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Forever home finds new friend

Stardust - rescued Morgan finds forever home - Poudre River Stables - Ft. Collins - CO - 80521Something really good happened this weekend. Our forever home found a new friend when we arrived with Stardust. She is age 12, a rescued Morgan, we think never trained to saddle. After a nine-hour trailer haul, we gave Stardust the day to settle in and rest in the roundpen where we offloaded her last night at dusk. Stardust looks rough right now because she doesn’t like being caught, and needs brushing. However, Cindy, one of our clients, discovered Stardust really likes Gala apple wedges and will pick them up off of the ground. By mid-afternoon, Stardust would walk up to us in exchange for an apple bite.  We plan to move Stardust to her real two-week quarantine spot once she accepts catching and haltering. After she develops a little more trust, we’ll get Stardust’s teeth floated, which should help in the body score department. Check out her long stride and graceful walk in the video. I love the way she keeps track of me with her ears. Stay tuned as this little blonde and I embark on a journey of discovery. – Karin

Stardust - rescued Morgan finds forever home - Poudre River Stables - Ft. Collins - CO - 80521

Blessed in tank-heater-horse-shed fire

Late this afternoon we discovered on this windy day that this fire did not spread, but instead snuffed itself out. Many thanks to the Poudre Fire Authority for their quick response in coming to investigate. We think the tank heater melted the Rubbermaid tank, and the melted plastic ignited, spreading to the post. These heaters will no longer be permitted on the property.

tank heater horse shed fire - burned shed post
Fire damage in horse shed.
Poudre Fire Authority truck on the scene.
Tank heater in melted Rubbermaid tank.
Fireman investigates.
Tank heater, melted tank, melted, burned plastic to right.
Fireman taking pictures on the scene.
The tank heater destroyed itself, too.
Another view of tank heater and melted tank.
“WHEN USING A NON-METALLIC CONTAINER OR PLASTIC TANK, TO PREVENT FIRE DANGER, YOU MUST USE OUR MODEL 88R GUARD.” (APPARENTLY SOLD SEPARATELY)
The fire department report mentioned not having a basket on the tank heater. Of more interest to us was that fact that the heater’s auto-safety shutoff failed.

What to my wondering eyes should appear – mule deer!

Mule deer in side garden - Poudre River Stables - Ft. Collins, CO

My theory: All the mule deer that disappeared off of Colorado’s available-for-hunters count actually smartened up and moved to the ‘burbs. Perhaps when the lions and bears figure out they are now on Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s hit list, they’ll follow suit.

The buck in the background is going “camo” behind the tree branches with his horns. The doe, center front, has had a frozen hind leg for a long, long time, we’re guessing from a car hit. The tank in the foreground is a rusty water trough turned planter.

See more of our wildlife at MyHoofprints.com.

Larimer County historic horse postcard: Where the french fries came from in 1908

… or did they even have french fries in 1908? This historic horse postcard, hand dated and postmarked, November 13, 1908, shows horses in two different jobs during a potato harvest in “Northern Colorado”. This appears to actually be the Edwards Farm in our very own Larimer County, Colorado, based on an identical black and white photo in the Fort Collins History Connection. The back of the postcard needs deciphering, something very cryptic involving “mathematics” and “quart” and “receipt”, I think.

Enjoy our Horses in History slide show.

Learn about our historic farm.

Historic horse postcard back - potato harvest Northern Colorado - 1908

Farewell, Billy the Morgan, our friend

We lost Billy today at age 22. Diagnosis: Strangulated small intestine, probably due to an age-related fatty lipoma. Born here, died here. Best friend ever.

Billy day of birth, April 28, 1994 - Poudre River Stables - Ft. Collins - CO - 80521
PRS Billy Blue, born April 28, 1994
Billy spring 1994 - Poudre River Stables - Ft. Collins - CO - 80521
Billy spring 1994 – Kalinda far right with cousin, Holly – Poudre River Stables
Billy with Jarrod - 2001 - Poudre River Stables
Billy with Jarrod – 2001 – Poudre River Stables
Jarrod on Billy - Rockie Mountain Saddle Club - 2003
Jarrod on Billy – Rockie Mountain Saddle Club – 2003
Billy at Jax Author Day - Winning Bet book signing - November 2010
Billy at Jax Author Day – Winning Bet book signing – November 2010

Billy with Lisa Wolfe - CSU Fall Schooling Show
Billy with Lisa Wolfe – CSU Fall Schooling Show
Billy versus the excavator - near property border with Pateros Creek homes - city Poudre River work project.
Billy versus the excavator – near property border with Pateros Creek homes – city Poudre River work project.
Billy gets the block - Jackie Johnston trick training clinic - Last Resort Equestrian Center
Billy gets the block – Jackie Johnston trick training clinic – Last Resort Equestrian Center

Billy, Four Winds Equestrian Center show.
Billy, Four Winds Equestrian Center show.
Billy in grass turnout - Poudre River Stables - Ft. Collins - CO - 80521
Billy in grass turnout – Poudre River Stables.
Billy - Halloween - Poudre River Stables - Ft. Collins - CO - 80521
Happy Halloween!
Billy, center,2015 field trip to Snowbank Brewing, Ft. Collins.
Billy, center,2015 field trip to Snowbank Brewing, Ft. Collins.
Billy on a snowy ride - 2015 - Poudre River Stables - Ft. Collins - CO - 80521
Happy trails.