I’ve recently had the good fortune to become re aquainted with an avid equestrian mother and daughter team determined to help abandoned and rescued horses! These terrific ladies are volunteers at the Edgewood Equine Rescue Walk n Circles. They are talented and experienced riders as well as trainers and their new focus will be a trail riding business utilizing horses from Walking n Circles. I can’t think of a more worthwhile organization! In utilizing these horses they will be giving them a job and hopefully a great life! Check out their website and give them a try! Its a great cause!
January in New Mexico
Yes that is snow on the ground! We had a really early winter but headed to the bosque as soon as it was dry enough to be safe!
Casanova donned his new red halter and a Santa hat for Christmas and wished everyone a merry Christmas! He’s very happy now that it is 2012 and he’s past his little brush with cancer.
Where else but New Mexico can you trail ride year round? In the summer we typically stay in the mountains and in the winter we travel down to the Bosque and ride by the Rio Grande!
An added bonus is seeing the geese, herons, ducks on the river and porcupines in the trees! I’ve even read that we get Pelicans in New Mexico, I have yet to see them but apparently they come to enjoy our beautiful weather!
We love to meet new equine enthusiasts so send me a note and we’ll invite you to ride with us!
It was the middle of February and we were able to ride in the Gutierrez Open Space in the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque, with an altitude of over 8,000 feet! We navigated through some mud and leftover snow but overall what a beautiful ride! That is why we live in New Mexico! Our friend and good riding buddy Karen had some friends from Ohio visiting and it was our pleasure to escort them into the open space. They were overwhelmed by the beauty of the mountains and the views offered by our well worn trail! Only 2 weeks ago, we like many others in the country experienced zero and below temperatures, freezing pipes and lots of snow, but our beautiful ‘Land of Enchantment’ doesn’t disappoint; we were enjoying 50 degree weather and gorgeous sunshine! they enjoyed their ride on the amazing horses from Enchanted Gaits Farm and will be forever converts to the gaited horse community!
This is why we live in New Mexico, horseback riding in January! Sure we needed coats and Rip even brought his scarf but as you can see it was warm enough to get the horses sweaty! A good time was had by all, perfect blue sky not a cloud in sight! We sympathize with those who are dealing with ice and snow and all we have to say is “move to New Mexico”!
Where else but New Mexico can you ride year round? In the summer we typically stay in the mountains and in the winter we travel down to the Bosque and ride by the Rio Grande! An added bonus is seeing the geese, herons, and ducks on the river! I’ve even read that we get Pelicans in New Mexico, I have yet to see them but apparently they come to enjoy our beautiful weather!
Labor Day weekend found the NM contingent of the Great Western Paso Fino Horse Association trekking to Utah to join members of other states for a fantastic weekend! To say a great time was had by all would the understatement of the century! Beautiful scenery, great weather, wonderful people and last but certainly not least, fantastic horses! Organized by our president Judi and our webmaster Carol from Utah it couldn’t have been better! Moab caters to outdoor fun of every category! It seems to be the 4 wheeling capitol as evidenced by all manner of vehicles, bikes, motorcycles, and 4 wheelers. Along with all of that there is a very nice horse facility complete with an indoor arena, outdoor arena, racetrack and first class stalls! The facilities were as nice as the NM State Fair Grounds here in Albuquerque. We utilized the indoor arena for some Horse Soccer! What a blast
Nine of us from the New Mexico contingent traveled the 8 hours to Moab. Some of the more hilarious moments happened at the Grotto of the Seven Mile Canyon ride! At the end of the 7 miles there is a pond of water that some of the participants did not hesitate to shed their clothing and jump in! Thereby christened Cowgirl Grotto as most of the participants were indeed cowgirls. One brave male participant shall remain unnamed and can share his own photos if he so chooses!
The entire weekend was a success as everyone had a great time and left with great memories and new friends! Thanks to Judi and Carole and all the other organizers, we really appreciate all your hard work! Looking forward to the next adventure in Colorado next year!
Located just 15 minutes from Albuquerque is the San Pedro Creek Preserve, home to probably 40 wild horses. The New Mexico Horse Project has been the over seer for the wild horses. The pictures taken 6/2010 show at least 6 babies in the group. Campbell Ranch, the owner of the several thousand acres has been kind enough to allow the wild horses to roam wild and undisturbed for several years.
Seeing wild horses grazing is just one of the benefits of living in the East Mountains! The horses are left undisturbed except for occasional round ups to DNA and sometimes to remove a horse to prevent in breeding. DNA taken from some of the herd prove their bloodlines can be traced to the original Mustangs that were brought over by the Spaniards many years ago.
Springtime brings new babies and it is always fun to see the new little ones! This year we have a paint, a first for the horses here in San Pedro Creek!
Saturday June 19th found us at the top of the beautiful Sandia Mountains on the 10 K Ride. Starting at 10,000 feet this trail takes you to the ski area and the High Finance Restaurant and has some amazing views! About a 5 mile ride; it can be steep and rocky on some parts but mostly cool and beautiful! We stopped beneath the Restaurant and had a snack while the tourists enjoyed looking at the horses and clicking away! For the brave of heart the trail takes you right to the edge and if so inclined you can view all of Albuquerque and the amazing drop off! Sometimes hang gliders can be seen riding the wind currents.
The view down one of the ski runs has the Ortiz Mountains as a back drop! The Ortiz Mountains were at one time mined for gold and turquoise. Situated on the Turquoise Trail is Golden, NM, so named for the gold mining in the Ortiz. Rumor has it that mine shafts still exist and a few brave souls have descended to find skeletons and Indian artifacts. Of course the mine is fenced and off limits to exploration.
Elaine of the Turkey Road Kill fame was taken from us yesterday after losing her valiant fight with breast cancer. She leaves a son of 5 years old. We are all very saddened but consider ourselves lucky to have know such a bright and joyful person. Elaine led us on many adventures; she was always looking for a new trail adventure for us to experience. The Hagen Ghost Town ride was one of our rides that she found in a book on rides in NM. Some of our most amazing rides were with Elaine and her joyful spirit leading us into further adventure. Our Blizzard Trail is named after Elaine led the group on a ride and ended up in a blizzard because she wasn’t ready to go home. Knowing that her life was going to be cut short at such a young age we now understand why she never wanted to end the ride.
We will miss you Elaine but want to wish you Happy Trails ! We’ll see you at the Big Roundup in the Sky!
Elaine leaves three horses needing new homes. Selina a Peruvian Paso, Luna, a Paso fino and a quarter horse, Pumpkin. All mares, they are fine horses, well trained and very good trail horses. She also has several Alpacas that will be needing new homes. If interested in knowing more please leave a comment and how to reach you.
Four Ladies in a Mercedes
Some say they came straight from Hades
But they are angels sent from up above
Hearts from heaven, sweet as a dove.
Four ladies in their Mercedes car
Headed up the canyon in search of land afar.
They drove and drove and drove so far
They saw cows with calves but they are…..
Just cruizin round the countryside
Looking for a place to ride….
Their beautiful Paso Fino Horses!
They were meant to join forces
For their ultimate enchanting goal
And then they were totally out of control.
Look out northern New Mexico
They’re looking high and low for a meadow.
For the ultimate enchanting goal
To ride their beautiful horses over the knoll.
Snow in the mountains treacherous as can be
But not for the intrepid four ladies pretty as can be.
Off-road n rutted roads the Mercedes t’was meant to be
But pushing cows the Mercedes t’was never meant to see.
The Husband will never know
About the Mercedes in the snow.
Cows aside and rutted roads he will never know
How the ladies went off road in the snow.
The back seat ladies nearly faint with fear
Were unclear about the steer……
Until fearless Carol never timid
Chased that steer till he was livid.
But the ladies were with good cheer
And had plenty of faith in the frontier.
C’epting a little ole flat tire
Threatened to deflate their desire
But the faithful old Mercedes B
Kept her pact with the ladies three!
And took them faithfully home
Without even a dent in her chrome.
And so the ladies will begin
their search again…
Come spring when the blossoms are aplenty
And snow has come and gone completely.
Then they will ride their beautiful Paso Fino Horses
And live in the land ‘Full of Enchantment’.