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, April 2014. The roses are blooming!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Looking down at the "flatlands"

We stopped here for our picnic Sunday afternoon and I wandered out to the edge of the picnic area to take this photo of the San Bernardino/Highland area.  Riverside would be to the west.  Yes, that's SMOG!  Ugh!  Actually, Sunday's smog wasn't too bad.  I've seen it so bad that one couldn't even SEE the mountains!  This is right below the Crestline cutoff.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Baldwin Lake and the drought in California

Those of you on the east coast know about California's severe drought.  Well, we saw it first hand Sunday.  Next to Big Bear Lake (which I didn't get ANY photos of...) lies another lake, Baldwin Lake.  It is usually full and has lots of fishermen near it or on it.

HA!  Not anymore.  The lake was nearly GONE when we drove by Sunday.  In my 62 years, I've NEVER seen the lake this low.  The walking bridge was clearly exposed and the marina (if you can even still call it that!) was extremely low.  What a change!

I sure hope we get a decent amount of rain this winter and that Big Bear and the San Bernardino mountains get plenty of snow!  These photos tell a sad story...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sunday trip

I awoke Saturday morning with a sore throat, but by staying home and nursing it with plenty of hot tea and lemon, I felt better Sunday morning.  Hubby wanted to drive up to Big Bear, which is about a 2 hour drive from our house, so off we went.  He wasn't feeling that swift that day, but agreed to go anyway.

We had both read and seen photos of the fall leaves in the Los Angeles Times, so we were eager to take photos.  I hope these photos don't disappoint you!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Had a good visit with the horses yesterday!

I had a good visit with the horses yesterday.  Unfortunately, when I got my camera out, I tried to take a photo and, alas, my battery was shot!  So, I put it away.

I took Gigondas down to the arena for some lunging and a romp.  She did very well.  I'm teaching her "stay" as well as "come".  She waited at the gate when she was done.  I took her for a walk around the ranch, but it was quite breezy and she startled when she saw some birds land near her.

Quad was next.  I wanted him to get out and let his gas out and he did!  I'd stopped at the feed store and I bought 5 bags of pellets, so I unloaded them.  I didn't take him for a walk, but my plan is to now take the horses for a walk around the ranch so I can better relate to them and them to me.  Unfortunately, with the breeze blowing leaves all over, I didn't even try to take out Sunni.  Maybe today.

Oh, and Cathy and I found a large snake skin over by the hay stack.  We don't know what kind of snake it is...any ideas?

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Garage sale results

We got set up by 7:15 or so yesterday morning and we were pretty much DONE by 9:30, although I did have a last minute sale of some bars of scented soap!  I only made $35.00 the entire time.  It was pretty disappointing and people haggled over every purchase!  I managed to sell a couple of jackets, some childrens' books, and a large wooden cutout of a horse ($5.00)...sigh...most items went for $0.50 and then they grumbled.  I sold two jackets for $2.00 each...The horse was the most expensive items I sold all morning.

By 9:30, it was HOT.  And, I mean HOTTTTTTTTT!!!  It was 105 here yesterday and by 10:30, I was on the verge of heat exhaustion.  I went inside, drank two glasses of water, and passed out on our daughter's couch for an hour.  I was D.O.N.E.

Maybe their next one, in March, will be cooler?  HOPEFULLY!   :-)  I did manage to run over to Whole Foods and buy chicken salad and a superfoods salad for lunch and hubby ran over there to buy chicken kabobs for dinner!   ;-)

I haven't seen the hawk in our yard, but while talking to a neighbor 2 houses down, he mentioned that he stops in his back yard almost daily.  And, he has 3 birdbaths to choose from, not just my homemade one!  WELL!  Hmmpppffff!  He IS in the neighborhood because I heard him yesterday morning and I saw him one morning up on our telephone pole in the back yard.  But, by the time I grabbed my camera, he was gone.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Time to move on...

My trainer and I have parted company.  I can't see where any of the horses have made ANY progress last year.  Same old, same old.  No forward progress...sigh... And, REALLY, how much could she do in 2 hours with 5 horses?  One horse always got neglected. So, she and I have parted ways.

Now what?  HA!  My Saturdays are now filled with either errands or soccer games with the grandson, although this Saturday, our daughter is having a garage sale/yard sale in her complex.  They only do two a year, so I'm taking some boots and books and going over there.  Hubby is driving out to the soccer game.  Soccer with 5 year olds should be interesting, right?  I'm hoping he will take photos.

School is...well, it's school.  Kids don't want to be there, don't want to learn, don't want to do any work...same old.  They ONLY want to be on their iPad, and then they flit from app to app.  So, now I have a new rule:  YOU MUST BE ON THE APP I TELL YOU TO BE ON and if you aren't, you are DONE for the day!  Really!!!

Am looking forward to the weekend.  Only 6 more weeks until a 3 day weekend in November, then a couple more weeks until Thanksgiving!

I enjoy sitting at my laptop and watching the birds come to the hummingbird feeder.  These little ones come more than the hummingbirds!

Monday, September 29, 2014

A trip to the Living Desert and FINALLY, some horse time!

My Saturdays seem to be full of either family obligations or errands these days.  I'm finding that I usually go up to visit the horses on a Sunday, although I hadn't gone for... 3 weekends!  I was either too tired, too sick, or too SICK AND TIRED to even THINK about driving up that winding road.  But, up I went yesterday and it was a perfect day for a visit.  Cool, but breezy.  I didn't take any of the horses out, but had a nice, two-hour long visit.  I trimmed a couple of tails (Sunni and Lucille) and everybody got a nice lunch of shredded beet pulp and chia seeds!  Yum, yum!  And, good for the tummy!

On Saturday we joined our daughter and her family at the Living Desert Reserve here in Palm Desert and walked around for two hours.  Grandpa and I were WORN OUT!  That was IT for us for the day!