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AQHA Mares For Sale in Idaho

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These two AQHA mares are being offered for sale, located at my dad's place in Challis, Idaho.  They have been raised, trained, and ridden on his ranch, sometimes used to work cattle and sometimes for recreational riding.  Dad retired a year ago, sold the cattle and the ranch, and dispersed of most of the horses.  He…

The Beauty of Fall Horseback Riding

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I started giving horseback riding lessons to two little girls this past summer.  With fall approaching, daylight savings time changing things up, and the temperatures dropping, we started feeling like our horse riding time might be nearing an end.  So we decided that since these warm fall days are still lingering here in the Midwest, we would make…

Book Giveaway: The Tale of the Dancing Slaughter Horse

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Alert all your horse-loving and book-reading friends!  CowgirlDiary.com is giving away a new book, just released this month!  It is The Tale of the Dancing Slaughter Horse by Victoria Shade, and is a memoir written about her life growing up with horses and learning dressage, finally getting a horse of her own, and finding out…

Stitches For Daisy

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Well, just when everything is finally going good...the pony recovering from her tendon injury down at summer pasture with the two buckskins, and the older mares at home being used for weekly riding lessons...disaster strikes.  Sunday we were at the farm after lunch, planning to work on rebuilding a fence, and so while we were…

Riding Lessons For Beginners

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I was recently asked by a friend of mine if I would give horseback riding lessons to her two daughters.  I have never taken riding lessons or given a formal riding lesson.  But it sounded like fun to me, so I said "yes".  The girls are beginner riders, and I am a beginner teacher, but…

A Western Wedding

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It was a year ago that we enjoyed being a part of my youngest sister's wedding on the ranch out in Idaho.  She got engaged in May and married in September, so the wedding had to be planned in a hurry.  I wanted to help her with the preparations, but I live over eighteen hours…

Meet Trixie

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As I recently browsed the Nebraska/Iowa Horses For Sale pages on Facebook, I kept seeing a lot of ponies.  So I mentioned to my husband that we should get a pony while the kids are still little.  He said, "No horses.  But I might consider a pony for the kids."  Well, you know....that was a…

Catching Up

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This is me, at age one, riding my trusty horse.  Wow...it's been a long time since I've written here at CowgirlDiary!  I love blogging, but sometimes it's hard to keep with the theme here because I have not been doing much riding lately, and when there is little to no horse activity, it's hard to…

Allergies In Horses

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It's always something.  This time, it's our twenty-three-year-old horse Red, who has developed severe allergies and has what is called "heaves" in horses, or COPD in humans.  The symptoms are a deep cough, difficulty breathing so you see his sides "heave" in and out with each breath (hence, the name "heaves"), lack of appetite or…

Progress With Penny’s Pastern Cut

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It was a little over a month ago that I found my favorite mare Penny with a really bad slice under her hind pastern, and I was afraid she might die from it (she had lost so much blood!), or might never recover full use of that leg.  I did get her to the vet…

Pictures of Rudy

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I wanted to post a collection of photos of my horse Rudy through the years, just to remember him by. He was the best horse in the world. I remember in high school I entered a writing contest and the title of my essay was "The Best Horse in the World"...I don't remember everything I…

A Memento For Rudy

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When Rudy had to be put down, I saved a strand of his tail hair to have something made to remember him by.  In the days following his death, I did an internet search for hand-braided horse hair bracelets, and sifted through a few different companies and artists who make them.  I found the website…

Treating a Pastern Cut

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I haven't had the best luck with my horses this winter.  I went out Monday morning (a week ago) to feed, and saw Penny standing out by the hay feeder alone.  All the other horses were inside their run-in shed, as it was a cold morning with high winds and blowing snow.  I didn't think…

Even The Very Best Ones

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I lost my horse Rudy on the 3rd of January. He was almost twenty-eight years old, and ever since he came to live with us in October, I have worried about him. I knew he wasn't going to live forever, but I had hoped for a few more years, especially now that we were reunited.…

What Giving Brings

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This time of year, it's an expected thing to receive gifts.  Around Christmas time you get a new calendar from the feed store, a pair of gloves from the company you buy your calf vaccine from, a candy cane from some random Santa you meet while shopping, a bonus from the work place...and so it…

Old Soldiers, Home At Last

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Last week we had a special visit from my parents.  They drove all the way from Idaho to Iowa pulling a gooseneck trailer with six horses in it, dropping off two at our place, staying overnight and spending the next day with us, then continuing on their way to two other siblings' homes to deliver…

Riding Cletus

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We have reached another milestone in our horse life:  we rode Cletus, our four year old buckskin gelding!  If you remember, we bought him as a baby alongside his mother, Penny, in the fall of 2011.  Last November, we sent him to the Rosebud Indian Reservation for a crash course in behaving under saddle....the trainer…

A Cowgirl’s Hat

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I grew up riding horses.  Raised on a ranch, working cattle, living to be horseback, loving the country life...I was a cowgirl if ever there was one.  But I've often said that I never really looked like the stereotypical cowgirl---no fringed leather, no turquoise-and-silver jewelry, no wild rag around my neck, and no hat.  For…

Bye Bye Bluebird

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I love that old song my grandma used to sing, "Pack up all my care and woe, here I go, singin' low.... Bye, Bye, Blackbird."  Well, in this case, it's Bluebird we said goodbye to.  If you recall, she's the blue roan Hancock-bred mare that my sister gave me that we had shipped here from…

Pass Creek Drive 2015

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At the end of May, as we try to do each year, our family went west to visit my parents in Idaho.  We spent several days with them, enjoying ranch life, mountain-style farming, beautiful scenery and their many horses.  The highlight of the trip was the all-day cattle drive up into the mountains, through the…
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