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Camping Trips

Posted by greygelding , 27 September 2017 - - - - - - · 446 views

As time passed and the trail miles mounted on both horses, the urge to go on a pack it in camping trip came over me. I found horse camping sites at Point Reyes National Park on the coast. Of course, me being me, I just had to make it an adventure instead of a short enjoyable trip. Early on a Saturday morning we checked in at the ranger station and obta...


Tess and Mayo

Posted by greygelding , 22 September 2017 - - - - - - · 304 views

It was time to unite the herd to the stable where Mayo was kept, but it would be bittersweet. About two weeks before the move, Pam went to see them and found that Shady was down and apparently had been for some time. The vet came out immediately and it wasn't good but we had to try. We rushed her to UC Davis and she was examined immediately. They were...



Posted by greygelding , 15 September 2017 - - - - - - · 335 views

I was now on the hunt for a new horse. I had no exact idea what I was looking for but I just knew I would know it when I saw it. I began looking in local papers, bulletin boards, word of mouth, as well as on the Internet. It had become a passion with me but it turned out that I had been spoiled and become very picky. One day as Pam was relaxing at hom...


The Void

Posted by greygelding , 16 August 2017 - - - - - - · 405 views

From 1989 until 2006, for me, horses shifted from a passion to more of a hobby. Pam took on most of the horse chores and tried to keep me in the saddle. I continued to support the horses financially and Pam emotionally but while I would help out with some of the chores but she was left to shoulder the bulk of the work. I found it easy to make excuses a...


Parade, Wild Horses, and Farewell

Posted by greygelding , 14 August 2017 - - - - - - · 409 views


Like all towns large and small at least one parade is held each year and Barstow was no exception. I don't really like standing around for an hour or more watching one and I have no desire to ride in one. Pam on the other hand is the exact opposite as she will eagerly watch one whenever she can and if she gets a chance to ride in one there's no...


Tezza Joins the Pony Express

Posted by greygelding , 03 August 2017 - - - - - - · 564 views

Pony express

One of our equestrian friends was active in the community and came up with the idea to reenact the Pony Express to commemorate it's anniversary. This quickly grew from one route into four going to six cities. Pam designed the logo which was silk screened on the shirt backs. Linda, the main organizer, started the planning of two of the rou...


Tezza and the Freight Train

Posted by greygelding , 03 August 2017 - - - - - - · 526 views


Our corrals were either pipe or 3 strand smooth wire. There's something within me that finds an animal in need hard to resist so it wasn't long before a burro, Jennifer, came into out lives. We put her in with Tezza and they quickly became fast friends. When I would take Tezza for a short ride Jennifer would follow along loose. It wasn't long...


Chapter 15 Tezza Pt 1

Posted by greygelding , 08 April 2017 - - - - - - · 713 views


Every horse owner has a horse that sets a standard that every other horse is measured against.
For me Tezza is that horse.


Slowly we came to the realization that we were becoming horse poor so the decision was made to thin the herd. Shady an...


Chapter 14 - Runaways on the Trail

Posted by greygelding , 19 March 2017 - - - - - - · 601 views

I continued on my solo camping trips as Pam disliked the hard trek over the mountain. She was a big fan of the horse shows and gentle, normal trail rides. I, on the other hand, prefer the trail life and all the challenges that comes with it. Another coworker wanted to go camping so once again I found myself training a coworker to ride. At the last min...


Cold Camping

Posted by greygelding , 18 March 2017 - - - - - - · 736 views

As the bond between myself and Tezza became stronger it was only natural that I couldn't wait to climb aboard. I was determined not to saddle her until she was a 3 year old and to do no real work until she turned 4 I just couldn't help but wonder how she would take to riding. One day I was sitting on the fence holding a halter and she walked over too me....

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