hubby is off work today and we may take a morning ride out to Whitewater, which is the other direction from the horses.  AND, I have to babysit the grandson again this afternoon.

Milk drunk...He LOVES to snuggle!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Ravens and snakes...oh, my!

There is a family of ravens up at the horse ranch.  They've been there for years.  Oh, and there is an owl who roosts in the pine tree right next to the gate.  I've accidentally frightened him/her a couple of times.  And, there's a hawk who preys on the baby quail...sigh...Not very many of them make it to adulthood.

I haven't seen any snakes up there this spring, YET, but rattlesnakes ARE coming out of hibernation and people are seeing them nearby.  One lady was bitten by one in Garner Valley, which is right over the mountain.  And, several people have posted on Facebook about finding rattlesnakes on their property.

In the meantime, WE have a gopher snake here in our back yard AT HOME!  We've had a neighbor of our daughter come and do some trimming and raking and apparently he found it this morning.  I was up at the horse ranch, but he told my husband.  AND, the snake was...er... injesting something!  Hopefully it was a RAT, not a bird!  I'm sure if I see it, I'll let out a huge scream and then run into the house!  But who knows?

Had a good visit with the horses today

After being officially retired now for two whole weeks, this was the first day I had a chance to go visit the horses, so off I went this morning.  FINALLY!  Between eye exams, and a couple of appointments for a new bridge (while I still have dental and vision insurance), I've been busy!

The horses are all fine, but they were all screaming for an extra meal.  Sunni is nice and filled out, while Quad is...well, he paces a lot and he is thin.  The owner has upped his daily scoop and he now gets more than he has in the past.  Scout is fine.  Gigondas needs to be brushed, but I was short on time today, so I'll return probably on Tuesday, since another storm will be moving in that day and I want to get photos of the clouds.  Plus, if it is raining, who can resist the smell of wet pavement?

This was out last storm, about two weeks ago...I took this photo on one of my last days of work.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Retirement? How about just "TIREDMENT"???

I've been going straight now since last Friday when baby Brady was born.  Actually, I worked that week, too.  So, it's been 11 days.  So, today, I hit the wall.  I have absolutely NO energy.  I guess my body thinks it is Sunday?  I did drive down to school and sign my final paycheck, stop in to visit with the baby, and do some grocery shopping.  Then I came home and took a 2 1/2 hour nap!  At 11:00 a.m.!!! I guess my body needs the rest.  Even grandmas get tired!

That's me and his other grandma and Ellie getting Brady ready for his first BATH!  He screamed and turned red and then went to sleep!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

I'm a grandma again and my first day of retirement!

I took a day off school yesterday because our daughter called us to let us know there was a bed available at one of our local hospitals and she was taking it!  She called us at 6:00 a.m.  Hubby and I were there with her by 8:00 a.m.  Her husband had to work until 11:30, so he couldn't be there until that time and she didn't want to be alone.  And, yes, yesterday was my LAST day of school!

The little bundle of joy FINALLY came at 11:15 last night.  And, today is my first FULL day of retirement!

Two exciting events all at once!   :-)

We are driving over to the hospital this morning, so I'll be able to take photos.
~Cheryl Ann~

Monday, April 25, 2016

Had a good horse visit yesterday

I had a good visit with the horses yesterday, but it was too windy to take ANY of them out of their corrals!  A low pressure system is moving in and it already blew over our fence between us and the neighbors to our east.  It also blew over our trash cans which were empty.  The ones full of trash are still standing, however.

This is the second MAJOR wind event this spring. The first one blew over one of our 25 year old eucalyptus trees and when the tree fell over, it broke our water line to the house.  AND, it took out our front fence.  Now this one has demolished the fence between us and our not-too-friendly neighbors.

Anyway, ALL the horses were shedding and Quad looked like something on a feedlot.  He was pathetic.  I brushed him first and he looked like a new horse!  (photos to be posted later today)... Gigondas was next, then Scout, who had hardly any piles of hair, and then big, woolly Sunni.  They all just stood and sighed as I brushed them.

I can't WAIT to be able to spend more quality time with them, but I do have a grandson on the way...maybe by the end of this week!