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.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

A warm winter day!

Yesterday was another warm Southern California winter's day! It was gorgeous! Unfortunately, in the morning, I had to take hubby to "urgent care" (NOT!) because he was supposed to go to work, but in reality, he couldn't even stand up! Poor guy! Yes, he now has bronchitis. Then, I had to drop off his RX, take him home, take Ripley to the clinic for her annual shots, take HER home, and finally go up to the ranch. Phew! Fortunately, I don't have to deal with snow down here in the desert like some of the people up in Washington state or New Mexico! I've never driven in snow and honestly, I wouldn't know what to do!
So, yesterday was Gigo's turn to be let out into the arena. She was very easy to halter (she isn't always that easy!) and was a perfect lady as I walked her around. We stopped to investigate a trailer, the truck loaded with trash, and other horses. She and Beauty got reacquainted. They were buddies for all their time (4 months) in Washington and were boarded together another 8 months in Southern California. She stood quietly while I unclipped her lead rope, then took off like a shot! I took my little Nikon with me as I just didn't want to take my big Canon, which I have to put around my neck. Hubby said he will get me a new camera for my birthday and I'm really leaning toward another small one, but I love this Nikon. I can slip it in a pocket and pull it out. It's a Coolpix L14 with 7.1 megapixels. The only drawback is that is has a SLOW shutter recovery speed and with horses, as you know, you need a fast recovery speed camera! Instead of another camera, maybe I'll ask for a video camera! Neither one of us has one and that's something I could really use. Anyway, here are some pics from yesterday. No, that's not me. That's Cathy, the wonderful lady who owns the ranch! I tried to get a photo of Gigo and me, but I couldn't manuever the camera with my gloves on and I wasn't about to take them off as I've previously got two rope burns while handling Gigo! NO WAY! We worked on her verbal commands: "stay", "come" and "back". She remembered them all and when I had to open the gate inward, she backed up nicely. She's very smart and tries to please and she remembers her lessons! She was very "huggy" yesterday and I brushed her all over after her romp in the arena. GOOD GIRL! She's come a long way since we first got her. She was flighty, turned her back on us, and wouldn't let us touch her head or her butt. Now, she will let me touch her all over, pick up her feet, and stand still for "butt scratches"! I only will have a short visit today as I have to take my German Shepherd in to the vet up there. He has a skin condition and he scratches ALL THE TIME and he's out of his meds, so I have to take him back for a checkup and a new RX. Then, this afternoon, I'm going with our daughter for HAIRCUTS! My hair is just too long and straggly. I'd like to get some layers cut into it so that its natural curl comes back.


Cactus Jack Splash said...

She is sure looking good. I envy your warm, snowless days.

One Red Horse said...

Warm? I'm very, very jealous. Eureka is freezing. Bet Jack's DOR would crack-up at that considering the temperature in her part of the country. Cheryl, I just love visiting your blog and hope you will accept the Butterfly Award. Recently I was given the Butterfly Award. Visit my blog to pick it up (copy the picture) and get the directions for passing it on to some of your favorite blogs.