I've got to go out and clean stalls this afternoon--I'm just back from buying fresh woodchips. I'll post new pictures later afternoon and show you all what our lakes, now frozen, look like. Also, I was looking through my books today to find one for my husband, and I found another copy of Chosen By a Horse--I must have bought it a long time ago and set it aside. So, I have two copies.
I want to give the copy I found to one of you who have not read it. If you're interested in reading it, please comment within the next week and I'll draw a name for it--or if there's only one person wanting to read it, I'll just give it to that one person. You'll love the book.
Here's a wonderful clip by KXLY on the Mustangs from Spokane who are going to the presidential inauguration--please click on this link to see the video--you'll love it. I got teary eyed watching it, I was so proud. I've never looked this forward to an inauguration parade. My thanks to KXLY and the Spokesman for covering it--and my heart will go out with them all as they undertake a treacherous journey across country to get to Washington, DC.
Local mounted patrol heads to Inauguration
Jeff Humphrey / KXLY4 Reporter
SPOKANE -- Ten Border Patrol agents from the Spokane sector are heading to Washington, DC to take part in the inauguration parade for President-elect Barack Obama.
The agents from the Spokane sector were selected because of their very unique mounted horse patrol. Border patrol agents have been riding horses for many years, but the Spokane sector is the first to harness the power of wild mustangs.
Rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management two years ago because over overgrazing problems, the mustangs make sure-footed saddle horses.
"The mustangs are uniquely built with the structure that makes them very durable and as far as getting into the mountains. They know their way around. They were raised in the wild," Assistant Chief Lee Pinkerton of the U.S. Border Patrol said.
Up until now, the Border Patrol had to lease its horses at considerable expense. The mustangs cost about $125 per horse, and they are well suited to the rugged terrain north of Spokane.
"We can go in places where we can't go on ATV's or we can't go in a vehicle. We can slip into an area undetected if we need to. They're a good deterrent as well," Agent Steve Kartchner of the U.S. Border Patrol said.
The success of the patrol's mustang program caught the eye of inauguration organizers, who invited ten agents to ride in President-elect Obama's parade. However, getting the horses there will not be easy.
"You gotta take them and let them out just like you do with children when you're traveling except they're a lot bigger that a child. You can't carry them to the next gas station," Assistant Chief Pinkerton said.
Agents are even carrying along a trailer full of hay just to make sure the mustang's diet isn't affected by their road trip. The men are looking forward to being part of history.
"Each one of these guys has made a career out of working the border and this is their chance to show the new president some of the tools he has at his disposal. We're very proud of it," Assistant Chief Pinkerton said.
Border Patrol agents say it will take about seven days to move their horses across the country.
If all goes well, Spokane and these mustangs, which are symbols of the west, will be well represented at the presidential inauguration.