This blog started out as a tribute to my two sons, Travis and Tony aka TnT, and their love for horses. At the time they were deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on a two week packing trip. They took four mustangs and Kate, their Australian Shepherd/Border Collie with them. However, they owned 5 Mustangs that they adopted from the California Bureau of Land Management and I had a Quarter Horse mare. The blog would therefore center around the training of these 6 horses and Kate, their Australian Shepherd/Border Collie and Rusty, a Border Collie/Queensland.
As time went on TnT were asked to train a few other horses, we lost a mare, and acquired more dogs. The Cast of Animal Characters is a little different now and I have listed them in order of adoption or acquisition into our family:
Cahlibur ~ Travis' 8 year old Bay Mustang Gelding ~ adopted August 21, 2001.
Coal ~ Tony's 8 year old Dark Brown Mustang Gelding ~ adopted August 21, 2001.
Kate ~ TnT's 3 year old Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix found in the oil fields.
Oakley ~ Janey's 8 year old Sorrel Quarter Horse ~ given to us in November 2005.
Belle ~ Tony's 4 year old Grey Mustang Mare ~ adopted February 2, 2005.
Maggey ~ Travis' Line Backed Dun Mustang Mare ~ adopted February 2, 2005.
Rusty ~ TnT's 2 year old Queensland/Red Border Collie ~ found at the back of our property.
Clancey ~ Travis' 2 year old Dark Brown Mustang Gelding ~ son of Maggey.
Cody ~ 6 month old "Queensland Border Shepherd" ~ son of Kate 'n' Rusty.
Jessie ~ 6 month old "Queensland Border Shepherd" ~ daughter of Kate 'n' Rusty.
Shiloh ~ 6 month old "Queensland Border Shepherd" ~ daughter of Kate 'n' Rusty.
ShyAnne ~ 6 month old "Queensland Border Shepherd" ~ daughter of Kate 'n' Rusty.
All the animals except Shiloh 'n' ShyAnne live in Texas with TnT. The girls (Shiloh 'n' ShyAnne) live with me and my other animals* here in California and we lost Maggey in September of 2006 while the guys were on their Sierra Nevada Pack Trip.
You are welcome to drop by MnC anytime,
*Read about my other animals over at Notes That Touch The Heart!
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MnC's Disclaimer: At no time is excessive force, cruelty or brutality used when training the horses pictured in this blog. Reinforcing pats and firm gentleness, along with calmness from the trainers, encourage the horses to do as they are asked.