Archive for the 'Critters' Category

I thought he was more into whiskey and cigars…

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Via Hoofbeats:
“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”
–Sir Winston Churchill

Ground WHAT day?

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

I don’t want to hear about groundhog day.
If you want to speak to me of traditional rituals, especially those involving animals, speak to me of Derby day at Churchill Downs and the call to the post. Speak to me of the march of the ducks at the Peabody Hotel. Or speak to me of the [...]

Bye-bye, Nolan

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Nolan, our latest in a long series of Sheltie foster dogs, has finally been adopted. I couldn’t find the time to blog Nolan’s photo when he first arrived here at Pine Gulch, but here he is in his last day with us. Nolan’s only part sheltie, as you can probably tell, but he was a [...]

Two horse stories for the price of one

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Wendy and I went to the barn this morning for what we thought would be a quick trip. The horses had all spent the night in the pasture, so we thought we would put some feed in their stalls, bring them all in, wait for them to eat, then turn them all back into the [...]

Training Laredo

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Here’s a little video I made of Friday night’s training session with Laredo.

Training Laredo on Vimeo

Aspy and Genna

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Here’s Aspy, who continues to improve after we were afraid he would have to be put down:

We wish Genna were doing as well. Wendy got to the barn early this morning, only to learn that Genna was in the hospital with a bad case of kidney stones. She’s been released, and is on medication, but [...]


Friday, August 11th, 2006

Bryn rode Laredo tonight! It’s the first time any of us have ridden him (as opposed to sitting on his back while being led around with a rope). She rode beautifully — she walked and trotted him, but did not canter. Laredo’s been in training for about four months, and Bryn has been riding for [...]

Sad news

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

We learned tonight that Aspy, one of our favorite horses at Genn’s barn, has broken his leg and will have to be put down. Apsy is a beautiful big gelding in the color that is called “flea-bitten gray” (Wendy had to explain to me that flea-bitten does not refer to the horse’s hygiene, but to [...]

Two Horse Stories

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Now it’s time to catch up on my blogging. Here’s a couple of horse tales for you:
A couple of weeks ago, a vet came out to the stable and gave the big critters some vaccinations. I don’t remember what they all were, but I know there were three of them. One of the vaccinations was [...]

Horse Bath

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

Remind me to tell you someday how you can both wash your horse and get yourself soaking wet and covered in mud and horsehair… all in two easy hours. (Hint: it’s EASY if your horse is afraid of the hose!)

Piggies Need New Shoes

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

It’s a beautiful day in Pearland today. It’s sunny and breezy out with a temperature in the high sixties or low seventies. Unfortunately, I woke up with a headache this morning; I was only up until midnight last night, and I slept until about nine, so I have no reason why I should have a [...]


Thursday, March 23rd, 2006

I got home this afternoon to find a note on the door:
The horses got out into the property next door. I’ve gone to help
Wendy was gone, but the girls were home. We all got in the car and drove over.
The man next door, who we often see training horses in Western riding, had penned [...]