COMING SOON! Articles off the shelf.

This is Roy, (ALDA ROY on his Quarter Horse and Palomino registration papers). In a former life, he was a lap dog. In this life, he's my buddy. He turned 30 in March 2017, and I've had him since he was a three-year-old. He's still sound, too. I tend to take really good care of my critters, and they live a long time here on Palomino Hill.

I grew up watching westerns (who was your favorite Bonanza character? Bet it was Little Joe!) and wishing I was a cowboy, or riding 'The Horse In The Gray Flannel Suit', or living in Wyoming like Ken McLaughlin.

What do kids want to be today?


​Mean Girls?

Makes me wonder!

Makes me very glad to be of a 'certain age'.

We climbed trees, damned up the creek, rode bikes with no helmets, built forts, and rode bareback on half-broke horses. And we all lived to tell the tale. I'm glad to have grown up tough.

Yes, I've owned horses of other colors and breeds! This is Stealin' Apples, a former Fingerlakes claimer. I also worked as a hotwalker one summer a few years ago. Wish Canandaigua was closer!

I am going to have a collection of small FOB pieces in case editors get in a pickle and have a hole in their publication. Right now, I've been busy in my transportation niche to get these finished, but they would be on general subjects having to do with horse health, farriers, barn dog behavior, etc. 

If this goes well and I sell a few off the shelf, so to speak, I will write some longer articles to post here.

Brandy at the PHBA World Show, circa 1985 or so, either Tulsa or Indianapolis.

English Equitation.

I'm really, really, dating myself here, but that is me, and my all-time best horse, Nero's Brandy, at the New York State Palomino Show in Saratoga. In 1975. He was three. I was 17. He's no 'halter' horse, this is either color class or showmanship. I never had a 'halter' horse, because horses are for riding!

I got Brandy when I was 14, and he lived to be 38. I rode him, my kids rode him, and he's buried in my yard. He went English, Western, and once I took him on a hunter pace when he was 16, because my friend's husband's horse came up lame. We got fourth first time out! That's what horses are supposed to be - versatile. He drove too, but our favorite class was Trail.