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CSU alum Cayla Stone’s excellent first go at TX Extreme Mustang Makeover


Extreme Mustang Makeover, Cayla Stone and Leda, Ft. Worth, TX, Sept. 14, 2017
#TakeittotheExtreme Extreme Mustang Makeover, Cayla Stone and Leda, Ft. Worth, TX, Sept. 14, 2017

Cayla Stone and lovely “Leda” had an excellent first go at the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Ft. Worth, TX, this morning. Word on the street says the pattern class starts at 3 p.m. Central Time (2 p.m. Mountain Time) and Cayla will be 11th in the order of go.

Live stream of Extreme Mustang Makeover a lot of fun

The live stream of the Extreme Mustang Makeover this morning was a lot of fun. You could like, “heart”, “smile”, etc., as your contestant competed and watch the icons float across the screen. Your comments show up on the recorded video at the time of the go. Very nice.

Go to and scroll down to the latest post to get the current live feed. Cayla and Leda are second to go in this video.

Poudre River video unveils N. Shields history, photos

Check out this new Poudre River video for answers to:

  • How did the flooding Poudre River give birth to Fort Collins?
  • Who were the movers and shakers of early Fort Collins?
  • How did N. Shields St. farms, several of which still exist today, help the local economy?

Soon, Poudre River bike trail visitors can also call up the Poudre River Heritage Tour: Shields Street Area on their smart phones via QR codes on planned signage near the intersection of N. Shields St. and the Poudre River.

Many thanks to the Poudre Heritage Alliance for their video tours, which preserve our history and that of the Poudre River. The horses-grazing shot at the video’s end is from our historic property, Poudre River Stables.

Read Gruesome End for Father of Fort Collins; Historic Farm Revealed

“…a young horse brought Joseph and Luella’s carriage to a halt, refusing to cross the Dry Creek stream. Luella jumped out and urged the team across the stream. Still the young horse balked. Luella returned to the carriage, took over the reins, and Joseph jumped down. He pulled on the problem animal’s headstall. The team began to move. As the horses picked up speed, Joseph ran along …”
– Excerpt, Gruesome End for Father of Fort Collins; Historic Farm Revealed

You might also enjoy our Horses in History slide show.

Included in Poudre River video - horses graze in lower pasture of historic farm - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - Colorado

One if by land, two if by sea, happy Tax Day to thee!

paul revere's' ride 1882 wood cut engraving

Imagine, without Paul Revere’s horse, Brown Beauty, we might still be under a king’s rule. Commemorating the anniversary of his midnight ride, April 18, 1775 and the contribution of horses to our nation’s history. Ironic dates, considering the colonists went to war over taxation and today marks U.S. Tax Day 2016.

See our Horses in History slide show:

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Blizzard find: 1906 poet-scout-cowboy

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This 1906 mystery cowboy landed in my hands at a flea market this weekend. I was coping with time not riding a horse during our April blizzard. Buffalo Bill? Wild Bill Hickok? Close, but not.

If you blow up the name under the postcard’s picture, it says “J.W. Crawford”.

Captain Jack Crawford was an Army scout who rode 350 miles in six days from nearby Fort Laramie in Wyoming to deliver news of victory over the Sioux to eastern newspapers in 1876. People were hungry for good news a few months after the disaster of Custer’s Last Stand at the Little Bighorn. As a horse lover, I mention the story because Captain Jack may have killed at least two horses on the ride.

I don’t see this particular postcard image out in The Cloud with Captain Jack’s other memorabilia.

If you look closely, it comes from a December 18, 1906 “Teachers’ Institute” in Bedford, Pennsylvania. After his famous ride, Captain Jack hit the entertainment circuit and even helped Buffalo Bill with his Wild West Show, that is until Captain Jack shot himself in the groin and blamed it on Buffalo Bill’s drinking. People loved Captain Jack and he “lectured” at the December 1906 Teachers’ Institute.

The lecture course for the Teachers’ Institute of December 17-21 next promises entertainment. There is not a dry sentence in Capt., Jack Crawford’s lecture. There is not a dull statement in Frank Dixon’s oration. Crawford will be here on Tuesday evening and Dixon on Thursday evening.
The Bedford Gazette

The name “J.M. Karns” appears in handwriting next to Captain Jack’s portrait. The circa 1910 photo below includes John Karns, a young teacher-turned-farmer with his family. He was born 1881 in Bedford and made education a lifelong quest.

John M Karns and family circa 1910 -

Interesting to imagine the hands that touched this card and the miles it traveled. I think young John Karns attended that December 1906 Teachers’ Institute session in Bedford. I also think Captain Jack signed the postcard to John. Look at the similar J’s and the swirl underlines on the C in Crawford’s signature, per Wikipedia, as well as the K in Karns.

Captain Jack Crawford signature - wikipedia

captain jack crawford to jm karns signing (800x325)

Cool stuff for a day without a horse fix.

You might also enjoy ‘Gruesome end for Father of Fort Collins; historic farm revealed

More great photos of Captain Jack Crawford at the University of Iowa Digital Library.

Harmful air quality: I guess I don’t want that indoor arena so much, after all

Who knew the air quality in indoor arenas was this bad for you?

… all the arena setups had dust levels—and more specifically, dust particle sizes of less than 0.5 micrometers, which can lodge in the alveoli (microscopic air sacs located at the end of the bronchioles where gas exchange—or respiration—occurs) and contribute to airway disease. The vast majority of particles, regardless of time of year or arena type, were smaller than 0.5 micrometers, and in fact, most of those were actually less than 0.3 micrometers. What’s more, the average concentrations of particles in this study were up to 10 times higher than those found in towns with air pollution. Considering that fact, it’s not surprising that 35% of riding instructors in a recent survey showed a prevalence of chronic bronchitis, Kemper said, and that recurrent airway obstruction (also known as heaves) in riding horses is widespread.

“… Training outside in fresh air, whenever possible, is also a good option.”

Cayla’s new ‘Extreme Makeover’ Mustang happy to unload after nail-biter trip

Cayla Stone brought home her new 2016 Mustang today. The bay mare, age four to six, handled the trip well, and willingly hopped out of the trailer into her new digs. This mare proved extra brave on the trip. Our truck’s brakes almost completely failed part way home and required pumping and pushing to the floor to get any response.

Another Extreme Mustang Makeover competitor helps out

Fortunately the trailer brakes were fine and helped. Attempts were made to get assistance from auto repair shops in Colorado Springs, but none would take the truck immediately. Many thanks to Extreme Mustang Makeover 2016 youth contestant Madison Olver’s family for following our rig home at “glacial” speeds on I-25 to help protect its valuable cargo from being rear-ended.

Several successful Extreme Mustang Makeover compeitions

We love this mare’s floating trot and presence. Cayla has fostered, trained and successfully shown several horses in the Extreme Mustang Makeover. Competitors get 100 days to transform their Mustangs from wild horses into show horses.

Watch Cayla work with our newest resident a few minutes after unloading.

Follow Extreme Mustang Makeover – Colorado’s Facebook page.

The new mustang mare takes in the new humans. Notice how she uses her ears.
The new mare takes in the new humans. Notice how she uses her ears.

See Cayla’s winning Extreme Mustang Makeover 2015 Trail run – riding English!

See another Mustang and her friend play in the snow at our place:

Our farm is the original homestead of the Father of Ft. Collins and home of the novel Winning Bet, a clean read for ‘tweens and teens. You might also enjoy the illustrated mini Christmas romance, Fortune Cookie, also photographed here.

Who knew? We’re on the ‘Urban Paddle’ route

Once the sidewalk went in, I knew this would happen:

Horse: (Sees half-naked human with giant black-rubber donut for a head walking by, leaps sideways.) Oh, no! It’s an alien!

Rider: Whoa! It’s just a tuber.

Seriously, can you believe Shields-to-College on our north fence line is now an “urban paddler’s” route? The organizers of the Poudre River Downtown Project must be leaping for joy at words like this:

“Looking for a more calming river experience? Take the Poudre River from Shields Street to College Avenue. This is a popular run for tubers and SUPers looking to relax and take in some scenery. When you get off at College Ave, walk the half mile to Old Town to grab some food or do some shopping.”
SUP The Mag

Learn about horse boarding at historic Poudre River Stables.

Colorado state veterinarian’s office confirms VS in two counties

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STATE VETERINARIAN’S OFFICE (VS) – Positive Diagnosis in Two Colorado Counties Tips for Livestock Owners and Veterinarians
Horses on two Montrose and one Delta County premises tested positive for the disease and have been placed under quarantine. Colorado has become the fourth state in the country to have confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in 2015. Previous positive cases of vesicular stomatitis this year have been diagnosed in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
On July 2nd, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory reported positive tests on samples submitted from horses in Montrose and Delta Counties. The initial Colorado disease investigations were accomplished by field veterinarians from the State Veterinarian’s Office at the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
“The primary spread of VS is thought to occur through insect vectors; the horses involved in these cases have no history of travel,” said State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “Vesicular stomatitis can be painful for animals and costly to their owners. The virus typically causes oral blisters and sores that can be painful causing difficulty in eating and drinking.”
A 2014 outbreak of VS created 556 livestock investigations in Colorado resulting in 370 quarantines with the final quarantines released in January 2015.
Livestock owners who suspect an animal may have VS or any other vesicular disease should immediately contact their local veterinarian. Livestock with clinical signs of VS are isolated until they are determined to be of no further threat for disease spread. There are no USDA approved vaccines for VS. While rare, human cases of VS can occur, usually among those who handle infected animals. VS in humans can cause flu-like symptoms and only rarely includes lesions or blisters.
New for 2015 VS Investigations: A notable change in the 2015 State response to VS has come from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) delisting of VS as a foreign animal disease in horses; VS continues to be listed as a foreign animal disease for cattle and other livestock. This USDA procedural change will allow greater flexibility in how VS is managed in respect to equine cases. The primary change will now be that quarantines may be released as soon as 14 days after the onset of clinical signs of the last affected horse on a premises.
“Science has shown that the transmission of the virus is for a brief period of time after the initial clinical signs of VS. Our goal is to appropriately adjust our response to this disease to reduce the negative economic impact to the equine community,” continued Roehr. With the delisting of VS as a foreign animal disease, Colorado veterinarians may now take a lead role in the management of the disease in equine cases. In earlier cases, CDA or USDA field vets were required to perform the disease investigations on horses; the delisting now allows local veterinarians to perform the initial investigations, collect samples, and collaborate with animal health officials regarding movement restrictions and quarantines. The Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has been approved to perform VS tests on horses in Colorado. This will provide a more timely response on test results.
Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Signs and Transmission: VS susceptible species include horses, mules, cattle, bison, sheep, goats, pigs, and camelids. The clinical signs of the disease include vesicles, erosions and sloughing of the skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves of susceptible livestock. Vesicles are usually only seen early in the course of the disease. The transmission of vesicular stomatitis is not completely understood but components include insect vectors, mechanical transmission, and livestock movement.
Tips for Livestock Owners: Strict fly control is an important factor to inhibit the transmission of the disease. Avoid transferring feeding equipment, cleaning tools or health care equipment from other herds. Colorado veterinarians and livestock owners should contact the state of destination when moving livestock interstate to ensure that all import requirements are met. A list of contact information for all state veterinarians’ offices is available at: Colorado fairs, livestock exhibitions, and rodeos may institute new entry requirements based on the extent and severity of the current VS outbreak. Certificates of Veterinary Inspection issued within 2-5 days prior to an event can beneficial to reduce risks. Be sure to stay informed of any new livestock event requirements.
Important Points for Veterinarians: Any vesicular disease of livestock is reportable to the State Veterinarian’s Office in Colorado – to report call 303-869-9130. If after-hours, call the same number to obtain the phone number of the staff veterinarian on call. With the delisting of VS as a foreign animal disease, Colorado veterinarians may now take a lead role in the management of the disease in equine cases. In earlier cases, CDA or USDA field vets were required to perform the disease investigations on horses; the delisting now allows local veterinarians to perform the initial investigations, collect samples, and collaborate with animal health officials regarding movement restrictions and quarantines. In livestock other than equine VS is still considered a foreign animal disease, any case with clinical signs consistent with VS will warrant an investigation by a state or federal foreign animal disease diagnostician (FADD). When VS is suspected in livestock other than equine the FADD will gather the epidemiological information, take the necessary blood samples, collect the necessary fluid or tissue from the lesions, and inform the owners and the referring veterinarian as to necessary bio-security and movement restrictions.
During the event, important VS disease prevention procedures include minimizing the sharing of water and feed/equipment, applying insect repellent daily (especially to the animal’s ears), and closely observing animals for signs of vesicular stomatitis.
For additional information, contact the Colorado State Veterinarian’s Office at 303-869-9130 or to view the current location of cases and other important updates and information you can visit:

Cayla, Calypso win trail, riding English at the Extreme Mustang Makeover 2015

Cayla and Calypso had a beautiful go yesterday in trail at the Extreme Mustang Makeover 2015. This little horse can do it all. The duo made the cut to last night’s finals and placed 8th, winning enough prize money to turn it into a profitable weekend. They were the only English competitors, and the crowd loved Calypso’s jumping.

Cayla announced to the audience that she wanted to take Calypso “home” when trainers were allowed to talk about their horses just before they were auctioned. A bunch of us barn “moms” conspired in the stands to chip in and protect Cayla and Calypso from aggressive bidders. Client-emeritus, Ragan, owner of the beloved Jasper, came up with the idea. Our plotting proved unnecessary. The packed crowd of bidders respected Cayla’s wishes, held back on bidding and let her buy Calypso back. People must have thought we were insane with all our cheers and tears.

Read more about the Extreme Mustang Makeover.

Cayla Stone - Calypso - Extreme Mustang Makeover 2015 - Trail Class

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