Friday, July 25, 2008

Big Bear

If any of you are in the Big Bear Lake, CA area

head on over to the Los Vaqueros arena tomorrow
Saturday the 26th 

and meet Jackpot!

They will be there all weekend 
for the Horsemanship Clinic

Come on over!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jackpot's First Shoeing

Big day yesterday
Jackpot got his first set of shoes

Now before everyone gets all up in arms
wondering why we are shoeing a mustang
 let me explain

Yes, he needs shoes
If you've ridden Arizona at all
you know it's real rocky in this area

If you haven't ridden this area
come on down
we'll show you what we mean

If you expect to ride many miles
or gather cattle
your horse better be shod
mustang feet or not

Buddy's been doing these things lately
and Jackpot needs 
to come in and do his first set to shoes

"Are you ready, Jackpot?"

Meet Buddy's brother Wade
The Fearless Farrier

Slow and easy gets it done

Looks like Buddy did the ground work 

Farriers DO appreciate that

Jackpot was very well behaved

Hmm, hard feet?

Hoof stand?
No problem

Nailing that first one on

with a few distractions....

Look - monkey children

Nothing bothers Jackpot

The back end - no problem

He even enjoys and uses the Hoofjack stand

If you're a farrier of any sort
and you don't have one of these stands
stop right now
go. get. one.

Almost done...

The finished product

A job well done

A family portrait
Brothers Buddy and Wade
Mom Zona
kids Jet and Mercy
and Jackpot!

Let's not forget Jackpot's favorite
"That lady with the grain"

Did y'all catch the July Bridle and Bit article?


Did you see this in the August Western Horseman?
Wickenburg residents Jeff Alder, Carson Thomas,
Beaver Bird, and Russ and Mary Dolven
on page 114 in an article about Wickenburg

If you see them around town
get an autograph!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Jackpot's First Clinic

Today's clinic in Wickenburg, AZ was a big success
Thank you to everyone who came out!

That's Buddy, but not Jackpot
Jackpot got to participate in the second half

The first half he got to stand around and watch
That's him on the right there

Buddy has a word with Jet

Buddy's wife Kim works the cows
in the holding pen

It's Jackpot!!!

The idea here is to make that cow weave 
thru the poles set up

Let me just say
WAY harder than it looks...

Some uncooperative
 cows in that bunch

Jackpot again

Jackpot quickly got the hang of things
Rest while you can...

Jackpot and Buddy
gettin it done

they built a "rodear"

This is used out on working cattle ranches
A group of cowboys will hold a bunch of cattle
and cut out a cow at a time that needs 
to be branded or doctored

Beautiful lady,
beautiful horse

and the author of this blog
could not resist taking this final photo
for the ladies...