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 31, 2008

Blog award!

Good morning! I was given this award today from Shirley over at I LOVE her blog and it is one of those I read every morning! She always has tons of information that I find very useful! THANK YOU, Shirley!

I would like to nominate the following blogs myself: I LOVE this blog! She has one mustang and just bid and won another mustang!~ I read it every morning! Her mustang IS beautiful! Another wonderful blog that I read every morning! Shiloh Horse Rescue, Jill Curtis! Jill is a wonderful woman who, despite ALL she does, still has time to answer emails! THANK YOU, Jill! We are going to stop by and see you in August! This one is a hoot! It is written from the horse's point of view! DOR is "dope on a rope"...i.e. the human! Very entertaining! BEAUTIFUL photos! WOW! Gorgeous! I wish I could take pics like Amanda!

And, finally, This is Cowgirl Up! She is my inspiration! She does such a wonderful job on her blog! I experimented on mine after looking at hers. I have a LONG way to go, but she gave me the inspiration to try some new links and stuff on my blog! THANK YOU!

There are so many other wonderful blogs! I've posted them on the bottom on this page, so please take a look! I will update when I can! Thank you all!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Mom and Scout and Cali and Sunni

You know, I'm always the one taking the pictures, so I NEVER have any of me! Well, Barb offered to take a few yesterday, so here goes!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008


Remember my friend Barbara, who came up last week and helped with the mustangs? Well, I worked Scout this morning and she was so good! I was able to brush her all over and lead her and move her out! She DID stomp her feet a little, but wasn't her usual pushy self! THANKS BARBARA!

Anyway, here are some pics! Scout is the kind of horse who remembers her last lesson and then can move forward from there! She's VERY SMART!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Scout and Cali

My good friend Barbara came up for 2 days and helped me with our little mustangs, Scout and Cali. Scout is the little roan and Cali is the palomino. I was at the point I really didn't know WHAT to do with them next! Boy, Barb sure showed me what to do! PHEW! She took Scout and said, "YOU do what I do with Cali" and off we went! We tied them, brushed them, picked up their feet, went all over their bodies with our hands and then lunged them. It was GREAT! Cali even got a saddle pad put on her!
Thanks, BARB! You are wonderful!

I'm reading a couple other mustangs blogs and I enjoy reading about their adventures with their mustangs. Mustangs are such wonderful horses! They are SMART and curious! Ours are so different~ Scout is very intelligent, yet wary, while Cali is so friendly and trusting!
It even RAINED on us one day up in the mountains! We really had 2 nice, cool, cloudy days to work them and I really needed that. It has been so darn HOT in Southern California, even up in the mountains! It has been TOO HOT to do much with the horses. I'm going to start going up in the evenings and working them on my own now.

Friday, July 4, 2008


Well, after Sunni's little "incident" with being tied, he has shied away from me and HEAVEN FORBID he should see a halter. I had him tied about a month ago and he panicked, pulled back on the rope, SAT DOWN, panicked again, and squeezed out of his rope halter. Okay. No more rope halters. Off he went, running, back to the pen and hung out near it until I could get some sweet feed and entice him back inside with that. Since then, he hasn't wanted to be near me or lead ropes or halters.

So, Wednesday cousin Valerie came over and did join up with him. It took HER an hour to get him to join up! He finally let her touch him (quiver, quiver...). So, my homework this week, is to do it DAILY with him. So, yesterday, it only took 8 minutes. He let me touch him all over and pick up his feet, and he followed me all around the corral. Phew! It is nice to have my horse back again!

We will "reintroduce" him to the lead rope next week and the halter after that. Nice and slow. Back to the beginning.