Friday, February 29, 2008

Hollywood does have hair!

There has been some speculation "I think Hollywood was just jealous of Duck's enhanced tail; Hollywood's probably bald anyway, wearin' a hat all the time.."
Now, I suggested a hairdo like #181 but he refused! Now, he wants to know why I nicknamed him Hollywood....what do you think I should tell him?

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

Farwell Veinte

With tears in my eyes - I will try to put into words what this old horse Veinte meant to me. He was so full of personality - a total flirt, he snickered, snorted and talked constantly. Not you typical neigh he actually talked, mumbled, hummed and did some deep throated grumbling. He really enjoyed communicating and just talking to you. And whatever he said - he could get mares to run across huge pastures to see him and get fillies to push their hind ends up against a fence. The mares, the fillies along with OneCowgirl loved that old horse. He could stand for hours and ever so delicately pinch hairs on Dudley face with lips. Of course, Dudley put up with it but did not have near the talent for hair pulling as Veinte did. As soon as the days would start getting shorter he would start growing his winter coat - this is odd when its August and 100 degrees outside. His name was Veinte (Spanish for 20) because he had a 20 branded on his hind quarters. I inherited Veinte from an ex boyfriend that no longer wanted him - the ex was taking him to the sale barn - I knew he had a few good years left in him so I took him. He was a good ranch horse and didn't deserve to be run thru the sale barn. Though I thought to myself when I inherited him (without even a halter!) - you know that ex broke my heart and when I have to put that horse down my heart is going to ache all over again. Oh how right I was. Over the years I had many friends adopt him and he patiently let them learn to ride on him -he loved the attention the novice rides gave him in his elder years - brushing him and spoiling him with treats. When I got him he'd never even had an apple - but one adopty nicknamed him Mr. Apples because he loved apples. In his prime he was impossible to catch on the ranch - I'm sure his thinking was - if you get caught you got work for the day. In his later years he became much easier to catch and let me put funny hats on him whatever the occasion. In the last two years he had let go of his alpha male status and had surrendered gracefully accepting his age and status among the other geldings - but he still talked to you all the time snickering, grumbling and humming. Veinte became colicy last week and though Hollywood worked very hard to save him it was better to put him out of his misery. Old guy we're going to miss you - and most of all we'll miss you not constantly talking to us. Thank you for being in my life Veinte and for the lives you touched!

Horse Tradin 101

As you know, Jet got hurt a few weeks ago and Hollywood needs another horse besides Duck. We've been shopping - looked at everything from a 14 year old at $600. with a smooth mouth (nice way of saying he's got some age on him) to a $5500. beautiful quarter horse. Now, I must say I really liked this horse trader - he's 71 years old - been trading horses for over 30 years - he says, "well if he don't work out bring him back and I'll give your money back" Now, thats a guarantee! He was so funny flipping thru his book showing the horse's papers and telling us where he got them. The funniest story was one of the horses was penned by himself - now, if the horse isn't hurt, ain't a mare then raises a red flag being penned alone - so, I casually asked why the horse was penned by himself. He says thats AWOL. Seems he's from Mexico and the first night he managed to open three gates - let out all the other horses from MX and then he went missing for eight months. Then he sold him to the Border Patrol & he went AWOL again. Thus, they brought him back! I said AWOL needs to be a city horse in a stall.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Post from Dudley Do Right -

OneCowgirlie is lettin me blog agen! This is Duck and me in the snow - we only came to the fence becuse onecowgirl wasn't holden a haltir & we was thinkin we might get a treaat. Wrong! Don't we look pretty? Duck has hard time splainin how he got his name and I know folks are askin - I call him Pato Feo (which is Spanish for Ugly Duck).

Hollywood Dancin

.......because he's all dressed up and going to town!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Lifeline of the West

Snow at the Ranch

Babies, Babies & More Babies

These little calves are so cute. But don't get between momma and baby!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Only in New Mexico

I know its Valentines Day and I should be posting something sweet and romantic about Hollywood but I'm not! Princess aka puss did send Hollywood a card - it really make me purr! BTW I did not spray paint this bush - I found this way at a rest area. Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


I am posting this picture for Copenhagen Kisses! Check out her blog! Did you know when you buy Copenhagen it is most important to check the date on the back of it - Hollywood insists that is fresh, fresh, fresh -

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Want a Llama?

Did I ever tell you there are two llamas on the ranch? No one really knows the story of how they got here or I've never heard it. Sometimes we can go weeks/months and not spot them and then they just appear. I think they must be the same sex since we haven't had any cria (word for baby llama). Dudley thinks they look quite odd and won't ride near them! Now this presents a problem when they appear between me and the cows! Another time we were checking water tanks in the truck and one wouldn't get out of the way of the truck and kept trying to stick his/her head in the window. It was really funny - finally I slung water from a water bottle at him and off he went - it was 100 degrees outside so I don't think he minded!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Horse Surfing

Look OneCowgirl - I know I hate water but I want to do this! Load me up in the stock trailer and takee me to the beech. Luv, Dudley To read bout it click here.

Friday, February 8, 2008


Funny we had some really strange weather early this week after the winds had practically blown the roof off the house. I mentioned to Hollywood you know this seems like a rainbow kind of day and lo and behold as I was driving to town there was a rainbow! Wierd eh?

Hollywood Got a New Ranch Truck

I would of never thought SHOCKS could make such a world of difference!! Now, Smiley dog doesn't like it as much and has a hard time jumping in but Hollywood says "she'll just have to adjust!" Doesn't that just sound like a typical male?

Thursday, February 7, 2008


This is a really fun game! Yes, Onecowgirl used to ride English and jump over fences! Dudley hates to jump and thankfully I love riding Western! Click Here for the Jumporama Game. I scored 1250! Also, figured out how to "grab" a screen shot for my blog! Have fun!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

I Will Never Make it as Wild Life Photographer

Yes, this is a Wild Hog often referred to as a Javelina, Wild Boar or Musk Hog, Collard Peccary! They have poor eyesight but good hearing. They like to eat prickly pear due to it water content. In many parts of the country there are Wild Hog Cook Offs. I once attended a Wild Hog Cook Off in Cotulla, Texas. Wildlife on the ranch include - coyotes, fox, deer, antelope, javelina, squirrels, Hollwood, rabbits, hawks, immature eagles, crows, elk (though I've never seen one).....

Now, if Hollywood happens to shoot a javelina - I'll be ready with SusieQ's Recipes.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Stacey Westfall Bridless Bareback Reining

I've shown this video to Dudley several times but we just can't compete! This is incredible to watch & brought tears to my eyes!

Make a Bucket List

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list.

So, I'm making my bucket list ....more to follow
1. Travel extensively in Africa including but not limited to - Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Serengeti, African Safari Ride in Botswana, Victoria Falls....
2. Own a Large Cattle Ranch
3. Own a string of horses like Dudley
4. Learn to speak a foreign language and play a musical instrument
5. Read the entire Bible

Now, I want you to make a Bucket List too.....(Ok, I got this idea off another blog but they didn't ask me to play!).......So, I am asking all of you to make a bucket list and post it on your blog .....
1. Copenhagen Kisses
2. MapperSnapper
3. The Little Red House
4. BlackJack Land & Cattle Co.
5. Quilted Hills
6. The Horseshoeing Housewife
7. Changes in the Wind
8. The Park Wife
9. North View Dairy
10. Frazzled Farmwife
11. Midwest Horse
12. The Poor Farm
13. Mustang Diaries
14. Scary's West

Birthing Party has Begun