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, June 4, 2011


One of the other boarders at the ranch is now 6 months behind on her all know how the economy is right now. Anyway, the owner mentioned to me that she was going to put up posters for the two horses that this lady had and find new homes for them. I've grown quite attached to one of them, Lucille, who is half Tennessee Walker and half draft. She is a BIG GIRL, but she isn't wide. She's down by Quad and Sunni and I frequently give her pats and scratches. Poor thing...she hadn't been out of her corral since last November! So, I asked the owner if it would be okay for my trainer to take her out and evaluate her. She took her down to the wash rack, saddled her, and took her out for a walk. Lucille was very calm and collected. She's been out on trails before and she's 12 years old, so she's been around! Cathy and I brushed her mane and tail last time I was there. So, today I took her down to the wash rack, gave her a shampoo, and put cream rinse in her mane to get rid of all the knots. Then, I led her down to the arena. She was a perfect lady. No pulling at all. She calmly walked away when I let her off the lead rope and quietly began eating weeds! What a GOOD GIRL! So, Lucille may be getting a new owner, but not a new home! :-) Here are some pics of her. She was getting her bath in the top one, and the middle one was after she rolled in the arena. And that's a head shot of her.


Anonymous said...

Very cute and sweet - here's hoping!

Mikey said...

Awww, that would be great! Are you going to get in some trail rides now?!

Cactus Jack Splash said...

She is lovely. It will be great for you to have a horse to ride

One Red Horse said...

She is just lovely! Lucky girl if she joins your herd.'

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

She would probably love you for forever! Poor baby. It hurts to be ignored.

Dan said...

Here's hoping for a new addition to the herd, and a happy ending for Lucille!

Sage said...

Oh if I could only afford another horse like this one so I could actually ride again. With one real old, and one that is blind, and one that is untrained and can't afford a trainer I just can't bring myself to get rid of them and get a good riding horse. If you can afford this one - go for her.

Laughing Orca Ranch said... this is who Lucille is and how you have come to possibly own her.

Just an FYI, before you get too attached, just be sure Lucille's previous owner's contract specifies that a horse will become the barn owner's property if the horse owner can't pay the board.

Also, how many months of unpaid board does it take before the horse owner loses ownership of her horse. Also make sure you've got a clear bill of sale from the owner and/or barn owner, too.
Working at the horse rescue where we have boarders, I've seen some sad and frustrating situations happen.

If it does work out, sounds like a good horse for you because she's already broke and experienced which is what you need. I'm envious that you're able to swing full board for your large herd in this economy. Your barn owner must be very affordable.