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.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Horse chores and road trip

Hubby and I went up to visit the horses yesterday. They are all happy. The ferrier is coming later this month and I needed to work with Cali, so off I went, armed with my handy stick. After watching a Clinton Anderson DVD and listening to him talk about "no-no spots" (i.e. spots that your horse may NOT like the handy stick), I decided to use Cali as my test subject! (Hehehehehe!) She was very good and stood still while I rubbed her all over. No no-no spots on her! I went up and down those little mustang legs and she was fine. (Sunni was watching the whole time.) And, I even lifted up her front two feet with no problem. BUT, once again, she moved off when I went for her back ones. Not as much as she has previous done, but I need her to stand still! UNFORTUNATELY, we're leaving Saturday for our June vacation ... going to Yosemite and then South Lake Tahoe, so I'll only have two days when we return to work her again. I must say, however, she was much better. She did NOT like me bouncing up and down with my keys in my pockets, so she'll get another dose of that also! Then it was Sunni's turn. With him, I just say, 'Up" and he lifted each of his feet. I like to wear my little apron when I apply the Thrush Buster! He got a dose of Thrush Buster on each foot, since he has a tendency to get thrush. I cleaned out each one and he was a perfect gentleman! (Big goofball, if you ask me!) It was a gorgeous afternoon up at the ranch...a little breeze, long afternoon shadows, a chill to the air (last night was 46 degrees up there). South Lake Tahoe right now is 36 degrees each night. WHAT is with this weather? Here in the desert, it is in the mid-80's in MID-June! In the 30+ years I've lived in the desert, I don't EVER remember a mid-June with 80 degree temps. But, then, I didn't remember a May that had days over 100! Crazy weather!

I hope to be posting from the road. Hubby wants to stop at both the Ridgecrest BLM corrals AND the Litchfield ones, so I'll take pics of the mustangs at both of these places. Enjoy your weekend and your horses and give them a hug.


Carol said...

My Dad has lived and breathed horses his whole life. While reading my blog he stumbled over yours since I am a follower. He loved it. I don't think he knows how to comment on them yet. This is pretty new to him. I know he will be following along.

Dawn said...

Hey Cheryl Ann,

love your blog found it via Jay.

have a great vacay, cant wait to see the blm photos.

great tunes by the way :)

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Have a wonderful vacation

Anonymous said...

Have a great trip!