Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Llama Dogs


Heading out to find the Llamas... 
I had to stop and smell the Primroses along the way.
Gorgeous to look and and heaven to smell!


Chopo and Pecos are ready to work the camelids...


The Llamas saw us coming and waited... 
We had to wait a few minutes while a pair of bicyclists passed by. 
Once they were out of range we started the llamas moving toward home..


...Badger celebrates the finding of his llamas...


Hart II's SunStarBuck watches the llamas, waiting for the signal to start his critters moving... 



Llama Ha, Hellon Wheels and Flash have been on the range for a few months and are not immediately willing to go back home... A little cutting-horsework keeps them from turning back... 
Guppy backs up Pecos and dad...



Pecos loves this part of the job.. So much like Polo!


Our dog pack, together, help the llama herd move forward calmly. The Australian Shepherds gently but assertively and firmly push the fuzzballs along. The big white Maremmas have calming energy and show the llamas no ill intent. They lead the herd and join in making us all one big group moving together.


Flash has broken down pasterns and is insecure about moving forward, 


The dogs keep the pressure gently applied...


Together, Zuli shows Guppy the fine art of gentle persuasion and firm assertion...



Guppy takes the job on and keeps Flash moving...



Flash stops to challenge the dog, Guppy patiently holds her position pushing back just a little...


Flash moves along, but checks out Amber... Still no threatening movement from the dogs...



On we go...



The Llamas pause...


The dogs worked very well together. The mature Zuli, Guppy and Bucky each take charge of a llama while young Badger follows along and backs up different mates...




Thursday, March 19, 2015

Doonie Growing Up


Throwback Thursday!
Here is my Dun horse, Doonie, when she first came to be mine, 
one week before her first birthday 


She was about to shed when we got her, our first experience with the color changing gray...
First she darkened to become liver chestnut... Here she is at two or three...


And at five years old...




Starting to really work at six...





At seven Doonie had a run in with a field of Cockleburs that drove her nuts once tangled in her hair.


We twitched her lip to be able to get anywhere near her head... 
For awhile she sported a stylish mohawk...


An old pro at age eight...

 

Loving life at age 10...


Pony Rides in the park in Santa Fe at age 11...
Giving big and little folks a fun ride is a job she loves...


Now my girl is weeks away from giving birth to her first foal, due on her birthday...
And still turning whiter yet with each brushing as she sheds her winter coat... 
In a few years she will have lost all those lovely dapples, freckles and tiger stripes...
A horse of many colors!

 





Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Partly Cloudy Days


New Mexico Skies...


In no particular order...


Summer Rains...


Morning clouds and fog...


Early spring Thunderheads...


SunSet...


Rainbow...


Double Rainbow...


Shades of weather...


 Enchanting Skies...


And Mists...


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy 40th Saint Patricks Day to Mom and Dad!


Happy Saint Patricks Day!
Today is my mom and dad's 40th anniversary of their first date!


40 years ago they rode bicycles together, 
after dad sold mom her first 5-speed and they fell in love, outside of DC.
These days the terrain is more fun on a horse...
Pictured here with my niece, their granddaughter, Sonia on her first Horse Ride a few years ago...