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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.

 

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

‘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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Poudre River Stables ... a peaceful place for you and your horse

Halloween 2015

Fall 2015 Veterinarian Visit

Mustang Moments

Dog Watson the Blind Golden Retriever

Harvest

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.

Dog Watson the Blind Golden Retriever

Nanking cherry blossoms beat the snow

Nanking cherry blossoms - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
Miraculously, our Nanking cherry blossoms dodged this year’s  April snow and freezes.

Combine Nanking cherries with chokecherries for a great fruit wine. Nankings also make a tasty pie, but speaking from experience, it takes two people about two hours to pick enough for one pie. Then you have to remove the pits. Not so for wine making.

Freeze, thaw, toss into the fermentation vat

Freeze the cherries, which breaks them down, thaw, and toss into the primary fermentation vat. The pits stay behind when you squeeze out the wine in a filter bag seven to 10 days later.

My horse Dell loves to grab a mouthful of cherry foliage when we walk by these bushes. I’ve never offered him the wine. He does love peppermints and I had a pony who loved grape Nehi. I suppose anything is possible.

Nanking-Chokecherry wine - Poudre River Stables - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521
Farm to wineglass with our Nanking-Chokecherry wine.

Learn more about home wine making: 17-year-old-treasure from the “vineyard”

See our Harvest album: 

Harvest

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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