Category Archives: On the Farm

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.

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.

 

‘Dell’ was a winner, and not just because he won ribbons

He did everything we ever asked, 4-H Level IV horse, both English and Western, state fair, many Greeley and Rockie Mountain Saddle Club show seasons, trail rides, book signings, knee surgery … Occasionally, if he wanted to go the other way, he’d just drag you there, not in a violent way. Hated hoof dressing. His favorite treat: peppermints from Sonic Drive-In. If you needed therapy after a bad day, he was your horse. At 16.3 hands, “Calypso Can-Delite” was one of the tallest registered Morgans. He never colicked a day in his life until today, with a twisted intestine. Our beloved Dell was 23. As longtime PRS member Cindy said, “May you run free on perfect knees in greener pastures, my furry friend. We will surely miss you.”

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Dell, Colorado State Fair 4-H Horse Show.
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Winning Bet book signing at Jax.
Dell Molly Lake Trail, Colorado
Dell on a Molly Lake trail ride, 2011.
Dell, foggy morning, lower pasture, Poudre River Stables
Goodbye, friend …

Nobility, thy name is Horse

Nobility, thy name is Horse - Cooper - riverside pens - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

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Resting up for future ranch dog work

Resting up - ranch dogs - Vinnie - Watson - Zelda - Poudre River Stables
Uncle Vincent de Mile High, Dog “Fang” Watson, sister Hurricane Zelda.

More about Watson

Watson needed to rest up after his errands today. I think he has only been in the car when he was little, headed to visit the vet and once to the Blessing of the Animals at St. Joe’s. The hardest part now that he is a big dog is learning to get into the giant, scary “kennel” on wheels. He did a great job practicing his public behavior at Jax Ranch and Home, and Poudre Pet & Feed Supply. Many thanks to the clerks who were so kind to him.

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