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.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Yesterday was a good day. I got up to the ranch about 8:30 a.m. and was immediately greeted by Gigondas. I brushed her and took her down to the arena for some exercise and training review. Unfortunately, as I reached to unlatch the lead rope, she I caught her and worked with her on standing quietly and allowing me to unlatch her. I also reviewed all her commands (stay, back, come) and she remembered every one of them! She is such a smart girl! Wow! I'm amazed how she remembers her lessons. She leads very quietly now and isn't pushy (like she used to be). Next, it was Sunni's turn. He has always leads very well and he isn't pushy (remember, he is a "wallflower"...see yesteday's post). I worked with him , lunged him, and went down both back legs. He is very good with the "stay" command and will ground tie. YEAH! After working him, I let him run, too! After that, I took him up to the wash rack and gave him a nice shower all over. Ahhhh....I bet that felt good! Of course, 5 seconds after he was all clean, he rolled in the dirt and covered himself on both sides. As you know, the flies this year have been AWFUL, so I guess he was getting ready for the day! Finally, I took Quad down to the arena. He leads so well and is so easy to work with! I just let him out and let him run and enjoy the day. By then, I was exhausted, the temps were rising, and it was 1:00 p.m. I meant to give him a bath, too, so I'll have to do that today. It was a good day. I'm surprised I was able to work with 3 horses as 2 is usually my physical limit. So, I'm glad I pushed myself, that the weather was reasonable, and there was a slight breeze in the morning. Here are some pics from yesterday. Yes, that's Sunni AFTER his roll in the dirt (and his bath!) Dirty boy!


One Red Horse said...

For me work with 3 horses means a nap is required. I ordered the herbs for the "vinegar of the 4 thieves" to make a fly repellent. Can't wait until they arrive.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

What happy looking hores. That photo of Quad just makes me want to giggle.