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.

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.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

School's ALMOST over and I'm ready for some HORSE TIME!

I only have 2 days of school left and they are both half days.  Whoo, whoo!  Then, I can enjoy some horse time!  I cannot wait!  I haven't been up to see the herd for 2 weekends now.  I'm just too dang tired on Saturday and Sunday I haven't got the energy either.  But, once school is over and the kids are out for the summer, I'll have 8 weeks of summer bliss!   :-)  I need some horse time.  I also need to make up some fly spray, find their fly masks, and I'm sure I'll need to brush out Lucille.  HURRY UP SATURDAY!  I'm waitin' for ya!
 Lucille and all her hair!
 One of the members of the crow family up at the ranch...
A view of the Anza valley, with a crow flying through my photo!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Secretariat's Belmont vs. American Pharoah

My daughter posted this on Facebook this morning for me.  I watched it and thought it was cool, so I'm sharing it with y'all.  It's a split screen of Secretariat's Belmont Stakes and American Pharoah's.


Sunday, June 7, 2015

And, we have a Triple Crown winner~!

It ONLY took 37 years.  Let's see, our daughter will turn 37 in July, so it's been as long as sne's been on Earth to have another Triple Crown winner, but it happened yesterday with American Pharoah.  I noticed his long stride and I took a look at his pedigree.  Pretty impressive!  His grand sire, Empire Maker, won the Belmont in 2003.  Looking even further back, I see that he has Secretariat on his dam's side, as well as Bold Ruler and Exclusive Native.  Exclusive Native was the sire of Affirmed, the LAST Triple Crown winner before American Pharoah.  He also has Nasrullah and Miss Disco (on his Secretariat line).  It was Penny Chenery who focused on the FEMALE lines when she bred Secretariat.  And, he has the Princequillo line, too, on his dam's side.  Hmmmm....very impressive!

But, it isn't JUST about pedigrees.  Quad has an impressive pedigree, too.  In fact, Quad is a great-grandson of Affirmed, a g-g-grandson of Secretariat, and even has Man O'War in his pedigree.  He was just too laid back to have the desire to win.  In 7 races, he NEVER won a race!  (goofball...)

It sure was an exciting race!  I was yelling and screaming and clapping.  It was so good to see Penny Chenery there, too, at the race.  I wonder what she was thinking?

American Pharoah in the stretch, on his way to becoming the 12th Triple Crown champion.