Do you want a free Mustang calendar? It's very easy to be placed in a drawing for one--just go to TJ Holmes' site, Spring Creek Basin Weblog, and vote on the calendar cover and you'll be placed in a drawing for it. Your odds of winning are very good.
TJ and I have been corresponding about her calendar and PZP--the wildlife contraceptive--and I can tell you, she is one of the most down-to-earth Mustang lovers I've ever met. She sees all sides of the story. She doesn't have an axe to grind. She just wants to discover, and do, what is best for America's wild horses. I respect her, and what she's learned following the Spring Creek herd and documenting their every move, very, very much. I do have a few questions for her that I would like to ask in a Q and A format as a follow up to my PZP post--look for it in a couple of days--if she's willing.
Of all the links she gave me, I do think you'd learn the most by going to this one and watching the video of the talk given by Jay Kirkpatrick. He is the foremost expert on PZP. The other excellent link is Matt Dillon's blog, director of Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center. Pryor Wild blog Most of your questions about PZP will be answered there.
Now, for an update on Beautiful Girl, my own Spanish Mustang from Beatty's Butte. She's wild!
The temps had dropped, the food was good and plentiful--then, the weather changed. With the warmer weather came more energy, and I had on my hands (yesterday) a wild horse.
I was trying to get her out of her stall and lead her out to pasture, but instead what I got was a bucking, rearing, kicking rodeo queen. I like to choose my battles wisely, so I just closed her stall right back up. My husband and I had to clean around her--first, locking her in the barn, then locking her in the run.
Today, a different story altogether. When I went out to get her, she was a calm, sweet horse again.(No, she's not bipolar, she's just a horse.) She led around the property well--through mud, over ice, around berms--into the turnout. I led her around the turnout to give her a feel for the footing, but during our walk, Riagan, the puppy, decided to kick it up and run circles around us.
I bet you can guess what happened. The rodeo was back in full force, but this time it was happening on the end of the lunge line. So, I directed her to a spot where the footing was good and let her run several controlled circles both ways until she stood, snorted, and calmed down.
And, there she was again, my sweet Beautiful Girl.
I can't speak highly enough of the philosophy I've adopted in my older age (middle age--cough, cough)--choose your battles wisely. A horse can be so different one day to the next, I just don't think there's any common sense in forcing ourselves on them on those rare days they're "off," especially if you don't have to be anywhere to do anything that day. Yesterday, I looked at the conditions of the road to get to the turnout, and I looked at Beautiful's wildness, and I said to myself, this will have to be saved for a better day--simple and safe.
On another note, just when I got my Kindle what did I turn around and do?
I ordered two books for myself for Christmas today--both used--one out of print. The first was written by Jay Kirkpatrick (yes, the same Jay Kirkpatrick who is the expert on PZP!! links above) and is called, Into The Wind, Wild Horses of North America. This book sells new for $193.84, but I got a very good used copy for under $10.00.
The second, is Spanish Mustangs in the Great American West: Return of the Horse. I couldn't believe how much the front cover looks like Beautiful.
She's wild, and she's pretty!