Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Myself Pondering the world and life in one of my favorite places on the planet, that being sitting in a Crow Vision quest in the Pryor Mountains of Montana.

Below is a poem sent to me today from Jeanne Fox that pretty much says exactly how I feel about a good horse and life!


I spoke to a friend just the other day
Who's got lots of opinions and plenty to say.
We discussed what we both like to see in a horse...
His requirements and mine were different of course.
He likes a clean throat latch and a long skinny neck
And requires that their hocks are set close to the deck.
Short backs and hard feet and a clean slopin' shoulder
And a gaskin that looks like it swallered a boulder.
He likes a short face and a big ol" eye,
And says these are the horses he's likely to buy.
Well when he'd completed his lengthy discourse on all of the attributes of the quality horse.
He asked my opinion,
And where do I start,
And I said that
I... just want horses with heart.
I said I want heart, above all the other...
I don't care if he's Smart Little Lena's full brother,
Or just how much money that his grandmother won,
Or whether he's roan, palomino or dun.
But give me a horse with some grit and some try,
Some heart and some guts and that's the one that I'll buy.
And I've found it's the same with a woman or man,
The good ones won't quit you when the shit hits the fan.

By Monte Baker

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Some Fun Projects going on!

Dave at one end!
Pop at the other!

Dave and Pop recently worked their skill in making mohair cinch cord.
It was fun to watch how a lot of long string to me turned into amazing cinch cord.

This is the newest cinch I completed.
Pop taught me how to do a Vaquero style cinch this time with
a checker board center bar.
Dave will get the cinch safes made for it and I'll be ready to use it, but not sure which saddle I'll put it on.
Hmm maybe I need more saddles??
A gal can never have enough horse tack.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Above is a new Video with one of our Trainers that has served 2 trainers internships here at the ranch. This year Gail completed her advanced level and will next work towards her Masters level.Working with the interns feeds my soul as much as I try to do for them.
They are very special to me.

Thank you Pop Wagner for allowing us to use your wonderful music in this videos production.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Sigmund has passed

It is sad news in that we are sharing one of our family members has left us.
Sigmund our Dachshund, although only 10 years old, ruptured a disc in his spine and became paralyzed in the hind legs. We gave him the last week hoping for a miracle in that we were advised may not happen with this kind of injury and common in this breed due to their inherent structure.
Many will remember him from visiting the ranch and for many years he was Dave's companion at his saddle fitting clinics. Sigmund loved to travel and being passed around from person to person at the clinics.
Sigmund was also a very important companion and friend in Dave's life during some very difficult and painful events in his life.
We will miss him immensely and life is once again changed but we know how lucky we were to have him and how much joy he brought.
Dachshunds create smiles and laughter and Sigmund did for us on a daily basis.