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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.

 

‘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.
Jax_Author_Day_Dell
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

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

captain jack crawford teachers institute bedford pa 1906 postcard jm k
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 - FindAGrave.com

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.”
— TheHorse.com

Simply beautiful! Two horses in Colorado take time to play in the snow original footage (video)

These are are original YouTube videos of Luna the Mustang and her friend Nala playing in the snow here. A clip of the videos was picked up by a TV station in California. Note the South Dakota reference in the TV station clip. Accuracy in reporting, we guess. Ha, ha. The power of horses to touch people always amazes me. At last check, the clip had garnered more than 162,000 Facebook views. Videos by Erica Monjeau and Janna Kregoski. Thanks for the happiness, girls! (More horses-in-the-snow footage below.)

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.