Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Our new Cardigan Welsh Corgi "Cotton" finally found (stick-in-the-mud) Greyhound Creel's PLAY button. All it took was 10 inches of snow and a little "cabin fever"!
Creel couldn't hold back his silly grin as he left Cotton in his...uhhh...drift!
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Step One: Decide which side to mount. Don't go with the conventional, be different, stand out in the crowd. Keep your horse guessing.
Step Two: Insert tip of boot into stirrup. Be ready to bounce nimbly from the ground to the back of the horse. Once again, keep the horse guessing.
Step Three: Pause for your public. Smile for cameras, work the scene.
Step Four: Haul your little behind onto your horse's little behind. Land gently, as if he's going to feel you up there.
Step Five: Sit tall in the saddle. Reach for your stirrups, heels down. Lightly pick up your reins. Engage. You're looking good, you're a cowboy.
(and, the horse is still guessing...)
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Meanwhile, back at the horse show in Estancia, New Mexico ---
It's time for the Rattlesnake Race!
The object of the race? "Catch" as many rattlesnakes as you can, of course. Stuff 'em into a plastic bag, mount up and ride like hell outta the ring. With both the rattlesnakes AND your horse. In ONE minute!
Pssst...horses hate plastic bags. They rattle and make a kinda hissy sound and are scary, like rattlesnakes. Duh!
Another pssst. For those of you who've missed this hysterical event, an aside. They aren't REAL rattlers, they're multi-colored squiggly-like "snakes" made from a kind of rubbery material. But to the horses, they look close enough to the real thing and they aren't taking any chances!
The rider who makes it out of the arena in one piece, with the most snakes, is the victor!
I think we have a WINNER! Easy --- right?
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
This summer, while visiting our place in New Mexico, we went to a great local horse show. It was my pleasure to watch the littlest cowboy at the show.
Pint-sized, he was sitting astride the fence rail, totally decked out in all the cowboy essentials: summer straw with impressive feather, long-sleeved shirt (always worn by real cowboys to protect them from the sun, rope burns and cactus spines), jeans and belt and boots, with serious spurs.
His daddy had taught him how to ride a big horse properly...look at his perfect form. Straight line from bit to elbows. Head up, heels down!
But little cowboys need a horse more their size...
A buddy, a compadre. Someone to explore the dusty trails of cowboy-dom.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
The Very Large Array is located 50 miles west of Socorro, New Mexico, on the Plains of San Augustin.
The plains are vast and wild. They were a perfect location for the movie "Contact" (1997) starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
In New Mexico there's lots of cows and in turn, lots of cattle guards. They're hefty contraptions so you can drive your gnarly one ton pickup or massive hay rig over 'em and they won't collapse.
The appearance of "holes in the ground" keep cattle at bay and the cows stop short of going over the cattle guard for fear their legs will get stuck in the bars. Not a good thing if you're a cow in cougar country.
Our ranch had to replace a worn out cattle guard last year and I thought you'd like to see how pretty they are brand new out of the box!
Decked out in a bright coat of lemon yellow our guard color coordinates with the surrounding flowers. It takes you from the interior of the ranch to the ranch road that leads to points beyond, with style.
A New Mexico law states every cattle guard accessible to the general public must have a gate next to it so other traffic, on horseback, can pass through. Our "cowboy gate" is a fashionable John Deere green.
Wouldn't it be nice if all states were so thoughtful?